Health Benefits of Aquariums

In 2003 a study by Sandra Barker, Gorm Rasmussen and Al Best found a 12% decrease in anxiety in patients experiencing pre treatment anxiety, fear, frustration and depression when exposed to an aquarium prior to treatment.

Mommy University  For infants, there will be extensive visual stimulation which is great for their cognitive development. Talk about what they are seeing and identify animals.  There are unusual life forms under the sea and thus it is a great place to spark your child’s imagination. The diverse colors, shapes and textures can provide inspiration for our imagination

Neurobehavioral Research Laboratory and Clinic in San Antonio Texas.  Some of our studies involve clients experiencing a range of psychiatric disorder and distress. Our mission, includes the goal of easing human suffering from mental health issues. As a part of this mission, we strive to develop practices and procedures that comfort the patients that we see. One project that we have to achieve this goal is our aquarium project. Research* has shown that as little as 5 minutes contact with nature features, like an aquarium, can significantly decrease stress, reduce anger and fear, and increase pleasant feelings.

An increasing number of pediatrician and clinics have been incorporating aquarium therapy in their waiting areas to promote positive mental health. This approach has not enjoyed widespread cross-over appeal in the mental health research arena, although it has implications for:

  • a calming effect on agitated patients
  • longitudinal retention for prospective studies

Fish Aquarium: The Vastu Master-key of Success and Harmony

Beautiful, mesmerizing and always attractive fish aquariums have very high importance in vastu shastra. The reason for such a high level of importance is attributed to the fact that a fish aquarium in vastu acts as rectification for many vastu defects.

We know that all things in this universe have certain level of energy associated with them. If we locate everything at correct place then the energy they dissipate is harmonious for us. The same logic also applies to fish aquariums in vastu shastra.

When placed and used correctly, a fish aquarium becomes master-key for success and harmony, but if used incorrectly the same fish aquarium becomes happiness ruining element. Hence, its very important to follow guidelines and principles of vastu shastra while keeping a fish aquarium in home, office or anywhere else.

As per researches in medical science, high blood-pressure, stress, anxiousness and many more diseases are cured by staring at tranquil beauty of fish aquariums. Researches also assert that if a child suffering from anxiety, observes a fish aquarium for prolonged period of time then he gets healed early.


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A study by the experts from the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth University, and the University of Exeter found that staring at swimming fish lowers blood pressure and reduce heart rate.

They found that heart rate is decreased by 3% when people simply stared at an empty tank with just rocks and seaweed. When fish were added into the mix, they found that heart rate decreased by more than 7%. The researchers concluded that exposure to this underwater setting can greatly improve people’s well-being.

This is especially helpful for senior citizens who have problems with high blood pressure.

Benefits of Fish Tank Feng Shui

Fish tanks are commonly used to activate and enhance your money and career luck. If used properly, it can bring wealth, money, and abundance to a person. This is why aquariums and fish tanks are commonly seen in Asian restaurants and banks, and they are usually located close to the entrance.

Fish tanks are also used as a feng shui remedy to counter negative energy. Other times, a fish tank can be used to bring more love affairs to a person by placing it at the “peach blossom” location. This may be desirable for those that are single but could spell troubles for those that are married.

Insights from a Feng Shui Master

Here’s what Laurent Langlais, a Feng Shui master and astrologer that was featured on BBC, has to say about fish tanks and feng shui:

“It might surprise you, but I consider normal sized aquariums to be nice visual water items, but not activating much (luck).

If true Water activation is needed in one specific area – for example, a business that needs water movement to increase the flow of customers – a water fountain of a decent size work better. This is because most aquariums have very little surface contact with the open air and therefore ends up being decorative rather than true activators.

Now, a large pond with Koi fish is another story, as those animals are big enough to move the water and have plenty of contact with the Chi of the air. Thinking that a closed aquarium does the same level of activation is like thinking some (negative) Sha Chi is created internally by the corners of pieces of furniture. It is not the case, as Sha Chi needs a bigger structure and is external. The principles must account for size and location, either external or internal. Remember, the direct/indirect spirit formulas exist only externally and are to be found in naturally occurring landforms.

To summarize, I would still place the (home) aquarium in either North, East or Southeast sector as the water Element remains compatible with those sectors, but wouldn’t count on it only if a constant activation is needed. It reinforces the Water symbolic but does not move the Chi around much.

Marine Biota and Psychological Well-Being

A Preliminary Examination of Dose–Response Effects in an Aquarium Setting

Exposure to natural environments can have calming and stress-reducing effects on humans. Moreover, previous studies suggest that these benefits may be greater in areas with higher species richness. Our study took advantage of a “natural experiment” to examine people’s behavioral, physiological, and psychological reactions to increases in levels of marine biota in a large aquarium exhibit during three stages of restocking: Unstocked, Partially stocked, and Fully stocked. We found that increased biota levels were associated with longer spontaneous viewing of the exhibit, greater reductions in heart rate, greater increases in self-reported mood, and higher interest. We suggest that higher biota levels, even in managed settings, may be associated with important well-being and health benefits, particularly for individuals not able to access the natural analogues of managed environments.

Contemplation of fish in an aquarium seem to have a significant effect in reducing levels of stress and anxiety. The effects of the presence of an aquarium on patients awaiting electroconvulsive therapy were examined in 2004 study by Purdue. While statistically significant differences in blood pressure and heart rate between the test and control were not found, the patients demonstrated a 12% reduction in self reported pre-treatment anxiety.[2] In a 1985 study of dental patients, both contemplation of an aquarium and hypnosis, used together or alone, produced a significant increase in relaxation in comparison to a control group and a group of patients who contemplated a poster. This study also found that hypnosis did not augment the effects of exposure to an aquarium. Degrees of relaxation were determined by both subjective and objective criteria, and included blood pressure and heart rate.[3] Additional studies confirm that watching fish in an aquarium can be effective in reducing anxiety in patients awaiting dental surgery.[4] Observation of aquaria has also been shown to reduce muscle tension and pulse rate in elderly subjects in comparison to control groups who watched a placebo video tape or a video tape of an aquarium.[