Ross McCann

Sales Assistant at Fishkeeper Ayr

How long have you been keeping fish?

I have been in Fishkeeping for most of my life.

What was your first aquarium and what fish did you keep in it?

My first aquarium was a small cold water aquarium with fancy goldfish.

What was it that made you decide to turn your fishkeeping hobby into a career?

I’m very passionate about fishkeeping so getting the chance to do it as a job was a great opportunity. 

Which species do you most enjoy keeping and why?

I most enjoy keeping Cichlids as they have the most interesting behaviour of all freshwater species and they’re stunning to look at.

Which species haven’t you had a chance to keep yet but dream of having one day?

I would love to have Stingrays. No need to explain why!

What pearl of wisdom would you give to first time fish keepers?

Patience pays off, never cut corners, take it slowly and most of all, have fun!

What’s your favourite aspect of your work at Maidenhead Aquatics?

The satisfaction of working in a great team.

What’s your favourite/most useful piece of fishkeeping equipment and why?

My favourite piece of fishkeeping equipment would be a water testing kit. I’d be lost without one.

What do you think is the future of fishkeeping and what developments would you most like to see?

Fishkeeping is growing fast, more and more people of all ages are taking the hobby up. I’d like to see more environmental conservation efforts, particularly with marine fish i.e. more tank bred species. 

How many aquariums do you currently keep at home, and what are these?

I currently keep three aquariums at home. One being an African cichlid tank, the other a south American cichlid tank and the last one is a small breeding tank. 

What’s the most unique species you’ve ever cared for at Maidenhead Aquatics?

Probably the Decorator Crab.