Freshwater Aquariums For Dummies

Freshwater Aquariums For Dummies

by Maddy Hargrove, Mic Hargrove

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Covers the latest aquarium gadgets

Design a dazzling underwater environment with this bestselling guide!

Setting up your first freshwater aquarium can be a daunting task. This friendly guide answers all your questions, from setting up your tank and selecting fish to the water, chemicals, plants, and much more. There's also expanded guidance on combining different species of fish, maintaining a tank, cleaning gravel, and dealing with common problems such as algae.

Discover how to
* Choose the right aquarium
* Select the best fish
* Get good deals on equipment
* Maintain a clean, healthy environment
* Handle tank pitfalls
* Breed your fish

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470051030
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/02/2006
Series: For Dummies Series
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 210,115
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Maddy and Mic Hargrove are both contributing writers for many aquatic magazines, including Tropical Fish Hobbyist and Aquarium Fish magazine, and are also the authors of several aquarium books. They have both been in the writing industry for over 30 years.

Maddy’s interest in fish began when she was five years old. She often dreamed of keeping fish at home as she watched the local fishermen bring in their daily catch in her hometown. She began keeping aquariums at age seven and began breeding fish at age ten. She built her aquarium collection by selling and trading her newborn fry to local aquarium stores in exchange for aquariums and equipment as she was growing up.
Her passion for aquarium fish continued on after she finished her college degree in journalism and began writing aquarium-keeping articles for print and online aquatic magazines. Eventually, she wrote several aquarium columns and began writing fishkeeping books to help other hobbyists enjoy keeping aquariums at home as much as she did. Her love of fish has also appeared in her greeting cards, cartoons, and other artwork.

Mic has kept aquarium fish for almost 30 years. He was one of the first sailors to develop a tank system that could keep aquarium fish alive onboard Navy vessels. His love of fish began when he saw many different species, aquatic traditions, and other hobbyists while on his worldwide military travels.
Both authors enjoy breeding fish, traveling, scuba diving, cooking and creating exciting new recipes, collecting old records, and computer games.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Aquarium Basics.

Chapter 1: Tanks for the Memories.

Chapter 2: The Practice of Aquarium Keeping.

Chapter 3: Finding a Good Location.

Chapter 4: The Tank and Stand.

Chapter 5: What to Put and What Not to Put in Your Tank.

Chapter 6: Equipment and Other Technical Stuff.

Part II: Fish and How to Care for Them.

Chapter 7: Fish Anatomy.

Chapter 8: Finding Your Species.

Chapter 9: Purchasing Your Fish.

Chapter 10: Diet and Nutrition for Your Wet Pets.

Chapter 11: Diseases and Treatments.

Part III: Water, Chemicals, and Plants.

Chapter 12: All Water Is Not Created Equal.

Chapter 13: Those Crazy Chemicals.

Chapter 14: The Nitrogen Cycleand Water Testing.

Chapter 15: Putting It All Together.

Chapter 16: Live Plants for Freshwater Aquariums.

Chapter 17: Choosing Plant Species for Your Tank.

Chapter 18: What to Do if Trouble Strikes.

Part IV: Breeding and Other Fun Stuff.

Chapter 19: The Breeding Room.

Chapter 20: Let’s Spawn!

Chapter 21: Recording Data and Photographing Fish.

Chapter 22: Competing in Fish Shows.

Chapter 23: For the Advanced Aquarium Hobbyist.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 24: Ten Cool Aquarium Gadgets.

Chapter 25: Ten Ways to Kill Your Fish Without Even Trying.

Chapter 26: Ten Scientific Fish Laws.

Chapter 27: Ten Aquatic New Year’s Resolutions.

Appendix: Tank Figures and Facts.


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Freshwater Aquariums For Dummies 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Kay_Raisy More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up when a few of my fish died in a short time and I was looking for an answer as to why they died. What was I doing wrong? This book was chock full of information and as I read I noted many things I wished I had known BEFORE I even set up my tank! It goes into great detail (in easy to understand language) about setting up various tank systems, checking the water, using chemicals, explaining the nitrogen cycle, fish diseases and treatments, and general care and maintenance of the tank. I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about getting started or simply wants to stop killing fish. I just found it annoying that there were so many typos starting on the first page of Chapter 1. I understand they are fish experts but that is why we have editors right?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just bought a 29 gallon fish tank. Then I read this book. It's a great book for beginers. But I recomended to read it before you go out and buy anything. This is a great book full of advise and you get to learn a lot and be prepare for when you go to buy your tank and fishes. It covers everything you need to know. Lots of information.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of great information, but difficult to find and manuver to in my Nook. The chapter titles were long and consequently could not be read in the table of contents - on my Nook - which is where I buy most of my books lately
veritates More than 1 year ago
Great resource for aquarium owners who don't "know it all" yet. It's provides great depth and easy to understand information.
tungsten_peerts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A solid, reasonably comprehensive introduction from a series I have come to distrust. The copy editor, however (if indeed there was one) should be eviscerated.
billsearth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This reference is well organized and covers all important topics to get a novice successfully going with a good aquarium. The information is detailed enough to help moderate to advanced aquarium keepers in solving specific problems or in improving thier aquariums and techniques.I recommend this book as a general reference and troubleshooter for all aquarium owners.
donnabug on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great reference book for learning how to set up a freshwater aquarium and how to maintain it. It tells how to select fish and plants for your aquarium and how to spot diseases for both. They go over medications and other chemicals for the aquarium. It is all very easy to read and understand although the editor should be fired. There are several typos, two on the very first page! All in all though, it is a good book to keep on hand for reference.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful beginners overview to freshwater aquariums
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Bible rocks! Ok about this book not a lot of pics but it is good. There is diagrams and color pics end
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sockanator More than 1 year ago
Easy to understand and strait forward.
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mickeyrae43 More than 1 year ago
I placed my order on 7/9/11 and recieved the book on 7/15/11... I am pleased with the condition of the book... I did expect the book to be a little worn since it is a used book.... it has all of the pages and I am satisfied with my purchase and would buy from this seller again.
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