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Marine Mates & Mindfulness - Four Positive Health Benefits of Keeping Fish

Marine Mates & Mindfulness - Four Positive Health Benefits of Keeping Fish

Here at Epic Pets, we love all our pets equally - whether they have fur or fins!


Fish ownership in the UK has been decreasing over the last decade. Since 2010, budding aquarists have been in a slow but steady decline. There are, however, many reasons to keep fish at home, from the practical to the existential. Their independent nature means they are easy to fit into your work schedule and their size and cleanliness make them ideal for keeping your deposit in rented accommodation.

But did you know that pet fish can also be beneficial for your health?

Mental Health

Have you ever noticed a fish tank at the doctors or the dentist? There's a reason for that. Research has indicated that aquariums can have a soothing effect on anxiety, fear and depression. The act of bringing nature into your home, accompanied by the sound of flowing water can help you practice mindfulness and escape the stresses of the day with your fishy friends.

Physical Health

Research conducted by the University of Exeter and Plymouth University was able to indicate that spending time with fish also has some noticeable physical effects. Viewing aquariums can lead to "noticeable reductions in blood pressure and heart rate", meaning that your aquatic acquaintances can be a benefit for your body as well as your mind.

Emotional Health

There are negative psychological impacts when it comes to losing a pet. It can be comparable to the loss of a family member. One of the common misconceptions about pet fish is they have a short life span. The Goldfish, one of the more popular pet species, can live to a ripe old age. Tish, the world's oldest Goldfish, managed to live for a remarkable 43 years!

Mental Faculties

Looking after fish is no simple task and requires a lot of focus and learning. Whether you're young or old, there's always more to learn about looking after your fish. From making sure your fish are getting the right kind of food for their species through to ensuring adequate aeration in their tank, you'll continue to learn as your collection grows!


So, there you have it! Four reasons to dip your toes into the world of aquariums.

Whether you're an accomplished aquarist or a budding amateur, you can find everything you might need for all fish varieties on our store.

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