Aquariums - A Living Hobby

As a beautiful, calming and relaxing addition to your home decor - nothing quite compares with a colourful aquarium - inhabited by stunning fish and plants. And for the children especially, an aquarium, with freshwater, tropical or marine fish, is a valuable encounter with nature.

One of the primary considerations that needs to be made when deciding on an aquarium is the size. This will dictate the species and the number of fish you wish to keep, but also must be practical for the space in your home. The most familiar aquarium shape of course is the flat-faced rectangle, but now many models.

If space is limited, biOrb tanks are ideal for small spaces and counter tops. These beautifully engineered, acrylic aquariums come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes . Cabinets in a multitude of colours and finishes are supplied for mounting the aquarium and these are great too for hiding things like external filters, fish food, treatments etc.

Of all the available aquarium brands we strongly favour those of Oase, Eheim Evolution Aqua and Juwel. They combine innovation in design and meticulous engineering with an extensive choice of models.

Whether you're interest lies in getting involved through a simple starter kit or the installation of a whopping aquarium, you will almost certainly want some advice - if only to ensure you get it right first time. Well we are here to provide that advice and make sure you don't spend money unnecessarily on inappropriate products/material. And, since genuine customer service is our passion, we will support you throughout the project and beyond.

Make Your Aquarium Unique

How you dress your aquarium is largely a matter of personal taste whilst bearing in mind the welfare of the fish. Sunken treasure chests and ships, are amongst the most popular as are natural pieces of mopani wood - excellent for producing a really natural look.

Selecting the Right Equipment

Fish-keeping is a wonderful and satisfying hobby but the health and welfare of your fish will always be of paramount importance. So, these days most aquariums come ready fitted with an appropriate filter (vital for the elimination of toxins in the water), heater (where needed) and lighting. Often customers wish to up-grade these by, for example, selecting LED lights that last much longer and use a fraction of the power.

Producing a Natural Environment

If a more natural look is to your taste there is a very large selection of wood and rockery available to create an underwater utopia. Both can be very beneficial to not only your fish, but the water chemistry too. Paired with a natural gravel these two additions can create depth to your aquarium and provide habitat for your livestock.


Aquarium Plants are essential for adding stability to any freshwater tropical aquarium. Not only do they look great, but aquatic plants are part of the natural ecosystem. Fish will immediately feel more comfortable with aquatic plants in their home and this means they suffer less stress too. Tropical fish tank plants look great, provide a calm environment for your fish and can be easy to look after too. As long as you incorporate these three key components, Lighting, CO2 and Fertilizer. We stock plants from Tropica, who are the market leader for aquarium plants. They have an easy to read, colour coded system to help find the right plant for your level of expertise. To find out more on Tropica please visit their website,


Choosing the Right Livestock

Fish are at the heart of our business and the choice is enormous. Coldwater, Tropical and Marine species for aquariums. Some needing substantial space to thrive; others deliriously happy in a goldfish bowl or a table-top aquarium. It's clearly not possible to cover the complete offering here but the following should provide a brief insight for those not already 'expert'.


A fabulous selection awaits you here and provided the size of your aquarium is appropriate to the fish population and the water quality and temperature are correctly set and maintained - the visual result can be simply stunning. Amongst the most attractive and popular species are; Neon Tetras. Platies, Harlequin Rasboras, Honey Gourami's, White Clouds, Fancy Guppies. Corydoras Catfish. Swordtails. Sharks. These varieties are compatible and will live happily in the same aquarium. Great care is recommended when considering 'aggressive' species such as Piranha, Red Zebra, Puffers and Pandani; they are interesting fish but are capable of attacking and eating more docile types.


Here again the choice is very wide and the range of exotic colours and markings is truly impressive. Most popular species for saltwater environments include; Anthias, Angelfish, Clownfish, Lionfish, Gobies, Tangs, Chromis, Anglers, Foxface and Invertebrates such as Cleaner shrimps and Fireshrimp. There's little doubt, a well-dressed Marine tank housing a variety of colourful saltwater tropical fish is a beautiful enhancement of any home or commercial premises.


