Marine Aquarium Keeping

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The science and common sense behind creating an inexpensive, flourishing marine aquarium Marine Aquarium Keeping is the first complete, step-by-step handbook to bring scientific perspective and insight to the practical basics of assembling and successfully maintaining a conventional marine aquarium. While minimizing gadgetry and underscoring a simple, commonsense regimen of looking, seeing, and understanding, author and marine biologist Stephen Spotte offers logical, chapter-by-chapter guidance to every facet of ...

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Overview

The science and common sense behind creating an inexpensive, flourishing marine aquarium Marine Aquarium Keeping is the first complete, step-by-step handbook to bring scientific perspective and insight to the practical basics of assembling and successfully maintaining a conventional marine aquarium. While minimizing gadgetry and underscoring a simple, commonsense regimen of looking, seeing, and understanding, author and marine biologist Stephen Spotte offers logical, chapter-by-chapter guidance to every facet of the hobby—from choosing equipment and setting up an aquarium, to selecting healthy animals and maintaining a flourishing underwater environment. Inside, readers will discover:
* How to make a new aquarium suitable for sustaining life
* How to select healthy animals from species demonstrating good captive survival
* The step-by-step basics of routine maintenance
* How to easily meet the nutritional requirements of marine animals
* The key to disease prevention
* The use of seawater and artificial seawaters
* The living subgravel filter
* Aquarium decorations as shelter spaces and as aesthetic features
* The marine aquarium as a living community
An extensive health and disease section offers detailed, easy-to-follow treatment regimens, several unique to this volume, for a variety of common diseases. Current controversies and popular myths surrounding aquarium keeping, such as the benefits of supplemental light and the superiority of plastic filtrants, are also examined. A wealth of black-and-white and color photographs that strikingly depict marine animals in their natural habitat bring key facets of the text to life. Indispensable to the amateur aquarist who appreciates both the beauty and science of this fascinating pastime, this newest edition of the popular classic is the complete guide to successful, inexpensive marine aquarium keeping.

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Editorial Reviews

Marine Fish Monthly
...Marine Aquarium Keeping will provide the neophyte aquarist with the basic and practical knowledge needed to start a marine fish-only aquarium, and sustain a stable and healthful environment. A good value for the price.
From The Critics
Freshwater and Marine Aquarium, January 1994; Dr. Spotte makes his beliefs very clear at the offset of the book: "keep it simple," no need for elaborate, expensive mechanics to maintain a marine environment in a home aquarium. Just follow a few basic rules, often obvious and always explained in a simple, illustrated manner and success is almost guaranteed...Overall, this is a gook that should be required reading for any hobbyist...On a scale of 1 to 10 this second edition of Stephen Spotte's Marine Aquarium Keeping has to rate a 9 for economy, practicality, and ease of understanding.
Andy Horton
Glacus, Fall 1994; This is a no-frills no nonsense book about marine keeping. Written for beginners, but with sufficient information to be a useful book for experienced aquarists. Stephen Spotte is the leading writer on marine aquariology in the world...Concise explanations of the theory of the various aspects of the marine aquarium hobby are what set this book apart from the other ordinary texts... If you want detailed colour diagrams of how to actually prepare the new aquarium, there are better books, but if you want to know why, this book is so far ahead of anything else written, that if can be the only book to buy...The book is packed full of 175 pages of information. This is the essential reference book for all marine aquarists. Essential reading - it should be on your shelf!
Thomas Frakes
Seascope, Winter 1994; Simple, effective equipment and procedures are listed, with in-depth explanations of topics that are often misunderstood...For beginning hobbyists as well as frustrated, aquarists, this book presents a path to successful marine aquarium keeping.
Booknews
Detailed, solid advice, clearly presented and worth every penny to the hobbyist who wants to keep fish alive. Includes color and b&w photos of fish and equipment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471594895
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/28/1993
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN SPOTTE is a research scientist at the Marine Sciences Institute of the University of Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

The Aquariums.

The Air.

The Water.

The Subgravel Filter.

The Gravel.

The New Environment.

The Quarantine Period.

Animal Selection.

Decorating.

Maintenance.

Foods and Feeding.

Health and Disease.

Communal Living.

Supplemental Light.

Aquarium Mythology.

Additional Reading.

Index.

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