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Cat wine shark tank
A cat wine shark tank is a type of aquarium that uses wine or fermented wine for the aquarium medium. This creates an ecosystem with several marine life that inhabit wine, including the cat shark (Galeus cuvier), the black-tip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus), the angel shark (Squatina squatina), the hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini), the black-spotted stingray (Dasyatis pastinaca), and the sea whip (Pentacta quadrangularis). Other marine life that could be in such an aquarium include the moray eel (Gymnothorax bonnariensis) and the puffer fish (Tetraodon nigroviridis). The tank's top is usually covered with sand to hold the coral. Fish are not a part of this aquascape, although the use of such a substrate would certainly give the tank its full ecological integrity.
In the 1990s, the development of cat wine and a number of associated companies created the foundation for cat wine sharks. In 2006, the first cat wine shark was purchased by the owner of the wine company, who was immediately able to create a tank for the shark. With the purchase of many more tanks of differing sizes, each tank created different variations on the original concepts, and in 2014, the shark company had its first retail showroom.
Benefits of cat wine
In a review of the cat wine shark's environmental impact on the reef ecosystem, scientists concluded that "There were no significant changes in the coral reef communities due to the introduction of cat wine aquariums in the reef habitat," although it did mention that the wine's acidity could be problematic to the reef environment. Other studies have shown that cat wine's benefits to the reef ecosystem also include providing shelter for the corals, creating a stable population of fish within the tank, decreasing the need for netting to protect corals and other reef organisms from being damaged by fish, and helping to maintain the saltiness of the reef, which makes it more inhospitable to algae growth and a haven for many species of reef creatures.
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