Latest fish articles and tips

In this section we aim to include useful text and articles from the hobby covering a broad range of topics. Several of the main fish clubs in the U.K will be contributing material over the coming months.


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The Wonder of Wildwoods

The wonder of Wildwoods © Neale Monks 2007-01-11 For about a quarter mile running east of Crews Hill station, Theobalds Park Road is home to no fewer than six aquarium shops. Some are small, others large, but one in particular enjoys a …

Maidenhead Aquatics at Windsor

Maidenhead Aquatics at Windsor is a relatively new addition to the Maidenhead Aquatics chain. At first glance the store looks quite small, but that’s deceptive, and the store actually has a surprisingly wide range of fish and dry goods on …

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Unusual catfish, danios, and more at Britain's Aquatic Superstore in

Unusual catfish, danios, and more at Britain's Aquatic Superstore in Bolton BAS Fish for the connoisseur... One of the rarest catfish in the hobby, Neosilurus ater is a freshwater catfish from Papua New Guinea. It is one of the Plotosidae, with the marine …

Oddballs and unusual community fish at Maidenhead Aquatics, Worthing

Maidenhead Aquatics, Worthing is a small branch with big ambitions! The management and staff are keen to make this store the sort that attracts fishkeepers from wide afield, and to that end have made some very interesting choices when it …

Visiting Maidenhead Aquatics at Bracknell

On our visit to the Bracknell branch of Maidenhead Aquatics we were impressed by both the range of fish on display and the immaculately turned out aquaria. The staff clearly make a real effort to ensure that the store looks …

Store visit: Abacus Aquatics in Southeast London

Abacus Aquatics is a brand new tropical fish shop aiming to provide a combination of bread-and-butter tropical community fish alongside less widely traded catfish, cichlids and other specialist species. One of the nice things about this shop is that it …

Visiting Maidenhead Aquatics at Harlestone Heath

Maidenhead Aquatics at Harlestone Heath is a fairly large store with a very wide selection of freshwater fish alongside smaller sections devoted to coldwater fish, marine fish and invertebrates, and outdoor fish and plants. As with other Maidenhead Aquatics stores …

Community fish at Maidenhead Aquatics, Aylesbury

Maidenhead Aquatics at Aylesbury is one of the smaller branches in the chain and feels a lot like a traditional family-run tropical fish shop. The focus is very much on community fish, coldwater fish and pond supplies, though there is …

Visit to Maidenhead Aquatics@ Bracknell

The Bracknell branch of Maidenhead Aquatics is a medium-sized store that offers a good mix of community fish, cichlids, oddballs, marines, plants and pond fish. What impressed us on our visit was the number of specialist fish being sold alongside …

A visit to Maidenhead Aquatics@ Syon Park

The Maidenhead Aquatics branch at Syon Park was redeveloped last year and moved to a new location close to the Refectory. Although it is quite a small branch it is sensibly stocked with a good range of tropical, coldwater, pond …

Store visit: Living Reef Aquatics near Dartford

Living Reef Aquatics specialises in tropical fish, marines, reptiles and amphibians. It’s a big store well worth making an expedition out to. Although the name might suggest a store dedicated to the marine side of the hobby, the freshwater side …

Visit to Maidenhead Aquatics@ St Albans

Maidenhead Aquatics at St Albans is sometimes described as the flagship store in the Maidenhead Aquatics chain. It is certainly one of the largest, with hundreds of display tanks including dedicated systems for soft water fish and marines alongside the …

Visiting the Aquatic Design Centre, London

The Aquatic Design Centre on Great Portland Street is really two businesses in one. Apart from the retail store, of which more will be said shortly, the Aquatic Design Centre also installs and maintains ponds and aquaria. Their client list …

Store visit: WaterZoo in Peterborough

Our visit to the WaterZoo in Peterborough revealed a modern high street tropical fish shop offering a wide range of livestock covering all the different niches within the hobby. Unlike the bright blue aquaria seen in most stores, the freshwater …

A visit to Midland Aquatics and Reptiles

Midland Aquatics & Reptiles is an independent retailer very different to the sort of stores usually associated with that phrase. Although it does have a family feel it’s quite a large store with a bright, modern feel not always typical …