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Tom - One year on

Blog post written by Tom | 07 August 2019 | Category: General fishy ramblings

Tom joined Weald Aquatics from Fish ‘n’ Things a year ago, bringing a new level of knowledge on fishkeeping. He studied at Writtle University College for two years, and gained qualifications applicable for the aquatics trade:

  • Aquatic Husbandry and Management.
  • Animal Nutrition.
  • Exotic Animal Health and Husbandry.
  • Animal Management.

We asked Tom to write about his first year at Weald and the fish and pets he keeps at home.

Tom’s story

A year on since I first started working for Weald Aquatics I am shocked by how fast the time has gone, yet it feels like I have been here for a lot longer.

My understanding of everything aquatic when I joined Weald was at a high level but has improved even more and continues to increase every day. I have also built a good rapport with many customers who have made it very easy for me to settle in.

When I first started at Weald I only had a Fluval Flex 57 litre aquarium containing a spotted pufferfish and a bristlenose.

Since starting at Weald the Fluval Flex has changed and now has four juvenile puffers and some Synodontis petricolas.I have also added a Juwel Rio 125 containing a selection of barbs, four ancistrus, two pearl gouramis and an African clawed frog. Finally, I have obtained a Juwel Lido 200 which will be set up so I can move the fish from the Juwel Rio 125.

As well as fish I also have six lizards, five snakes, four tarantulas and one toad. Other animals include cats and dogs.


Tom's Rio 125 containing: Melon barbs, Black ruby Barbs, Pearl Gourami x 2, Bristlenose x 4 (One is gold), a synodontis, Asian Bumblebee catfish x 2, Albino African clawed frog and Rainbow shark.


In the Flex he currently has: Green Spotted puffers x 4 (all juveniles), Synodontis petricola x 3 (all juveniles), Albino corydoras x 4, Bumblebee gobies x 4.


Tom hard at work in the shop


Don't ignore the ugly ducklings - they may turn into beautiful swans!

Blog post written by Andy | 25 November 2016 | Category: General fishy ramblings

We often say it in the shop and I am sure customers don’t always believe us but sometimes you're buying a fish “for 6 months time.” You would be amazed at how many fish will change colour dramatically when they get to adulthood. We tend to sell juvenile fish in the shop which means we can sell them at a much better price than other shops (which I am constantly told - thank you I do try!). But it also means you get to enjoy a fish for a much longer period of time and get to see all the dramatic changes a fish can go through on its way to becoming an adult.

Some of the most amazing looking fish are often overlooked in the shop because, as juveniles, they are very drab silver or brown, but given the right environment and care they'll transform into something special.

Most Cichlids will start out as very boring looking fish. Adam, Jack and I can all testify to the importance of giving that “ugly duckling” time to colour up. I have a group of eight Rainbow Cichlids (which I will write about in my next post because they are amazing) which all started off grey and blotchy but are now the brightest yellow you have ever seen.

There are a couple of things you can do to bring out the colours of fish. A well-balanced and varied diet will always help fish grow and condition them to breeding size faster. Frozen food is a great way of replicating a more natural diet and can dramatically improve the colouring of fish.

It also sounds silly, but a happy fish will always look brighter in colour. Good water quality, the right set-up in terms of planting, flow and lighting and the right ratio of males and females will again increase the chances for fish to colour up.

It's important to ask about these 'dull looking fish' that you may see dotted around our shop. Trust me, no-one wants boring looking fish in their aquarium, so if we are selling something pretty underwhelming, there is method to our madness!


Juvenile Boesemani Rainbow
The juvenile Boesemani Rainbow is a drab looking creature...
Juvenile Ram Cichlid
...as is the juvenile Ram Cichlid


Adult Boesemani Rainbow
But looks what happens to the Boesemani Rainbow when it gets to adulthood!


Ember Tetras
Likewise the Ram Cichlid gradually turns from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan!

An Ode to Stormin' Norman

Blog post written by Dave | 09 October 2013 | Category: General fishy ramblings

We published Pistol Pete’s poem in last month’s newsletter (nice alliteration – Ed!). And this seems to have brought out the William McGonagall in our club members. Pistol Pete has now got some competition in the form of Stormin’ Norman. No prizes for Bob Fisher who penned the ode but we thought we’d continue in our poetic vein by publishing Bob’s piece here. Then you can make up your own mind.

I am a handsome torpedo barb and Norman is my name
Some people call me Stormin’, but I’m not sure who to blame
I was born and raised at Weald, a nice life? You bet
Then some bloke points his finger at me and they put me in a net

Put in a bag and bumped around ‘twas like an army sortie
But as luck would have it I ended up in a brand new Juwel 240
Life was good and cordon bleu provided on the dot
But then one day when I woke up, was covered in white spot

That big guy who looks after me had nothing in his head
So he asked that the guys at Weald for help and I was promptly put to bed
White spot and fungus treatment  was prescribed  and it tasted really rough
But a week later I was back on my fins, you see I’m pretty tough

While I was ill I read your mag and saw your competition
And surely would have entered, but for my disposition
Some other fish he wrote an ode and it wasn’t all that bad
But because I couldn't enter and it made me feel quite sad

So Gary and the new young guy and not forgetting Andy
Stormin’ Norman wants to appeal to anyone that’s handy
That new fish who wrote the ode, he seems a real go getter
But when Stormin’ Norman writes an ode I'll guarantee it’s better

(PS thanks for saving me)


And here is Stormin' Norman in all his glory!
And here is Stormin' Norman in all his glory!

Welcome to our blog

Blog post written by Andy | 02 February 2011 | Category: General fishy ramblings

So Gary has finally let me off the leash and, after a few months of hard work getting the shop set up and running, we've finally found the time to set up the blog. The shop is now looking great and there's still more to come as we enter the pond season.

Let me introduce myself. I'm Andy and through this blog I hope to offer advice and tips as well as news and views and articles on all things aquatic (and maybe occasionally things non-aquatic as well).

Since we opened in October last year it has been great to meet customers old and new. We'd like to say a big thank you for all of the kind words of support and encouragement. It was great to hear how impressed everyone was with our newly installed fish tanks. I love them and I'm glad you all do too.



We are always offering some really good deals and special offers. When we are running offers, you'll see the Special Offers link in the menu bar above. If it's there now, why not click it and see what we have on offer. As I am dealing with some fantastic wholesalers I'm in the fortunate position of being able to locate fish to order. If you want it, my mission is to find it for you and not break the bank in the process. We've also set up the Weald Aquatics Club. You can join by clicking here to receive our latest news and events, exclusive club offers and hints and tips.

Keep visiting our blog for the latest Weald news and special offer or come and see us in store soon!