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Aquarium
A frog swimming in an aquarium from The Sims 3: World Adventures.
Game The Sims, The Sims Bustin' Out, The Sims 2, The Sims 3, The Sims 4
Buyability Buy mode, Build mode[TS4]
Price in game Varies
Object type(s) Decorative
Fun
Size Varies

Aquariums are a type of object that allow Sims to own pet fish. They can be bought in buy mode (or build mode, in The Sims 4) and have appeared throughout The Sims series.

The Sims[edit | edit source]

In the original release of The Sims, the only way Sims could have any sort of pet was to have the Poseidon's Adventure Aquarium. As long as the fish were fed daily, and the tank was kept clean, the fish would live indefinitely. The Hot Date and Superstar expansions added large 1x3 aquariums, but these were purely decorative and did not require maintenance. Unleashed added a goldfish bowl that functioned similarly to the original aquarium, though it treated the fish as a small pet that had to be purchased separately while on a community lot.

Poseidon's Adventure Aquarium[edit | edit source]

Poseidon's Adventure Aquarium
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Aquariums are lots of fun. Well at least for some people. Just don't forget to feed the fish and clean the tank periodically, and they will swim happily in circles forever.
Game The Sims
Buyability Buy mode
Price in game §200
Object type(s) Decorative
Fun
Size 1x1

Fun: 1

Room: 2

"Manila 1000" Marine Aquarium[edit | edit source]

"Manila 1000" Marine Aquarium
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Dwindling tropical fish populations got you down? Then join the burgeoning "Adopta-Reef" home aquarium program. In exchange for each GENEROUS contribution, each member receives a 1000-gallon, fully-systematized community tank, stocked with exotic and endangered Indo-Pacific fish and fauna. So whether you enjoy captive animals at home, or like to flaunt them in public, make the Manila 1000 your good deed for the year!
Game The Sims: Hot Date
Buyability Community lot
Price in game §3,999
Object type(s) Room
Size 1x3

Room: 6

Classic Goldfish Bowl[edit | edit source]

Classic Goldfish Bowl
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Goldfish have been considered the training ground for pet ownership since time began. This is pet care for the minimalist, but do not be fooled by the fish's small size. Goldfish require constant attention so that they do not choke on algae-laden, oxygen-depleted water, resulting in the well known belly up position. Be careful with your fish, or it could be the kid's first experience with a death in the family.

Note: Fish not included
Game The Sims: Unleashed
Buyability Buy mode
Price in game §35
Object type(s) Fun
Size 1x1

Fun: 1

Room: 1
Note: The goldfish is a small pet that costs §15, and must be bought on a community lot. The bowl must also be placed on a surface.

Aqua-Rich-ium[edit | edit source]

Aqua-Rich-ium
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This sophisticated aquarium is designed to impress, and it shows. Imported seaweed and fronds help create a homey environment for the fish, who have been hand-selected from the waters of the Caribbean. A sophisticated custom built life-support system keeps the water at exactly the correct pH, salinity, and temperature for each species in the tank.
Game The Sims: Superstar
Buyability Buy mode
Price in game §4,999
Object type(s) Room
Size 1x3

Room: 8

The Sims Bustin' Out[edit | edit source]

The Sims Bustin' Out features two aquariums: a regular aquarium that requires regular feeding, and the "Manila 1000" Marine Aquarium that is self-sustaining, unlocked by upgrading the kitchen at Tinsel Bluffs.

The Sims 2[edit | edit source]

In The Sims 2 base game, the only way Sims could have any sort of pet was to have the Aquabox Five-Gallon Aquarium. The Pets expansion pack added a 1x3 saltwater aquarium called Mr. Maritime, and changed aquariums so that cats could watch them. When bought, these aquariums are empty, and can be stocked by clicking on them and selecting the "Restock" option. Stocking the Aquabox costs §35, while stocking Mr. Maritime costs §300, and Sims may stock them autonomously. The fish must be fed every 48 hours, or they will die. Sims can feed the fish as often as they like, although overfeeding the fish will dirty the tank faster.

Unlike The Sims, Sims in The Sims 2 will not react when fish in an aquarium die, and the game will not give the player any notice that the fish have died. When told to restock the aquarium, Sims will scoop the fish out of the tank, take them to what they consider the nearest toilet, and flush them away, then return to the tank and add new fish, for which they will be charged.

