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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However there are other competitions, one of which we feature in this very issue whose rules state Use of Photos by the NC Aquariums All entered photographs will become the property of the North Carolina Aquariums and may be used without further compensation for a variety of purposes including, blah blah blah etc etc. Basically they do what they like with the pictures. The North Carolina Aquariums are looking for your best shots. Each year, the state's three public aquariums get together to conduct an Underwater Photography contest. The contest is designed especially for amateur and non-professional photographers and no entry fee is required. Deadline for this year's entries is December 31, 2004. Winners will be announced on or before March 31, 2005. Now in its fourth year, the contest is sponsored by East Carolina Bank. The aquariums stage the underwater photo contest to highlight the state's rich aquatic resources and to recognize excellence in amateur photography. Employees of the...

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Together they are constantly looking at ways of earning a living from Tony's images supplying them not only to the major aquariums in the UK and abroad, but also corporate companies for advertising purposes. For Tony it is the pursuit of excellence which drives him constantly onward, trying out new techniques, the majority of which he learned as a land photographer -some work some don't.

By Jurgen Brauer

What to do when the photography urge itches but you can't get wet Answer grab your camera gear and go to a nearby aquarium. And grab your diving gear just in case some aquariums, as my daughter and I found out, do let you jump right in. Many aquariums of course recruit volunteer divers for fish feeding and tank cleaning duties. That is a good option for local divers. But what's the traveler to do We have found, to our delight, that you do not always have to be in the water to take interesting underwater photographs. The jellyfish tank on the cover page - this one in Cape Town's Two Oceans Aquarium - certainly evokes plenty of underwater memories. More on Cape Town later in the story. I report on three very different kinds of aquariums. The first is the venerable Berlin Aquarium which we visited in the summer of 2002. Opened on 18 August 1913, the year before World War I, it is actually aquarium, terrarium, and insectarium all in one. Built adjacent to the Berlin Zoo smack in the city...

Gillian McDonald

Sandtiger sharks, also known as grey nurse and ragged tooth sharks in other parts of the world, are popular in aquariums. They can grow to over ten feet in length and weigh more than 350 pounds. Sandtigers are found throughout a wide range of temperate waters and possess the unique ability to hover motionlessly in the water column. Like divers, sandtiger sharks use air to regulate their buoyancy. To do this they swim to the surface, open their mouth ridiculously wide and gulp air. This is a behavior that you have to see to believe. Sandtigers live long lives and reproduce slowly. They can be predictably located and readily captured. In the past this has lead to exploitation through over fishing and trophy killing. Sandtigers were one of the first shark species to receive governmental protection. In North Carolina, populations have rebounded to plentiful numbers. In the USA, sandtiger sharks remain