The choice is slightly limited for coldwater but not restricted to varieties of goldfish. There are certain species of tropical fish that prefer cooler climates, just to mention a few; cherry barbs, various species of minnow, rainbow shiners, paradise fish, danios, peppered Corydoras and rosy barbs.

If you're about to make fish choices and would like further guidance for example on water quality/temperature, lighting filtration, treatments, feeding and so on - do please pop in the shop.

Tropical fish and coral

Customer Reviews

A big 'thank you' to Dan and to your company for solving our water feature problems which various people, over the past few years, have failed to get working properly. He was knowledgable, efficient and courteous and we are delighted with the result.

Alan & Pippa Daniels

Andy is an incredibly knowledgeable and helpful gent and Dan came and did the set-up of my new aquarium. Can't say enough good things about how helpful they both were. Phenomenal customer service. Highly recommend.

Dan Chenery

We went to look at some preformed water courses and found virtually everything a pond owner's heart could desire. Great choice of very good quality products, also for fresh or saltwater aquariums combined with friendly, helpful and professional advice. We will definitely be back :-)

Kristina Rogers

Very many thanks to Alfie who came out to service and discover the reason our pond was losing water - a backfill problem so our liner did not need a repair. He did an excellent job on cleaning out the pond which is now clear again and the fish seem happy. Thoroughly recommend this young man who is a credit to the team.

Sylvia Nicoll
Bury St Edmunds

We went into their shop not knowing what we needed to up-grade our existing tank, but Andy talked us through the options and explained everything to us very clearly. Dan was also very helpful and we cannot thank them enough as we now have a lovely aquarium set up in our home. Aftercare was also very good as we had a few questions about the installation and they even sent us some spare hose. So thank you guys very much.

Elizabeth Smith
Hadleigh, Essex

Second visit in 2 weeks. First for koi: this time Tropical. The staff's knowledge is second to none and quality/cleanliness is superb. Recommend 100% and often do.

Ian Bonham
June 2019

Alfie from Home and Garden Aquatics came and cleaned my 5,000 ltr, which is filled with wildlife from newts to dragonfly larvae. He was very careful to gently remove all the fish, water snails etc. He then drained the pond and after thoroughly cleaning it - replaced the water and the wildlife and replanted all my pond plants. A big job expertly executed. Alfie is a friendly and very knowledgable young man as are the shop staff who offer great advice.

Bury St. Edmunds
July 2019

Dan has just spent a very hot few hours sorting out my garden pond that has had very little attention for about 15 years ! He did a brilliant job to drain it and clean it out completely, instal a new pump and filter and leave it in virtually new condition. He was very thorough and did an excellent job.

Peter Whitehead
Sudbury, Suffolk

We called in on Andy and Dan to see if they could help our young daughter make her fish-tank safe for her fish. They were so helpful and spent loads of time explaining to her how to set-up a healthy aquarium and care for her fish: they even gave her some gravel and water from their own tanks to replace her unsafe combination. These guys are so knowledgeable and enthusiastic and they're brilliant at teaching children.
Thank you so much Andy & Dan - fantastic service.

Sandra Swann
Bury St. Edmunds

Dan and the team have been extremely helpful with expert advice and time;from the moment we walked in the shop we knew this was the place to purchase our aquarium. We were not pressurised into buying but were seriously impressed with the fountain of knowledge. We've just introduced the first batch of fish and we know the team will be with us all the way with support and advice. Fabulous customer service.

Jamie Cocksedge
Bury St. Edmunds

By far the best fish & Aquatics shop in the area. Very friendly and knowledgable staff always happy to help. On top of being my tropical fish supplier they are also fantastic at outdoor ponds. Would recommend them all day long.

Mark Saunders

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