Practical Guide to Setting up Your Marine Tropical Aquarium

Practical Guide to Setting up Your Marine Tropical Aquarium

by Dick Mills
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Creating and maintaining a thriving saltwater aquarium is not a task for the faint-hearted. It requires attention to many details and special understanding of seawater chemistry—but the rewards for the hobbyist are worth the effort. Here's a guide that makes setting up a marine aquarium easier. The brilliantly illustrated Tankmaster Books are for serious aquarium hobbyists, as well as beginners who want to know more about keeping an aquarium. Tankmaster books show rather than merely tell the details of aquarium maintenance with pages filled with full-color photos and diagrams. Written instruction takes the form of enlightening picture captions and labels that explain all details in each illustration. More than 200 illustrations in every volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764152757
Publisher: B.E.S. Publishing
Publication date: 12/28/2001
Series: Tankmasters Series
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 77
Product dimensions: 7.08(w) x 10.18(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1The marine aquarium is different7
Bringing the natural world into your home8
Getting started10
Stage 1Setting up the tank12
Stage 2Preparing and adding the substrate14
Stage 3Adding heaters16
Stage 4Installing a protein skimmer18
Stage 5Installing an external filter20
Stage 6Adding decor22
Stage 7Adding water and salt24
Stage 8Creating the correct specific gravity26
Stage 9Fitting a condensation tray or cover glass28
Stage 10Adding fluorescent lighting30
Stage 11Establishing the system32
How the nitrogen cycle works34
Stage 12Adding the fish36
Part 2Options and continuing care39
Alternative lighting systems40
Alternative filtration systems42
Feeding marine fish50
Routine maintenance54
Basic health care56
Choosing the fish60
Anemonefish and damselfish62
Angelfish and butterflyfish64
Wrasses, surgeonfish, and tangs66
Triggerfish and basslets68
Blennies and gobies70
Miscellaneous marine species72
Conserving and increasing stocks74
Index and credits76

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