I read this book a while ago when the lovely Goldfishgal posted about it. This has got to be one of the most interesting books about fishkeeping and aquariums I’ve read in a long time! It was written in the 1850s and gives an interesting glimpse into the fishkeeping world of that time. Some of the advice is actually pretty good:
The first thing to guard against is over-stocking, the common error of all beginners;
Other things I would not really recommend:
For a vessel of twelve gallons, I should recommend the following, as giving great variety, with considerable safety:—Six Prussian carp, of various sizes, one at least of five inches in length; two small Crucian carp; two small perch; two small loach; two tench, of five or six inches; six or eight minnows; one small eel; a dozen Planorbis corneus; half-a-dozen Paludina vivipara; three or four fresh-water mussels and a dozen of different sorts of newts.
All in all, it’s a great read. What I found particularly interesting was their interest in aquatic insect larvae!
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