when I was a kid (up to about 14 I think) my great-grandfather was still alive. One thing I remember about him is that he had a basement (city row-home, long thin basements - think storage and workshop, definitely not clubroom stuff) FULL of fishtanks. OLD fishtanks, slate bottoms, metal frames. buckets everywhere, nets, everything always bubbling, the air pump looked like something from the turn of the century - a finned air pump (like a painters compressor) with a belt drive from an electric motor. Obviously rigged himself and mounted on a wood frame. Tons of tanks from floor to eye height - all bare (slate) bottomed and either full of guppy's (feeders) or MONSTER angelfish. I remember that their top fins would stick up out of the water. I think he usually had a tank of brine shrimp going to, and always different size angel babies in separate tanks.
None of this was a gleaming show off display area - this was probably something he built and used throughout his adulthood just for himself. By the time I got to see the area it was a tarnished and run down version of what he had done in his youth. He was well into dementia by the time I was old enough to want to know about him - too late then. Most of the time he didn't recognize his own kids (who took turns checking on him everyday. Still defiantly lived alone - good for him).
When he died they sold the house a got rid of all the tanks and stuff, end of an era.
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