Staff Picks: 10 Perfect Gifts for The Aquarium Co-Op Enthusiast


Staff Picks: 10 Perfect Gifts for the Aquarium Co-Op Enthusiast

If you’re searching for the perfect gift for the fish hobbyist in your life, look no further than this handy gift-buying guide from Aquarium Co-Op. To ring in the holiday season, we asked some of our friends and employees about their favorite Co-Op merch and essentials, and this is what we learned:

Aquarium Co-Op Hoodie

Jimmy’s pick

Jimmy will likely be wearing his Aquarium Co-Op jacket, regardless of whether it’s for a quick trip to the grocery store or to his backyard to check on his breeding ponds. It’s lightweight enough for warmer weather, yet warm enough to be worn when it rains, which is quite common in the Pacific Northwest. It’s easy to wash, even if you end up dipping your sleeves into aquarium water for the thousandth time. Jimmy says, “Yeah! My Co-Op sweatershirt was really comfortable. I love the large, white Aquarium Co-Op logo at the front. People will often approach me at the store if I am familiar from one of our YouTube videos.

Die Cut Decal Stickers

Randy’s picks

If there was an award for the most Aquarium Co-Op decals on a laptop, Randy would probably win it. He says, “Having these stickers designed and made makes me happy, and I certainly love slapping them all over my laptop. However, seeing the community’s enthusiasm for these stickers makes me even happier!” These decals not only look awesome, but they will hold up for a long time because of their durability and water resistance. Randy and other members of the community are invited to take a picture of the place where you placed your sticker, and share it on our forum.

Murphy Mesh Back Cap

Cory’s pick

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of sun protection, style, and the ability to cover up a bad hair day, the Murphy mesh back hat from Aquarium Co-Op does it all. With Murphy’s charming smile featured right on the front, it’s no surprise that Cory wears this hat so often. For maximum air flow, the back of the hat has the classic trucker mesh design. It’s also available in both fitted or snapback styles. According to Cory, “I love this hat for summer because it’s got all the mesh in the back. It fits well, there are two sizes available, and they have FlexFit for maximum comfort. These hats are great!

Aquarium Co-Op Mesh Back Hat

Dean’s picks

Comfortable hats are essential for master aquarium fish breeders. Even if Dean isn’t in a fish tank himself, you can see him wearing this mesh-back hat from Aquarium Co-Op while taking Luka for a walk. The same mesh back material as the Murphy hat is used in this hat. However, it’s in a lighter color than the front. It also features the company logo in matching blue on the front. The combination of the Aquarium Co-Op T-shirt and this shirt is quite elegant.

Aquarium Co-Op Mug

Candi’s pick

Candi is always able to grab a healthy and delicious beverage no matter where she travels. It’s important to keep hydrated. Her favorite way to have a cup of tea at home is to use her Aquarium Co-Op green mug. She enjoys it while sitting in her garden, answering customer questions, or enjoying a cup of hot tea. It features a simple logo in white on the sides and holds 11 oz of your favorite hot or cold drink. You can even use it in the microwave. My Aquarium Co-Op Mug is perfect for hot tea. It washes up easily, too. I love it!” she says.

Aquarium Co-Op T-Shirts

Irene’s picks

If you’ve ever seen Irene on the Co-Op YouTube channel, you might have noticed that she wears an Aquarium Co-Op black t-shirt in every video. Whether it’s a short commercial or a long, informative video, Irene is always sporting this comfortable cotton tee while working with her aquariums. Because it can be worn with almost any outfit, she loves it. It’s also durable and easy to wash in the dryer when it becomes dirty from filter gunk and tank water. Two styles of Co-Op black T-shirts are available: A goldfish in all Red and a Mbu puffer blue and yellow.

Classic Black Aquarium Co-Op Hat

Robert’s pick

There is nothing like a basic black accessory to complete an ensemble. A durable hat is essential for managing a fish shop like Aquarium Co-Op. It can be worn long hours while transporting hundreds of fish. Robert is a huge fan of his Aquarium Co-Op black hat. The black fitted cap looks professional and sporty while doing the job. FlexFit technology makes it extremely comfortable and doesn’t pinch your nose. Robert said that the Co-Op hat’s black color keeps the rain off his glasses, even when it is raining (which is almost every single day in Washington).

Aquarium Co. Op Measuring Glass and Spoon

Lizzie’s picks

Aquarium Co-Op offers a measuring spoon and a measuring glass. It’s true, and they’re quite handy for about a million different uses. The Aquarium Co-Op measuring instruments are useful for measuring Ich-X, salt to brine shrimp, fertilizer or any other substance. “The spoon’s design is really clever. It’s compact and can hold 1/4 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon and 1 teaspoon. It’s sorcery. The Co-Op measuring cups are also my favorite. Some of my Co-Op measuring glasses have been used to propagate plant cuttings. They’re cheap and useful, and they would make fantastic stocking stuffers,” says Lizzie.

Bonus: Gifts for Anyone and Everyone

If you’ve read this list and still aren’t sure what to get the fishkeeper in your life, here are a couple bonus ideas that aquarium hobbyists of any skill level can appreciate.


The fact is that fishkeeping requires water and water gets on things. The soft, absorbent cotton towel from Aquarium Co-Op is your answer. It comes in black to match the rest of your Co-Op gear and features the logo in green on both ends. It’s a simple gift, but one that says, “I am your friend and I care about your hardwood floors.”

Gift Certificates

An Aquarium Co-Op gift certificate can be a great way to show your support for their hobby and to show you care, just like any other store. They are transferred using an online code, so it’s actually the easiest gift you’ve ever given. No need to wrap gifts! Choose your amount in $5, $10, $25, $50, and $100 increments.

You can find more ideas about what to get for holidays by checking out our previous guide, which outlines our top 10 holiday gift options for fishkeepers.