If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge into the world of custom aquariums, now’s the perfect time to get started. No, this isn’t some sort of sales pitch — if you put off getting your dream custom aquarium you’ll probably be kicking yourself over it later. Three very good reasons prove that you should act now before it’s too late.
1. New Laws Will Hurt the Fish Trade
The Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act was introduced earlier this month by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY). Some people in the aquarium hobby might be experiencing deja vu, because this new bill is essentially a copied and pasted version of H.R. 669 that was proposed and defeated in 2008.
The bill is actually well-intentioned. Slaughter hopes to cut down on the number of invasive species that damage the local ecosystem. The bill will divide non-native species into white lists and black lists. Species on the white list won’t be affected in any way. However, this bill will make it illegal to trade species from the black list.
2. Coral Might Go Extinct in 50 Years
A study published in Nature Climate Change estimated that by 2056, the entire world’s population of coral could become bleached. If you’ve never heard that term before, coral bleaching is what can happen after carbon emissions increase the amount of light that penetrates the atmosphere. This light can actually kill the tiny algae that live inside of coral. This algae both sustains the coral and gives the coral its distinctive color, so increased light is basically a death sentence for coral.
The scientists estimate that if coral emissions continue along the current path, 74 percent of the world’s coral reefs will be wiped out by bleaching. By 2056, the ocean will be a gigantic coral graveyard.
If these scientists are correct, then saltwater aquariums will be the only place where coral can survive. Over the next several decades the species in coral in your saltwater aquarium will go from threatened to endangered to the brink of extinction.
3. Supply and Demand
Both of these factors stand to seriously affect the availability and price of your favorite aquatic species. If you think a custom aquarium is a little bit pricey now, just wait 30 years when people are going crazy over endangered coral species.
This might sound somewhat silly, but the fact of the matter is that aquariums could turn into an interesting long term investment opportunity. A clump of coral that costs a hundred dollars today could be worth tends of thousands of dollars in a few years after coral bleaching wipes out the reefs.
Am I saying that you should get an aquarium because it might make you money in the future? No — the main reason why you should get an aquarium is because they can truly transform a living space and reduce your stress levels. The whole point of this article is to illustrate just how important it is to act quickly and build your custom aquarium before demand far outweighs supply.