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Union Aquarium founder sells business to longtime employee

David DeLugo, the new owner of Union Aquarium, feeds clownfish in the store’s saltwater section of tanks. Paul Sartoris, founder of the store, sold it to DeLugo, who was an employee for 10 years.

David DeLugo, the new owner of Union Aquarium, feeds clownfish in the store’s saltwater section of tanks. Paul Sartoris, founder of the store, sold it to DeLugo, who was an employee for 10 years. Photo by John Purcell.

— While there is a certain amount of risk taking over the business, DeLugo said the Upper Union Street area is good for the niche of customers he serves. He is looking into expanding the saltwater aspect of the business, which along with fish includes a vibrant array of coral species and several live rocks. Saltwater tanks, he said, are becoming easier to take care of and maintain. Also, he is looking to make some renovations to the store’s interior to provide an updated look for longtime customers.

Despite a tough economy, he said the industry has only been growing.

“The industry of pets in this country during this recession was increasing,” DeLugo said. “People are still spending money on their cats, dogs, birds and fish.”

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