It’s Turkey Day! You know what that means: it’s time to gather up your family and stuff yourself with turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Oh yeah – and remember the things that you’re thankful for. Everybody has their own unique list, but I’d like to point out a few aquarium-focused extras that you may want to add.
1. The Digital Revolution
Computer chips and the Internet have fundamentally changed our lives, and the aquarium hobby is no different. High-tech aquarium gadgets are popping up every day, offering aquarium hobbyists new and creative ways to manage their beloved aquascapes. We’ve got computer-controlled LED systems, underwater cameras, and even a few apps! You can change your aquarium’s temperature, the lighting, and release food pellets all from your smart phone. Who knows what the future will hold?
2. A Deep, Unexplored Ocean
It’s crazy to think that we’re still discovering new species, but it’s true. Scientists are regularly stumbling across new species of fish, coral, crustaceans, and other marine wildlife. Check out the harp sponge, a species of carnivorous sponge that was just recently discovered in the deep ocean off of California. For all we know, scientists could discover a whole new species of fish tomorrow!
Biological sciences are progressing at a break-neck speed. This has allowed scientists to engineer new and bizarre species of fish, such as this glow-in-the-dark zebrafish. Scientists are getting closer and closer to being able to grow custom species of fish. In the not-so-distant future, we may be able to order fish in specific colors and patterns. Tired of orange and want a blue-colored goldfish? No problem!
4. Your Fishy Buddies
Don’t forget the little guys who help make your life just a little bit better. Some people may prefer the companionship of cats or dogs, but no mammal will ever come close to matching the beauty of a tropical fish.
5. The Green Movement
They call it “the green movement,” but it might even be more accurate to call it “the blue movement.” People have become more environmentally conscious, so living ecosystems are now fashionably stylish. Aquariums, terrariums, gardens, and living walls are in the spotlight, and it doesn’t look like they’ll leave anytime soon. That’s good news for aquarium hobbyists – the more attention that aquariums and environmentalism gets, the more people will come up with new ways to enjoy the aquarium hobby.