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Study: Almost a Quarter of Aquascapers Identify as LGBTQIA

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23.9 percent of aquascapers identify as LGBTQIA, according to a new study by Aquarium Friend.

The survey also found that aquascaping is an affordable hobby. 47.2 percent of aquascapers spent between $100-500 to establish their tank and 68.8 percent of aquascapers spend $0-50 a month on maintenance costs.

The Aquarium Friend survey polled a sample of 1,089 aquascapers from all over the world. The survey was conducted online in February 2021.

The Aquascaping Survey investigated aquascaping demographics, time and money commitments, favorite aquascaping styles, and primary benefits and drawbacks of the hobby.

Younger generations (millennials and Generation Z) dominate aquascaping: The survey found that 35 percent of aquascapers are millennials and 32.4 percent are Generation Z.

Aquascaping is affordable: 47.2 percent of aquascapers spent between $100-500 to establish their tank and 68.8 percent of aquascapers spend $0-50 a month on maintenance costs.

Aquascaping is not as time intensive as you might imagine: 61.1 percent of aquascapers spend less than 5 hours per month on maintenance.

Relaxation and stress relief are the top benefits: Many aquascapers talk about the deep benefits of the hobby. An aquascaped tank is a beautiful aquarium but it is also a “sense of serenity, “…a form of meditation,” and a “…teach[er] [about] how interconnected life on our green dot is.”

People enjoy experimenting with aquascaping styles: Aquascapers are split among various style categories, with creating their own design (39.4 percent), nature (29.7 percent), and jungle (11.7 percent) as the most popular styles for tanks.

Aquascaping competitions are growing in popularity: 6.2 percent of aquascapers have participated in competitions. All aquascaping contest providers noted increasing numbers of contestant entries.

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