umentary can duplicate influences how people who view reef aquariums think about coral reefs. This awareness, in turn, increases the desire to see reef resources preserved and protected.

I see some interesting parallels between reef aquarists, divers, and other nature enthusiasts of today with their counterparts of a hundred years ago. Nature study was a popular pastime among our Victorian ancestors. The microscope was their primary tool for investigating the natural world. The structure of an organism, in that it was considered to reflect the precise, clockworklike design of a Divine Plan, was their primary interest. Today, the aquarium has become a tool that permits even an urban apartment dweller to investigate nature. A reef tank is as affordable for many Americans as a good microscope was for Victorian ladies and gentlemen. We, however, are less interested in how organisms are constructed than in their relationships with each other.

When we create these miniature worlds encased in glass or acrylic, we are not seeking to affirm the presence of a greater power (although such affirmation is a commonplace reaction of spiritually inclined aquarists). Rather, by observing the day-to-day existence and interactions of creatures that are like us in so many ways, and yet so startlingly different, we are attempting to comprehend our place in a universe that is proving to be more chaotic, complex, and awe-inspiring than anything the Victorians could ever have imagined.

Victorians Aquarium
The COMPLETE guide to Aquariums

The COMPLETE guide to Aquariums

The word aquarium originates from the ancient Latin language, aqua meaning water and the suffix rium meaning place or building. Aquariums are beautiful and look good anywhere! Home aquariums are becoming more and more popular, it is a hobby that many people are flocking too and fish shops are on the rise. Fish are generally easy to keep although do they need quite a bit of attention. Puppies and kittens were the typical pet but now fish are becoming more and more frequent in house holds. In recent years fish shops have noticed a great increase in the rise of people wanting to purchase aquariums and fish, the boom has been great for local shops as the fish industry hasnt been such a great industry before now.

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