In The Aquarium

Keeping fish is a practice that goes back thousands of years. But it’s only been in about the last century and a half that keeping fish indoors in aquariums as we know them has existed.

In the early days, fish keeping was extremely limited. Electricity was rare and there was no equipment to help maintain an aquarium. Filters, heaters, and electric lights were decades away from being a reality. As such, tanks were set up to mimic natural waterways, filled with local species of plants with a small number of local fish, snails, amphibians, and insects included.

In the last fifty or so years, though, aquarium technology and knowledge has exploded. Aquarists have access to fish from around the globe. Species that were once considered impossible to keep are now thriving in home tanks.