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04-01-2009, 02:04 PM
A brief History of fish keeping as a hobby!

In the beginning...

The first known freshwater fish keepers were the ancient Sumerians, who kept fish in artificial ponds at least 4,500 years ago (2500 BC); accounts of fish keeping also come from the Babylonians (500 BC) & ancient Egypt.

The Chinese, who raised carp around 3,500 years ago (1000 BC), were possibly the first to breed fish for food with any degree of success. The Chinese kept carp and started breeding them selectively during the Tang Dynasty, (618 907 AD).

The ancient Romans (who kept fish for food and entertainment) were the first known marine fish keepers.
The Romans kept their fish in artificial ponds that were supplied with fresh seawater from the ocean.

In the middle

In Medieval Europe (from 300AD), carp pools were a standard feature of estates and monasteries, providing an alternative on feast days when meat could not be eaten for religious reasons. Goldfish made their way into Europe by 1691.

In 1805, Robert Warrington is credited with studying the tank's requirement to be cycled to keep fish alive for longer. The hobby required specialized equipment and attention at this point, reserving it for the wealthy. Fish tanks for tropical fish required heating via flames underneath (gas burning lamps underneath slate bottoms). When electricity was introduced into the home, fish enthusiasts began experimenting with electrical immersion heaters in glass tubes.

By 1850 the keeping of fish, amphibians, and reptiles had become useful in the study of nature. It was in the works of Philip H Gosse (an English naturalist) that aroused increased public interest in aquatic life. The first display aquarium was opened to the public in 1853 at Regent's Park in London. It was followed by aquariums in Berlin, Naples, and Paris. P.T. Barnum in 1856, opened the first display aquarium at the American Museum in New York City as a private enterprise.
By 1928 there were 45 public or commercial aquariums throughout the world, but growth then slowed and few new large aquariums appeared until after World War II. Now many of the world's principal cities now have public aquariums as well as commercial ones and a hobby was born...!

The first tanks.

The first containers specifically designed for aquatic specimens were the strictly functional open-air tanks used by the ancient Romans to preserve and fatten fish for market. It was not until the 18th century that the importation of goldfish into France from the Orient for aesthetic enjoyment created the demand for small aquariums; ceramic bowls, occasionally fitted with transparent sections, were produced. In the large public aquariums built in many European cities between 1850 and 1880, efforts were made to create the fantasy that the spectator was entering into the underwater world. More recently, the trend has been to emphasise the natural beauty of the specimens and to make a sharp distinction between the water and the viewing space.

In the future?

Who knows what the future will bring but the goal will doubtless be to reduce fish disease in tanks, improve the global environment that fish live in and work on making the tank even more self sustaining. (Minimal effort, maximum enjoyment)

This Article was first written by Big bad Wolf and has
been condensed for easy navigation.

04-01-2009, 02:12 PM
Brook can you put up a link for me? I want to read more, and it was very interesting! Thanks for posting it..

04-01-2009, 02:15 PM
That was a great read Mike!

04-01-2009, 02:22 PM
Brook can you put up a link for me? I want to read more, and it was very interesting! Thanks for posting it..

Red, my mate wrote that article on my old place (that I don't bother with now) i'll pm you the link ok, as I don't think it would be appropriate to post it up here.

04-01-2009, 02:25 PM
I'd like to read too! lol:22:

04-01-2009, 02:29 PM
I'd like to read too! lol:22:

Ok bud it's on it's way.thumbs2:

Wild Turkey
04-01-2009, 02:35 PM
Im pretty sure its fine to post links to ur site on here BF, as long as its not considered spam ive never seen anyone get in trouble for it. I constantly plug the sites i like, and there are links to outside sites in my signature.

04-01-2009, 02:36 PM

04-04-2009, 09:22 PM
Very interesting Mike, thank's for sharing that with us.thumbs2:

04-26-2009, 10:08 AM
I also would like to see the link.