Aquariums, also known as water gardens, are a type of habitat or environment that is filled with water. An aquarium is usually a movable vivarium with at least one clear side where live aquatic animals or plants are housed and exhibited. Fish keepers use aquariums to store fish, crustaceans, amphibians, reptiles, including turtles, and other aquatic plants. Aquariums are available in different sizes and shapes with some being more elaborately designed than others. A small tropical aquarium is not that elaborate, while a well-designed walk-in aquarium is so well structured that it can be fully submerged in water.
There are two basic types of aquariums that are popular among hobbyists, those that contain both live and non-live aquatic organisms. Non-live aquariums tend to have a calming effect on the viewer because there are no living aquatic plants and animals to provide interaction and stimuli for fish to feed on. Live aquariums enhance the beauty of the aquarium with live plants and animals unique gifts for dad. Aquariums with live plants add a sense of reality to the show because they are constantly being evaluated and changing. Some of these non-live aquariums may include driftwood, fake sapphires, or live or semi-live rocks.
Sharks are commonly found in aquariums and many people choose to display them because of their popularity. In nature, sharks hide in thick coverings of sand and lie in wait for their prey, like fish, to pass by. Sharks have been used in marine aquariums for centuries because they are considered by experts to be one of the most interesting and beneficial creatures to have inside an aquarium. In aquariums, sharks can be used as attractions because of their aggression toward other species of fish and animals. A quiet, peaceful aquarium that contains one or two sharks would get visitors interested in paying close attention to the displays.
Aquatic plants are generally very beautiful to look at and there are a wide variety of plants available to purchase for aquariums. Most aquariums have several different types of aquatic plants in them, but certain plants can be used to set the mood and provide accents to the aquarium. You can find driftwood, ferns, water lilies, and moss among the plants offered for sale at online retailers who sell aquarium supplies. Aquatic plants also provide oxygen and other essential nutrients to the fish.
There are public aquariums that exhibit exotic species of fish and animals not commonly found in home aquariums. The most popular exhibits in these aquariums are the SPS Aquarium and the Big Green Egg Aquarium. These aquariums house several species of catfish, sharks, turtles, and other exotic creatures. Many aquarium enthusiasts go to the extent of traveling to public aquariums in other states in order to see these special species. There is usually a fee associated with visiting these exhibits. Some of these aquariums house more than one species of animals.
There are other kinds of aquariums that are used by aquarists to house ornamental fish and to keep breeding stock. Some aquariums will house fish that are not considered show quality, such as bottom feeders. There are also aquariums designed specifically for breeding purposes. These tanks will often house sharks, rays, and various other large fish, as well as some amphibians.