A well-designed fish tank can add color, light and ambiance to a home or office. Keeping an aquarium can be an enjoyable and relaxing hobby, and is ideally suited to beginners. Start with a small set-up and a few fish, to determine what works best for the location and environment. The wide variety of sizes and fish species makes expansion easy, as experience and skills are gained.

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The Aquarium Shop
504 North Main
Royal Oak, MI
(248) 544-3474

Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Aquarium Shop opened in 1980 as a locally owned pet supply store, but over the years the shop evolved to focus primarily on fish and aquatics. New fish are hand-picked by the owners to ensure optimal health and attractiveness. In addition to saltwater and freshwater fish, products and supplies, the store also carries pond equipment and species. The Aquarium Shop caters to all enthusiasts, but specializes in helping the novice develop a successful hobby.

The Fish Doctors
2703 Washtenaw Ave
Ypsilanti, MI  48198
(734) 434-1030

Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m, Sat – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

More than just an aquarium supply store, the Fish Doctors are a full-service company providing aquarium design and installation, routine maintenance services, water quality analysis, troubleshooting and disease diagnosis, and compatibility evaluations. The Ypsilanti store features 1,250 gallons of saltwater specimens, including eight bio-units, nearly 2,000 gallons of freshwater exhibits, as well as reef tanks and a 150-gallon pond. The Fish Doctors also have locations in Adrian, Canton and Trenton.

Kee’s Aquarium & Pets
8190 23 Mile Road
Shelby Township, MI  48316
(586) 739-9140

Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Family owned and operated, Kee’s is a multi-species pet supply store, specializing in both fresh-and salt water aquariums. The staff takes pride in offering assistance and support to both the novice and experienced fish keeper. The 1,800 saltwater displays include fish, coral and rock harvested from the ocean floor, while nearly 100 aquariums house freshwater fish, including African and South American species.

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Oceans and Seas
26085 Gratiot
Roseville, MI  48066
(586) 778-2223

Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2012, Oceans and Seas carries freshwater fish, saltwater fish and coral, and a full line of aquarium supplies. The store receives shipments of new fish weekly, including many rare and hard-to-find species. Friendly and knowledgeable staff members, many of whom are hobbyists themselves, can provide guidance on care, feeding and compatibility concerns. With more than 4,000 gallons of saltwater tanks and 2,500 gallons of freshwater, Oceans and Seas is sure to have specimens to please any enthusiast.

Stingray Bay
17800 E. Nine Mile
Eastpointe, MI  48021
(586) 778-0547

Hours: Mon to Sat – 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Stingray Bay has provided Detroiters with saltwater and freshwater fish at competitive prices for more than  20 years. New stock arrives weekly to replenish the 3,200 gallons of tanks. The experienced owners offer advice and insight for routine care as well as special concerns. The store also provides water testing for customers’ aquariums, as well as a full line of aquatic supplies.

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Jennifer Walker is a freelance writer living in Detroit. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in animal science from Michigan State University. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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