Ornamental Aquatic Trades Association's Logo

Grosvenor Tropicals fully endorsees the OATA policy on the humane  treatment of livestock. We may refuse any sale where we believe that a customer cannot provide suitable care or environment.

We do not supply Goldfish for use as prizes at Fetes, or Fairs.

Fish from around the World

In our shop one of the most frequent questions which we are asked is "Where do all of your fish come from?” Well the answer is in the title of this page..  

The fish found in shops such as ours are collected from every continent on earth with the exception of Antarctica. Their habitats range from the largest freshwater lakes on the planet to shallow stagnant puddles by a jungle track. From the greatest of the earths river systems to the smallest of streams, often nothing more than a trickle.   They are found at all altitudes from high mountains to dark underground cave systems and in temperatures from only a few degrees above freezing to scalding springs hot enough to blister human skin.

Clearly many are so specialised as to be unsuitable for the home aquarium, but the keen aquarist still has the choice from thousands of different species, certainly enough for most tastes.

Catching Marine Fish

Some species are still wild caught by licensed collectors in their native habitat and transported to centralised collection stations where they are correctly identified, sorted and quarantined before being listed for sale on the international market.  Many others are captive breed, either in their country of origin, or in breeding centres in Europe and the Far East. 

Most arrive in the UK via national distributors, but some larger retailers like ourselves do import some stock directly from reputable dealers abroad

Today the international trade in ornamental fish is well regulated to ensure that natural stocks are managed responsibly and not dangerously depleted and helps to prevent illicit trade in endangered species.   It will also have a positive effect on the welfare and treatment of livestock and hopefully drive the unscrupulous out of the industry.


  • No Grosvenor Tropicals online shop? .. Correct, and no plans to start one!

    As we have explained many times, our biggest and most important product line is our livestock, and we refuse to sell a living creature and then "just pop it in the post".

    We take great care to ensure that all our livestock is in good health and top condition. So if you want some you'll just have to come to the shop personally to get it.

    But sure that's part of the fun.


  • Setting up you first Tank
  • Understanding Filters
  • Water Quality & Testing
  • Heaters and Lights
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
  • Live Plants or Plastic
  • Moving to Marines
  • Keeping Cool
  • ASBO's for Fish