Saltwater aquariums bring the calming beauty of a tropical reef right into your home and make you feel attuned to nature. But when you're creating a saltwater aquarium, the key is choosing fish, invertebrates, seaweeds, and corals that are in harmony with each other. There are more than 500 species of reef fish to choose from, and some are not compatible. This book is your recipe for saltwater aquarium success. It gives you the basics of setup, maintenance, and design considerations, but it goes beyond that to include:
- More than 40 specific recipes for saltwater aquariums, including biotope designs (mimicking barrier reefs, atolls, lagoons, etc.) and designs emphasizing form and color
- A catalog of saltwater fish featuring more than 100 aquarium species
- A catalog of saltwater invertebrates, seaweeds, and marine plants, covering more than 150 invertebrate types
- A 16-page color catalog of fish, invertebrate, and coral varieties
In addition to ready-made model designs, this book helps you make your own choices of species that will coexist in harmony in your spectacular saltwater aquarium.
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About the Author
John Tullock, a lifetime aquarist, owned a retail and mail-order aquarium business for years.He founded the American Marinelife Dealer Association. Tullock has authored twelve books about aquariums, including Bring Me Home: Saltwater Aquariums Make a Great Hobby and Freshwater Aquarium Models (both from Howell Book House). He holds a master's degree in zoology.
Table of ContentsINTRODUCTION.
THE ALLURE OF SALTWATER AQUARIUMS
Hobby versus Passion.
What You Can Find in This Book.
How Saltwater Differs from Freshwater.
Part I. Saltwater Aquarium Basics.
CHAPTER 1. CARING FOR AN AQUARIUM .
Sources of Saltwater Specimens.
Choosing a Dealer.
Purchasing Fish Based on Collecting Practices.
Selecting Healthy Fish.
Making Rational Purchasing Decisions.
Ordering Fish by Mail.
The Chemistry You Need.
Foods and Feeding.
Feeding Invertebrates .
CHAPTER 2. BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN SALTWATER AQUARIUMS.
Guidelines for Design.
Selecting Invertebrates and Fishes.
Types of Fishes.
Types of Invertebrates.
Acclimating New Arrivals.
Developing a Stocking Plan.
CHAPTER 3. MAKING YOUR AQUARIUM LOOK REAL.
Part II. Saltwater Aquarium Mechanics.
CHAPTER 4. UNDERSTANDING INVERTEBRATES.
CHAPTER 5. NUTS AND BOLTS.
Electricity and Water Supplies.
CHAPTER 6. TROUBLESHOOTING.
Combating Diseases and Parasites in Saltwater Fish.
CHAPTER 7. BASIC SETUP PROCEDURES.
Filling the Tank.
Part III. Saltwater Aquarium Model Designs.
CHAPTER 8. BASIC LOW-MAINTENANCE DESIGNS.
CHAPTER 9. BIOTOPE TANKS.
CHAPTER 10. SMALL TANKS.
Part IV. The Appendixes.
APPENDIX A. CATALOG OF SALTWATER FISH.
APPENDIX B. CATALOG OF INVERTEBRATES, SEAWEEDS, AND MARINE PLANTS.
APPENDIX C. TANK SPECIFICATIONS.
APPENDIX D. MEASUREMENTS AND CONVERSIONS.