The best two articles I have found on the history of the aquarium hobby are:
How did it all begin
by Robin Whittall
A History of the Hobby (Saltwater Aquariums)
by Roger Vitko
I am fascinated by the early tank designs. Here is a 1920s art-deco tank with a seahorse theme:
Here is a late Victorian lithograph showing a public display of freshwater Trout.