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HOW HAS TECHNOLOGY CHANGED THE AQUARIUM HOBBY?

How Has Technology Changed the Aquarium Hobby?
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated July 11, 2018
Advances in modern technology have changed the world we live in, but how has it affected the aquarium hobby? Keep reading to find out.
Innovation is the heart of progress – things cannot move forward if they don’t change. There are a great many ways this principle can be applied. You may not think of it as relevant to the aquarium hobby but, if you take a moment to consider it, you’ll come to see just how much progress has been made in the aquarium industry and what kind of promise the future holds.

Modern technology has changed the way we live. Not only has it made our lives easier, but it has made them safer as well. It is easy to identify the benefits of modern technology for things like transportation and medicine, but there are many smaller applications as well. The aquarium hobby is an excellent example of how technology has been a catalyst for change.

In this article, we’ll talk through some of the technological advances that have impacted the aquarium hobby. We’ll also talk about changes to the hobby as a whole and provide some insight into what the future may hold. So, keep reading!

Turning Back the Clock – What’s Changed?

While most pet stores carry a limited supply of glass or acrylic aquariums in a small range of sizes, the availability of prefabricated fish tanks has changed a great deal over the decades. New manufacturing techniques and improved materials have made it possible for fish tanks to exceed 100 gallons in capacity. Not only are modern aquariums larger, but they are stronger as well and less prone to scratches, cracks, and...

THE MOST POPULAR CATFISH FOR FRESHWATER TANKS

The Most Popular Catfish for Freshwater Tanks
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated July 11, 2018
Catfish are an extremely diverse group of fishes and many of them fare well in the home aquarium. Keep reading to learn about the most popular catfish for freshwater tanks.
When you think of catfish, you probably picture the big river fish you fry up and serve with a side of cornbread. When it comes to aquarium catfish, however, there are many different species. In fact, catfish can be found in almost every ecological niche around the world (except Antarctica). Some catfish live in oceans but, of the more than 2,400 varieties, most of them are freshwater fish.

If you’re looking for a bottom-dwelling species to add to your tank, catfish might be a good option. Keep in mind that because there are so many species, they come in different sizes and have different preferences for tank parameters.
Keep reading to learn about the most popular species of freshwater catfish and how to care for them.

What Makes Catfish Such a Popular Choice?

There are many reasons to love catfish in the freshwater aquarium. For one thing, they are an extremely diverse group of fishes with many unique colors and patterns. Catfish also tend to be very hardy and, for the most part, easy to keep in the home aquarium. There are exceptions to the rule, of course, but most of the popular species are peaceful fish that get along well in community tanks.

Catfish belong to the order Siluriformes which is a varied group of ray-finned fish. Most catfish have barbels on their faces which look similar to a cat’s whiskers. Because catfish have very small eyes, they rely on these barbels to navigate and to find food – they also...
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