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When I used to fantasize about my dream home as a kid; it included a huge salt water fish tank with colorful and exotic sea creatures. One of my older brothers had a beautiful aquarium with the old fashion deep sea diver that had bubbles coming out from his astronaut type helmet. In the 70's, it seemed as though everyone had a fish aquarium. However, as I got older, the fish tank got tossed out of the dream house along with the deluxe macrame plant hanger & goddess oil rain lamp. It became passe (in my mind) as emblematic of the 70's. About 2 months ago, I learned that my son's baby sitter has a beautiful aquarium which he loves to sit in front of and watch in amazement. Our babysitter, who cares for many toddlers his age, remarked about how many of the kids just love the aquarium. Naturally, that made me wonder if my impression of aquariums as a 70's feature was itself outdated thinking. Fish Gallery Inc. showcases many of today's homes with aquariums. Below are several examples . Enjoy.
(from Professors House website)
When you first begin considering setting up an aquarium, the first question that may come to mind is whether you should set up a saltwater tank or a freshwater tank. Both options provide advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to give the matter some careful thought and consideration.
A saltwater aquarium will certainly allow you to have an interesting variety of colorful fish; however, if you are a novice to keeping an aquarium you may find a saltwater aquarium a bit daunting. The major advantage of a freshwater aquarium is that it allows you as a beginner to gain experience before taking on the responsibilities of a saltwater tank; which can be time consuming and expensive.
Freshwater aquariums tend to be easier to set up than saltwater aquariums and on average require less time and effort in terms of maintenance. When it comes to expense, freshwater aquariums are also less costly for both equipment as well as fish. Marine fish are required for saltwater aquariums and while they are more colorful than freshwater fish, they are also typically more expensive.