Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from April, 2016

The weekend...at last.

Hi guys, Hope your all looking forward to the weekend. I've had a busy week with family things so sorry for the low profile. I hope our new Admin William has been taking care of you all ok?I consider myself lucky to get the opportunity to meet so many nice friendly people that share the same hobby as me. It's overwhelming at first when you see so many people lined up to come into the hall like we did on sunday. I think it shows how strong the hobby is in Scotland. We are beginning to see an increase in shrimp keeping and also aquascaping too. We all need to continue to breed our fish,  share our success and show our support for local businesses. If we continue to do this we will ensure the next generation of fishkeepers will have a healthy thriving community of fishkeepers, aquascapers, shrimp keepers and all the other genres that make the hobby what it is today.I would like to know what we could do as a community, to really push the hobby forward. I know big sponsors and comp…

An extra pair of eyes

Hey guys,Our groups got big! We have grown by an extra 600 people in about six months. We have a lot of active members and it's the regular input that's made the group a success. We also have members that never comment but I know they are seeing posts and that's fine with me too. With recent changes to the rules we will have the occasional post from someone that's not aware of the rules. This can't be avoided but I've realised tonight that to uphold the rules and also keep our news feed clear of adds and generally keeping things nice and friendly, I need a couple of extra pairs of eyes. If you would like to be a moderator for lothian fishkeepers can you please send me a private message and let me know. See you all on an Sunday!

Meet the Neighbours - Riverside Aquaria Livingston

Now all of you have heard about Riverside Aquaria, I thought  it would be good to find out a little more about our new neighbours Jacki & David Learmonth. I was lucky to pull them away from the shop long enough to ask them some questions...


So guys, how does it feel to have your own store? for lots of fishkeepers, your own store is like a dream come true?
It really is a dream come true for us too. Jacki and I have discussed for years ways to make fish stores, more user friendly and more appealing to the hobbyists and beginners alike, little did we know our ideas may be put into action quite so soon. What gave you the Idea in the first place? 
I have been going to fish shops for years, I have bought fish from many different areas of the hobby but the best feeling is going into a small shop not knowing what you are going to see. For instance we visited Aqualife in Leyland, The shop is around the same size as Livingston but it took us over 2 hours and a second 30minute visit to buy. That…

Shrimps Dogs and Discus - meet Gordon Rattray...

Hi Guys,  As you all know, our table sale is just round the corner. Im very excited and having the shrimp show too. It is a first for Scotland and the first Facebook group in the UK to host such an event. Barry Horrocks from Freshwater shrimp has been working hard to get things in place for the show and we will have 3 different awards to give out with prizes and trophies to boot!! I have been recently contacted by Gordon Rattray. Gordon breeds shrimp and was hoping to enter the show however due to circumstances out of his control, he will unfortunately be unable to enter.  However, Gordon has offered up some of his own shrimp for a raffle prize on the day. I thought it would be nice to find out a little more about Gordon and here is what he said!
Firstly, for anybody who doesn't know you, tell us your story? what attracted your to the shrimp hobby? I was born in Greenock in 1952 but have lived in Kilmarnock for 45 years. Im known more for being a breeder exhibitor and Championship show…

Building for the future

With the next table sale less than three weeks away, it's getting clear to me that Lothian Fishkeepers is getting bigger than I ever imagined. We are very lucky to have received lots of products to help build a fund for future events.I have so far received DIY CO2 kits, EI easy dosing kits from CO2 Art. I have also got us some tissue culture pots from Hortilab too. All these items will be up for grabs at a tombola and I will make up a nice prize for a raffle too which will consist of a full diy co2 kit including defuser, bubble counter, co2 drop checker, air tubing and a selection of tissue cultures.I have reviewed all of these items previously on our Facebook group and blog. For more details on these items, check out my archive.Also up for grabs by raffle will he some hi grade Tiawan Bee shrimp and mixed colour F1/F2 courtesy of Gordon Rattray. I will have more details from Gordon later. He was hoping to exhibit his shrimp on our show but is now unfortunately unable to do so.We w…

Let me explain

I think yesterdays decision was the correct one and everybody agreed. However, me at my best, I don't think I worded it as clear as I could have and may have caused a little confusion at the same time. Let me clear things up and hopefully we can all move on and get back to what we enjoy.

First of all, Lothian Fishkeepers is a group for ALL fishkeepers. Its having a broad spectrum of aquarists in the group that makes it  great place for sharing advice and experiences. We have a wide range of experience amongst us. From professional Aquascapers to people who have just bought their first fish. I don't want this to change. We are probably one of the only groups on Facebook that doesn't have bullies giving newbies a hard time for making classic beginner mistakes we all made at some point. Please don't change guys!!!

Secondly, I need to clarify the new rules regarding advertising on the group. Lothian fishkeepers is in full support of the following traders...



Private Breeders…

Shrimp sheds - An alternative to fish - Derek Tweedie

Anybody who has built a shed in their garden will know that its not as easy as it looks. Imagine needing to install water, electricity and heating to that shed and then fill it with a load of tanks. Thats exactly what Derek Tweedie and his Dad Bob have done and below are the step by step photos to show us how they done it.