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A Fish Tale

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  We recently purchased our first, slightly used, 55-gallon fish tank. I know you’re asking yourself, "How could she possibly get a story out of buying a new tank? Just fill it with water, throw a few fish in, and hope all goes well." Well, in the normal household you’re probably right. And at first, that’s all we thought it would be. In fact, everything did go well at first. We followed all the directions: carefully placed the gravel in the bottom of the tank, gently placed the plants into the gravel, and cautiously filled with water. Fifty-five gallons of water, to be exact.

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Rare Giant Oarfish Found

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oarfish When 73-year-old Ove Eriksson first saw this Giant Oarfish lying on the beach, he thought it was simply a large piece of plastic. But as he knelt down beside it, he knew he had found something special.

The 12-foot "Giant Oarfish" is a deep-water fish that is so rarely seen, it was thought to be extinct. In fact, the last sighting was well over 100 years ago.

The Oarfish is a "serpent-like" creature that was last seen in Swedish waters in 1879 - more than 130 years ago. It has the honor of being the world's largest bony fish and was once thought to inspire "fish tales of sea serpents" amongst sailors.

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Fish Facts

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These are a few fun facts about fish. We think you'll find them quite informative and entertaining!

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What is a person who studies fish called: An ichthyologist.

How are fish identified: A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, scale counts, general features, colour, maximum length and distribution are used.

Difference between male and female fish: In some species the males and females have different shaped bodies or different colouring; in other species there is no visible difference.

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JellyQuarium?

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jellyfish aquariumLooking for a new, very different type of aquarium? You may just want to check out the Jelliquarium. That's right. Live jellyfish on your desktop that you can spend hours just watching.

The 32" Jelliquarium Buccaneer Oak series is a freestanding home jellyfish tank that looks a little more humane and sturdier than the smaller models. You can view this at the Jellyquarium and purchase the tank for the low price of $9,560. (Yes, we're joking about the low price, not about the tank).

If you're looking for something a little smaller, you can purchase a desktop model for around $300 - not including the 2" Blue Jellyfish that you'll also need to make your tank complete. Take a look at these at JellyFishArt. According to the website, it takes only an hour or to set up the tank and jellyfish can be added right away.

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Aquatic Quotes

  • "There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before."
    Robert Lynd
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Fish Facts

  • Which type of fish can walk on land? The climbing perch. This amazing fish, native to India, can walk on land in search of water when its water hole dries up.
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