A Brief Introduction

I'm the Skeptical Aquarist. I've been a beginner at keeping apartment-sized freshwater tropical fishes in planted aquaria for over fifty years.

Electrified aquaria: heated and filtered

Modern aquarium-keeping was effectively created by the application of electricity to "natural" aquaria.

Victorian aquaria: glass tanks

The glass fish tank was a Victorian invention. Glass is essential to the concept of an aquarium: you look through it at the fishes and invertebrates, not gaze at them from above.

Captive fishes: a prologue

Millennia before fishes were kept as objects of religious awe and tabu, or out of the sheer love of them, captive fishes were maintained as a method of storing reserves of protein.

Ancistrus dolichopterus

Ancistrus dolichopterus ("L 183" for years) is a small Loricariid catfish, a warm black, peppered with tiny off-white spots and with a bold edging of skim-milk blue on its dorsal and caudal fins.

Apistogramma nijsseni

Apistogramma nijsseni is less commonly seen than A. agassizi or A. cacatuoides but every bit as interesting.

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