Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Garden City, KS
Just in the interest of completeness, the etymology of each word is as follows:
*-arium means "that which contains, or place of"
Vivarium - Root word viv, meaning life, or living, so this is a setup built to contain living things. Obviously, a very generic word.
Terrarium - Root word terra, meaning Earth, or land, so this is a setup built to contain land-dwelling plants and animals.
Aquarium - duhhhhhhhh....
Paludarium - Root word palud, meaning swamp, or marsh, so this is meant to recreate a swamp environment, which incidentally enough, contains land and water.
Riparium - Root word ripa, meaning riverbank (or, possibly, shoreline), so this is meant to recreate a riverside environment, which ALSO contains land and water, but the focus tends to be more on the water side of it all.
It should be noted that all of the above can technically be considered vivariums. It should also be noted that the correct pluralized form of that word is actually vivaria, meaning more than one aquarium should correctly be referred to as aquaria, but I gave up on that one. No one seems to understand you when you correctly pluralize these words.
And while we're on the subject, the correct singular form of bacteria is bacterium. The correct singular form of data is datum, and the correct singular form of media is medium.
Therefore, I usually cringe when I hear how "the media tells us..." when referring to news, TV, etc. No, the media tell us. Not tells.
Did I say all of that out loud?