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Keeping an aquarium is one of the fastest growing hobbies in North America. There are many benefits to owning an aquarium. Besides a delightful pastime, an aquarium helps relieve stress. The soothing colors, motions, and even sounds of an aquarium are therapy on the nerves. An aquarium in the home or office is a great decorative centerpiece.
An aquarium always seems to draw interest, no matter the size. Even a goldfish tank can be a good conversation piece or decorative focal point. Aquariums are becoming very popular in doctors' and dentists' offices, as they help their clients to relax and feel at ease and also provide something to occupy them while they are waiting. Not only medical offices, but lawyers, accountants, nursing homes, schools, and many other professional establishments can benefit from the presence of an aquarium.
An aquarium can also be a learning tool. Observing the inhabitants and caring for the tank are valuable resources to teaching responsibility, as well as ecology and biology. Owning an aquarium makes learning about the plants and animals kept fun, as well as learning about their natural environments, their needs, predators, life cycles, and so forth. Owning an aquarium is a great way to gain an appreciation for the beauty, complexity, and diversity of nature.
Finally, aquariums are growing in popularity because they are becoming more and more affordable, while at the same time simpler to keep. New technology is constantly being introduced to add new and better ways to keep beautiful, healthy aquariums.