How much does it cost to own fish?

How much does it cost to own fish? | Warehouse Aquatics | Middlewich

If you’re thinking about buying your first fish, you might be wondering how much it costs to own fish and all the equipment needed to run a healthy tank. Unsurprisingly, the cost can vary depending on lots of factors. We’ll talk you through these factors here.

How much does a fish tank cost? | Warehouse Aquatics | Middlewich

How much does a fish tank cost?

Fish tanks come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s no surprise that price varies hugely. Our lowest-priced tanks are our 17-litre Ciano aquariums, which come in white and black. At just over £40, these fish tanks come with a pre-fitted filter and LED strip light.

At the other end of the scale, we stock a variety of high-end fish tanks that come with cabinets designed explicitly for these aquariums. A couple of examples include our Juwel Vision 450 range of aquariums and cabinets, which starts at £1,453, and our Eheim range of luxury aquariums, which starts at £1,389.

How much do fish tank filters, heaters, and pumps cost?

You can buy different types of fish tank filters, like powered filters, under gravel filters, and sponge filters, depending on your tank. These filters range in price from £7–£38.

Meanwhile, fish tank heaters range in price from £10–£39. But you only need a heater if you’re keeping tropical fish. Coldwater fish don’t need a heater.

You can also buy an air pump for extra aeration and oxygen or to power a funky ornament. You can pick up air pumps for £11–£41.

How much do fish tank filters, heaters, and pumps cost? | Warehouse Aquatics | Middlewich
How much do fish tank decorations and substrates cost? | Warehouse Aquatics | Middlewich

How much do fish tank decorations and substrates cost?

When you come to decorate your fish tank, we stock loads of substrates, fish tank backgrounds, ornaments, plants, stones, pebbles, rocks, LifeRock, driftwood, shells, corals, leaves, and ceramic nature. This means you can decorate your aquarium on virtually any budget.

How much do fish treatments and test kits cost?

Fishkeepers have to test their aquarium water and treat their fish from time to time. We stock a variety of dechlorinators, bacteria filter starters, water conditioners, water quality test kits, algae treatments, and fish disease treatments to help you with this.

How much do fish treatments and test kits cost? | Warehouse Aquatics | Middlewhich
How much do fish tank lights cost? | Warehouse Aquatics | Middlewich

How much do fish tank lights cost?

Almost all fish tanks come with light tubes, so you don’t need to worry about this added cost. However, we do stock replacement T5, T8, and LED bulbs. These bulbs range in price from £6–£31.

Read about the difference between these bulbs here.

How much does fish food cost?

We stock an array of fish foods for goldfish, tropical fish, marine fish, and shrimp. We also stock holiday feeders for while you’re away. These foods range in price from £1–£4 per tub or sachet.

So, how much does it cost to keep fish? | Warehouse Aquatics | Middlewich
How much do fish cost? | Warehouse Aquatics | Middlewich

How much do fish cost?

Much like aquatics equipment, fish can cost virtually anything. That said, you can pick up most starter fish for up to a few pounds each. And the smaller your tank, the fewer fish you can keep. Bigger fish can cost much more and even enter the hundreds.

So, how much does it cost to keep fish?

You can decide how much to invest in keeping fish. While some of our customers are huge fish hobbyists who purchase high-end fish tanks and advanced filtration systems and treatments, other customers prefer a more traditional approach to fishkeeping. 

With our supplies, you can spend well under £100 to set up a fully functioning fish tank. But you might decide to splash out and treat your fish to some luxuries too.

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About Warehouse Aquatics

The Warehouse Aquatics mission is to offer the most choice at the best prices when it comes to your fishes’ wellbeing. We use the products on our website ourselves and are well-versed in all things fish, so we can give you all the advice you need. We’re not just here to sell aquatic supplies. We’re also here to guide you through your journey as a fish owner and enthusiast.

As a small team, we love to hear from our customers, so please do join the Warehouse Aquatics social media community. We’re always up for a chat, and we’d love to share your aquarium photos with our followers.

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