About us


OPENING HOURS - Harrogate Aquatic

9am-5pm Mon-Sat

10am-5pm Sun (Jan & Feb 10am-4pm)

Bank Holidays - business as usual!

Christmas - Closed 25th Dec - 3rd Jan


Our company

Harrogate Aquatic (originally known as Tropica) was set up in 1989 and quickly established itself as a specialist aquatic centre. Since 2001 we have been selling Dennerle products and aquarium plants on a nationwide basis. We are based within Moorland Nurseries garden centre between Harrogate and Knaresborough.

We stock a large variety of tropical and coldwater fish as well as aquarium plants and all the equipment and accessories from leading manufacturers.

We are also recognised as one of the UK's leading Dennerle specialists. The Dennerle system takes all the guesswork out of growing aquarium plants allowing you to create a beautiful, thriving underwater garden. 

During the Spring and Summer months our watergarden centre bursts into life with a tremendous selection of pond fish, pond plants, water lilies and koi carp. We have 'working' ponds and water features on display and carry large stocks of pond pumps, filters, foods and medicines. 

Our team

We are a small friendly and experienced team of enthusiastic aquarists who are passionate about fish-keeping. With many years of combined fish-keeping experience we have the expertise to offer you the very best support.

We have specialists in every aspect of fish-husbandry, from basic set-ups to lushly planted biotopes; from garden ponds to marine reef systems. If you need help or advice - just ask!

Luke Akroyd - Director- Aquatics Specialist

Specialist Areas:
 Ponds and Watergardens
 Dennerle Equipment 
 Rift Cichlids

Alison Newsham - Manager - Aquatics Specialist

Specialist Areas: 
•  Discus & Tropicals 
  Ponds & Water Gardening  
  Website, Marketing and Online Store


Bill Mawer - Senior Sales Assistant

Enthusiastic and friendly, Bill is here full-time and is most interested in South American cichlids (particularly Oscars!).  He also has a tortoise called 'Eric'.


Katie Smith - Sales Assistant

Enjoys all aspects of the hobby and currently keeps tropical fish and a well-fed axolotl called 'XO'.


Josh Tomkinson - Sales Assistant

Has a well-established tropical community tank - new to the team but no stranger to the hobby :)


Pet Shop Licence Holder: Luke Akroyd 01423 869590


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