Do you have a Natural Aquarium?
Of course you don’t. Natural Aquarium is an oxymoron, there is hardly anything natural about it.
What got me thinking of the topic are many remarks I and others have made about peoples setups. I know I have been real bad about teasing my buddy when he shows me a tank that looks like Disneyland with all the lights and castles. If there was a rollercoaster, and he could teach the fish to ride it, he admits he would put it in the tank.
But just how judgmental can I really be? Granted, I could make a good argument about how a planted tank would be a healthier environment than a theme park, but the fact is that my planted tank isn’t “natural” either.
This goes further to comments that have been made to me about my setups. Some come out kind of snooty like mixing fish from different areas. One person who made such a remark has a Discus only tank with plants that are from the same region (as far as I know they are), but wait a second. First, his water is crystal clear. From my understanding the natural waters of the Discus are yellow to brow. And wait another second…they are all powder blue in color, which is something “natural selection” would not allow in nature.
This is something I will have to remember before teasing folks with “clown puke” gravel and bubbling treasure chests as I am sure I come across just as snooty. Obviously we can make a tank “more natural” but never completely.