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The Northern Goldfish & Pondkeepers Society held its annual Open Show on Saturday, September 16 at St Matthews Church Hall in Stretford, Manchester, reports Dr David Ford.
This event includes an auction of home-bred fancy goldfish as well as a competition with 76 Classes of Goldfish, from the Common to the Bubble-eye (pictured above), which is the one Millie collected that award for….
There were 160 entries in the competition. Best in Show was a London Shubunkin bred by NGPS member Alan Ratcliffe.
A grand raffle included aquariums and many aquatic accessories and there was a
lecture by NGPS Vice-president David Ford on ‘The History of the Aquarium’.
The final Open Show for this year by the Nationwide Goldfish UK members will be
on Saturday, September 30. This will have all four clubs, Northern Goldfish
& Pondkeepers Society, Association of Midland Goldfish Keepers, North East Goldfish
Society, and Bristol Aquarist Society, combined to compete and auction their
Goldfish at Horsehay Village Hall, Bridge Road, Horsehay, Telford TF4 2NF.
Here are just a few of the Firsts from the NGPS Show — which will be competing
again at Telford ….
An unusual new species of crab has been found living in red coral beds in Taiwan.
The crab has been given the name of Pariphiculus stellatus — 'stellatus' translates as ‘starry’ from the Latin, and refers to the pointy protrusions that cover the carapace and chelipeds of the crab, that researchers say are reminiscent of stars.
These protrusions change with age, becoming shorter, blunter and mushroom shaped, to resemble warts.
The new species was discovered during a survey at a small seamount by Peng-Chia-Yu Island, Taiwan. It has also been found in the Philippines.
Dr. Peter Ng of the National University of Singapore, and Dr. Ming-Shiou Jeng, of the Biodiversity Research Centre, Academia Sinica, in Taiwan, published their study in the open access journal Zookeys: https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.694.14871
Surrey-based fancy goldfish specialist Star Fisheries is holding its first Open Day of the 2017 season on Sunday, October 15.
There will be fish for sale on the day from China, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia and the UK, including a vast selection of quality Higher Grade fish up to amazing Show Quality Grade fish, as well as some show award winning fish.
Star Fisheries' Andy Green says: "There will be an extensive range of varieties and sizes with some fish never before seen in the UK. This promises to be the largest selection of quality fancy goldfish ever offered for sale outside Asia.
"You will see fish that you may have only ever seen before on the internet or in books — you will have the opportunity to buy them on the day. We will also have a number of rare and one off fish which will be sold on a first come first served basis.
"Please note that here will be no standard grade website fish offered for sale at the Open Day, all the fish will be better quality fish. You can still order the standard grade fish online for delivery."
Star Fisheries will be open on the day from 10am-3pm. There is plenty of free parking available.
Star Fisheries is located at 94a Benhill Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 3RX. Tel 0208 915 0455.
If you love cichlids, make a date in your diary for Sunday, October 22, when the British Cichlid Association is holding a very special event at The Oak Hotel in Hockley Heath, Warwickshire.
'Best of British' features talks by some of the top names in the hobby: Mike Whitaker, Mark Evenden and Steven Chester. There will also be table sales at the event, with fish and dry goods for sale.
Doors open at 9am. Entry costs £5 for members; £10 for non-members (the entry fee for non members includes a 12-month BCA membership). Tickets are available to purchase from the BCA website.
The Oak Hotel is at 8640 Stratford Road, Hockley Heath, B94 5NW.
Bristol Aquarist Society held its annual Open Show and Auction on Sunday September 3, at the new venue of Hengrove Community Centre in Fortfield Road, Bristol.
WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: DR DAVID FORD.
Best in Show was a Metallic Fantail bred by BAS member Bob Jones.
While the eight Nationwide goldfish judges assessed the 230 entries by 23 breeders, the auction was held where an audience of more than 40 bid for 65 pedigree fancy goldfish at bargain prices....
The Club has over 80 Classes of Goldfish with 10 Special Trophy Awards. Here is the Best in Show trophy being given to Bob Jones by Lifetime BAS Member Clive Weeks.
The Bristol Aquarist Society is famous for their development of the Bristol Shubunkin with its long fins and blue background colour. This breed was well represented with young and adult classes plus teams of four.
Not forgetting the original Common goldfish ...
