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 welcome the holiday season, we asked friends and coworkers about their favorite Co-Op merchandise and essentials.

Aquarium Co-Op Hoodie

Jimmy’s pick

Jimmy probably wears his Aquarium Co-Op Hoodie, whether he’s running to the grocery or checking on his ricefish breeding tanks in the backyard. The hoodie is light enough to wear in warmer temperatures, but warm enough to keep you cozy on rainy or cold days. This is a common occurrence in the Pacific Northwest. It’s easy to wash, even if you end up dipping your sleeves into aquarium water for the thousandth time. To quote Jimmy: “Yeah, my Co-Op sweatershirt is really comfortable. I like that it has the big, white Aquarium Co-Op logo on the front. Sometimes people will come up to me at the store if they recognize me from our YouTube videos.”

Die Cut Decal Stickers

Randy’s picks

Randy would likely win the award for having the most Aquarium Cooperative decals on his laptop. 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. Join Randy and the community by taking a photo of the unique place you put your sticker and sharing it on our forum or in a review on the website.

Murphy Mesh Back Hat

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. The back of the hat features the classic trucker mesh style for ultimate air flow, and it’s available in both fitted and snapback versions. According to Cory, “I love this hat for summer because it’s got all the mesh in the back. They are fitted, have small and large sizes, and the FlexFit design makes them extremely comfortable. These hats are so cute!

Aquarium Co-Op Mesh Back Hat

Dean’s picks

A comfortable hat is essential when you are a master fish breeder. Even when Dean doesn’t have his hands in a fish tank, he can be spotted rocking this classy mesh back hat from Aquarium Co-Op while taking his dog Luka on 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. It’s a dapper combination when paired with the Aquarium Co-Op t-shirt, of course.

Aquarium Co-Op Mug

Candi’s pick

Candi has a refreshing and healthy drink with her no matter where she goes. It is vital to stay 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 holds 11 ounces of your favorite hot or chilled drink and features a simple logo on the sides. It can be used in the microwave! “I don’t like coffee but my AquariumCo-Op mug makes a great cup of hot tea. It is easy to wash. She loves it!

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. Irene always wears this comfortable cotton shirt while she works with her aquariums, no matter how short the commercial is. Because it can be worn with almost any outfit, she loves it. Additionally, it’s durable and super easy to toss in the washer and dryer when it gets dirty from tank water and filter gunk. The Co-Op black t-shirts are available in two styles: a goldfish in all red and a Mbu puffer in blue and yellow.

Classic Black Aquarium Co-Op Hat

Robert’s pick

There is nothing like a basic black accessory to complete an ensemble. And when you manage a fish store like Aquarium Co-Op, you need a durable hat to hold up during long shifts while moving hundreds of fish around. This is exactly why Robert loves his black hat from Aquarium Co-Op. The black fitted cap looks professional and sporty while doing the job. Plus, it has FlexFit technology, making it comfortable to wear all day long without squeezing your noggin. 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. You can use them for over a million purposes. Whether it’s measuring Ich-X, salt for brine shrimp, plant fertilizer, or anything else under the sun, the Aquarium Co-Op measuring tools get the job done. “The spoon has a really nifty design. It’s compact and can hold 1/4 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon and 1 teaspoon. It’s sorcery. The Co-Op measuring glasses are also a favorite of mine. I even propagate plant cuttings in some of mine. They are cheap and practical, so they make excellent stocking stuffers,” Lizzie states.

Gifts for Everyone and Anyone

Here are some ideas to help you decide what gift to give the fishkeeper in your family.


Fishkeeping is a water-intensive job. But there’s no need to worry with the soft and absorbent cotton hand towel from Aquarium Co-Op. It is available in black to match other Co-Op gear. The logo is also featured on both ends. This simple gift says “I am your friend” and “I care about your hardwood floors.”

Gift cards

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 gift wrapping required Choose your amount in $5, $10, $25, $50, and $100 increments.

For more ideas on what to buy for the holidays, check out our previous guide on our top 10 holiday gift ideas for your favorite fishkeeper.