If you are planning to own fish, obviously the first thing you’ll need is an aquarium for them to swim in. If you have never bought one before, it may be difficult to figure out exactly what kind you need, so it is important to shop for one at a store where you can get expert answers to all your questions and concerns. Fortunately Connecticut has many such shops, with staff that know everything there is about aquariums and their upkeep. Purchase your tank at one of the following locations and get ready to enjoy your new pets.
Greenwich Aquaria
1064 E. Putnam Ave.
Riverside, CT 06878
(203) 344-1572

For a truly eye-catching aquarium for your home or office head to Greenwich Aquaria. Its craftsmen can design and construct tanks that seamlessly blend with a room’s decor. They can then fit them with interior ecosystems that replicate natural landmarks from the Amazon River to the Indo-Pacific region, and which use homegrown aquacultured corals. And if you’re looking for some unique fish to occupy your new aquarium, Greenwich Aquaria carries rare species from Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Exotic Fin and Feather
842 Silver Lane
East Hartford, CT 06118
(860) 569-0200

This pet supply superstore in East Hartford carries a wide selection of aquariums in varying shapes and sizes. There are a number of mounted tanks made by Aqueon, including rectangular, hexagonal, and those designed to fit in the corner of a room. For those who have less space, the store also has several desktop models (including Aqueon Evolve with LED lighting) as well as Bio Cubes.  Exotic Fin and Feather also stocks an impressive number of corals and tropical fish.

Wet Pets Emporium
520 Hartford Turnpike
Vernon, CT 06066
(860) 875-8265

Wet Pets stocks everything a fish owner needs, starting with a variety of tanks and stands of all styles – and if you need either of both of them in a size they don’t have, the staff can easily acquire it for you. It sells all kinds of filters, including sump and canister, and those that hang on the back, and you’ll find all manner of lighting systems. Choose from among dozens of types of rocks, driftwood, and figurines to place at the bottom of your tank. And finally, keep your fish healthy with Wet Pet’s selection of top brand fish food.

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Aquatic Wildlife Company
179 Deming St.
Manchester, CT 06042
(860) 648-1166

Aquatic Wildlife Company carries aquariums by top brands such as Elos, Red Sea, and Fluval. If you buy a saltwater tank the store Wildlife will even throw in a free clownfish (the type that is the hero of Finding Nemo). The store also specializes in custom reef aquarium installations for businesses and private residences, but also offers nano tanks for those who want something smaller and simpler. Aquatic Wildlife’s expansive offerings of fish and plant life is one of the best in the state.

Shoreline Pet & Aquarium
719 Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
(860) 388-0784

Shoreline Pet will not only equip your home with an attractive new aquarium, but will make it easy for you to maintain. After it has installed it you may arrange for the shop to provide regular cleanings. It can also perform checks of the water and filters for signs of mold, disease and contamination. Plus Shoreline Pet has a large assortment of corals and  freshwater and saltwater fish, including hard-to-find species.

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Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.