About us

We've been keeping fish for over 15 years

We always aim to share our knowledge and make your hobby as easy as possible keeping in touch with our motto “Making Fish Keeping Easy”

Knowledgeable staff

We’ve been keeping fish since a young age and been in the industry for over 15 years, so we know what it takes to set up and maintain the perfect aquarium or pond.

Customers always first

We want our customers to feel welcome and appreciated from the moment they walk in the door. We’ll do everything we can to make your shopping experience easy and enjoyable.

A shop you can trust

We’re a 5-star rated establishment as awarded by Epping Forest District Council, have received over 50 rave reviews on Google, and have nearly 3000 followers on Facebook

We'll find what you need

We have access to thousands of species so you’ll definitely be able to find something to peak your interest, no matter how specific you want to be.

Google Reviews

Sam Barnaby
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Everything you could possibly need is in this shop for all different setups, and Glen is very knowledgeable and helpful and clearly has a passion for what he does.
Jason Clayton
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Glen has helped me every step of the way in the hobby. From a conversation about setting up an American Cichlid community through to sourcing the equipment...
Callum Dorling
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LVA always deliver! Any questions I have are always answered quickly which is very important for someone who’s still fairly new to the hobby. The fish have always been...


The essentials for keeping tropical fish include:

  • A tank that is the right size for the type of fish you want to keep.
  • A filter to keep the water clean.
  • A heater to keep the water at the correct temperature.
  • A thermometer to monitor the water temperature.
  • A light to provide the fish with the right amount of light.
  • Substrate for the fish to swim on and hide in.
    Decor to make the tank look natural and provide the fish with hiding places.
  • Water conditioner to remove chlorine and other harmful chemicals from the tap water.
  • Fish food that is appropriate for the type of fish you have.

When choosing fish for your tank, you need to consider the following factors:

  • The size of the tank.
  • The water temperature.
  • The pH of the water.
  • The temperament of the fish.
  • The diet of the fish.
  • It is also important to research the specific species of fish you are interested in to make sure they are compatible with each other.
The frequency with which you need to clean your tank will depend on the size of the tank, the number of fish in the tank, and the type of filter you have. However, you should aim to do a partial water change at least once a week.

Some common problems with keeping tropical fish include:

  • Water quality problems.
  • Overfeeding.
  • Disease.
  • Fighting between fish.
  • It is important to be aware of these problems and to take steps to prevent them.

Here are some tips for keeping tropical fish healthy:

  • Use a good quality filter.
  • Change the water regularly.
  • Test the water quality regularly.
  • Feed your fish the correct amount of food.
  • Avoid overstocking your tank.
  • Quarantine new fish before adding them to your tank.
  • Be aware of the signs of disease and take action early.

Come into our store or give us a call on 01992 444393 and we’ll be happy to answer any more questions you might have!