The Nationwide Open Shows and Auctions continue with the Northern Goldfish & Pondkeepers Show at St. Matthews Church Hall, Chester Road, Stretford, M32 8HF on Saturday, September 16.
The final Open Show, where all four Goldfish cbs in Nationwide UK will compete is at Horsehay Village Hall, Bridge Road, Horsehay, Telford, TF4 2NF on Saturday, September 30.
Taking place from the 7th September, collection across Hawaii of marine fish is now effectively discontinued until further notice.
The dispute stems from a legal case from 2012, where plaintiffs sued the State Department of Land and Natural Resources over non-compliance with Hawaii’s Environmental Policy Act regarding the undertaking of environmental reviews before issuing collecting permits.
Wednesday’s decision saw the Supreme Court agreeing with plaintiffs, ordering the Circuit Court to grant an injunction prohibiting commercial aquarium collections.
What does this mean for the hobby? Most notably, with immediate effect there will be no more Hawaiian wild caught Yellow tangs. Other species historically imported in numbers from Hawaii include Hermit crabs, Feather duster worms, Achilles tang, Goldring tang, Potter’s angelfish, and Moorish idols.
Hawaii’s fish collection industry has been under fire for some time, with conservationists citing concerns of ecosystem damage through excess Yellow tang collection – the tangs control algae which, conservationists say, becomes an issue once the fish are removed. Other concerns raised are the disappearance of food fish eaten for generations by indigenous people, with Achilles tang cited as an example.
The ruling of the Supreme Court means that analysis of the industry’s impact on the marine ecosystems will be needed before any collection permits will be issued. Without permits, no collection can take place, and there’ll be no permits until a proper environmental review is performed.
In the official Court ruling released to the public, Gail Grabowski, associate professor at Chaminade University and Director of the University’s Environmental Studies Program states that “aquarium collection is having a detrimental effect on fish populations around O’ahu and in other areas of the state.
“[It] disrupts the ecosystems and makes them less able to respond to stressors, [and] it removes animals that occupy important and unique ecological niches,” she goes on to state.
Other plaintiff submissions were more anecdotal than evidence based, however. Rene Umberger (once the subject of an underwater fight with tang collectors that gained notoriety for both sides) was on record stating that over the course of her diving since 1983 (10,000+ dives), she has noticed that “fish species that are prized by the aquarium trade have abruptly disappeared from a lot of dive sites.”
She went on to declare a marked difference in reef conditions between sites that are open to collection and those that are not, with reefs open to collection having a substantially lower number of ‘aesthetically pleasing fish and invertebrates.” She opined that the current (now former) permitting practices for collection “will have irreversible, negative consequences for Hawaii’s reef ecosystems and [her] interests in enjoying and protecting these areas.”
Plaintiff Miyoko Sakashita, Ocean Program Director for the Center of Biological Diversity said in a statement that “maybe now people will realise that people are loving these beautiful fish to death.”
In America, the Pet industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) is looking at strategies to move forward and get fisheries reopened as soon as possible. Potential avenues could include exemptions to the Hawaii Environmental Protection Act (HEPA) regulations in the wake of sufficient evidence of a lack of impact from the industry. Whilst not a UK-based organisation, American retailers are being invited to donate towards PIJAC activities to fund what will likely be a costly legal proceeding in the future.
Full details of the ruling can be found here: http://law.justia.com/cases/hawaii/supreme-court/2017/scwc-13-0002125.html
American (or global) aquarists interested in contributing to the PIJAC cause can find further details here: http://pijac.org/aquatic
Visitors to the world’s biggest Koi show in August this year had something decidedly different to consider adding to their ponds, reports Jeremy Gay.
Mississippi paddlefish, Polyodon spathula, were being offered for sale at the Holland Koi Show — bizarre, filter feeding, cartilaginous living relics from the Cretaceous Period, 70 million years ago.
The fish pictured above were 18in long and on sale for 80 euros apiece, under their German name of 'Loffelstor'.
American paddlefish are most closely related to Sturgeon and Sterlet, in the Order Acipenceriformes.
Like Sturgeon, they are harvested for their caviar and are at risk from habitat destruction, overfishing, pollution, damming and the introduction of invasive species.
Only one other paddlefish exists worldwide, the Chinese paddlefish, an IUCN Critically Endangered species, endemic to the lower Yangtze River Basin.
