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How do we keep our shop aquariums so clean?

Blog post written by Andy | 27 July 2017 | Category: In the shop
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People are always asking me how we keep the display aquariums clean in the shop. Do we add a secret chemical? Do we clean them every day? Do we stay behind when the shop is closed to clean them all?

Well it’s actually none of those.

We give our display aquariums the same level of care as any of our other aquariums, the show tanks, our maintenance customers’ aquariums, and our fish tanks at home.

It’s the same advice we give customers new or old to fishkeeping...

  • Regular water changes
  • Looking after your filter system
  • Not overstocking your aquarium
  • Not overfeeding your fish.

Fish keeping really is that simple provided you stick to these basic principles.

We do a 20-25% water change every week. The longest we would leave it is two weeks and we’d then take out around 30%. Before taking out the water, we unplug all the equipment and we clean the algae from the glass. We then agitate the substrate to get any organic waste out and then syphon it out as part of our water change. There are lots of gravel cleaners that will perform these two jobs for you.

The water we have taken out of the aquarium is kept and is used to wash any biological media or sponges from the filter system. This minimises the loss of any beneficial bacteria within the filter which is helping to keep our water quality correct for the fish. Once the old water is disposed of, we mix fresh water from the tap (both warm and cold to prevent drops in aquarium temperature) and add a dechlorinator to remove the chlorine, chloramine and other harmful trace elements found in tap water. The aquarium is then topped up.

We also add a bacterial culture to our aquariums to give the filter systems a turbo charge to break down fish waste as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Then a wipe over the front of the glass, plug the equipment back in and we’re done. Simple stuff!

Sticking to this cleaning regime regularly, not over feeding you fish (probably the biggest cause of aquarium problems I can think of) and not overstocking your fish tank will keep your aquariums looking like ours…. if not better!

We love it when customers show us or send us pictures of their aquariums so, if you’ve got any of your aquarium, send it over. We love a fishy picture at Weald!

 

Busy keeping the shop aquariums clean
Busy keeping the shop aquariums clean

How we select our aquarium fish

Blog post written by Andy | 04 October 2012 | Category: In the shop
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Now we have launched our permanent discount for all Weald Aquatics club members on fish (if you're not a club member...why not?!) I thought I would give you a brief rundown on the types of fish we keep at the shop so you can start using your discount!

The majority of fish we keep at Weald Aquatics are known as community fish. This is quite a general term but it basically means these are fish that are very peaceful and won't cause any problems mixing with other fish. Some of the most common community fish families we keep are:

  • Tetras, such as Neons, Glowlight, Penguin and Cardinals.
  • Live bearers which include Guppies, Platys, Mollies and Swordtails.
  • Gouramis, like the gold, powder blue and flame red, down to the small honey and chocolate.
  • Catfish and Loach such as Clown Loach and coryadoras, to the big "Sucker mouths" like Plecostomus and Pekoltia.
  • Rainbow fish, including Boesmani, Turquoise, Neon Dwarf and Threadfin.
  • Rasboras, which include Halequin, Scissortail and clown.

 

 

We have a huge selection of all of these types of fish which will suit any size fish tank, are relatively undemanding and won't break the bank. If you want a shoal of fish, look at Tetras or Rasboras. If you want a splash of colour or a big 'show' fish then Gouramis and Rainbow fish are great families to look at. If you fancy breeding your own fish, live bearers like Guppies and Mollies are really easy!

