This article is from the Aquaria Newsgroup Topics and Conversion Tables FAQ, by Todd Zebert and Erik Olson with numerous contributions by others.
A: Due to the sheer volume of postings on the original newsgroups, a
proposal was passed by Usenet readers in March of 1996 splitting
rec.aquaria into several sub-groups. The official charter of the new
groups can be found in our FAQ ANNEX. Meanwhile, the old group
rec.aquaria has been phased out (effectively replaced by
rec.aquaria.misc), so you should not post to it. Please avoid
crossposting (posting to multiple newsgroups) whenever possible,
especially to the .misc groups.
A general discussion group for topics not covered by the other
groups, and topics that are appropriate to more than one group
(rather than crossposting). Post here if the topic doesn't fit
neatly into the usual freshwater/marine division (notably
brackish aquaria), but does not have a large enough following
to warrant a separate newsgroup at this time. Post here if the
topic is of broad interest to many types of aquarists. Also
appropriate are such things as pointers to more specific
newsgroups, ftp and web sites, and other ``meta-issues.'' If
you don't know where to post it, it probably belongs here.
Topics specific to freshwater aquaria which do not fit into one
of the more specialized newsgroups, as well as topics which fit
into multiple specific freshwater newsgroups.
Topics specific to marine aquaria which do not fit into one of
the more specialized newsgroups, as well as topics which fit
into multiple specific marine newsgroups.
Allows ads to be found easily without burying or being buried
in general discussion. Ads related to aquaria and aquarium
products and inhabitants by private individuals and businesses.
While the organisms and special techniques vary, both
freshwater and marine aquaria face a similar set of fundamental
problems and often rely on similar devices in their solution.
Discussion about the technology of aquarium keeping, including
homebuilt gadgets as well as commercial devices. Discussions of
the technical details of such devices belong here, though the
rationale for their use may be just as appropriate in another
All topics related to both old- and new-world cichlids.
All topics related to goldfish and their kin.
Another specialized group, home to any and all discussion about
freshwater plants. Topics may span the entire range of beginner
to expert. Samples: ``My goldfish keeps destroying my plants,''
``How do you grow Echinodorus horemanii?''
The fundamental division of the marine hobby is into reef and
non-reef aquarists. This group provides a home for reef
specialists while allowing non-reef aquarists to avoid the
large number of reef related posts.