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Around the World in Eight Weeks: Aquariums

C.B. Gavant

Did you know that fish are the number one pet in theUnited States? Sleek and shiny, they’re great for people who don’t want to deal with barking dogs, cat fur all over their living room, or squirmy rodents escaping from their cages. If your interest in fish goes further asea than regular goldfish or rainbow fish, you can visit one of the many gigantic aquariums around the world and learn about thousands of fish of all types and sizes … as well as countless other creatures at home in the water.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

fishWhere do the fish come from?

Most of the animals at an aquarium come from fish farms, zoos, and other aquariums. Aquariums tend to be located near oceans and bays, and their staffs often rescue animals that were hurt or stranded on the coast, later adding these animals to their displays. Other fish are caught in the ocean and seas and transported to aquariums with special equipment and cases, to expose visitors to the beauty of the underwater world.

 

What do they eat?

Aquariums need huge kitchens to prepare all the food they feed their animals each day. Most sea creatures in aquariums are fed the same foods they consume in the wild (for example, shrimp, krill, clams, or other fish), or specially prepared food that is similar to what they’re used to eating. Vitamins or medicines are added to the food when necessary. The aquarium staff, like the staff at a zoo, keeps track of how much food and how many feedings a day each individual species needs. Often aquariums will allow visitors to watch the fish and other animals get fed. 

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