For some, it’s the calming noise that comes from running water. For others, it’s the presence of non-judgmental companions swimming nearby as you sleep. And for others still, it’s simply the bright color and life that adds a little something extra to your home. Whatever your reason for adding a little bit of the ocean to your life, these local stores have the very best aquariums.
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(credit: Getty Images)

Twin Cities Reptile
2363 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55114

While they might focus on reptiles at this St. Paul institution, there is plenty of love for fish as well. Not only can you purchase swimming friends here, but you can also get the finest aquariums for them to live in. Plus, there are plenty of used and discounted tanks for sale if you’re looking to save money. Make sure to check out the incredible selection of fish and reptiles, and the massive boa constrictor, while you’re there as well.

Aqualand Aquarium Center
5355 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55417

The staff is knowledgeable and enthusiastic. They are sure to help you find the size and type of tank you’re looking for with ease, as well as offer advice on how to add new fish to an existing tank (a tough task after the unfortunate death of many fishy friends). But when simply looking for a fish tank, you can’t go wrong perusing their large selection. Also, if something happens to go wrong with your tank, their top-notch maintenance service is sure to have it fixed in a jiffy.

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(credit: Getty Images)

A World Of Fish
1516 66th St E
Richfield, MN 55423

Known as one of the best places around to find exotic saltwater fish, AWOF also has the finest tanks for your fish to call home. The dedicated staff wants to make sure both you and your colorful underwater companions are happy with the aquarium, so everything from living plants to state-of-the-art CO2 delivery systems can be found to furnish the tank once you’ve selected the right size and type.

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Oddball Pet Factory
8485 Plaza Blvd NE
Spring Lake Park, MN 55432

As the name suggests, this is a fun place to shop for pets and pet accessories. But it’s not just about fun. The store is dedicated to making sure you have everything you need for a healthy aquarium and healthy fish. All of their fish are personally handpicked, and you’ll find specific tanks to suit your needs as well. Pro tip: Their comprehensive website is a great place to look around and see if they have what you’re looking for before you head in.

Sea Level
8590 Excelsior Blvd
Hopkins, MN 55343

No matter what size tank you’re looking for, from a 10-gallon to a 150-gallon, you’ll find it here. Like many of the other stores mentioned, the staff is knowledgeable and helpful, so no question will go unanswered. No need to have the wrong fish living together in the wrong tank. Also, if you’re looking for an upgrade you can trade in your old or unused tanks (and other aquarium supplies) for in-store credit.

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Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.