How to know if your filter is broken – Johns Service

Is your aquarium filter busted or in need of repair? I repair filters in under one hour at your home or place of work. I’ve repaired over 500 filters since I retired 5 years ago!

I have this nifty infographic to help you figure out if you need to repair your filter:

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COVID Update

I’m still heavily limiting my aquarium in-home services during this time and I make sure to wear a mask and fresh gloves when inside your home.

I’ll be blogging soon on how to look after your cannister filter, once I’ve done the set up in your house. I’ll put the link in here.

Don’t forget to check out John’s services!

I am currently operating in south east england and many people are enjoying fish keeping as a hobby during covid. I usually just get business by word of mouth but I will write more about my service on here in more detail in the future.

I’ll set up social media soon – the bane of my kids’ existence.

Stay healthy,


Monterey Bay Aquarium Visit

Since coronavirus has pretty much (unnecessarily) shut down the economy and the world. Indeed, we do live in the most stupid era of humanity without a doubt, but I wanted to take the time to blog about a great trip to Monterey bay back in 2013.

We drove from San francisco to Monterey on the Californian coast.

Wow I can’t believe that was 7 years ago now. It’s a shame I haven’t been able to see any more aquariums lately. I remember that monterey bay aquarium had an amazing jelly fish enclosure.

They also had a top otter and ray pit as well.

Monterey Bay aquarium is genuinely one of the best aquariums out there. They have a wide variety of saltwater and freshwater tanks too. It’s always great to see how the pro marine biologists do it.

Pebble beach near Monterey bay: 

Thanks to Monterey Bay Aquarium for a great visit.

How to make a fish tank look amazing

How to make a fish tank look amazing!

There are a couple of great ways to enhance the appearance of your fish tank, for example one can use rockeries set ups, or they can even use plant based set ups.

Both are common and I like to use both for my clients. I don’t do reef tanks, because I don’t have the equipment. I’d love to get into it but right now my back can’t take moving those damn heavy corals.

I try to build a V shape tank. Basically lots of wood and plants build layers leading down to a beautiful moss bed.

1. Use LED lights:

These things are tiny little things but very powerful, I don’t really use the tubing any more if i’m doing a client tank.  I like to use LED lights to bring out the best in the fish.

Boy have things changed since my first tank! The bill is a lot lower too which makes my wife happier. Who’d have thought these things are cheaper to run and more powerful.

My grandkids are using phones the size of my fingers though so it’s no wonder that things have come on a bit.

2. Use my aqua-scaping service:

I’m really proud of what I do and there have been some wonderful clients kind enough to share photos of the work online. I don’t have any to hand but I’m still figuring this thing out.

Using a service to build your tank has a lot of advantages:

  • It’s a pain
  • I do it for you
  • You don’t end up with all your fish and plants dying
  • I test water quality!
  • I have beautiful results.

Tropica is website I used to find some great aquascaping inspiration here.

3. Have great fish

Although I breed guppies because that’s all the local kids want, in fact they usually end up sending me back a bloody 100 of them after they get tired keeping fish.

But the best thing to have a beautiful tank is combine a lot of community fish together and then the end result with aquascaping and a nice blue LED is amazing.

4. Put up a cabinet. 

Stop being tight and just fork out a decent hard wood cabinet to put a tank in.

Sadly i don’t offer this but there’s been a lot of demand lately for me to make custom cabinets so i might add that to my shop soon.

I think one of the reasons people can’t keep fish tanks in the long term is that they don’t like where it’s put. Make it part of the furniture and you will not regret the outcome.

People always comment on my living room tank! I’ll make another blog about it soon.


John M.