Alison Page has been an avid fish keeper for over 35 years and has owned many different species of freshwater tropical fish including bettas. Recently, Alison shared an article she wrote that asks, “Did you know that keeping fish is good for your mental and physical health?”
Well, according to findings in a recent study, the benefits of an aquarium include reducing blood pressure and heart rates, as well as improving mood. So, it’s little wonder that, according to the National Pet Owners Survey, fishes are the third most popular pet in U.S. households after dogs and cats.
So, should you get a fish, and are fish good pets?
In this article, Alison explains how a fish hobby can help to keep you and your family healthy, as well as to improve your mental health.
What Are The Health Benefits of a Home Fish Aquarium?
It’s truly amazing just how many benefits can be enjoyed by keeping a home aquarium, so, if you’ve never considered fishkeeping as a hobby, here’s why you should!
1. Reduced Blood Pressure
Research has found that the presence of a home aquarium can help to reduce blood pressure, especially in seniors. Indeed, when compared, the presence of a fish tank that contains living fish produces a greater reduction in blood pressure than fishless tanks or those containing artificial creatures, such as synthetic jellyfish.
Interestingly, the more species that the aquarium contains, the more relaxing the experience for observers, resulting in significant drops in blood pressure and heart rates.
In one experiment, a live video feed was linked to local hospital waiting rooms and wards, where it was shown that hypertension patients experienced clinically meaningful reductions in their blood pressure.
And you don’t necessarily need to have a real aquarium to reap the benefits of watching fish. Scientific studies have shown that simply watching a video of fish has been shown to have relaxing, therapeutic effects. No wonder fishy screensavers are all the rage in busy offices!
Not many people enjoy a visit to the dental office. However, studies have shown that dental patients in clinics that have an aquarium in the waiting room were more relaxed and required less pain medication than those who underwent hypnosis.
The study revealed that patients were more relaxed when watching an aquarium containing living fish than they were when given the typical waiting room poster to view. Also, when patients underwent hypnosis, they were still more chilled out by watching the fish swimming in the tank.
Therefore, it’s not surprising that many medical centers, dental clinics, counseling centers, and