Happy Aquarium, created by CrowdStar, is a Facebook game where you raise baby fish and then sell them for coins. In this Happy Aquarium strategy guide, we will cover things like how to play Happy Aquarium, how to win lots of money, and great Happy Aquarium tips. As CrowdStar releases new game features, we’ll update the Happy Aquarium guide so make sure you check back often. Let us know if you have any killer tips or winning strategies that are not included here and we will incorporate them into the guide.
Happy Aquarium Beginners
Buying fish – In the beginning of the Happy Aquarium game, you will be given your own tank and your first step will be to buy some fish. All you have to do is follow the directions the game provides to do this and this step will be completed in no time. Happy Aquarium will use arrows to show you which fish to buy and what do next. You will be able to choose the name for your fish and the gender, which are primarily just personal preferences and they don’t have any effect on game play.
Feeding fish – After you’ve bought your fish and added it to the tank, your next step will be to feed it. You should have already been given some food but if you haven’t you can click on the “Store” and buy some. To feed your fish, click on the food icon and then click on the tank. You’ll be able to tell when the fish is full or it needs to be fed by looking at the “Hunger” level located at the top of the screen or by clicking on the fish in question. Feeding your fish in your Happy Aquarium tank will earn you experience points to help you level up so its important to have lots of fish and feed them regularly. Also, if you don’t feed your fish for three days straight they will get sick and if they’re sick for another three consecutive days they will die.
Healing and flushing fish – As previously discussed, if you don’t feed your fish they become sick and die. To provide immediate health care to your sick fish, click on it and select “heal”. If you return to your tank only to find dead fish, you’ll need to remove them from the tank. To do this, click on it and select “Flush”.
Selling fish – Selling fish will earn your Happy Aquarium coins. To sell a fish grab the arrow tool and click on the fish you want to sell. Then click the “Sell” button to have your fish released into the ocean and you’ll be awarded some coins.
Mating fish – You can breed fish by clicking on them and selecting “mate”. Eggs will be produced and they will later hatch into baby fish. The eggs will roll on the bottom of the tank and sometimes they will end up hiding behind your decorations. Remember that only mature fish that have reached adulthood are able to breed and that you can only mate once per day. Mating is not 100% successful and therefore you won’t always obtain babies from it. Mating your fish however will earn you coins so it’s in your best interest to do it. Before you can mate your fish you’ll need to have a clean health tank, a full healthy fish, plenty of room in your tank and 2 adult fish of the same species (1 male and 1 female).
Training fish – You can train fish by playing the mini game adventure but you’ve got to have a fully healthy fish and a clean tank first. New tricks are available to be learned at each growth level and fish can be trained about once per day. To train your fish click on it and select the “Train” option. Training will earn you food, coins, and experience points. To see your fish do his trick, tap on the glass of your tank.
Cleaning your tank – Tanks get dirty over time and will need to be cleaned. To do this, simply grab the brush tool and click on the tank. You’ll earn experience points for cleaning your tank and those of your Happy Aquarium friends.
Tapping on your tank – Tapping on your tank’s glass will cause your fish to swim away from where you tapped. It is also used to tell your fish to do his/her tricks he/she has learned.
Taking photos of your tank – Click on the camera icon located at the top right side of the screen to take a snapshot of your tank to add it to your Facebook profile and share it with your friends. You can even add a caption underneath the photo if you want. Knowing how to take a photo of your tank is useful, especially when CrowdStar holds a Happy Aquarium contest to give away free pearls and you need to submit your tank for voting.
Voting for tanks – Asking your friends to vote for your tank can help you win prizes like free t-shirts and free pearls for Happy Aquarium contests. Votes for tanks are only recorded once and if you vote again for the same tank it will show up temporarily but it will not be recorded.
Tank ratings – Your Happy Aquarium neighbors can rate your tank by clicking on the thumbs up or thumbs down icons located at the top of the screen. Doing so doesn’t impact your play but it’s a nice gesture.
Adding Happy Aquarium neighbors – To add friends, click on the “Invite Friends” tab located at the top of the screen. Then select the Facebook friends you want to invite to be your Happy Aquarium neighbors. All your current Happy Aquarium friends are positioned at the bottom of the tank for easy viewing and visiting.
Sending and receiving food and gifts – To send a free gift or food to your friends, click on the “Send Food” tab or the “Free Gifts” tab located at the top of the screen. Alternatively, when you receive fish food or gifts, you will be notified from the Facebook requests page to either accept or reject the items. Once you accept the items they will automatically appear in your fish tank.
Visiting Happy Aquarium neighbors’ tanks – Going to visit your friends’ tanks is a good way to earn more experience points and Happy Aquarium coins. To visit your friend, just click on their profile image located at the bottom of the screen. Once you’re in front of their tank you can earn experience points or coins by completing such tasks as cleaning their tank and clicking on their treasure chest. Helping them out may also entail giving them a thumbs up rating on their tank and voting for their tank.