Apartment Life added a large 4x4 aquarium, which was primarily decorative and did not require maintenance, although Sims and cats could still watch it. It is also by far the most valuable modestly-sized object in the game.

Aquariums are considered a decorative object and are located under said category in buy mode.

AquaBox Five-Gallon Aquarium[edit | edit source]

AquaBox Five-Gallon Aquarium
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Feed fish. Watch them swim in circles. Watch fish watch other fish swim in circles. Watch the fish watch each other. No doubt about it, Sims love fish. What could possibly be so entertaining about watching a simple life form go about it's [sic] business while occasionally feeding it? EVERYTHING, that's what! The AquaBox Five-Gallon Aquarium is ideal for freshwater or saltwater fish, so go crazy! Get an aquarium, and get fish! (Dr. Vu's sunken treasure refrigerator contains no treasure)
Game The Sims 2
Buyability Buy mode
Price in game §300
Object type(s) Decorative
Fun
Size 1x2

Fun: 8

Mr. Maritime[edit | edit source]

Mr. Maritime
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Why spend the time, energy and expense to enjoy the beauty of the sea when you can bring it into the home with the "Mr. Maritime" saltwater aquarium? Any room is enhanced by the rare beauty of exotic reef fish and corals, and all you have to do is feed them regularly, clean frequently and restock them when the unthinkable happens. You can't do all that with the ocean! Fish guaranteed to live as long as they survive.
Game The Sims 2: Pets
Buyability Buy mode
Price in game §3,000
Object type(s) Decorative
Fun
Size 1x3

Fun: 8

Environment: 6

AquaBox "60 Gallons of Awesome" Aquarium[edit | edit source]

AquaBox "60 Gallons of Awesome" Aquarium
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How many gallons of awesome can you handle? If you're the average Sim, that number probably borders around 50, which makes the newest AquaBox Aquarium a dangerous acquisition. Prestocked with many exotic fish and undersea plantlife, it's sure to be the centerpiece of any home.
Game The Sims 2: Apartment Life
Buyability Buy mode
Price in game §18,000
Object type(s) Decorative
Fun
Size 3x3

Fun: 9

Environment: 10

The Sims 3[edit | edit source]

An aquarium as found in High-End Loft Stuff

In The Sims and The Sims 2, aquarium fish were not separate objects. In The Sims 3, however, they are. Fish, as well as other aquatic creatures like frogs or medusas, can be caught by fishing in ponds, rivers, lakes or oceans and placed in bowls or tanks. A bowl holds one fish; an aquarium holds six, which allows fish to reproduce.

If fish are not fed daily, death music will play and the fish will die of starvation (although the Grim Reaper doesn't come). In some games, the fish tank can also turn green to warn the player that the fish need feeding.

The Shrinkomatic Fishbowl[edit | edit source]

The Shrinkomatic Fishbowl
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Regardless of what any fishermen may tell you, there's no fish too big for The Shrinkomatic Fishbowl. Ginantic trout, boat swallowing minnows and even the legendary Carp Ehdiem will all swim happily in this quaint bowl... assuming you feed them.
Game The Sims 3
Buyability Buy mode
Price in game §80
Object type(s) Decorative
Fun
Size 1x1

Note: It must be placed on a surface.

All My Fishes Aquarium[edit | edit source]

All My Fishes Aquarium
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No longer shall fish swim alone. They will bask together under the glow of the fluorescent light, frolick in bubble fields, and wade in in algae blooms; it's the next best thing to being in the ocean. Perfect for the serious angler or the casual ichthyologist, there's no classier way to display fine aquatic specimen or other precious loot!
Game The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff
Buyability Buy mode
Price in game §500
Object type(s) Decorative
Fun
Size 1x2

Fun: 8

Environment: 8

Tropical Aquarium[edit | edit source]

Tropical Aquarium
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Hand sculpted by the wandering fisherman known only as "Dennis", this stunning aquarium is a must for fish collectors everywhere. House your water breathing friends in an environment featuring all the trappings of the tropics! The mini-volcano regulates water temperature and provides hours of fishy fun. Let your fish know that you care by purchading them this well stocked and totally over priced aquarium.
Game The Sims 3 Store
Buyability Buy mode
Price in game §2,500
Object type(s) Decorative
Fun
Size 1x2

