Owner of UK’s biggest fish tank spends £20k transforming his home into massive aquarium


Jack Heathcote, 37, loves to swim with his beloved fish but he can only access the 22-tonne tank by diving in from the dining room floor in his eccentric Nottingham home

Jack Heathcote regularly swims with his beloved fish

A lover of all things aquatic claims to own the UK’s biggest domestic fish tank – which is an enormous 14ft long, 12ft 8ins wide and 7ft deep.

Former council office worker Jack Heathcote, 37, has spent £20,000 transforming his house in Nottingham into a giant aquarium which houses over 400 fish.

The fish fanatic claims the underwater exhibit in his cellar holds 4,800 gallons of water weighing a huge 22 tonnes – which is 12 times heavier than a family car.

As the fish tank weighs such an incredible amount, Jack has to dive into the 7ft deep tank from his dining room floor.

The 49-year-old told The Sun : “You could rightly say my hobby has taken over my house as well as my life.

“As far as I know, this tank is the biggest domestic tank in Britain.







Jack at his home in Carlton, Nottingham with the largest personal fish tank in the UK
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“I would love to hear of someone taking up the challenge of building a bigger one.”

After moving in almost 20 years ago, Jack initially installed nine tanks in his five-bedroom house in Carlton, Nottingham which he filled with hundreds of tropical species from around the globe.

However it was costing him £200 a month to heat the tanks for his exotic fish, so he was forced to switch to cold water varieties in 2016, cutting his bill in half.

And the 7ft deep tank is now home to 50 perch, rudd and tench – which Jack caught locally – and four huge mirror carp.

He believes he has spent a “small fortune” on his marine hobby, but it is his main interest as he doesn’t own a TV and spends his time with his fish instead.







The underwater exhibit in his cellar holds 4,800 gallons of water
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The bills for the fish tank started with £700 for the glass panels, £800 for the fibreglass lining, and Jack estimates the tank cost £5,000 to build and install.

Sourcing fish, the price of maintenance and food means he has spent around £20,000.

The fish enthusiast said: “Down the years I’ve probably spent around £20,000 on my fish.

“It’s a hobby I’m passionate about and am happy to pay what amounts to a small fortune.

“But there are people who spend more money on their hobbies, like on miniature railways or antiques.”

His interest in fish started aged five when he was given his first goldfish and after a trip to a Blackpool aquarium at the age of 10, that’s where his hobby started to take off.

“It really inspired me, and it went on from there,” he said.

“The fish don’t have names, but they definitely have personalities.

“I can watch them for hours interacting with each other. It’s very relaxing.

“No one says they think my hobby is odd. People say they are envious of the extent I indulge my passion.”

Luckily Jack’s girlfriend Sally also shares his passion for the fish, as she told ITV’s The Pet Show: “He loves his fish. He lives and breathes fish.

“The first time I met Jack I just thought it was all a bit weird, but I do love them.

“And I do recommend a fish tank to anyone if they want to relax. It is lovely.”

Shifting the tanks, were Jack ever to move home, might be a problem but he doesn’t believe it will be a huge concern.

He said: “The estate agent thought the indoor pond would be an issue in selling my previous house, but it sold very quickly without any problems.

“There are plenty of fish fans out there who would love to live here.”

And Jack, who is now a landlord, plans to launch a tank building business to encourage others.

“It would be wonderful to introduce people to the joys of keeping fish in a big tank,” he said.

“I would be on hand to give them all the advice they would need.”

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