Qualification - Fish Care and Culture Certificate

Course CodeVEN028
Fee CodeAC
Duration (approx)600 hours

The Fish Care and Culture certificate is a unique qualification enabling you to become an expert in fish species, fish care, fish culture and research.

There are six modules which cover Marine Studies I and II, Aquarium Management, Aquaculture with Marine and Freshwater Fish and Aquaponics.


  • Improve your job and career prospects working within the fish industry.
  • Improve your knowledge
  • Work through the course supported by our highly qualified and experienced tutors who are happy to help you every step of the way.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Fish Care and Culture Certificate.
 Aquarium Management BEN105
 Marine Biology I BEN103
 Aquaculture -Marine BAG220
 Fish Farming & Aquaculture BAG211
 Marine Studies II BEN203
 Aquaponic Farming BHT319

Note that each module in the Qualification - Fish Care and Culture Certificate is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Sample Aims from the Aquarium Management course

  • Discuss the scope and nature of aquarium use and management
  • Describe the Water Ecosystem
  • Explain Water Quality and Management
  • Determine appropriate equipment and systems for different applications in the provision of aquaria.
  • Determine appropriate species of animal and plant life to introduce into an aquarium
  • Explain the establishment of a freshwater aquarium
  • Explain the establishment of a saltwater aquarium
  • Explain the maintenance of an aquarium
  • Explain how to breed a range of different fish


An aquarium is basically an underwater ecosystem.
In order to maintain similar conditions to the natural environment and habitat of the species that live in the tank, it is necessary to maintain constant water conditions as well as optimal water quality levels specifically required by each organism in the aquarium tank. To reach these conditions, it is essential to be familiar with the right type of equipment in order to supply the appropriate environmental conditions that each species requires.
Whether you choose to have a saltwater tank or a freshwater tank, you will need to take care and protect your system and equipment, however, as salt is a corrosive agent, a freshwater tank may be more recommended for beginners because it may be easier to maintain.
An aquarium can be as simple as a small round tank with a single fish inside to a large tank with a variety of fish, species and ornaments to help create an ecosystem that can be very pleasing to watch and care for. Those with a broad variety of species are often called “community tanks”, which can be quite a learning experience in terms of watching different interactions within the different species kept.  However, taking into account the compatibility within the species is a very important factor to consider if you wish to maintain harmony between the species and the environment inside an aquarium tank.













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