A comment I often hear from new customers is:
"I think I should start with Goldfish and when Iíve got that sussed Iíll have a go at tropical fish".
The truth of the matter is that Tropical fish are every bit as easy as Goldfish to look after and it takes no extra skills, the maintenance schedule is the same for both types of fish, and although they eat different foods the feeding pattern is the same.
The only major difference is that a tropical aquarium has a heater, and again this is not something to fear, heaters are as simple as set and forget. All heaters have built in thermostats and will maintain a preset temperature without any involvement from you; they simply cut in when the temperature falls below the preset setting (usually around 24 degrees Celsius) heat the water and switch off when having reached the preset temperature.
An important point to note, and one that I often have to clarify with customers is that a heater is not a refrigeration unit, in hot weather if the ambient temperature is above the heaters preset temperature for long enough then the aquarium will also rise in temperature without any input fom the heater, and turning your heater off during such occasions will have absolutely no effect on lowering the temperature of the aquarium. Leave your heater alone during these times.
At Manly Aquarium World we have an extensive range of Tropical freshwater fish and at any given time have around 5000 fish in stock, included in the vast selection on hand are varieties such as Gouramis, coryodoras catfishes, Angels, Dozens of Tetra types, Loaches, Algae eating catfishes, many native fish including Rainbows, Freshwater Sharks and many many other types of fish to numerous to list. I might add that those who come and peruse our extensive range of fish never leave disappointed and in fact in most cases donít leave empty handed.
Our highly knowledgeable and attentive staff are always on hand to offer you advice on what varieties are compatible with each other and the correct feeding and care of your new tank inhabitants, our philosophy has always been,
"The more successful you are the more successful we are"