|Not pictured: Nemo|
The ProblemThe reason I love aquariums so much is because their beauty is limited only by the aquarist's own ingenuity, knowledge, and dedication. They're jigsaw puzzles, except your pieces have no perfectly fitting grooves, no edge pieces, and some of the puzzle will eat other parts of the puzzle for no reason in particular.
|"You want him to do what with the puzzle?" (http://backstage.stylemepretty.com)|
|Saltwater aquariums in a nutshell. (wikipedia.org)|
|Here you can see a fish excreting waste.|
|The reason we don't live in our own... waste.|
The Ocean as Your MediumOnce you've mastered the whole "don't let everything crash and burn in a fiery (can it be fiery underwater?) catastrophe of fish juice" there's the whole process of making it appealing to the eye. This is what separates aquarists from commoners, and I use that term in the most endearing, non-condescending, compassionate, condescending tone.
|You really can find anything on the internet. (seankenney.com)|
"I just want a yellow fish... what's so difficult about that?"The same thing that's difficult about walking up to a bar and ordering a "beer". Yea, odds are you'll get some carbonated water that tastes vaguely of alcohol, but it's not necessarily gonna go with your Wendy's classic triple with cheese. And combinations in both regards, aquatic and alcoholic, can end catastrophically. Let me show you a "yellow fish".
|A yellow fish from different angles.|
|"He keeps mumbling 'yellow fish, yellow fish, yellow fish'... I don't get it." (decalsplanet.com)|
|I wear this metaphorical aquarium shaped hat all the time. (poachedmag.com)|
|Aquatic elitism (my tank).|
So when people ask me "Is that a Nemo fish??", I do my best not to get frustrated. After all, saltwater aquariums are pretty esoteric. I just ask that when you next encounter an avid aquarist, do your best to be as appreciative as you are inquisitive. A lot has gone in to showcasing that yellow fish as seamlessly as possible.