We also do a wide selection of non community fish. These are fish that have special requirements or do not always socialise with other fish. Most of these fish come under the large family known as Cichlids and as a lot of you know these are my favourite types of fish. Now, I'm not saying all Cichlids should be crossed off the community tank shopping list!! Some dwarf Cichlids like Ramirezi and the Apistogramma Cichlids are amazing looking fish that stay small and socialise with other fish - they just need a little more attention when it comes to feeding and don't like 'busy' tanks. One of the most popular fish in the fish keeping trade is, in fact, a cichlid - the Angelfish - so don't be put off keeping them, just think about your other tank mates. Most Cichlids tend to get big (so will eat small fish!) and when in breeding condition can become aggressive. But if kept in the right aquarium they make fantastic fish to keep. Our most popular Cichlids are Oscars, Firemouths, Juwel Cichlids, Acaras, Jack Dempsys and Texas Cichlids. We also keep a wide selection of 'Rift Cichlids' like Freyeri, Blue Zebra, Frontosa and loads of Aulonocara.

We also keep a few 'odd balls' for those who want something different. Reedfish, Dwarf frogs, Red claw crabs, Elephant Nose, Parrot fish...I could go on! We try to cater for everyone. We will always try to guide you on the requirements of any fish you look at in the shop and are only too happy to answer any questions you may have.

We also use a wide range of suppliers and as we can't stock everything at once, will happily try to source anything you're after...just let me know.

STOP PRESS!

As we regularly do specific customer orders, we are now in a position to order marine fish and invertebrates for people to collect. This has proven so popular that I think it's convinced the boss to invest in a new marine section! I will keep you all posted on 'Operation Nemo!' and let you all know what's happening!

Now, let's see people using that discount! See you all soon!
Andy


Weald's new cichlid display aquarium (Part 2)

Blog post written by Andy | 06 September 2012 | Category: In the shop
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It has taken me a little longer than I thought to put up the second post about the new show tank but it's because we have been really busy so I can only apologise!

In my last post I explained all of the equipment I was using and the general set up, now comes the fun bit... the water and fish.

 

 

Once the tank was filled I used Aquasafe to dechlorinate the water (you should all be familiar with this I hope!) and a double dose of Bacterlife to speed up the maturation process of the filter. As the fish I was going to be putting in were a touch on the big side, it was very important to "seed" the filter as best as possible to try and avoid any water quality issues. I will be adding Bacterlife on a regular basis throughout the early stages of the set up to maintain good water quality. Finally it was a matter of waiting 24 hours to make sure everything was working and the water was at the correct temperature.

So why Cichlids?

We wanted a set up with real impact as you walk into the shop with big fish and lots of colour. As I keep these fish at home the choice was easy. These fish are known as African Rift Cichlids, more specifically from Lake Malawi. Lake Malawi is the southernmost lake in the African lake system and the eighth largest in the world. It is found between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania and resembles more of an inland sea than a lake. It is also believed to be the home of more types of fish than any other freshwater lake in the world with a reported 1000 types of cichlid! The Lake is around 560km long and 75km wide at the widest points. This gives a rough surface area of 30,000 square kilometers! It has a variety of environments within it, the rocky shoreline, the sandy beds and the large expanses of open water. These environments are home to very different types of fish with different behaviours and requirements so it's important to think about which types of fish you will be keeping. Some of these fish would never come into contact with each other in the wild so it is not usually advisable to mix them unless you have a large aquarium.

These fish are generally split into 2 groups by hobbyists, Mbuna and Peacocks. Mbuna means rock dweller and these fish are found along the very clear waters of the shore. There are lots of rocks and caves where these fish make and defend territories for spawning. They are often found grazing on the rocks feeding on the algae and microscopic creatures within. These fish are aggressive so it's important to provide lots of holes and caves for weaker fish to retreat to. One way to limit aggression is to almost over stock an aquarium so the aggression is diluted but this does need very good filtration so external filters are almost essential. Having a large aquarium so they can all find a territory will also help, so as I always say the bigger the better!

Peacocks are usually found in the more open waters of the lake and unless in a big tank do not do well against the more aggressive Mbuna. They need an open aquarium with a sand base and plenty of swimming space. The colours of some of these fish are amazing as you will see in our show tank.

I have mostly stocked the tank with Mbuna and provided a few caves for smaller fish to hide in. I have used high output T5 lights to replicate the bright sunlight penetrating the clear waters of the lake.

