a curator, collector, or ichthyologist associated with an aquarium.

1890–95; aquar(ium) + -ist Unabridged
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aquarist (ˈækwərɪst)
1.  the curator of an aquarium
2.  a person who studies aquatic life

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Example sentences
Its aquarist graduates are working in aquarium and research facilities throughout the country.
Tim, an aquarist extraordinaire, even let me in on a few secrets for raising plankton.
Rarely mentioned in aquarist-oriented websites but available through aquarium fi sh trade.
Recently described species, not listed on aquarist-oriented websites and unknown for sale in live-food fish markets.
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