Buying pearls – Happy Aquarium pearls are virtual currency that’s used to buy premium decorations in the Happy Aquarium store. To buy pearls, click on the “Get More Pearls” tab at the top of your screen and use your credit card, Amazon Payments, Google Checkout, Zong, or PayPal account to make the purchase. You can check on the status of an order of pearls you bought by clicking on the “Get More Pearls” tab at the top of the screen and selecting “Missing Pearls”. You can convert pearls to coins by using pearls to buy items in the store and then selling those items in exchange for Happy Aquarium coins. You can earn pearls in the game by leveling up and you will receive one pearl for each new level you reach.
Customizing your tank – After you’ve saved some Happy Aquarium coins you can purchase decorations for your tank. These decorations can be bought at the store and they enhance the overall look and feel of your tank. Having a better looking tank can get your tank better ratings and more votes if your friends like it. Buying things like props, coral, rocks, wallpapers, and other special items may just help you win a Happy Aquarium contest.
Expanding tanks – Adding new tanks allows you to expand your fish selling empire. To buy a new tank, just click on one located at the bottom left part of the screen. New tanks are unlocked when you reach a certain level in the game and adding new tanks permits you to have more fish that can earn you more experience points and coins. Having more tanks and therefore fish also allows you to reach new Happy Aquarium levels much faster.
Sending bottle messages – Each tank has the ability to receive messages in a bottle. You will not see a message bottle in your own tank just as your friend cannot see his/her own message bottle in their tank. If you want to leave a message in a bottle for your friend, click on your friend’s tank and then click on the bottle. After your done typing the message, send it on its way.
How to move fish or items between tanks – To move your fish to another tank, select the fish, click on the notepad, and then click on the blue “tank” symbol to move your fish to another fish tank. To move the item to a different tank, click on the destination tank and then click the green check mark.
Treasure chests – Treasure chests and Bubble Clams are placed in tanks to allow your friends to earn coins by clicking on them. This does not steal coins from you. These clams and chests are refilled with coins at midnight (PST) for all well kept tanks. Feeding your fish and cleaning your tank ensures that you and your friends are rewarded with Happy Aquarium coins.
Renaming fish – If you don’t like the default name of your fish, you can easily change it. Just click on the fish and click on the notepad located to the right. Then you’ll be able to replace the current name with a new one.
How To Play Happy Aquarium
Selecting fish – Happy Aquarium offers many fish to select from with varying costs. As a rule of thumb, the more expensive the fish, the more potential profit it should produce. Other important factors when choosing a fish includes the growth and turn over rate. If a fish grows faster it can reach maturity sooner and therefore it can mate to produce young faster yielding a greater turnover rate. A slower growth/turnover rate equates to more expenses and less profits in the end.
Gain Happy Aquarium experience points to level up – Happy Aquarium players are given experience points (XP) for completing the following tasks: feeding fish, cleaning the fish tank, attaining achievement medal levels, adding new Happy Aquarium neighbors, and training fish. Each new Happy Aquarium level requires a certain amount of experience points before you can go to the next level. Gathering more experience points is also important because it unlocks new items (i.e. tanks, fish, decorations, etc.).
Giving to friends – Giving and receiving gifts and fish food to your friends is very beneficial to everyone. Giving gifts encourages your friends to reciprocate the act and receiving gifts provides an opportunity to get things you can’t yet buy yourself. You are only allowed to send one free gift of fish food your friends every 24 hours.
Assisting your friends – Helping your Happy Aquarium friends is also good to do because it encourage them to reciprocate the behavior. You can help your friends by visiting their tank and cleaning it, rating it and voting for your friend. Doing some of these things can earn you more experience points and Happy Aquarium coins too!
How to earn Happy Aquarium coins – Coins can be earned by doing several things in the game such as 1) clicking on your friend’s treasure chest or clam, 2) selling fish once they’ve reached maturity, and 3) catching coins while training your fish.
Collecting achievements – Clicking on the star medal located at the bottom of your tank will display all the achievements you can earn. The ratio indicates how many more actions are required to accomplish the achievement. For example, if you currently see 20/100 that means you acquired 20 coins by selling fish and you need another 80 before you can be awarded the medal.
Required experience points for achievements – Upon being awarded with an achievement, you’ll also earn more experience points (XP). These experience points vary depending on the medal level. Below are the experience points gained for each.
- Bronze = 100 xp
- Silver = 250 xp
- Gold = 500 xp
- GoldStar = 1000 xp
Adding more tanks – Buying more tanks allows you to earn more experience points to reach new Happy Aquarium levels, house more fish, and earn more coins. See the information below to find out at what level you can add more tanks, the prices for tanks, and when you can expand them.
