Coldwater Introduction

"It's only a goldfish" is a phrase we hear too often. Perhaps because they live in "cold water"; and because they are thought of as a fish that will happily live in a bowl. In fact goldfish and other coldwater fish are as specific in their needs as tropical fish are. True, it is generally not necessary to heat their water, but a filter is as important for coldwater fish as for a tropicals. Although a few people do manage to keep goldfish alive for a reasonable period of time in an unfiltered bowl, the great majority who attempt this meet with failure and disappointment. For this reason we are supporting the "Practical Fishkeeping Magazine" "Save our Goldfish" campaign. For those people determined to keep a small tank or bowl of fish, there are other fish far better suited to this confined environment. In particular we recommend "White Cloud Mountain Minnows" for this situation. These small, attractively coloured fish originate from China, they are ideally suited to an unheated indoor aquarium, but will not survive outdoors in the UK.
We have about 20 aquariums dedicated to coldwater aquarium fish. Stocks range from ordinary goldfish, to many of the more unusual varieties such as moors, orandas, fantails, lionheads, etc.. We also aim to keep a good selection of the more unusual species of coldwater fish, such as White Clouds, Paradise Fish, Rosy Minnows and others.
Our selection of Coldwater fish can vary considerably depending on availability, so if you are making a special trip for something particular, please phone to check what we have in stock.
Whatever the stock levels, you can be confident of the quality of our fish. All new coldwater fish are quarantined for a minimum of seven days, but usually far longer than this. You can see exactly when they arrived from the date which we display on the label.

Our support for Practical Fishkeeping Magazine's "Save Our Goldfish Campaign" means that we won't sell goldfish for unfiltered tanks, or for tanks of less than 5 gallons (22 litres) capacity. However, if you have your heart set on a goldfish in a bowl, all is not lost. The BiOrb range of aquariums range from 15 litres (which we consider too small for goldfish) up to a substantial 105 litres. At 30 litres (6.5 gallons) the original Biorb is supplied complete with light, air-pump and integral filter. Although in excess of the minimum size recommended, and ideal for one or possibly two small goldfish, as the fish grow, larger accomodation will be required. The BiOrb sells for £109.99 including VAT.




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Biorb60 Twice the capacity of the original Biorb just £169.99 complete with light & filter.

As well as the BiOrb we offer a wide range of other aquariums, see our equipment page for more details.

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