Not sure what you'll need for your new tropical fish?

A list of things you should consider if you're thinking of getting tropical fish:

  • Aquarium Tank : Must be big enough to hold the fish you intend to keep. Consider not only the number of fish but the size they will grow to over time
  • Gravel : Gravel should be 4-5cm deep throughout the tank. Ensure the gravel size is suitable for the fish you intend to keep and that the gravel is washed thoroughly before adding to the tank
  • Filters : For tropical tanks up to 150L we sell internal filters. Most internal filters can provide filtration in 3 different ways : Mechanical, chemical and bacterial. Of these 3 bacterial filtration is perhaps the most important. “Good bacteria” live on the filter sponge and help break down and recycle waste. Ensure you have the correct size filter for your tank
  • Good Bacteria : This comes in the form of products such as “Stress Zyme” or “Aqua Cycle”. These liquids contain live bacteria which are activated when they hit water
  • Chlorine Neutralizer or Water Conditioner: This is an absolute must. Chlorine in tap water wil harm your fish unless removed first. Water conditioner contain additional ingredients such as aloe vera and vitamins and helps eliminate ammonia and other toxins
  • Fish Food : For most mixed tropical fish a quality tropical flake or tropical pellet mix is recommended. Consider using frozen food once or twice a week for optimum fish health and variety
  • Aquarium Heater : A must for tropical fish. Most common tropical fish require a temperature of between 24 and 28 degrees centigrade.
  • Thermometer : aquarium thermometers which stick on the inside of the tank are available
  • pH Testing Kit : Maintaining the correct acidity of the water is crucial to keeping your fish healthy. A senior pH testing kit with pH UP and pH Down to adjust the pH is highly recommended.
  • Tropical Aquarium Salts : These can help buffer PH changes in the tank and help keep your fish healthy. They also replace lost minerals in tap water that would have been available in the wild.
  • Fish Net
  • Plants/ Ornaments
  • Gravel Cleaner : makes the job of cleaning the gravel and changing the water in a larger tank much easier


Note : It is recommended when setting up a new tank that you allow at least 3 days before adding your first fish. This gives the good bacteria time to grow and helps ensure your fish stay healthy once you get them home.  It’s also good practice to add only a couple of fish for the first few days and to then gradually add new fish. Adding too many fish at once can throw the balance of the tank out and lead to disease.