BUTTON FIRST FISH FOR YOUR NEWLY SET UP AQUARIUM.
Having set up your new aquarium, you should wait 7 days before adding your
first fish. You can start by adding a small number of yellow labelled fish: these
are the hardiest species that will tolerate small amounts of ammonia and
nitrite. (common during the filter maturing period). after 4 to 5 weeks your filter
will be mature this is when white label fish can be added. With experience you
can add the green labeled fish (do some research first) use test kits to
monitor water quality.
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    Please note: we are aware that there are many other ways to mature an aquarium. We recommend the 'hardy fish' method. You are completely at liberty to choose any fish you desire to start your aquarium. Our advice is free and is only intended to give new or first time fish keepers a guide. This is help to prevent unnecessary fish losses common in the early stages of fish keeping. (only the yellow label fish will be advised by shop staff. Liability for the outcome of choosing less hardy fish for a newly set up aquarium remains with the aquarium owner).
   
  Corydoras (all varieties)       (Click fish to go to Corydoras species page)
  corydoras catfish species cory julii for sale   An ideal first fish that will help to eat any excess food accidentally
added to the aquarium.Remember to only feed the fish an amount
of food that can be completely consumed in 1 minute.
         
  Danios / minnows (all varieties)        (Click fish to go to danio species page)

Zebra Danio - Brachydanio rerio
long fin variety
zebra danio long fin for sale   A hardy shoaling fish for both Tropical and Temperate* (*un-heated indoor filtered aquarium). These fish come on a variety of species. They are fast moving and create a buzz of activity in the aquarium. Best kept in groups of 5 or 6.

Temperate species that can be kept indoors in a filtered Medium (60cm) aquarium
without a heater. We do not reccommend mixing with goldfish. Temperate mix only.
         
  Mollies  (all varieties)       (Click fish to go to Molly species page)
  Assorted Metallic neon
(lyre tail)
TFB
metallic balloon molly for sale   The Balloon Molly is a hybrid variation of Poecilia latipinna,the Sailfin Molly. The Balloon Molly has an arched back and a rounded, large belly. The Balloon Molly is well suited for
the community tank because of its peaceful nature, and is compatible with other peaceful, larger fish.
The standard molly, ie. Black mollies and Dalmation mollies can also be used to help
start a new aquarium. However they grow much larger than the balloon varieties.
         
  Platties     (all varieties)       (Click fish to go to Platy species page)
  Assorted Platy  platy mix for sale   Platies are hardy and colorful fish that make a wonderful addition to the passive community aquarium. Platies are easy to breed, and new color varieties are developed through selective breeding programs. Platies make a perfect addition to the aquarium for the novice to expert alike. The Platy requires an aquarium of at least 6 gallons.

Platies  are available in a range of sizes. We often have £1.25 size upto £2.65
(Most at buy 5 get +1 free)
  Deep bodied tetras              (Click fish to go to tetra species page)
  Deep bodied tetras pristella tetra for sale   Tetras come in 2 distinct body styles. The Neon tetra displays the slim, narrow body style that does not have much resistance to levels of Ammonia and Nitrite that are commonly found in newly set up aquariums.
The Pristells tetra (shown) shows the deep body of the best 'starter tetras' for your aquarium. Their meaty body gives them greater resistance to elevated Ammonia and Nitrite compounds in the new aquarium set ups. See the tetra section for more examples of deep bodied tetras.
         
  Betta's & Gouramies Labyrinth fish     (Click fish to go to gourami species page)
  Opaline and golden gouramis golden gourami for sale   Not everyone will want small fish in their aquarium. For those people who would like larger fish there are the gourami family of fish. These are hardy and have the advantage of being able to breath air from the surface of the water. This is particularly usefull if the aquarium water contains a little Ammonia or nitrire.
         
         
  BELOW IS A REMINDER OF THE NITRIFICATION CYCLE. THIS WILL SHOW YOU WHEN YOUR AQUARIUM IS CONSIDERED 'MATURE'. THE USE OF AQUARIUM TEST KITS (NOT TEST STRIPS) WILL HELP KEEP YOUR FISH SAFE AND HAPPY. WE WILL HAPPILY SHOW YOU HOW TO USE THESE KITS AND
UNDERSTAND THE GRAPHS BELOW.
  An Ammonia and Nitrite test kit are the 2 essential tests required when starting an
aquarium. Regular water changes and correct stocking / feeding, will ensure success.
 
  The graph and information show how nature has provided a simple solution to 'what do we do with all the waste'? 2 types of bacteria will naturally inhabit your filter and provided there is a flow of oxygen rich water, they will 'eat' 'convert' 'breakdown' (any term you prefer) the waste and turn it into plant food.
  NITRIFICATION CYCLE
  THE NITRIFICATION CYCLE
AMMONIA (NH4) IS PRODUCED BY FISH AS ‘WASTE’ & BY DECOMPOSITION OF FOOD aAND ALSO AS A BY-PRODUCT OF FISH
RESPIRATION. THIS WILL ACCUMULATE IN THE AQUARIUM UNTIL: WITHIN YOUR FILTER ‘NITRASOMONAS’ (NITROSPIRA) BACTERIA WILL GROW AND MULTIPLY. THEY WILL CONSUME (CONVERT) ALL OF THE AMMONIA. BUT PRODUCE NITRITE (NO2) AS A WASTE PRODUCT. THIS WILL ACCUMULATE IN THE AQUARIUM UNTIL: A SECOND ‘NITROBACTER’ BACTERIA WILL MULTIPLY WITHIN YOUR FILTER, THEY WILL CONSUME (CONVERT) ALL NITRITE AND CONVERT IT TO NITRATE NO3. (THIS IS PARTLY CONSUMED AS A PLANT FOOD BY YOUR PLANTS). NITRIFICATION IS COMPLETE WHEN LEVELS OF AMMONIA AND NITRITE ARE ‘0’.
YOUR FISH MAY BE STRESSED IF NH4 (AMMONIA) OR NO2 (NITRITE) LEVELS = 1-2PPM.
PROBABLY DAMAGED OR WORSE IF LEVELS REACH 5PPM.
HOWEVER NITRATE (NO3) CAN BE TOLLERATED BY MOST FISH PAST 50PPM.
A TEST KIT WILL ALLOW YOU TO MONITOR ALL LEVELS, ENSURING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUR FISH.
  test kit chart