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10 Amazing Gift Ideas For Aquarium Lovers & Fish Fanatics

by Brian Dunleavy
10 Amazing Gift Ideas For Aquarium Lovers & Fish Fanatics

Do you need to pick out a gift for a fish fanatic, or are you frustrated with receiving the same gift over and over again? 

We always have that one special occasion at least once a year when we buy gifts for friends and loved ones. Finding entertaining and practical ideas can be challenging, especially if they are one of those people that “have everything”.

Well, the good news is, we have put together some of our favorite gifts for people like us, that are obsessed with their aquariums. 

Without further ado, let’s dive in and discover 10 of the best gifts for aquarium lovers. You’re sure to find something for everyone!

10 Best Gifts For Aquarium Hobbyists

#1: Magnetic Algae Scraper

Magnetic Aquarium Algae Scraper

I’m sure you would agree with us when we say that algae is the bane of every aquarium hobbyist’s life… But, the good news is, you can easily remove excessive algae with a magnetic algae scraper. 

A magnetic scraper is mess-free and simple to use. They are compromised of two magnets, one attached to the outside of the aquarium, and the other inside. With a few swipes of the glass, your aquarium will be algae free and looking squeaky clean!

#2: Saltwater Aquarium Test Kit

The key to a successful saltwater aquarium is one with healthy living conditions. This makes an aquarium test kit a perfect gift choice for your hobbyist friends - you can never have too many test kits in the drawer! 

The API Saltwater Aquarium Test Kit is a great choice, as it measures everything you need to monitor your aquarium’s water quality, including the 4 main parameters: pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. 

#3: LED Lighting

EcoTech Marine Radion XR30 G5 Pro LED Light Fixture

If your reefing buddies do not have LED lighting yet, then this is a fantastic idea! LED lighting runs much cooler than traditional aquarium lighting, and everyone is talking about them. 

We are obsessed with the EcoTech Marine Radion XR30 G5 Pro LED Light Fixture, and I’m sure you or your friends will be too!

#4: Salinity Refractometer

Salinity refractometer

Salinity plays a key role in reef aquariums, and it is critical to mix the seawater to the correct strength. Most hobbyist-grade testing kits are not very accurate when it comes to salinity- this is where a salinity refractometer comes in handy! Professionals, like ourselves at Reefco Aquariums, use refractometers to mix and monitor the strength of salts in aquariums. 

A refractometer is very easy to test the salinity of the water. A drop of aquarium water is placed under the lid on the refractometer, and then the lid is closed to trap the water. To read the salinity value, you look through the eyepiece and the indicator line will indicate the salinity. 

Once you have used a refractometer to measure saltwater, you won’t go back!

#5: Eheim Programmable Fish Feeder

There are times when hobbyists will leave fish alone. Whether it’s because of long working hours or a vacation, maintaining your fish’s usual feeding times can often prove tricky. 

An automatic fish feeder like Eheim’s Programmable Fish Feeder is the perfect solution for aquarium lovers who need to leave their fish beyond their feeding schedule. This type of fish feeder is also battery-powered, so you don’t need to worry about your fish going hungry if you have a power outage

Most automatic fish feeders like Eheim’s are also fully programmable, with an LCD screen for easy viewing. Some fish feeders can even be wired up to your smartphone, so you can conveniently control your fish’s feeding regime - now that is cool!

#6: Coral Frag Tool Kit

Coral Frags LPS SPS Soft Corals

Fragging corals is so much fun. A good quality frag kit like Bulk Reef Supply’s Coral Propagation Kit comes with standard glue and all the tools you need to successfully frag all types of corals

#7: Orphek Reef Aquarium Lens

As social media continues to dominate the industry, taking photos of epic corals inside reef aquariums has become second nature to many hobbyists. 

Now, if you have ever tried to solely use your mobile phone’s camera, I’m sure you are familiar with the struggles of glare and poor clarity. 

Instead of investing thousands of dollars on a camera rig, you can easily clip an aquarium lens to your smartphone. The Orphek Reef Aquarium Lens is specifically designed for photography of corals and aquariums, but with a much cheaper price tag. 

The Orphek Reef Lens Kit comes with a range of color correction optical filters that eliminate washed-out blue images. With the lenses, your corals and saltwater fish will look natural and vibrant, making them a fantastic gift idea for any fish and reef fanatic!

#8: Dosing Pump Reservoirs

Probably not one that is at the top of your mind, but trust us, these are super handy gifts for any reefer!

Dosing pump reservoirs can hold up to 4.5 liters of any liquid supplement, plus the clear acrylic chambers make it easy to monitor levels; with a dosing pump reservoir, you will never run out!

We also love them because they look much more professional than old drink bottles and because of their shape, they are easy to place within your system. 

#9: An Aquarium Or Fish-Themed Book

Assorted Aquarium Books

You can never go wrong with a good old book! Here are 5 great gift options:


  • Sharks in the Shallows: Attacks on the Carolina Coast by Clay Creswell

  • Marine Aquarium Keeping: (2nd Edition) by Stephen Spotte 

  • Saltwater Aquariums For Dummies 3rd Edition by G Skomal

  • Mini Encyclopedia of the Tropical Aquarium by Gina Sandford

  • Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life by Michael Scott 

#10: A Gift Voucher

If you are still with us and are still not inspired, that’s totally fine, as you can always opt for a gift voucher st your reefer friend’s favorite fish store. 

A gift voucher never goes down badly as the recipient has the freedom to select the gift for themselves. Also, a chance for free shopping, I don’t mind if I do!


Whether you are searching for someone’s birthday present, Christmas, or another occasion, we know how difficult it is to buy a gift.

With our top 10 gifts for aquarium lovers, you should be able to find the perfect gift! 

If you want help selecting an aquarium-related gift for someone, do not hesitate to contact the Reefco Team or swing by our store to see what we have to offer. With extensive experience within the hobby, our team is always happy to help with any aspect of your aquarium.
by Brian Dunleavy