Common names of fish in our display tank include Red Zebras, Blue Dolphins, Marmalade/Blotched Zebras, Yellow 'Labs', Blue Zebras, Red Peacocks and Bumblebee Cichlids. Both the grazers and predatory fish are being fed on a variety of dedicated cichlid pellets containing both vegetable matter and crustaceans.

The fish I just mentioned are only a few of what we have on show, so please come and have a look and tell me what you think. I hope you like it! I love these kind of fish with their fascinating behaviour and amazing colours. I really could talk about them for hours... but I won't!


Weald's new cichlid display aquarium

Blog post written by Andy | 03 July 2012 | Category: In the shop
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Hey everybody.

I thought I would do a special blog this month on our new show tank I am putting together in the shop as it has caused so much interest!

For what seems like years I have been pestering Gary for a decent size show tank to showcase African cichlids...and all that moaning has finally paid off! Gary has given me a blank cheque and hopefully I won't disappoint.

I keep these fish at home, so does my partner in crime Jon (he actually has 5 aquariums on my last count!). Although we stock a selection of Cichlids at the shop and Jon and I are always recommending them to customers, people still don't see how amazing a properly maintained and stocked African cichlid aquarium can be. Hopefully when people see my new show tank it will help!

I have chosen a Juwel Rio 400 with a volume of 450 litres as I wanted something with a real "Wow" factor, something to allow me to show how big and impressive these fish can be, but more importantly, an aquarium I know to have good filtration and reliable equipment. We have been selling Juwel aquariums for years as we are really impressed with the quality and reliability or the range. As I've mentioned, I have a Juwel aquarium, Jon has his 2 main display aquariums as Juwel and even Gary's son has a 125 litre Juwel aquarium at home. They offer great value for money and come with all the equipment you need to keep tropical fish with Filter media, pump, heater and lighting all hidden away in a box in the corner. The Juwel filter has several different types of filter sponges inside to cover the complete cleaning spectrum. From carbon pads for chemical filtration, white polishing pads for small particles of dirt, Nitrate and Phosphate absorbing sponges for algae prevention to complex biological media for efficient breakdown of harmful waste products such as Ammonia and Nitrite. They are all kept in easy to remove baskets for quick and easy filter maintenance.

As I will explain in the second part of this blog, the show tank will be heavily stocked and as these fish get large, I will be fitting an external filter on the aquarium as well. An external filter is exactly that; a filter that sits outside the aquarium and pumps water through a huge selection of media and the clean water travels through pipe-work back into your tank. The advantages of these filters are firstly that all of the equipment is outside the aquarium leaving more room for livestock, and secondly, the sheer amount of filter media and subsequent volume and surface area means much more efficient biological filtration which is a real must for larger cichlid set ups.

We are going to use a new type of filter made by API called the NEXX, a new style of external filter designed  to make filter maintenance quicker and easier than ever before! We viewed this filter being cleaned at a recent fish show and it was cleaned in 4 minutes without a single drop of water being spilt! We were blown away by how simple it was to use. A simple twist of a handle isolates the filter section allowing you to disconnect it from the main filter body and carry it where ever it needs to go to be cleaned. The pump continues to work, keeping the water constantly moving and oxygenated and the filter unit simply clips back on to continue cleaning. Another unique feature is the fact you can "bolt on" more filter sections to improve cleaning or to keep a larger volume of water clean. The addition of these extensions also increases the efficiency of the pump and actually improves its output! I didn't believe this so one of the manufacturers came down with a load of testing equipment and I'm happy to say proved me wrong! I will be happy to show customers the filter working on our show tank so please feel free to ask me any questions.

Trying to replicate the fishes' natural environment as close as possible, I have fitted some Juwel white rock effect backing to the inside aquarium using Juwel silicone. I have also covered the filter for continuity. I think it looks amazing - I have it at home - and I know you (and the fish!) will like it as well. Having a backing gives a greater sense of depth and creates a more natural looking environment, and as algae starts to grow on it many fish will start to graze on it. A specific family of cichlids known as Mbuna are renowned algae grazers and are naturally found in rocky areas of the lake eating algae from rocks.

