Meet The Supplier: Microbe Lift & Arka Biotechnologies

This Sunday from 2pm – 5pm we are pleased to be hosting both Microbe-Lift UK and ARKA Biotechnologie GmbH in the marine department at Fishkeeper Melville for a meet the supplier event.

Both Scott and Kevin will be on hand to explain their unique ranges of products and how they work as well as answering your questions!

This event should also be of interest for keepers of freshwater aquariums as Microbe Lift have a wide range of products for both marine and freshwater applications.

Fishkeeper Melville will also have:

  • Free goody bags whilst stocks last
  • Special offers on Microbe Lift products & Arka Reef Ceramics
  • Reductions on marine livestock and aquariums
  • Charity tombola in aid of LINI (The Indonesia Nature Foundation)
  • Colouring in competition for the junior fishkeepers
  • Cakes and refreshments

All of the above will be running from 2pm – 5pm on Sunday 14th January at Fishkeeper Melville – Edinburgh!

Fishkeeper Melville
Dobbies Edinburgh
Melville Nursery
EH18 1AZ
T: 0131 663 9814

Anniversary Weekend Special Offers

Our anniversary weekend is here and we have some FINTASTIC offers across all of our stores this SATURDAY and SUNDAY!

• 10% off all tropical, coldwater and marine fish!
• 10% off all aquariums
• 20% off all JBL products
• 10% off all reef ceramics
• Extra aquarium plant free with all multibuy deals
• Plus extra special exclusive offers in every store!

There will be a charity raffle in each store with proceeds going to the Scottish SPCA. This is your chance to win an aquarium or other runner up prizes from great suppliers such as JBL, Interpet & Vitalis Aquatic Nutrition with tickets only £1 each!

We will also have free goody bags available on a first come first served basis.

There will be plenty of cupcakes and balloons as well as a colouring competition for the junior fishkeepers.

We look forward to seeing you at your local Fishkeeper Scotland store on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November!

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Special offers exclude items already within sale. Goody bags available whilst stocks last.

We celebrate our 7th anniversary!

A special weekend to celebrate the seventh anniversary of Fishkeeper Scotland will be taking place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of November 2017 across all of our stores!

There will be very special offers in store across a wide range of products – including discounts on fish and aquariums. There will also be goody bags whilst stocks last, raffle prizes, colouring in competitions and cake for all visitors.

Proceeds of the charity raffles will be in aid of the Scottish SPCA, who have been personally invited to all of the stores to fundraise and to help promote responsible pet ownership and animal welfare.

We raised over £3000 last year in aid of the Scottish SPCA at their new store openings.

Fishkeeper Scotland now have 14 stores across the country – after taking over and refurbishing many Dobbies concessionary departments. The stores have a new look with thousands of tropical, marine, coldwater and pond fish. There is also a wide selection of aquarium plants, marine invertebrates andcorals. The pond and water gardening sections are full of many pond plants and fish in the season.

PFK Readers’ Poll – Results!

Thank you to everyone who voted for us in Practical Fishkeeping Magazine’s Readers’ Poll, we are delighted with the result!

Fishkeeper Inverness – Scotland Runner Up

Fishkeeper Braehead – Voted one of the Top 40 Shops in UK

Fishkeeper Coatbridge – Voted one of the Top 40 Shops in UK

Fishkeeper Inverness – Voted one of the Top 40 Shops in UK


Germany Trip

Team at JBL HQ
The team outside JBL’s offices

Fishkeeper Scotland constantly strive to ensure their stores are providing the best service and products for our customers, so we were delighted when JBL invited us to their headquarters near Frankfurt, Germany this week as it gave a great insight into their production operation and a behind the scenes look at how some of the products on our shelves are manufactured.

JBL started in 1960 when Joachim Böhme opened a small specialist pet shop and developed a remedy named “Punktol” for the treatment of white spot disease. The company now supply a huge range of over a thousand products to more than 60 countries worldwide while still maintaining an emphasis on researching fish habitats.

A group of 16 of our store managers and fishkeepers flew to Frankfurt and were bussed to a hotel near Mannheim. Monday morning kicked off with some training from Heiko Blessin –  a biologist who also works as JBL’s marketing director and expedition leader. We discussed the importance of CO2 supplementation in planted aquariums and how their pH controllers can have a positive effect on fish from different regions that are suited to different water parameters. Another issue discussed was ProPond and how the difference between spring and autumn foods can benefit pond fish. It is important that the immune system of fish is strengthened during these seasons, but they require very different things from food in spring than they do in autumn. ProPond’s Spring and Autumn foods solve this problem – by allowing accurate ratios of protein to fat at the correct level to ensure the best health for pond fish. More information can be found on this fascinating subject on this JBL website here.

