It’s that time of year again! With Thanksgiving’s meal reduced to leftovers and festive decorations popping up around the neighborhood, most of us start thinking about what to get our friends and family for the holidays. If your loved one is obsessed with aquariums but you know nothing about fish, here’s our official holiday gift guide to help you become the best Santa ever!
Most fish keepers are always jonesing to upgrade their tanks, whether in size, quantity, or stocking selection. If they’re looking to improve their planted aquarium, measure the length of the tank and consider getting them a high-end LED light that fits. The Fluval Plant 3.0 provides excellent light intensity, has customizable color spectrums, and can be programmed using a smartphone to imitate natural sunrises and sunsets for the fish.
The Fluval Plant Spectrum LED is one of our favorite high-end planted aquarium lights because of its superb quality, long warranty, and customizability.
If you know your friend is saving up for the next Petco “Dollar per Gallon" aquarium sale, help them out by purchasing extra programmable heaters and filters for the new tanks. We have a useful heater guide that helps you determine what heater size is needed based on their aquarium’s dimensions.
Let’s say that you’ve forbidden your spouse or child from setting up any more tanks. First off, may we ask you to reconsider? No? Alright, alright. Fortunately, there are plenty of materials that aquarists usually need more of because they get used up over time. For example, plant fertilizers and root tabs are always in demand to keep live aquarium plants growing happy and healthy.
The quarantine medication trio is a great set of broad-spectrum treatments to have on hand in case of emergencies.
If they don’t keep plants, check their aquarium supply cabinet to get an idea of what they need. We recommend always keeping our trio of quarantine medications on hand because you never know when a fish might get sick and need immediate treatment that night when all the stores are closed. You might also find some new fish foods that they’ve never tried before because most people love spoiling their pets with a variety of treats and staples.
Need something small enough to slide into the stocking by the fireplace? Not to worry. A magnetic algae cleaner with the matching scraper blade would fit perfectly. (If their aquarium is made of acrylic and not glass, then make sure to get the acrylic-safe cleaner and blade instead.) The USB nano air pump is another nifty item that makes sure fish get enough air during power outages or car trips for long distance transportation. (You can also get the backup battery accessory, linked in the product’s description.) Lastly, if they keep cherry shrimp, livebearers, goldfish, or African cichlids, they might like some Wonder Shells, a dissolvable tablet that adds water hardness and essential minerals to a fish tank.
A magnetic algae cleaner, in combination with the scraper blade accessory, is an amazing tool for keeping aquarium walls clean and clear.
You don’t have to necessarily buy your friend something practical for their hobby. What about fun, fish-themed knick-knacks that showcase their love of aquariums? Look online for artwork, clothing, socks, earrings, and coffee mugs that are decorated with aquatic animals. One of my favorite white elephant gifts from a local aquarium society Christmas party was a large goldfish stuffed animal that now lives on my office desk. And of course, you can always get them merch from their favorite YouTube aquarium channel (hint hint).
Who wouldn’t love an Aquarium Co-Op shirt to proudly declare their love for fish?
Finally, if your loved one is super picky, there’s nothing wrong with giving them a cash envelope, gift card, or supervised spending spree at their favorite fish store. If you forgot someone on your holiday shopping list and need an awesome last-minute present, get a gift card from Aquarium Co-Op, and we’ll email it directly to you for easy printing or forwarding to your friend.
Some fish keepers may just prefer a gift card or joint shopping trip to their favorite local fish store.
Whether it's for a birthday, Christmas or just to say thank you for the fish help. This gift card makes shopping easy.
Hopefully, our aquarium gift guide has given you some great ideas on how to celebrate that special fish keeper in your life. And if you’re an aquarium hobbyist yourself, don’t forget to share this article with your family and friends to help them out. From the Aquarium Co-Op family to yours, have a wonderful holiday season!