The Chinese paddlefish is rumoured to reach lengths of 7m, averaging at least 3m long when adult, yet not a single one has been seen or caught in recent years and fears are that the species is already extinct.
The American or Mississippi paddlefish is a smaller fish, adult at a mere 1.5m, including that spoonbill, and is exclusively freshwater.
The individuals on sale in Holland were almost certainly captive bred, and were being offered by a Sterlet and Sturgeon supplier, who said they were fed exclusively on Sterlet pellets.
Can I buy them in the UK?
Some 30 years ago now, juvenile Mississippi paddlefish were offered for sale fairly frequently in the UK, although legislation has prevented any more recent sales and the species does not feature on the positive list of freshwater species which are allowed to be kept in the UK. It would be illegal to purchase them in Holland and bring them here to the UK.
An obvious novelty species, and native to the one of the world’s largest river systems, paddlefish would not make good ornamental pond fish either due to their size, filter feeding method and constantly active, almost pelagic, migratory swimming tendencies.
Being cartilaginous they would also be sensitive to some medications, and would be likely to get caught up in plants and blanketweed.
But if you live in Holland or Germany and have an enclosed, faux river section in your back field, fill your boots! They are really are some of the strangest freshwater fish on the planet.
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Our packed October issue is bursting at the seams with fish, advice and inspiration. Check out just a selection of this month's offerings...
Our fish of the month are the beautiful blue-eyes. With irises as enchanting as a galaxy, and flowing fins like Spanish dancers, these are fish you really need to keep!
After a decade of longing, former PFK editor Jeremy Gay finally gets the chance to keep one of the most beautiful tetras out there. Meet the Red/blue Peru.
We offer 16 simple ideas to enrich your fishes' lives to make them happier and healthier — and find out how the way we feed could be the key to better behaved mbuna.
Ever fancied taking a home learning course in aquatics? Now's your chance. Our new Aquatic School series begins this month. Over the next five issues you can learn all about the basics of fishkeeping — and at the end of the course you can take an exam for the opportunity to earn your very own Fishkeeping Diploma!
Whether you're looking for a Jedi mind trick, are seeking Superman, want Utter chaos, or something more discreet, you'll want to keep the colours of the corals you're buying at their very best. We explain how to do it.
The predator vs. prey relationship has given rise to some convincing mimics, which can give marine aquarists a rare insight into this evolutionary 'arms race'. Find out more in the October issue.
All this, plus some great oddball fish we discovered on a recent shop visit, a lovely community tank based around a Guyana stream, a Bolivian catfish showcase, readers' tanks, advice on quarantining Koi, and how you can add water movement to your garden with a stream or waterfall — even if you don't have a pond!
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Scientists at the Universities of Liverpool and Oslo have uncovered the secret behind a goldfish’s remarkable ability to produce alcohol as a way of surviving harsh winters beneath frozen lakes.
Humans and most other vertebrate animals die within a few minutes without oxygen. Yet goldfish and their wild relatives, crucian carp, can survive for days, even months, in oxygen-free water at the bottom of ice-covered ponds.
During this time, the fish are able to convert anaerobically produced lactic acid into ethanol, which then diffuses across their gills into the surrounding water and avoids a dangerous build-up of lactic acid in the body.
The molecular mechanism behind this highly unusual ability, which is unique among vertebrates and more commonly associated with brewer’s yeast, has now been uncovered and is published in the journal Scientific Reports.
The international team has shown that muscles of goldfish and crucian carp contain not just the usual one, but two sets of the proteins normally used to channel carbohydrates towards their breakdown within a cell’s mitochondria – a key step for energy production.
While one set of these proteins appears very similar to that in other species, the second set is strongly activated by the absence of oxygen and shows a mutation that allows channelling of metabolic substrates to ethanol formation outside the mitochondria.
Further genetic analyses suggest that the two sets of proteins arose as part of a whole genome duplication event in a common ancestor of goldfish and crucian carp some eight million years ago.
Dr Michael Berenbrink, an evolutionary physiologist at the University of Liverpool, said: “During their time in oxygen-free water in ice-covered ponds, which can last for several months in their northern European habitat, blood alcohol concentrations in crucian carp can reach more than 50 mg per 100 millilitres, which is above the drink drive limit in these countries.