 

Here I am fitting the Juwel white rock effect backing to the show aquarium.

 

I will use sand and white rock to aquascape the aquarium and I will go into detail with the "hows" and "whys" in my next blog.

The final piece of equipment will be an internal digital thermometer for more accurate temperature readings and to make sure the heater is working.

It's a lot of hard work but definitely a labour of love and it's great seeing how much interest it's generating. If you haven't seen it so far come and have a look and tell me what you think and I will be happy to answer any questions you have.

In my next blog I will be running through the maturing process of the aquarium, the aquascaping and lighting set up, and finally give a brief rundown of the fish, their habitat and behaviour and a selection of what's going in there!

Well, back to it...
See you all soon.

Andy.


New aquariums and latest fish news

Blog post written by Andy | 10 November 2011 | Category: In the shop
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Hey everybody!

In my last post I mentioned that we had just started the construction of our 3 new banks of aquariums and I'm pleased to announce they are finally finished!! It has taken a little longer than we expected but they are maturing nicely and I am in the process of stocking them.

As I'm sure many of you fishkeepers are aware, it is very important to build up the livestock in any new system as slowly as possible to avoid any Ammonia or Nitrite spikes. Don't worry, it's just as frustrating for me in the shop as it is for you stocking your fish tanks at home (I have 26 new tanks to play with!!) but we are nearly up to full capacity.

We have decided to stock 2 banks with tropical fish and one with African cichlids. I can already hear the groans from some people as we were toying with the idea of having a tropical marine bank. Marines are still on the cards and as any of you who visited us at our old shop will know I loved setting up and maintaining the show aquariums and marine section as much as people enjoyed looking at them. However, as with all the livestock in our shop, we only want to stock fish of the highest quality and we work tirelessly at keeping the aquariums clean and the fish healthy. With this said, at present we would not have the time to keep a marine section in keeping with the quality we have throughout the shop. The last thing we want to do is to start cutting corners in order to keep more aquariums as that would not be good for you – the customer, us as a business, but more importantly, not good for the fish!

As time progresses we will look at a marine section so I will keep you posted. We do still stock all the food, salt, equipment, RO water, test kits and additives so we are almost there!!

But back to what we are keeping!

We have really increased the number of different Tetras we now stock. We now have Blue Tetra, Emperor Tetra, head and tail light Tetra, Pristella Tetra, Gold Tetra, Blood-fin Tetra, Green Rasbora and Diamond Neon Tetra (and they're just the ones I can see from behind the counter!!). You can see these in the video below.

 

 

Tetras are a fantastic family of fish that shoal and are not difficult to keep. They give an aquarium instant movement and interest. They come in lots of shapes, sizes and colours and there is a type for almost every aquarium. We have also increased the different types of small coldwater fish available. We now have gold Danio, Platinum Danio, Pink Danio, Pearl Danio and Leopard Danio. So even a coldwater aquarium can have a shoal of smaller fish (how cool is that?!).

We have also started stocking our African cichlid section and over the next few posts I will be highlighting this family of fish and why I enjoy keeping them so much. We are trying to stock juveniles so we can keep the prices as low as possible and still keep the quality high. Like the Rainbow Fish I talked about in a previous blog post, given a little time some of these fish will blow your mind!

We currently have some cobalt blue Pseudotropheus which are colouring up nicely as well as some Iodotropheus sprengerae which will turn a beautiful copper colour with a blue sheen. Most of the fish we stock are under 2" but they will easily exceed 5" given....well not much time at all really! I am getting new stock in every week and will try to profile as many as possible over the next few months. If you're not convinced when you see them as juveniles, feel free to ask to see pictures of my aquarium or my glamorous assistant Jon's and I'm sure we can change your mind. You would be amazed at how many customers ask if we keep fish at home and when we say yes and show them pictures, end up leaving with a fish tank!

