Garden Grove, Calif. (Vocus) March 9, 2010
To save money, more and more parents are purchasing fish to appease pet-hungry children. But they are not taking care of their aquarium pets as well as they once did.
"We have a price match guarantee on all our fish and aquarium supplies," said Mike Giove, chief operating officer for MarineDepot.com. "We’ve definitely noticed more people coming to our online store in search of great deals."
Researchers at Bad Economy discovered consumers are less likely to splurge on quality aquarium filters during a recession, a key component in maintaining healthy aquarium living conditions. They found fish owners are extending the recommended lifespan of filter media as well as buying cheaper fish food, skimping on the dietary needs of their pets.
"Choosing lower quality fish foods and feeding inadequate diets can lead to all sorts of problems," Giove said, "from poor fish coloration and reduced energy to lowered immune systems, and in some cases, possibly even the death of fish."
Despite the fact most tropical fish require a temperature range of 72-80?F, some aquarium hobbyists limit the hours their aquarium heaters run. Tank owners are also cutting back on their aquarium lighting even though reef aquariums require 6-10 hours of light each day. This is all in an effort to save on their monthly electricity costs.
"We know that some owners are putting off filter media replacement, buying cheaper food alternatives and feeding their fish less variety, which might seem like a money saver," said Ken Wong, chief executive officer of MarineDepot.com. "However, in the long run, these may end up costing fish owners more than what they gain."
While the economy has resulted in many people being stressed over their finances, MarineDepot.com claims fish are perceptive to when they are being neglected.
"We hope that by providing the lowest prices possible we can help fish owners take the best care possible of their pets, even in a down economy," said Wong.
MarineDepot.com carries more than 7,500 popular and hard-to-find aquarium supplies and fish tank accessories for saltwater and freshwater aquariums. You will find the top aquarium equipment and aquarium accessories from Hagen, Red Sea, Eheim, Coralife and many more. All of their aquarium pet supplies carry a 60-day money-back guarantee and they offer a price match guarantee on all in-stock aquarium products. They ship 99.9% of fish tank supplies the same business day.