Israel is a wondrous place. If you follow stories about Israel, you may already know about Israel's high-tech expertise. You may know that Israel is considered to be the world's water superpower. You may even know of Israel's entrepreneurial brilliance. But here's one special Israeli item you probably haven't heard about: Israel's fish story.
Like other fish stories, this Israeli version seems like just another tall tale. But unlike other fish tales, it's true. I'll even show you the pictures.
This fish story is about an Israeli who wanted his own home aquarium (Viva Sarah Press, "The Israeli who swims in his his living room", israel21c, December 6, 2016). He wanted a large aquarium, so he built a large aquarium.
To put this fish story into context, consider that the most popular home aquariums seem to run between 10-30 gallons. Some who like larger units have to be careful: a 90-gallon tank, filled, can weigh up to 1,000 pounds, including all attachments and contents ("Best aquarium size, fish4beginners).
This Israeli fish tank was built by high-tech entrepreneur Eli Fruchter (Press, ibid). Here's a picture of Eli with his fish tank:
(courtesy of Viva Sarah Press, israel21c)
In case you're curious, this fish tank holds 7,925 gallons (30,000 liters) (ibid). The tank holds 150 fish from 30 species--and a lot of coral.
Homeowner Fruchter (pictured above) doesn't feed his fish the way you might. He doesn't sprinkle food onto the surface of the water. His feeding process is, shall we say, more participatory.
Here's a short video about the Fruchter home aquarium, courtesy of Eli Fruchter, on youtube, titled, "Eli's 30,000 liter home reef aquarium". It runs 2:43. The man you will see is Eli Fruchter as he feeds his fish:
Israel: it's not just a fishy place. It's a place of extraordinary beauty. In its own way, Israel is a living coral reef in a savage sea. It's a place where beauty floats effortlessly, nibbling gently at your soul.
Come home, dear reader. Come feel the beauty.