Well back to the work as Gary said I have been on the computer for far too long. I look forward to seeing you soon - come and let me know what you think of our new aquariums and more importantly what you want to see in them!


Our first summer!

Blog post written by Andy | 02 September 2011 | Category: In the shop
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Hey again everybody! I hope you all had a good summer (yeah I know apparently we did have a summer so Gary tells me!) and all managed to have some kind of holiday in any sun you could find.

First off, I want to thank everyone for their messages of support as I got married on the 24th July and had a fantastic time. I still haven't got used to wearing a wedding ring and apologise if my usual high bagging skills have dropped.... but I am getting better!!

We have all been really busy at the shop as this was our first summer here at Cooling's Green and Pleasant. We are really pleased with how it's gone and the reaction we have had from customers both new and old!

When we first decided to set up Weald Aquatics we looked at lots of locations all over the place. We wanted to find a garden centre with a really friendly environment that catered for families as that's what we have been known for ourselves back in the days of Keston. We loved seeing families come into our old shop and watch how excited the children became seeing all the different types of fish we had. Sometimes when I was working hard on a grey Monday morning cleaning those fish tanks, a group of kids would come in and look at the fish and ask questions and speak with real enthusiasm and excitement. It really would make all the hard work worthwhile. We wanted to build on that in our new shop. That's why we have set all our tanks at a lower level and constructed our pond units with glass fronts so children could see what's inside as easily as possible. We were hoping for some positive feedback, maybe a few comments and smiley faces. However I don't think any of us could have imagined how popular our shop has been with people! We have some families that come in regularly every Sunday morning and stay for at least an hour..... they don't even have a fish tank!!! So we must be doing something right!

We are already planning for next summer (the ruthlessly efficient people that we are!) and have been taking notes of what customers want to see next year. We are already designing a large raised show pond in our outdoor section. It will not only allow us to showcase our range of fountains and waterfalls but also allow us to stock much larger fish. We can also show customers how easy it is to maintain a pond throughout the year. Due to the huge success of our pond plants, we have also taken over Cooling's Pond Plants which means we can expand our range even more! We are looking at stocking over 500 pond plants at one time and that's not including our larger selection of water lilies, deep water marginals, floating plants and loose oxygenating plants!

Another thing customers are looking for is a wider selection of waterfalls. This has led us to several new suppliers who from next year will supply us with slate, rock, pebble and sandstone effect waterfalls.

We have also taken customers' requests to stock solar equipment on board and are currently trying to find a reliable supplier of solar lighting, fountains, pumps and water features. We have a few promising people lined up so watch this space and I will keep you all posted!

Inside the shop it's all systems go as well. We are pleased to announce that we have started the construction process for our 6th, 7th and 8th banks of aquariums which will create a complete wall of aquariums running the length of our shop. Being in charge of all the livestock (and a fish geek!) this is a really exciting time for me. After what seems like years of protest Gary has finally succumbed to my tantrums and agreed to me stocking a dedicated bank of aquariums with African cichlids. I am currently talking to a local importer and breeder of these fish and the quality is amongst the best I have ever seen, so hopefully in a couple of months we will have some really fantastic looking fish on display (if I haven't bought them all first!).

 

 

We have expanded our range of aquariums and will soon be stocking Juwels new Nano aquariums (I sense another display aquarium coming on!). If you thought we had a lot of stock on display at the moment you would be wrong as we are preparing to put in several more shelving units to keep an even wider range of aquarium food, treatments and equipment. Gary has also found a new selection of artificial plants which look absolutely fantastic underwater and our range is really impressive, even if I do say so myself. 

Well, I think I have left Gary cleaning those tanks on his own long enough. So back to work!

