Benefits of Aqauriums from a guy with high blood pressure and hyperactive kids.

by Cubby on June 27, 2012

Benefits of Aquariums from a guy that has high blood pressure and hyperactive kids.

Studies as far back as the 1980’s reveal that aquariums actually have positive effects on high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease, insomnia and the everyday stress of daily life.  Watching fish go about their daily life somehow takes us all away from the daily grind.  Some wish they could actually jump right into that tank and live that stress free lifestyle.  Now you see why so many doctors and dentists have fish tanks in their offices.  Watching the fish so elegantly swim in and out of coral or sifting through the sand somehow makes us forget where we are and what we do for a living.  If calming effect of aquarium’s could be bottled and sold the world would be a much different place.  Sign me up please!

There’s Nemo !

Other studies show that aquariums have a calming effect on hyperactive kids.  I have a 14 and 9 year old sons and prior to installing our salt water aquarium they were, let’s say a hand full on rainy days.  But from the picking out what type of aquarium we liked to picking out the landscape and the various types of fish, the boys became somewhat pro’s in the world of aquatics.  They actually know more about fish than I do.  Rather than spending ALL DAY playing video games on those rainy days and avoiding home work at all costs, the boys seem to spend quite a bit of time looking at the fish and discussing what the next purchase should be.  I’m sure as they grow older they will lose a little interest but will they definitely have it in their blood.  This gives my kids some educational value other than finding the next ‘code” to unlock Pandora’s Box in the world of Zartha!

Let’s talk about the benefits of room décor.  We have all seen and felt it at least once.  Walking into someone’s home and seeing that incredible aquarium for the first time.  Wishing we had one just like it.  The only thing keeping you from getting one yourself is the thought of having no clue on where to begin.  I was in the same boat.  I saw my buddy’s aquarium and was mesmerized and instantly hooked.  I knew I had to have one.  The best thing I can recommend is to talk to people who already have one.  I won’t lie, they are not maintenance free, but you can have one that is almost maintenance free.  It’s like a never ending, constantly changing piece of art work.  It evolves in front of your eyes. 

The expense of starting your own aquarium can go from very little to a lot!  I personally chose 30 gallon fresh water and then quickly moved into 75 gallon salt water.  I did not have to spend a lot and absolutely loved it.  The size was great and I had lots of fish.  I ran with the 75 gallon salt water tank for a couple of years.  Now we are into a 200 gallon tank and find ourselves with the perfect tank. The beauty of owning an aquarium is that the hobby can fit any budget. Another benefit is as a family we watch less TV, other than the newest episodes of Pawn Stars and Duck Dynasty we find ourselves spending just a little more time with each other, but it is quality time and that is all that counts.  Quality time with the family, it doesn’t get better than that.

Last but not least it’s all about tranquility.  We all work hard.  The economy is not that great and we all worry about what’s going to happen next.  Sometimes getting away from it all without having the expense of travel, waiting in long lines, traffic and airports and let’s face it, all those people, and aquariums can get you away from it all.  Lose yourself in another world, if not for just a little while.

That’s my 2 cents on aquariums.    – Cubby McMenamy

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