“However, this is still a much better situation than filling up with lactic acid, which is the metabolic end product for other vertebrates, including humans, when devoid of oxygen.”
Lead author Dr Cathrine Elisabeth Fagernes, from the University of Oslo, said: “This research emphasises the role of whole genome duplications in the evolution of biological novelty and the adaptation of species to previously inhospitable environments.
“The ethanol production allows the crucian carp to be the only fish species surviving and exploiting these harsh environments, thereby avoiding competition and escaping predation by other fish species with which they normally interact in better oxygenated waters.
“It’s no wonder then that the crucian carp's cousin, the goldfish, is arguably one of the most resilient pets.”
The work is the result of a collaboration between scientists at the University of Liverpool, UK, and the University of Oslo, Norway. The work was funded by the Research Council of Norway.
The paper is available here.
Losing the family pet can be particularly hard on children, and may be their first experience with death. Rightly or wrongly, fish tend to be the 'starter pets' for kids, but what happens when that pet passes away?
Unfortunately, the first instinct with many parents when disposing of a dead fish is to flush it down the toilet, which is wrong for several reasons:
- Many times, fish are not dead and mistakenly flushing them leads to infestations in storm drains, ponds and rivers that kill the ecosystem, create a competitor and predator to local fish and affect the growth of native plants. If released, goldfish can often grow to the size of dinner plates and are now enlisted in the "Invasive Species List."
- If the fish has passed away, whatever they died from could eventually get into waterbodies and harm fish and pollute the water.
So why not provide these pets with a proper burial in the garden? US-based company Paw Pods offers a more sensible way to say goodbye.
The Paw Pods’ Fish Pod is a small fish shaped pod to help young fishkeepers avoid the trauma of seeing a pet flushed down the toilet. This also may serve as an important teaching tool for parents, death can be very difficult to explain, let alone comprehend for children, make them a part of the process.
Creativity helps the healing process. With Paw Pods 100% green, biodegradable pet burial pods, the fish's owner can decorate the pod with their pet’s name and pictures to creating a pet memorial and leave their sadness behind.
Paw Pods are available for fish and other pets.
- 100% Biodegradable
- No artificial colours
- Made with sustainable bamboo and rice husk
- Constructed to be as sturdy as possible while remaining eco-friendly
- Can be drawn on or painted as a coping tool by owners and children
- Available in a variety of sizes and shapes
Prices range from $9.99-149.99 — a fraction of the price of a traditional pet casket.
More info: http://pawpods.com/
New for 2017, Paw Pods is working on a crowdfunding campaign through the RedCrow platform to increase their marketing and advertising, fulfil large orders, and build out a digital platform to connect pet lovers around the world.
The Goldfish Bowl is holding a special marine-focused open evening on Thursday, September 14. The Magnificent Marines event will take place at the store in Magdalen Road, Oxford from 4pm until 9pm.
Whether you’re already a marine hobbyist or thinking about taking the plunge, this event will have something for you. There will also be representatives in-store from Tropical Marine Centre, a highly-respected and well known brand known for their specialist marine equipment, water conditioners, foods and supplements as well as being the UK authorised resellers for worldwide recognised brands including Tropic Marin, Salifert, REEF, V2 and Geisemann.
On the night, there will be talks about starting up a marine aquarium, how to improve your current set up and also a live demonstration on how to aquascape a saltwater tank. There will also be a chance for you to ask marine experts some questions one to one. There will be discounts on selected TMC products including an amazing price on some full marine set ups!
The Goldfish Bowl has over 100 marine tanks, as well as a whole room dedicated to LPS, SPS and soft corals. The store has recently upgraded the lights in the coral room, making it the proud owner of no less than nine of the stunning Geisemann Vervves. These state of the art lights mimic the lunar cycle and promote excellent coral growth.
For tropical and coldwater fishkeepers, there will be other special offers across the entire store as well as a very special one-off discount on ALL livestock. Helpful and knowledgeable staff will, of course, be on hand to discuss any aquatics-related questions or topics with you.
This event follows the very popular shrimp and aquascaping open evening at The Goldfish Bowl, which took place last October. Join them for what promises to be another fun evening!
The store is expecting big numbers so attendees are being asked to register for a place by visiting The Goldfish Bowl website.
