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Scuba Diving In His Living Room?

from the March, 2017 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

Undercurrent has taken a position for years against saltwater aquariums, because virtually all the fish in them are captured on reefs.

So we are not pleased with Eli Fruchter, who has built the ultimate aquarium within his home in Haifa, Israel. It holds a massive 30,000 liters (8000 gallons) of water, and he has stocked it with 50 tropical fish of 30 different species, together with a range of live corals, all of which have been gathered from living reefs. He even scuba dives in it.

A decade ago, Fructer had a 1,000-gallon fish tank, but it broke and flooded his home. No doubt those fish died a nasty death. Undaunted by the experience, he constructed another aquarium, this time with the new house built around it. If the new aquarium breaks, he'll be able to scuba dive in his living room, too. Pity the poor fish.

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