This Day in History: 1828-08-07

Pierre Carbonnier (1828 – 1883) was born on this day. He was a French aquarist, founder of one of the oldest aquarium supply companies in Paris (1850). Carbonnier started to breed exotic aquarium fishes (1869) and was the first in Europe to breed the Paradise fish (Macropodus opercularis) having received 12 males and 5 females from the first shipment to Europe, within two years he raised 200 specimens of Paradise fish. His publications include Rapport et Observations sur l’accouplement d’une espèce de poisson de Chine (1869), Nouvelle Note sur un poisson de Chine appartenant au genre macropode (1870), and several works devoted to the breeding of crustaceans. Carbonnier introduced the Fantail variety of gold fish to France (1872), imported the first Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens) and Dwarf gourami (Colisa lalia) (1874), and was the first to breed the Peppered corydoras catfish (Corydoras paleatus) (1878). Appointed director of the Trocadéro Aquarium at the French Exhibition of 1878 in Jardins du Trocadéro.