Why Saltwater Aquariums?

Therapeutic Benefits of Aquariums

Studies and research have shown that viewing aquariums can help relieve stress and lower blood pressure.  In the APPA 2009-2010 National Pet Owners Survey, the foremost benefits of owning a saltwater aquarium included relaxation, stress reliever, better health for owner and family, and quietness.    Another study conducted by the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth University and the University of Exeter concluded that fish tanks lower blood pressure and heart rate.

Beck and  Katcher (1984).  “A New Look At Pet-facilitated Therapy”.

"Increased knowledge of optimum stocking/biodiversity levels may help with applications in other settings (e.g. stress reduction in office/clinical settings) as well as potential “aquarium therapy”. National Marine Aquarium

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In 2002 the National Marine Aquarium conducted research to better understand the stress relieving qualities of an aquarium, as well as the influence of bio diversity on a persons psychological and physiological responses. Click below to read the amazing results!

NMA research analysis

Our Aquarium

Therapeutic Tanks used the data collected from research conducted by nationally recognized institutions, including The National Marine Aquarium, to develop a system that is optimized for therapeutic benefits. We utilize a low to medium bio-diversity, with colorful corals to add movement and life to our aquariums. 

Therapeutic Tanks has also partnered with RedSea and Bulk Reef Supply to provide the highest quality equipment in a low cost package. 

All aquariums are built with conservative reef keeping practices. No fish, coral, or rock is ever taken from the ocean.

National Marine Aquarium Study Results

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Change in Heart Rate

According to the research, heart rate decreases even after test patient is exposed to a stressor. 

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Blood Preasure

Viewing an aquarium had equally beneficial results on lowering blood pressure.

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Patients also reported an increase in overall mood after just 10 minutes of viewing an aquarium.

What does this mean?

At Therapeutic Tanks we believe aquarium therapy is an effective tool to help lessen the stress and emotional burden of PTSD and other mental health challenges.