Terry and Shirley Nelson of Ashby Fishkeepers Society have received a special award for 1000 Firsts at Yorkshire Association of Aquarist Societies (YAAS) shows.
WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: DR DAVID FORD
The award was presented by Ray Stansfield of Bradford & DAS at the annual ‘Friends of Yorkshire’ Open Show and Auction by YAAS at Stockton on the Forest Village Hall on Sunday, August 13, 2017. The Nelsons said it was a lifetime’s achievement for them — they have been committed aquarists for 40 years and attended every YAAS show, winning badges for 25, 50, 100 Firsts — but a special trophy had to be made for that 1000.
Just to add to their success, they also won the Best in Show with this Metriaclima lombardoi, with 85.7 points from the 205 entries at the Open Show. That was award number 1001!
The judges were Trish Jones, David Marshall, Mick Price and Edward Cheetham, of the YAAS. As always, Steve Jones of YAAS was the auctioneer and an audience of more than 40 attended to buy the usual aquatic bargains.
It is also a tradition for the Fancy Guppy UK to hold a leg of the Fancy Guppy League at the YAAS show, which took place in a separate hall with FGUK judges Tina Smith, Carl Stewart and Stan Collinge. This was their 5th Leg for the 2017 Showing Season and it was Stan Collinge who achieved the top award of Best Guppy with his Spade Tail Moscow Snakeskin.
Traditionally the YAAS also awards ‘The Best Exhibit’ in the Pairs classes. Kerry Hardy of Sheaf Valley won this award with his matched pair of Cuban livebearers, Girardinus falcatus, with 85 points.
Hounslow Urban Farm in Feltham, Middlesex will once again host the 31st Festival of Fishkeeping over the weekend of October 7–8, 2017.
Hounslow Urban Farm, one of the UK’s largest community farms, is expert at giving local children a real life experience of a working farm and hosting really fantastic events. So, during the weekend , families will be able to enjoy both the interactive contact with domestic farm animals that the Farm offers, including rare and unusual breeds, as well as the Festival of Fishkeeping — all for the cost of standard entry to the farm!
The Festival of Fishkeeping is the UK’s biggest display and competition of rare breed, tropical fish and reptiles. It’s a unique and fantastic opportunity to get up close to exotic, weird and wonderful fish and reptiles that can’t be seen elsewhere, all in one place at one time. You certainly don’t have to be nuts about fish to appreciate the splendour of the fish on display, which include Japanese Koi, Discus, killifish, Jinchu Kai and many more, plus the chance to buy some quality fish.
If the weather is inclement, the undercover, fully-heated environment will ensure comfortable viewing of the very best quality of fish and reptiles in full adult size and prime condition, brought together by fish breeders and hobbyists from around the country.
Supporting Companies this year include Rolf C Hagen, Fish Science, Simply Koi, LBA Lisa Bradshaw, Devotedly Discus — and those amazing stingrays will be back this year, along with the fabulous flowerhorns and Betta splendens.
In addition to the regular fish competitions, there will be Discus and cichlid displays plus Societies’ information Stands.
FESTIVAL FISH COMPETITION DETAILS
This is the last chance for exhibitors to show off their fishes and plants in the FBAS Show season and for the public to be attracted into the hobby by viewing the very best in the aquatic world.
Saturday, October 7
FESTIVAL A.S. OPEN SHOW
FBAS Championship Classes (winners qualify for 2017 Supreme)
M (AOS Tropical Egglayers)
V (Twin-tailed Goldfish)
Diamond Class (qualifies for 2018 Final) – J (Rasboras)
Fishes gaining ‘Best in Shows’ from any Open Show in 2017 qualify for this end-of-the-year ‘Head-to-Head’ final shootout.
DIAMOND CLASS FINAL
Relying on the ‘Home Game’ advantage’ theory, winners of the Society nominated Class have to do it all again in this popular Final Round.
Sunday, October 8
SUPREME CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
This is the BIG ONE! Whichever fish wins, it’s ‘Simply the Best.’ Qualifiers come from successful 2017 Championship Trophy Class winners.
SUPREME PAIRS FINAL
Favourite twosomes. Or fishkeeping’s equivalent of ‘Mr & Mrs’. 2017 Pairs Classes winners qualify.
