Fresh-water aquaria: their construction, arrangement, and management, with full information as to the best water-plants and live stock to be kept, how and where to obtain them, and how to keep them in health (1890).
This was before electric pumps and such. It's interesting that today we can lose fish really fast in a power failure. It includes a lot that of construction techniques, and a lot of information on keeping muscles, water bugs, and other stuff not normally kept in aquariums today. The English is a bit aged with terms like carbonic-acid gas instead of CO2. It's a lot easier to read than science papers generally were of the day though. It's not copyrighted in any way. Here is a quote:
After not a few failures and disappointments, most of my attempts were successful, and as I began to have more knowledge of these things, I resolved that I would, at some time or other, try to wite such a book as that I wished for so much when I was making my first blunders in aquarium matters. By-and-by, Mr. Upcott Gill was good enough to give me an opportunity of contributing to The Bazaar a series of articles upon the fresh-water aquarium. These articles are now re-published in book form, and so in this way I have kept my resolution and have written my book; but as I finished looking over the "proofs" of its last chapter, I confessed, with not a little mortification, that it fell far short of the book I had hoped to write. However, I shall feel very thankful if I can be the means of saving some keepers of an aquarium from disappointment, and many aquatic animals from unnecessary suffering.