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An aquarium can be an exotic water world full of seldom seen natural treasures. Artistically painted fish, mystifying invertebrates and delicate plant life bring a special part of nature’s world into your home.

At Petland of Pickerington, we have a wide variety of Fresh Water and Marine fish available. We have all of the supplies you need to set up and maintain a new tank and the expertise of knowledgeable fish counselors to guide you every step of the way.

We carry 50+ varieties of fish and multiple varieties of plants, live rocks, corals and more. Our inventory fluctuates on a daily basis, so come by and see what we have. If we don’t have what you want, we will find it for you. We also carry all of the supplies you will need to take care of your fish’s:

  • Behavior needs
  • Maintenance needs
  • Environmental needs
  • Nutritional needs

We all know how mesmerizing it can be to stand in the semi-darkness of a quiet aquarium and watch the slow undulating patterns of life flicker before us. But is that oversized fish tank at the doctor’s office anything more than just a distraction? It turns out you might be doing yourself good just by sitting there. According to new research from the U.K., spending time in aquariums and watching fish tanks can improve your mental and physical health.

The study, published in the journal Environment & Behavior, suggests that losing yourself in the aquatic ballet can lead to a significant lowering of blood pressure and heart rate and that the higher the number of fish on display the longer people watch and so improve their health and mood. The study, which the researchers say is the first of its kind, brings together experts from the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth University and the University of Exeter.

The scientists looked at the mood, heart rate and blood pressure of study participants as fish numbers in the exhibit gradually increased. “As the exhibit was being gradually restocked over a period of time, we had a look at three different time points to see how people responded,” Cracknell says. “Just watching a tank with the light and the movement of artificial seaweed was quite relaxing for people, but when we added fish, it definitely made a difference.”

Cracknell believes the study provides an important first step toward understanding how we relate to these settings. “Fish tanks and displays are often associated with attempts at calming patients in doctors’ surgeries and dental waiting rooms,” she says. “This study has, for the first time, provided robust evidence that ‘doses’ of exposure to underwater settings could actually have a positive impact on people’s well-being.”