SUPREME BREEDERS FINAL
Four of a kind, or, Familiarity breeds! (2017 Breeders’ Classes winners qualify)
Other attractions throughout the weekend include:
Some see these magnificent fish as the ‘Rolls Royces’ of the aquatic world. Do you envy the Judges’ job deciding the winner from such a collection?
‘Big is Beautiful’ so they say. Apart from admiring their beauty, spare a thought on the effort required to get fish into this condition and getting them to the Show as well!
SIAMESE FIGHTER DISPLAY
LJB Aquatics will be putting on a big display of some awesome fish that just can’t be missed. Along with sensational stingrays and flowerhorns , the LJB stand will include stunning and vibrant Betta splendens, with every tail type and colour you can imagine, all of a very high standard — with plenty of fish for sale!
SURPLUS HOME-BRED FISH SALES
It’s surprising what you can pick up (at bargain prices too!) in this hobbyists-supported feature. To reserve tank-space for your sales (which you must supervise personally), contact Paul Corbett as soon as possible on 01983 522448 or 07926 354669.
FURNISHED & BREEDERS AQUARIUMS DISPLAY presented by Hounslow & D.A.S.
Activities and events at the farm will include the best in family entertainment including children’s animal encounters, bouncy castle, bird of prey displays, pig and ferret racing, animal feeding, children’s play zones, face painting, art and craft and animal games competitions. This year the farm has also installed go-carts, paddleboats, a paddling pool and sand pits.
Just set your satnav to Faggs Road, Feltham, Middlesex TW14 0LZ.
For further details about the Festival of Fishkeeping, contact The Festival Organiser, 8 Acacia Avenue, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8NR. Tel. 020 88473586 or email email@example.com
Saturday, October 7
Eheim has launched the new LEDcontrol, especially developed for its PowerLED+ series.
Using the Eheim LEDcontrol, you can control your aquarium lighting to create the ideal light for both fish and plants.
With the ‘fresh plant’ and ‘marine hybrid’ lights, different light options (dawn, dusk, etc.) can be individually adapted. For ‘fresh daylight’ or ‘marine actinic’ lights, you can only vary the brightness.
The controller is quick to install due to the pre-installed connectors. The included software (USB card*) can be programmed via your PC and you can either enter your individual lighting preferences or simply select one of the pre-installed programs. As soon as the current time is synchronised with your PC, you can start. (*If you lose the USB card, you can download the content from the EHEIM website for free.)
There’s a fast forward mode to check the selected settings and you can switch between Summer and Winter GMT simply by synchronising with the PC (brightness and colour variations remain unchanged.
The new LEDcontrol has three years’ warranty.
More info: www.eheim.com
The European Union has added four more aquatic plants to the banned list of species that can no longer be sold in the UK in the future.
The trade will have a year to sell remaining stock, provided a contract is in place to supply and buy these plants (the deadline for this was August 1, 2017).
And the industry is being reminded that all stock of four pond plants banned last year — including Water hyacinth (pictured below) — must have been cleared from the shelves and cannot be sold from today (August 3).
The full list of aquatic species that cannot be sold in the UK is available on the OATA website.
The latest four plants to be banned as part of an update to the Alien Invasive Species Regulation are:
- Alternanthera philoxeroides (Alligator weed)
- Elodea nuttallii (Nuttall’s waterweed)
- Gunnera tinctoria (Giant rhubarb)
- Myriophyllum heterophyllum (Broadleaf watermilfoil)
“These are not bigger sellers in our industry but nevertheless it is yet more aquatic plants being chipped away from what can be sold. And we know the EU is already working on its next list of invasive species and there will be more aquatic plants and ornamental fish being considered for that,” says OATA Chief Executive Dominic Whitmee.
“We continue to make the point to Defra that many of these pond plants do not pose an invasive issue for the UK because they cannot survive our winters, so should be allowed back on sale as soon as possible following our exit from the EU.”
Time is running out for voting in our 2017 Practical Fishkeeping Readers' Poll. So, if you haven't cast your vote for your favourite aquatic retailer(s) yet, now is the time to do so!
And don't forget that there are some fabulous prizes up for grabs from Fluval — just by taking part, you'll be entered into a free draw where you could win some great fishkeeping gear!
Entries must arrive before August 18, 2017. The results will be announced later in the year.