See you all soon!
Andy


May 2011 shop news

Blog post written by Andy | 11 May 2011 | Category: In the shop
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First off I hope everyone enjoyed the bank holidays and managed to get out and enjoy the sun. How nice is it to have a few days of sunshine?! Okay it's a bit up and down at the moment but we have had some lovely warm sunny days, perfect weather to go out and give your pond a bit of a spruce up!

With all of this sudden sunny weather come the natural enemies of the pond keeper...blanket weed and green water (crash of thunder and flash of lightning!). These two problems can dampen even the biggest pond enthusiast's spirits, but there are things you can do to prevent and cure the problem.

Green water and UV-filters

People come up and ask why their pond is going green when they have a UV filter. Answer...it shouldn't be! If you have the right size UV light for the right volume of water it shouldn't go green so there is a problem somewhere. The most common problem is that people don't realise that UV bulbs have a lifespan of about a year. Even if the bulb is still glowing it will have lost over 60% of its useful output after 6 months and so they need replacing. The quartz sleeve which surrounds the bulb also needs cleaning periodically. If you don't clean it the glass gets dirty and the UV rays can't penetrate the water and kill off that algae. People also have a tendency to think pumping water through a filter as quickly as possible will solve the problem faster - not true I'm afraid. Pumping the water through too fast means the UV rays only have a short contact time with the water and so can't kill the algae. Slowing down the water going through a UV system can often improve its performance.

If you don't have a UV filter there are other ways of tackling the problem. Lots of plants will help combat green water as they compete for the nutrients that the algae needs to grow. Shading your pond and adding floating plants will cut down the amount of light getting to the algae which can also help. There are also some really effective medications you can use to help.

Blanket weed

Blanket weed is another matter. To really get rid of it you have got to put something in your water. Barley straw is a popular choice (as a liquid, a pellet or a pouch) and will help keep it under control. There are several products which help prevent it but act a lot faster – Goodbye Blanket Weed and Blanket Answer. Both are a natural combination of enzymes so are safe with all wildlife fish and aquatic plants so no need to worry on that front. The most effective in my opinion by quite a distance is Blanket Answer. It really works - I have sold hundreds of them and only two people said it didn't work. One chap didn't have a pond, it was a lake so it was never going to work. He had about 150,000 litres of water and put one bottle in (one bottle treats 10,000 litres) so was expecting a bit much! The other gentleman didn't put the right amount in – an easy mistake to make. He came back and I advised him of right dosage and he was a very happy chappy a week later! If you ever have any problems with any aspect of your pond myself and Gary will always do our best to help, so either give us a call or pop down and see us.

It's also a good time of year to tidy up any plants you have in the pond and re-pot if needed. We have a huge selection of pond baskets, basket liners, aquatic compost and gravel available in store. We also have an even bigger range of aquatic plants for your pond including Deep water marginals, Lilies, Iris, complete planters, oxygenating weed, floating Hyacinth and Water Chestnut. There are more but I don't want to bore you! Our fish stock is also growing and we now have small Koi, Ghost carp, a selection of Rudd and more on the way. Hopefully there is something for everyone but if we haven't got it let us know!

Well back to work... me thinks watering the pond plants is a good idea and a cheeky excuse to catch some sun!


April 2011 shop news

Blog post written by Andy | 07 April 2011 | Category: In the shop
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Hey everybody!

It's been a really busy time at the shop over the last few weeks in preparation for the (fingers crossed!) upcoming summer, and have been working hard on our outdoor section. We have been gradually building up our stock of aquatic plants and have finally got a really comprehensive selection of marginal and deep water species. All of our plants come from a local supplier who grows all of our stock in dedicated planting ponds. Having all of our plants are grown in this country means they are used to our climate and therefore tougher and more resilient to swings in temperature and disease. We also have a large selection of deep water plants and lilies and as the weather starts to warm up we will be able to stock miniature and dwarf species as well.

