Freshwater Aquariums: Today's Essential Guide to Freshwater Aquariums

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Illustrated with over 300 full-color photographs and drawings, Freshwater Aquariums presents the essential information that all freshwater fish keepers need to know to create their own well-balanced and thriving freshwater aquarium. A stylish, easy-to-read guide filled with practical and reliable advice, this Aquamaster title harnesses the experience of authors Stuart Thraves, Peter Hiscock, and Gina Sandford, all noteworthy writers and highly skilled fish keepers. The first section of the book is a DIY manual ...
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Freshwater Aquariums: Basic Aquarium Setup and Maintenance

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Overview


Illustrated with over 300 full-color photographs and drawings, Freshwater Aquariums presents the essential information that all freshwater fish keepers need to know to create their own well-balanced and thriving freshwater aquarium. A stylish, easy-to-read guide filled with practical and reliable advice, this Aquamaster title harnesses the experience of authors Stuart Thraves, Peter Hiscock, and Gina Sandford, all noteworthy writers and highly skilled fish keepers. The first section of the book is a DIY manual for setting up a freshwater aquarium, detailing the types of substrates, furnishings, and plants recommend for keepers and offering information on lighting, filtration, and water management. The authors also include basic husbandry info on feeding and health care of freshwater fish as well as maintaining a clean tank.

The second section of the book, “Fish, Plants, and Themed Aquariums,” presents a selection of popular freshwater fish and aquarium plants plus a look at some ideas for setting up aquariums that reflect natural habitats around the world. The author recommends that hobbyists consider fish by their families or groups so that they can set up the right conditions for them. The book features the following groups: cichlids, catfish, barbs, characins, anabantoids, danios and rasboras, rainbowfish, livebears, and loaches and sharks. The discussion of aquarium plants describes over 30 popular options, alphabetically arranged from Anubias barteri to Vallisneria spiralis ‘Tiger.’ The author shares six imaginative themed aquariums, including information on substrates, display, plants, filtration, and suitable fish. The themes include mountain stream, Central American river, flooded Amazon forest, Congo whitewater river, Lake Malawi, and Southeast Asian swamp.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933958088
  • Publisher: i5 Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: Aquamaster Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 819,568
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Getting started     4
Aquarium substrates     8
Aquarium furnishings     10
Aquarium plants     14
Lighting the aquarium     16
Carbon dioxide fertilization     18
Filtration     20
Water management     24
Setting up the tank     30
Adding the fish     42
Feeding fish     46
Health care     48
Regular maintenance     50
Fish, plants, and themed aquariums     54
Cichlids     56
Catfish     58
Barbs     60
Characins     62
Anabantoids     64
Danios and rasboras     66
Rainbowfish     68
Livebearers     70
Loaches and sharks     72
Aquarium plants     74
Mountain stream     84
Central American river     86
Flooded Amazon forest     88
Congo white-water river     90
Lake Malawi     92
Southeast Asian swamp     94
Picture credits     96
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