Level 1 – 50 Gallon tank; No cost (10 fish)
Level 3 – 75 Gallon tank; Cost: 100 coins (20 fish)
Level 5 – 100 Gallon tank; Cost: 150 coins (30 fish)
Level 7 – 125 Gallon tank; Cost: 200 coins (40 fish)
Level 10 – 50 Gallon tank; Cost: 300 coins
Level 13 – 75 Gallon tank; Cost: 400 coins
Level 15 – 100 Gallon tank; Cost: 500 coins
Level 17 – 125 Gallon tank; Cost: 600 coins
Level 20 – 50 Gallon tank; Cost: 300 coins
Level 23 – 75 Gallon tank; Cost: 400 coins
Level 25 – 100 Gallon tank; Cost: 500 coins
Level 27 – 125 Gallon tank; Cost: 600 coins
Level 30 – 50 Gallon tank; Cost: 300 coins
Level 33 – 75 Gallon tank; Cost: 400 coins
Level 35 – 100 Gallon tank; Cost: 500 coins
Level 37 – 125 Gallon tank; Cost: 600 coins
Happy Aquarium Items Comparison Chart
Profits = total profit minus expenses: Sells For – Cost
P/D = profits per day
P/H = profits per hour
P/M = profits per minute
P/S = profits per second
? = unknown; if you have this data contact us to let us know and we’ll update the chart.
Happy Aquarium Strategy
Select fish that yield more profits – The prices for fish species varies as well as growth rates and turnover rates. All of these things should be taken into consideration when choosing fish as they will affect your profits.
Choose fish based on your schedule – Fish vary according to the time to maturity and how often they need fed. So if your schedule doesn’t permit you to access your account and fed your fish often then you’ll want to choose fish that don’t require a lot of feeding. However, if your available more often then by all means, get some fish that better match your availability. Remember that fish need to be fed in order to grow and therefore reach adulthood so they can mate and produce offspring. This in turn will help you gain more Happy Aquarium experience points faster and earn more coins.
Feed and check up on fish often – Feeding your fish is very important to ensuring that they reach maturity in a quick manner. Otherwise you’re losing potential profits. Moreover, if your fish aren’t fed often, they can become sick and die. If that happens you lose all your potential profits.
Get more tanks – Leveling up to unlock more tanks and raising more fish allows you to gain more experience points and coins. Keep buying more tanks so you can increase your profits and grow your wealth.
Help and gift frequently to friends – As we previously suggested, you should assist your Happy Aquarium friends by sending them fish food and gifts often because it is beneficial to you too. You earn experience points for assisting friends and giving gifts to your friends encourages them to do the same for you.
Nobody likes a loudmouth – When you attain new Happy Aquarium levels, assist your friends, and purchase new fish or complete other tasks, the game will give you the opportunity to share these accomplishments with your friends. Make sure you hit the “Skip” button for every request to inform your friends unless it is a monumental accomplishment. If you don’t, you can overwhelm your friends and become a source of irritation. In that case they may just “Hide” you in their news feed or worse, unfriend you. To learn how to change the Happy Aquarium settings on your Facebook profile, check out our Facebook Guide which contains detailed easy to read instructions on how to do this as well as change your Facebook profile’s privacy settings.
Download a faster web browser – If you are like 70% of the web users out there, you are browsing the internet using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser. This is quite slow to load sites and often may freeze causing you irritation and lost time. We suggest you download either Opera or Google Chrome and use them when playing Facebook games as they load pages much faster and don’t freeze nearly as often.
Befriend people the right way – Have you ever got a friend request and wondered why they are asking you to add them as a friend? To prevent bothering people with uninformed friend requests, you should always include a message as to why you are requesting the friend add. A simple message like “Happy Aquarium” or “Happy Aquarium add” lets people know what the Facebook friend add is for and they can then allocate you to their Happy Aquarium friend list.
Join Happy Aquarium fan pages and groups – Growing your Happy Aquarium friend list may be the single most crucial aspect of the game as it helps you level up faster and obtain more profits. The difficult part of adding friends is knowing where to find new ones. You sure don’t want to annoy your Facebook friends and family members by inundating them with countless Happy Aquarium add requests if they don’t play the game. Finding people that play Happy Aquarium makes all the difference because they will want to add you as a friend to help themselves too. Thus, by joining various Happy Aquarium groups and fan pages, you’ll avoid any hassles and gain more friends much faster.
Send us your Happy Aquarium tips – We update this Happy Aquarium guide regularly to ensure that it contains fresh new content. So if you have any killer Happy Aquarium tips, strategies, helpful data or great information that we don’t have on here yet, send them to us and we’ll add them as soon as possible. Helping us, helps you; keeping the guide up-to-date educates players and ensures your game friends receive the most recent Happy Aquarium tips to help you succeed in the game.
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