kid-and-fish-tankFish keeping has been a hobby of mine since I was a child. I’ve always enjoyed being able to raise life and seeing fish thrive and lead their lives.

Fish keeping started as a fascination when I was young. The colors were amazing. Watching them swim and interact with each other was amazing. It was like looking into a whole different planet. My father was hesitant to allow me to have a fish tank at first, but eventually I wore him down. After he saw how responsible I was with the tank and how much I yearned to learn about my new underwater friends he began to help fund my hobby and took part in it himself.

Later the hobby turned into an addiction for me. I was encapsulated in keeping fish, adding new aquariums and learning about new innovations. It was at this time that I started to breed fish in order to sell them for means to support hobby. Later I started working for Congressional Aquarium. I wouldn’t work for pay … instead I worked for store credit in order to buy supplies and more fish.

In XXXX (YEAR) I bought Congressional Aquarium. I didn’t buy it just to make a profitable business. I bought Congressional Aquarium to share the joy and excitement of being in this hobby with everyone else. Congressional Aquarium exists to give it’s customers the same excitement and enjoyment that I experienced when I was young.

Stop by Congressional Aquarium today! Feel free to look around and talk to our experienced employees about their fish tanks and the passion they have for the hobby.


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  • Jay Wilkie
    Jay Wilkie Owner

    Owning a fish store has been a dream of mine ever since I was a child. I can still remember my first fish tank which lead to my first breeding operation many years ago. Fish keeping has been a hobby for the young, but can also be a rewarding experience for those with a few years under their belt. Come in and ask me about your new setup today!

  • Dave Deckhart
    Dave Deckhart

    I have been working at Congressional Aquarium for 15 years. I have my own maintenance company and specialize in saltwater reef tanks, fish and freshwater aquariums and diseases.

  • Andy Cativo
    Andy Cativo

    I have been a manager for two years, but have been working at Congressional Aquarium since I was in high school. My piranha is my oldest fish and is now 10 years old! I have enjoyed keeping fish ever since I can remember. Stop by and ask me some questions!

  • Sam Grinnan
    Sam Grinnan

    My name is Sam and I am one of the newer managers here at Congressional Aquarium. I enjoy all things animals, from reptiles, to fish, to cats and dogs. I even enjoy my little pet rat! My favorite thing at Congressional Aquarium is seeing people experience things for the first time! Come in today and ask me about your pets!

  • Michael Kirby
    Michael Kirby Manager

    I have been working at Congressional Aquarium for the last 10 years. I have a bachelors degree in environmental science and I volunteer at the national zoo. If you are looking for someone knowledgeable and willing to answer your toughest reptile and fish questions … I’m your guy!