Beginners Hub

Welcome to all new, and newish fishkeepers!

In our Fishkeeping Beginners Hub, you’ll find regular articles full of fishkeeping information and top tips focused on you – taking you from nervous noob to budding hobbyist. Not only do we want to help you to keep a vibrant and healthy aquarium, we also want to steer you clear of the common mistakes along the way, be that fish care issues or purchasing the wrong products.

So, get stuck in and soak up all the knowledge and encouragement you need to enjoy and embrace this beautiful hobby.

Thinking about keeping fish? Here are a few more thoughts on getting that aquarium perfect for you

Any healthy aquarium is a joy to own. The calming abilities are well documented along with many other mental health…

The beginners checklist for your first aquarium

Like most hobbies, when you first venture in to the world of fishkeeping, things can get a bit overwhelming.

Your guide to what goes where when setting up your first aquarium

When you leave a shop with a new fish tank it’s hard to remember all the information and tips offered to you by the…

Getting your first aquarium fit for keeping fish

With the equipment in place, water temperature balanced and the layout suiting your tastes, I’m sure you’ll be itching…

The beginners guide to growing healthy aquarium plants

For many, an aquarium full of lush plant growth is the pinnacle of freshwater fishkeeping. Emulating professional…

The beginners guide: picking your first tropical aquarium fish

Filling an empty glass box with water offers a surprising amount of excitement for the new aquarist, but it doesn’t…

Livebearers: the ideal beginners fish, or a bit of a handful?

Steve Baker •

Main image: Livebearers often pack aquariums with offspring. If you have read through the beginner's guide: picking…