HISTORY: Historical excursus on the aquarium hobby, Part 7 – The birth of the aquarium hobby

By Natasha Khardina

The birth of vivaristik is celebrated with the publication of the German naturalist Johann Matthäus Bechstein. His book that meant to be the first manual to the aquarium fishkeeping called Naturgeschichte der Stubenthiere: oder Anleitung zur Kentniss und Wartung derjenigen Thiere, welche man in der Stube halten kann (1797) gave him the title of the “Father of Vivaristic”*.

* in English: “Natural history of house animals: or instructions for the knowledge and maintenance of those animals that can be kept in the house”.

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