We are in a similar position with plants as we are with fish. If there is something you are after we will do our best to track it down for you. We supply plants to order for a number of companies who build and maintain ponds, be it a certain type or complete planted baskets. For instant impact, we can find what you're looking for so come in and have a chat if you're looking for some ideas. We stock all you would need for keeping your plants in top condition. We have a huge selection of plant baskets in different shapes and sizes, aquatic soil and compost which is completely safe to use with all fish and aquatic animals, hessian to line your baskets and lots of different gravels to cover your plants. We also stock a selection of aquatic plant foods and fertilisers in both liquid and tablet forms to really give your plants all they could ever want!!

It's also great to see how popular our pre-formed ponds are and, due to their popularity, we have expanded our range even further. We have ponds for the smallest garden area up to large ponds which look more like small swimming pools to me (if the weather is as hot as last year that might not be a bad idea!!). I was thinking of putting a book together of people's ponds we have helped create so if you want to bring in any photos you have I would love to see them to give other people a bit of inspiration.

Inside is where I have really had my fun! It has taken a while building our stock up but we finally have a really good selection of pond fish in various sizes and are finally happy enough with our filter systems to start stocking Koi.

We currently stock goldfish, shubunkins, sarasa comets, canary yellow goldfish, blue orfe, gold orfe and a selection of koi. As with our plants, the further into summer we go the more variety and size of fish we can stock. So, as always anything you are after I will do my best to track it down.

I am really impressed with our pond units (see photo below) and I am glad they are making an impression on people who come and have a look. We chose glass fronted systems to allow children to enjoy the fish and for customers to view them more clearly. I have even seen families taking pictures of their children in front of our pond units as they enjoy the fish! The units are made of 10mm glass and hold 200 gallons (900 litres) each so I have lots of room for even more varieties of fish. Each unit is individually filtered and all of the equipment is hidden in the back compartment accessible from the top panels for easy maintenance. A number of customers have liked the units so much they have asked if they can buy the units for their patio........ and yes you can! So if you have any questions please come and ask and we will do our best to help.

If you haven't seen the new pond units come down and tell me what you think.

Hope to see you soon.

 


March 2011 shop news

Blog post written by Andy | 09 March 2011 | Category: In the shop
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Hey everybody!

It's great to see so much interest in my first post and thank you for all of your comments and ideas on what you want to see. I will take them all on board and try and work them into the next few posts.

A quick update on the shop! As a lot of you know, towards the end of January we expanded our shop to over twice its size! And boy have we packed it out!! A little disappointed that Gary wouldn't let me put in a pool table but I guess from a business point of view I can see his point! All of this extra space has really allowed us to expand our entire product range and stock a lot of new lines.

If doubling the size of the shop wasn't enough, we have kept our momentum going and opened our outdoor pond section! Having a dedicated outdoor space has given us the opportunity to stock a huge range of preformed ponds, plants, baskets, aquatic soil, pond liners.... I could keep going but we have more and more stock coming in every week so even I'm losing track.

The preformed ponds are proving really popular so we are looking to get even more in.... even bigger than our 1250 litre one! As the weather is slowly starting to warm up (yes I know it is apparently) we will be expanding our range of floating plants, lilies and marginals. We are in the lucky position of dealing with wholesalers who grow all their plants locally and, as with our aquarium fish, if there is something you are after specifically I will try and track it down for you.

Back in store I am in the process of setting up our first (of many!) show tanks. I have chosen a Jewell Rekord 800. It's a system I really like because it's an impressive size but really easy and more importantly quick to look after. As the weeks go by I will slowly be stocking it with fish so come in and tell me how you think I'm doing. By setting up this tank I hope to show how easy it is to keep a great looking fish tank that won't take up all of your time. Keeping a tropical fish tank should be enjoyable most importantly of all so I am happy to chat to you about any aspect of fish keeping and will offer advice where I can.

Well that's a brief update on just a few things happening at Weald Aquatics. I hope I have given you all something to think about and look forward to seeing you at the shop soon.

Well back to work...... these tanks aren't going to clean themselves!