Coldwater Fish

Fish for unheated aquariums, not just goldfish, we stock a good selection including smaller species such as White Cloud Mountain Minnows.

Fancy Goldfish

Fancy Goldfish are the epitome of elegance in the coldwater aquarium world. With their flowing fins and vibrant colours, they’re a living work of art. These beauties are more than just a pretty face; they’re also relatively easy to care for, making them a perfect choice for both novice and seasoned aquarists.

Minnows

Minnows are the perfect fish for those looking to keep a more natural-looking aquarium. These small, schooling fish are easy to care for and provide a sense of peacefulness and tranquility to any aquatic setting.

Loaches

Loaches are the perfect bottom-dwellers for your coldwater aquarium. These fascinating fish are not only great at keeping your tank clean, but they also have unique personalities. With their playful antics and interesting appearance, Loaches are a hit in any aquatic environment.

Goldfish

Goldfish are the classic choice for coldwater aquariums and for good reason. They’re hardy, adaptable, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Whether you’re a first-time fishkeeper or a seasoned pro, you can’t go wrong with these iconic fish.

Paradise Fish

Paradise Fish bring a touch of the exotic to your coldwater setup. Known for their striking colours and intricate patterns, they’re a captivating addition to any aquarium. While they can be a bit territorial, their beauty more than makes up for it.

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Dace

Dace are small but active fish that add a sense of liveliness to your coldwater aquarium. They’re easy to care for and get along well with other species, making them a great choice for community tanks.

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Shrimp

Shrimp are the unsung heroes of the aquarium, helping to keep it clean while providing endless fascination with their busy behaviour. They’re a great addition to any coldwater setup, offering both functional and aesthetic benefits.

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Rice Fish

Rice Fish are a unique and interesting addition to any coldwater aquarium. Known for their adaptability and hardiness, they’re an excellent choice for those looking to diversify their aquatic community.

Goldfish and other coldwater fish

“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…

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 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, which means we won’t sell goldfish for any unfiltered aquarium, or any tank under 25 litres in volume (although we recommend a minimum of 100 litres as a long term home)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”. 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 30 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 in 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 14 days, but usually far longer than this. You can see exactly when they arrived from the date which we display on the label.

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