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Jeanne Villepreux-Power, inventor of the modern aquarium


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7 hours ago, Anita said:

A self-taught marine biologist, this gal invented the modern aquarium to study aquatic organisms. https://shethoughtit.ilcml.com/biography/jeanne-villepreux-power/

 

I am always skeptical of claims about someone being first at something, but after reading through the supporting documentation on Jeanne Villepreux-Power, I think that 10 years of productive research on cephalopods using indoor aquariums in the 1830s qualifies her as a first!

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5 hours ago, Daniel said:

I am always skeptical of claims about someone being first at something, but after reading through the supporting documentation on Jeanne Villepreux-Power, I think that 10 years of productive research on cephalopods using indoor aquariums in the 1830s qualifies her as a first!

Haha, the former lab tech and research assistant says, "Me too!" I was gratified to find an article with references cited. Although, I cannot read French, so I must take the author's word about the validity of the reference list.¬†ūüėČ

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Nice! Thanks for posting Anita! ¬†Awesome. I think you might¬†have enjoyed each other's company based on your journaling. You seem quiet the the Marine Biologist yourself!¬†ūüôā¬†

I remember reading somewhere aquariums started in Asia (or at least there was early signs of things there.  I can't remember where I read it/found it.  Did a quick search and could not find it.  But at some point I came across a link with a photo of an ancient aquarium and ...

just found it. ¬†It mentions how the Chinese built them as holding places for food. ūüôā¬†So not exactly the studying aspect of our dear Jean. ¬†But I do love how the one purpose¬†inspired¬†another... (and talk¬†about Fresh food?)... according to Wiki the Ancient Sumerians likewise¬†did something like this simply with their ponds.¬†https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fishkeeping

Here's the link for the Chinese aquariums - I love the photos.  I think at the time I was curious about antique/vintage aquariums and stumbled upon the page. 

 https://www.aquariumarchitecture.com/archive/vintage-aquariums/

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15 minutes ago, FishMonger said:

Nice! Thanks for posting Anita! ¬†Awesome. I think you might¬†have enjoyed each other's company based on your journaling. You seem quiet the the Marine Biologist yourself!¬†ūüôā¬†

I remember reading somewhere aquariums started in Asia (or at least there was early signs of things there.  I can't remember where I read it/found it.  Did a quick search and could not find it.  But at some point I came across a link with a photo of an ancient aquarium and ...

just found it. ¬†It mentions how the Chinese built them as holding places for food. ūüôā¬†So not exactly the studying aspect of our dear Jean. ¬†But I do love how the one purpose¬†inspired¬†another... (and talk¬†about Fresh food?)... according to Wiki the Ancient Sumerians likewise¬†did something like this simply with their ponds.¬†https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fishkeeping

Here's the link for the Chinese aquariums - I love the photos.  I think at the time I was curious about antique/vintage aquariums and stumbled upon the page. 

 https://www.aquariumarchitecture.com/archive/vintage-aquariums/

The Aquarium Architecture page shows vintage European/American aquariums made of iron and glass. The Chinese raised fish for food, but they also kept them as pets in ceramic bowls. 

@Daniel started a thread, 1930s historically accurate planted aquarium, about restoring a vintage tank and recreating a aquarium using only historically available equipment, plants, and animals. @RovingGinger shared a YouTube video of another vintage fish aquarium that closely resembles the decorative styles shown on Aquarium Architecture.

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