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Parauchenoglanis – how to identify bycatches (or not)

The majority of the roughly 33,400 fish species currently known to science have never yet been maintained in the aquarium. Little more is known of them than that they exist. And even that often isn’t certain, as in the course of the centuries – as is well known, our modern zoology started in 1758 with the 10th edition of Carl von Linné’s book Systema naturae (= The System of Nature) and Linné still believed in the original creation by God and the immutability of species – our view as to what actually constitutes a species has undergone frequent and fundamental changes.


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The Sun King and the reptiles

When did humans begin to keep reptiles? Of course we don’t know exactly, but crocodiles and snakes played a major role in the religion of Ancient Egypt. Crocodiles had temples of their own and so did snakes. It is probable that every type of animal maintenance was originally for religious reasons. The keeping of animals in the Stone Age, during the so-called Neolithic revolution, was undoubtedly originally influenced by religion. Otherwise why were cattle domesticated, but not bison?


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Hans-Albrecht Baensch is dead

Hans-Albrecht Baensch died on 2nd November 2016 at the age of 75. It is probably no exaggeration to say that the modern aquarium hobby is closely linked with the name of Baensch, so closely that it is difficult to imagine it without the Baensch family.


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Top Imports: October 2016

As each month we present the most popular fish imports sponsored by Aquarium Glaser! Nothobranchius eggersi We received another two gems that belong to a magnificent genus, eg varieties of N. eggersi. N. eggersi "Blue" was collected at Ukuni, wheras...
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Top Imports: September 2016

First Place - Sternarchorhynchus from Peru The odd Sternarchorhynchus, number 1 of this months' imports, originates from Peru and belongs to the family Apteronotidae. The number of described species of Sternarchorhynchus has risen enormously in the past few years. Up...
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