Did you know that the word ‘aquarium’ comes from the Latin words aqua meaning ‘water’ and arium meaning ‘place or container’? The first public aquarium was created in 1853 for the London Zoo. The largest aquarium in the world is located in China, it holds 12.87 million gallons of water. The average home aquarium can hold 30-40 gallons of water. Aquariums can house freshwater or saltwater fish, invertebrates like crabs or snails, amphibians like frogs, or reptiles like turtles. In ancient times, aquariums were made from stone or porcelain. Now most aquariums are made from glass or acrylic plastic.
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An older phrase for aquarium was ‘aquatic vivarium’ The plural for aquarium is aquariums or aquaria. A person that maintains an aquarium is known as an aquarist.