Inside JBL’s warehouse

JBL aim to be environmentally friendly in every aspect of their business: we noticed the solar panels on the roof, energy efficient company cars and bio-filters in the factory. They offer refill packs of Biotopol (a water conditioner) in bags instead of the usual plastic bottles, which saves 94% of CO2 during transport. It was very exciting to be given a tour of their recently expanded factory.  Our group was totally engaged whilst watching NovoTabs and NovoBel being produced in-house and observing the high standard their products must reach before being shipped to a store.

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NovoTab on the production line in JBL’s factory

We certainly saw JBL’s motto “Ahead through research” in practice when we entered their research centre. This is where experienced scientists were putting a large selection of products through their paces to make sure they live up to the firm’s high standards. They also cooperate with some of the leading scientific institutions in Europe in order to receive the most accurate information possible.

Large planted aquarium inside the JBL offices

JBL undertake worldwide expeditions to native habitats of ornamental fish and terrarium animals to carry out important field research. They will be visiting Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles in 2018 to observe some wonderful animals and sights such as whale sharks and coral reefs! Information about this trip to the Indian Ocean and how to apply to join them can be found here.

Large Discus display at a pet shop in Mannheim

We spent our last day travelling around pet shops and local fish stores in Frankfurt to see how the German market differs to the UK. There were many exciting species, including huge Arowana, stingrays and a wide selection of corals! Planted aquariums are very popular in Germany and therefore it was no surprise that the plant section in every store was impressive! Also available was also a large selection of shrimp and freshwater lobsters. The large Koi ponds at the entrance of some of the stores were both amazing and completely unforgettable.

Altum Angelfish at a local fish shop in Mannheim

We at Fishkeeper Scotland would again like to thank JBL for granting us the opportunity to visit their premises in Germany.  Below is an assortment of images taken during our journey.

Fishkeeper Milngavie officially opens this May Bank Holiday Weekend!

Please come and join us this bank holiday weekend from Saturday 27th until Monday 29th May at Dobbies Milngavie, Boclair Road, G62 6EP for our official opening and grab a few bargains!

We will have lots of special offers running all weekend along with goody bags to give away whilst stocks last (the first 25 at 9am on Saturday are extra special!)

You will also have the chance to win a Kent Marine Bioreef Aquarium worth £299.99!

There is a colouring-in competition for the kids to win a starter aquarium along with plenty of cake and balloons as well – all in aid of the Scottish SPCA. You might even spot Dory swimming around!

We look forward to welcoming you to Fishkeeper Milngavie!

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Fishkeeper Sandyholm opens this Easter

Fishkeeper Sandyholm will officially open its doors this Easter weekend offering everything for the fishkeeper and keen water gardener with a wide range of pond and aquarium products.

Come down this Easter weekend for lots of special offers and buy a cupcake in aid of the SSPCA!

Fishkeeper Sandyholm is located inside of Dobbies Clyde Valley, Crossford near Carluke, ML8 5QF

Fishkeeper Perth officially opens

Fishkeeper Scotland are delighted to officially open our 12th store this weekend inside of Dobbies Perth.

Join us for lots of special offers and fun for all of the family.

There will be an aquascaping display with JBL and goody bags whilst stocks last.

Fishkeeper Perth

Dobbies Perth

Huntingtower Park

Crieff Road



Telephone: 01738 631537

Fishkeeper Livingston opens officially on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December!

Please come and join us on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December at Dobbies Garden World, Livingston, EH52 6PA to celebrate the official opening of Fishkeeper Livingston and grab a few bargains!

We will have lots of special offers running all weekend along with goody bags to give away whilst stocks last (the first 25 on Saturday are extra special!)

There will be face painting along with plenty of cake and balloons as well.

You will also have the chance to win a Kent Marine Bioreef Aquarium worth £299.99 and there is a colouring-in competition for the kids to win a starter aquarium.

There will also be an appearance by Paul Harper from Heart Scotland’s Drivetime show on the Saturday from 11:30-13:30 with even more chances to win!

We look forward to welcoming you to Fishkeeper Livingston!!

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