HISTORY: Historical excursus on the aquarium hobby, Part 3 – China

By Natasha Khardina

It is no longer the matter of debate whether it was the Romans or the Chinese the first who maintained ornamental ponds. China is considered the country, which has had the longest continuous history of cultivating fish for aesthetic purposes.

We know that in China, as long ago as 2698 BC, carp eggs were artificially incubated and silkworms were used to rear the young. This is detailed in the book of Fan Lai dating from 460 BC (Rohlich 1981)…

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