World’s Tiniest Aquarium


via Pictures of the day: 22 February 2011 – Telegraph.

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

6 comments on “World’s Tiniest Aquarium
  1. I used to do that, as a kid. I’d lay down next to a shell line, with my eyes three inches from the sand, and look for the tiniest shells I could find. I kept my collection in a Tic Tac box.

  2. What’s the overcrowding rule again…1 inch of fish per gallon? That plant will probably outgrow that tank in a week. That is, if the water doesn’t evaporate first.

  3. You should use plastic plants, because if that is a cut from a moss plant, it will over grow your tank. The plants also need light, but only sometimes, because they will over grow more quickly. But they will simply die off if you do not give them light. Also, the fish fry, depending on breed, can not enjoy your mini tank for very long, and, without heat and filteration, they will die off because it is almost inpossible to not overfeed, and tropical fish fry NEED a heater, but it would be hard to set the heat. You would have to a set of these made, which is mostly inpossible. So, in conclusion, a tank this small will not be a healthy eco-system, so you should not try this at home. I am asuming this was a joke. Cute, but not healthy. :)

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