Fish require very specialist care and it is important that any budding aquarist researches their potential new pets before investing in their first tank.
A common misconception is that a small tank is the easiest place to start. In practice the larger the tank the easier it is to maintain a stable, controlled environmant - less susceptible to changes in water quality or temperature.
When first setting up an aquarium don't be in a rush to introduce your first fish; instead let the water quality stabilise and plants become established for a while. Seek advice on appropriate filtration, oxygenation and lighting.
Our staff are experienced in handling and treating a number of amphibian species be they anurids (frogs and toads) or salamanders and axolotls. One very genuine concern in the management of captive amphibians is the fungus chytridiomycosis and the threat it poses to wild populations. Huge numbers of wild amphibians are at risk from this deadly fungus and one such risk is the inappropriate disposal of contaminated water from pet amphibian tanks into the environment or sewerage system. Please treat all water with bleach before disposal.
Morpeth Whorral Bank
Staithes Lane Branch
Kirkley Hall - Ponteland