I'm the Skeptical Aquarist. I've been a beginner at keeping apartment-sized freshwater tropical fishes in planted aquaria for over fifty years.
Modern aquarium-keeping was effectively created by the application of electricity to "natural" aquaria.
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.
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 ("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 is less commonly seen than A. agassizi or A. cacatuoides but every bit as interesting.
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