Fish Tank FAQs
What are the most popularly replicated environments?
The most popularly replicated fish environment is the coral reefs. This is mainly an aesthetic decision in line with the popularization of the species in the public’s eye by huge Pixar pieces like Finding Nemo (2003). Both the animals and the landscape in the living coral regions underwater are vibrant in color and diversity. Impressively, the incredible marginal amount of coral in the ocean, generally measured as less than 1 percent of the total ocean ecosystems, over 25 percent of the aquatic species reside there. For that reason, there are immense conservation efforts aimed at their preservation. Tourist locations abound in areas like the Great Barrier Reef off the north coast of Australia and this contributes to their popularity when the tourists return home. Kids and adults alike enjoy the colorful creations that are found in the ocean in these unique locations. More fun is recreating those same environments within your home. Due to the popularity, vibrancy, and diversity of the coral reef it should as no surprise that is the most commonly replicated environment within the hobbyists’ aquarium ecosystems.
What is the largest shark to have roamed the ocean?
The largest shark to roam the ocean is measured from the prehistoric period. This shark called the megalodon would be able to consume a human in a single bite. However, the shark is no extinct and the only records we have of its existence are fossilized remains. The teeth are an important consideration and are usually well kept within rocks. For the megalodon its teeth are routinely greater than 15 cm, with some records being at 18 or 19 cm. The size of the megalodon teeth are the fist and primary basis for estimating the length of the creature, due to proportionality ratios. However, the real size of the creature has been hotly contested by archeologists and others for decades. The present assumption on length and size is based on the spinal column that was found buried in line with teeth remains. Modern indications indicate the creature weighed as much as 110 metric tons and was up to 65 feet in length. It is considered the largest aquatic super-predator that swam in the water and routinely dined on exceedingly large creatures. The size of the creature is difficult to imagine and it is considered one of the largest super predators ever. It had a jaw strength that could exert 41,000 pound-force by clamping down. That exertion is roughly 10 times that of a great white shark and five times greater than the force exerted by a Tyrannosaurus rex.
What caused the popularity of the common fish aquarium?
The aquarium was first available in ancient Rome underneath the bed of guests. The introduction of glass panes allowed one of the walls to be moved so that one could see into the chamber. The aquarium did not become available to the public until it was made popular after the introduction of the cast iron frame and glass panes as evidenced in the Great Exhibition of 1951. Three years after its inclusion in the Great Exhibition it was included in a book entitled The Aquarium: An Unveiling of the Wonders of the Deep Sea. After this, the aquarium became a fad in the United Kingdom. For most of the latter half of the century the aquarium became a status symbol as an exotic hobby where you could house the especially popular coral reef and the corresponding creatures. In the modern era, the 21st century the hobby of fish tending is considered the second most popular in the United States behind stamp collecting. Since it has such a ubiquitous following it should come as no surprise that almost half of all those hobbyists have more than one aquarium.