David Jones is the kind of person who likes to have a fish tank in his house for peace of mind.
It’s not hard to maintain his saltwater aquarium, he says, but it does require dedication and care.
“It’s something you have to be interested in,” he said. “It’s not something you have to have unless you’re like me.”
Now Jones is translating his hobby into a business by realizing a lifelong dream. This month, he opened Fintastic Aquariums of Wake County, a saltwater fish and coral store, not far from downtown Cary.
The 16,000-square-foot facility is lined with 31 tanks that are larger than those typically found in retail stores. They’re filled with beautiful, colorful fish darting around each tank and corals that seem to glow. One of the most popular fish so far has been an Ocellaris Clownfish, made popular by the “Finding Nemo” film.
“We wanted to maximize our footprint and get in more of a selection and variety than most people have ever seen,” he said. “We can get things cheaper and pass that along to the hobbyist.”
The tanks are divided into sections, allowing any sick fish to be quarantined.
“We are in the process of getting some hospital ...