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I don’t know about you, but I really believe there is something magical about fish. Staring at them through the thick paned glass of the tank transports you instantly to a more relaxed and calm place. Growing up I always had fish, and I remember how special that experience was. Having something to care for helps to teach you responsibility as well, which is why our little ones have been a part of the whole fish-owning process from the get-go.
In my experience, fish are total stress relievers; one of the main reasons we got our tank was to help our son Wyatt have a calming presence in his room to relax him at night before bed. We started off with just our simple tank and a few fish – nothing too flashy, but just enough to set the tone. We got a tank that had both a bright light and a soothing blue LED light so the tank would serve as a nightlight as well, and you know what – it worked, and he loved it! After a few months he no longer needed the tank in his room, and we moved it out into our living area so it would be something we could enjoy as a family.
We purchased our tank over a year ago at PetSmart (they’re always our go-to for everything pet-related) but I did some browsing online and was able to find the link here. It’s the perfect size for us; previously we had this Top Fin 10 Gallon Hooded Aquarium, and it was great – but as our love for fish grew, so did our need for a bigger tank. It was nice to be able to start out with a smaller tank to “test the waters” literally and see how our family would do caring for fish. Once we knew we were up to the challenge, and ready for a bigger tank, it was a smooth transition.
We love having our tank near the living room now, because fish are just down-right relaxing! Watching them swim and interact is so soothing and is a real stress reliever, and that blue LED light really is nice and soothing at night. Having an aquarium in our home has really brought tranquility to our living space.
Why our home will always have fish:
- It’s soothing to watch the fish, and really helps us to create a more tranquil living space for our family to relax in.
- The boys love it – they’ve been involved in picking out each fish, each piece of decoration, the rocks, everything.
- It helps teach responsibility. Each day we feed the fish with our kiddos; they help pinch and add in the flakes and watch as the fish swim up to enjoy their meal. Afterwards, the boys just look proud and excited about helping the fish – it’s kind of adorable.
- It’s fun to personalize and create your own tank; it’s something that you can always start off simple (like we did) and add to as you go. It’s important for the fish to have a good environment, places to hide, etc – so the more you embellish, the happier your fish will be as well. It’s a win-win.