Fun: 9

Environment: 9

Hydro Fission Aquarium[edit | edit source]

Hydro Fission Aquarium
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Keep your aqua loving creatures cozy and in style with this top of the line aquarium model!
Game The Sims 3 Store
Buyability Buy mode
Price in game §
Object type(s) Decorative
Fun
Size 1x2

Fun: 9

Environment: 9

The Sims 4[edit | edit source]

This section is in need of additional information. You can help The Sims Wiki by expanding this section.In The Sims 4, aquariums allow Sims to own pet fish. It is also a way to collect fish as they can buy fish to fill it. The Gumber Fesh Bow and The Boneyard bowls were part of a Trick or Treat Challenge in 2015.[1]

The Gumber Fesh Bow[edit | edit source]

The Gumber Fesh Bow
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Gelatinous Treats Ltd., was provided a thousand fresh water Gummie Guppys, and asked to create a special home for these newly discovered fish. They made several requests for additional fish samples… until finally delivering this finished product. While many agree that it is a masterful creation, they can't help but question the name.
Game The Sims 4
Buyability Build mode
Price in game §50
Object type(s) Decorative
Size 1x1

This is the only bowl that allows Sims to buy Gummie Guppie fishes.

The Boneyard[edit | edit source]

The Boneyard
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The Boneyard is not for the faint of fin. Swim your Rainbow Trout up another stream. Don't sting your Clownfish in here. And take that Sunfish to warmer waters. Don't mess with the Boneyard, or you'll find yourself boneless.
Game The Sims 4
Buyability Build mode
Price in game §50
Object type(s) Decorative
Size 1x1

This is the only bowl that allows Sims to buy "Captain Bones" Bonefishes.

Fit4Fish Crystal Fish Bowl[edit | edit source]

Fit4Fish Crystal Fish Bowl
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Classic round glass fishbowl allows your piscine friends a 360-degree view of their surroundings.
Game The Sims 4
Buyability Build mode
Price in game §60
Object type(s) Decorative
Size 1x1

Swimming with the Fishes[edit | edit source]

Swimming with the Fishes
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If you give a Sim a fish, they have a fish. If you teach a Sim to fish, they can fill up this aquarium with all their awesome catches! Show off those beautiful fish with this elegantly appointed aquarium. Or, you know, just buy them if you don't fish.
Game The Sims 4: Spa Day
Buyability Build mode
Price in game §295
Object type(s) Decorative
Size 1x2

Fun: 5

Environment: 3

Perfect Private Aquarium[edit | edit source]

Perfect Private Aquarium
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Presenting the Perfect Private Aquarium. Perfect for your fish, to view in the privacy of your own home. Or office. Or anywhere, really. Now with luxurious faux sand, imitation rocks, and artificial seaweed for the enjoyment of your fish!
Game The Sims 4: Spa Day
Buyability Build mode
Price in game §595
Object type(s) Decorative
Size 1x2

Fun: 5

Environment: 3

Sea Plus Aquarium[edit | edit source]

Sea Plus Aquarium
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Move your fish into the Sea Plus Aquarium and see them thrive and grow. More swimming space and bubbles makes these fish the happiest water-dwelling creatures in captivity!
Game The Sims 4: Dine Out
Buyability Build mode
Price in game §850
Object type(s) Decorative
Size 1x2

Fun: 5

Environment: 4

Harbor in a Box Aquarium[edit | edit source]

Harbor in a Box Aquarium
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This stylish aquarium not only holds lots of fish, but you can probably stuff some socks into those nice wooden drawers. If fish had feet they'd probably be jealous!
Game The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs
Buyability Build mode
Price in game §575
Object type(s) Decorative
Size 1x2

Fun: 6

Tap Tap Table[edit | edit source]

Tap Tap Table
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Go ahead and set items down on the surface of this aquarium. The fish won't mind a little tapping; in fact they've been specially trained to ignore it.
Game The Sims 4: My First Pet Stuff
Buyability Build mode
Price in game §200
Object type(s) Surface
Size 2x2

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