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Great Recession Drains the Office Aquarium

Have you sat in an office reception area lately thinking something about the room was different?

Well, it's not in your imagination. Something fishy might have been going on.

It appears the Great Recession has claimed yet another victim: The office aquarium. In the 2001-02 recession, offices found Nemo. In this recession, they're leaving him behind.

Companies have been fishing for cost-cutting ideas for a few years now, and apparently they've decided the calming office aquarium is a drain on the bottom line. As a Tampa Bay Online article points out, employers have been replacing pretty fish with pretty flowers and plants. Flowers are more cost effective on a tighter budget, they're calming in their own strange way, and they don't poop.

Will fish and aquarium companies be able to swim upstream and regain lost market share as the economy improves? Will Pixar throw them a life vest by making Nemo 2? Time will tell, but I'll put my money on the office aquarium making a comeback eventually. For now, however, you may have to do without its gentle gurgling sounds as you wait for your appointment.

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