Petland of Cicero helps you begin the fish hobby

If you're fishing for a way to add an ocean view to your home or office that will excite guests and patrons alike, then look no further than a simple aquarium.

"Some creative 'aquascaping' can turn a standard 55-gallon aquarium into an attractive centerpiece," said Jeff Frankel, operator at Petland of Cicero.

Petland offers a number of choices to those in search of a decorative aquarium. Glass aquariums with black, oak, or walnut trim come in a variety of shapes -- bow, corner, hexagon and rectangular -- as well as sizes -- 10-gallon up to 180-gallon. Larger tanks are made available at Petland through special orders.

Larger is better

"The larger the aquarium the bigger impact it has on its viewers. Larger tanks also are easier to care for," Frankel said, adding that today 55-gallon and 75-gallon aquariums are commonly placed in homes and businesses.

Most aquariums require stands that can support the weight of the water they hold. As a general rule, one gallon of water weighs 8 pounds, therefore a sturdy floor or

foundation is needed to support the aquarium. New hobbyists should always discuss aquarium set-up plans with a Petland pet counselor before taking an aquarium home.

Like the tanks that sit on them, aquarium stands are decorative, too, and styled to meet many tastes. Stands come in contemporary black, and oak- and walnut- wood grain finishes. Stands made to complement the aquariums are available, too.

Underwater secrets

While aesthetic appeal may be an aquarium purchaser's first and only attraction, customers often are pleasantly surprised when they find what else they have added to their homes and offices.

"With an aquarium, you receive an interesting life-long hobby," said Frankel, explaining, "The fish, whether they are fresh or salt water, never cease to amaze and reveal to us many underwater secrets. It is like having a view to the underwater world."

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