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Fish aquariums add an intriguing conversation piece to any home. Regardless of whether you choose freshwater or saltwater fish or even more exotic species such as reefs, an aquarium can provide hours of entertainment. However, each species of fish has its own set of needs, including the proper aquarium. Before deciding which type of fish you want, talk to the experts in these shops to determine which aquarium meets your needs.
Fish Den
5055 W. 44th Ave. #3
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 458-0376

As the largest fish store in Colorado, Fish Den is one of the more popular locations at which to buy aquariums and supplies. It stocks more than 200 tanks stocked with different breeds of fish, including freshwater and saltwater. The shop also carries everything you need to create a hospitable environment for your fish, including rocks, lights, water, toys, cleaning supplies and much more. Since the store caters specifically to fish owners, the employees have extensive knowledge to help answer all of your questions.

Golden Fish Aquarium
7145 W. Colfax Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80214
(303) 936-5966

Since 1988, Golden Fish Aquarium in Lakewood has been helping fish enthusiasts find the gear and the fish to suit their needs. It is well known for rare and exotic breeds, but it also carries more standard varieties of fish, including goldfish and koi fish. While the store primarily stocks the fish themselves, you can also buy an aquarium. The employees are very personable and know a lot about each different type of fish, and they can help you find the right ones to suit your personal preferences.

Elite Reef
8410 Wadsworth Blvd.
Suite F
Arvada, CO 80003
(720) 379-8076

Specializing in saltwater fish, Elite Reef is an excellent resource for aquariums and maintenance for saltwater fish owners. Along with a variety of tropical fish, Elite Reef also sells corals, living rocks and other exotic marine animals. It also carries everything you need to create a mini sea in your aquarium along with supplies to clean and maintain it. The employees are knowledgeable and helpful, and they are very skilled in aquarium maintenance. The store itself is fun to visit too, as there are many colorful displays to captivate customers.

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3255 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80227
(303) 716-5700

Another specialty store, Aquamart also caters to saltwater fish and reef owners. It is known for its variety of corals, but Aquamart also has supplies for other fish. Carrying supplies needed to create habitats for a variety of animals, Aquamart can help anyone from an office that wants a small tank of fish to a person who wants a shark habitat. Along with livestock, the store also carries aquariums and accessories, lighting, maintenance supplies and more. It also has a variety of services from installation and maintenance to “fish sitting” for those times in which you need an expert to take care of your fish.

About Fish
7236 N. Federal Blvd., #700
Westminster, CO 80030
(303) 429-1941

About Fish is a large specialty shop in Westminster that carries fresh and saltwater fish, aquariums and supplies. With everything you need to create a healthy environment for your fish, this shop is a one-stop for all of your needs. Whether you’re picking up a new fish for the tank or starting an aquarium from scratch, the employees can help you find what you need and can answer your questions. About Fish’s owner has been in the business of aquariums and supplies for more than  50 years, and he and his staff are dedicated to helping each fish owner build an environment for thriving fish.

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Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.