Image from page 50 of "Aquatic life" (1918-1919)
Title: Aquatic life
Authors: Bausman, Joseph E
Publisher: Philadelphia : J. E. Bausman
Contributing Library: Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayr Library
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AQUARIUM NOTES ! ERNEST LEITHOLF i i —4
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TTne Aquarium Original in Oil bj> tne Author The meaning of the word aquarium has, in the course of time, been subjected to change. In England, years ago, cellars used for storing liquid medicines, and basins in conservatories utilized for growing aquatic plants, were known as aquariums. Later, when tanks of varied construction came into use for the obser- vation and study of aquatic life, it was some time before a permanent name was adopted. The name vivarium soon gave way to aqua-vivarium, this subsequently being superceded by the word aquarium. Of the various types of aquaria, the rectangular, with an iron frame, is un- questionably the best. In durability and merit it far surpasses any other form. Some styles should never be used for large or active fishes—the goldfish globe and "miniature" aquaria. Most fishes, with the possible exception of the smaller "labyrinth" and the tiny viviparous spe- cies, when confined in these "prison cells" soon succumb, the water space and oxy- gen being entirely inadequate to sustain them. The fad of decorating the exterior of an aquarium with painted scrolls and flowers is reprehensible. It is not only an ornamental failure, but a decided detriment, Inasmuch as it prevents free observation and, moreover, destroys any possible internal effect with plants and fishes.
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