The northern Gulf of Mexico, the Flower Garden Banks in the western Gulf of Mexico, the Grand Strand and cold water species of our Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Most of sandy beaches stretching from Fort Lauderdale to the people — even those who have lived all their lives on the shores of Delaware, the mid-Atlantic region from the coast — have no idea of the diversity and beauty of under-Chesapeake Bay to Cape Cod, and the northern Atlantic water life in their own region. The intrepid aquarist in these coast of New England all offer an array of marine inverte- areas will mosdy be on his own, scouring the tidepools and or brates, seaweeds, and small fish species that are suited to ap- taking to the water with snorkel or scuba. (Be sure you aren't propriately designed aquariums. I have devoted tanks to in violation of any state or local fish and game laws.) Bait several of these habitats over the years. In fact, my first ma- shops may also provide interesting specimens or may be able rine aquarium, at age 8, consisted of a mayonnaise jar out- to put you in contact with someone who can help you col-fitted with a "bubbler" powered by a worn-out air pump that lect or at least point you in the right direction. Local and my aunt had given me, housing two surf clams retrieved regional field guides and natural history books will prove from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I had enough sense to invaluable. Libraries, public aquariums, natural history mu-bring along sufficient seawater and sand to provide a suit-. seums, and local biology instructors are all excellent sources able habitat, but I hadn't thought to make provisions for of information on saltwater habitats not covered in the filtration or a plankton substitute, and this venture was aquarium literature.
doomed to failure. A marine habitat tank that replicates one of these envi-
Today, there are many new opportunities for creating ronments can be an eye-opener — and an especially reward-
successful and interesting aquariums featuring the temperate ing challenge to the adventuresome aquarist.
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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.