Aquarium Owner's Guide

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This comprehensive guide is packed with vibrant, full color pictures and essential information on creating, stocking, and maintaining a home aquarium. It enables enthusiasts, from novice to longtime owners, to make informed choices about types of fish, water, and aquarium environments.
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Overview

This comprehensive guide is packed with vibrant, full color pictures and essential information on creating, stocking, and maintaining a home aquarium. It enables enthusiasts, from novice to longtime owners, to make informed choices about types of fish, water, and aquarium environments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789446145
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/2000
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
A History of Fishkeeping 8
Understanding Fish 14
The Freshwater and Brackish-water Aquarium 30
Anabantids 34
Catfish 38
Characins 44
Cichlids 54
Cyprinids 62
Loaches 74
Killifish 76
Livebearers 78
Rainbowfish 84
Coldwater Fish 88
Brackish-water Fish 94
Freshwater Plants 102
The Marine Aquarium 110
Anemonefish 114
Damselfish 116
Angelfish 120
Butterflyfish 124
Surgeons and Tangs 130
Triggerfish 132
Wrasses 134
Other Tropical Marine Fish 136
Coldwater Marine Fish 146
Tropical Invertebrates 150
Coldwater Invertebrates 154
Marine Algae 156
Creating a Home Aquarium 158
Aquarium Equipment 160
Tanks and Stands 162
Filters 164
Air Pumps 168
Heaters and Coolers 169
Lighting 170
Substrates 172
Water 173
Decor and Accessories 174
Setting up Your Aquarium 176
Preparing for Installation 178
Freshwater Tank Setup 180
Tropical Freshwater Tank 184
Softwater Tank 186
Rift Lake Tank 188
Coldwater Tank 190
Brackish-water Tank Setup 192
Marine Tank Setup 193
Brackish-water Tank 194
Tropical Marine Tank 196
Reef Tank 198
Caring for Your Fish 200
Stocking and Running Your Aquarium 202
Preparing to Add Livestock 204
Buying Fish 206
Introducing New Fish 210
Observing Your Fish 212
Handling Fish 213
Water Management 214
Tank Maintenance 217
Foods and Feeding 218
Fish and Food 220
Aquarium Foods 222
Feeding Your Fish 225
Keeping Your Fish Healthy 226
Basic Health Care 228
Major Fish Ailments 230
Breeding Aquarium Fish 234
Breeding Your Fish 236
Breeding Tank for Egg-scatterers 240
Breeding Tank for Egg-depositors 241
Breeding Tank for Egg-buriers 242
Breeding Tank for Mouthbrooders 243
Breeding Tank for Nest-builders 244
Breeding Tank for Livebearers 245
Commercial Breeding 246
Fish Index 248
General Index 252
Acknowledgments 256
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