"Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth."
Hell no. Zoos are bad, but aquariums are disgusting in the way that we cannot even BEGIN to replicate the oceans and lakes of this world…. fish are some of the most sensitive creatures and easiest to suffer from shock and anxiousness. The tiniest changes can make them highly stressed. Many aquariums pair up animals who would never naturally ‘meet’ or co-exist and thereby cause unnecessary stress to them, as well as using things like chlorine or high-powered filters which might work okay for some species but cause yet more distress in others.
I could go on and on. But I 100% dislike aquariums and would be happy to see them go out of trend.