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Aquariums for dummies
Hargrove, Maddy.
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Publication Information:
Foster City, CA : IDG Books Worldwide, [1999]

Physical Description:
xxvi, 328 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index

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QL78 .H28 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL78 .H28 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Keeping an aquarium adds beauty and grace to your life. That elegant little world in a glass box can be your respite from the cares of the day and even can lower your blood pressure. It can be a great outlet for your artistic impulses, and educational for your kids. And when it comes to pets, you can't go wrong with fish. They eat little, require minimal space, and need no training. They never stray, bay at the moon, or leave surprises on your lawn. They're not prone to rude sniffing, and they won't chase your letter carrier. And fish never get hairballs or scratch your furniture.

Aquariums For Dummies answers all your fishy questions about keeping an aquarium and makes it easy to get into the swim of things with your own freshwater, brackish, or marine aquarium. You'll discover how to:

Choose the right aquarium for you Select the best fish Create and maintain a healthy aquarium Locate good deals on equipment Design a dazzling underwater environment

With humor and without a lot of jargon, expert Maddy and Mic Hargrove cover all the bases. They give you step-by-step instructions on how to select equipment and set up your aquarium. And they explore an array of important and fun topics, including:

Tanks, water sources, substrates and decorations, and water testing Live plants for freshwater and brackish aquariums and invertebrates for marine aquariums Fish anatomy and physiology (plus a guide to dozens of freshwater coldwater, tropical marine, and brackish fish) Choosing a quality dealer and developing a good relationship with them Deciding what the right species for you and selecting fish Fish diet and nutrition Diagnosing and treating diseases in fish Breeding fish for fun and profit

A fun and easy guide to creating and maintaining a beautiful aquarium, Aquariums For Dummies is your entrée to the fascinating and rewarding world of fishkeeping.

Author Notes

Maddy Hargrove writes regularly for every major fishkeeping magazine, including Marine Monthly. Mic Hargrove, an expert technical advisor on aquarium equipment and water chemistry, writes for tropical fish magazines.

Table of Contents

Part I Aquarium Setup
Chapter 1 The Practice of Aquarium Keeping
Chapter 2 Finding a Good Location
Chapter 3 The Tank and Stand
Chapter 4 Substrates and Decorations
Chapter 5 The Equipment (And Other Technical Stuff)
Chapter 6 Water Sources (All Water Is Not Created Equal)
Chapter 7 Those Crazy Chemicals
Chapter 8 The Nitrogen Cycle and Water Testing
Chapter 9 Putting It All Together
Part II Plants and Invertebrates
Chapter 10 Live Plants for Freshwater and Brackish Aquariums
Chapter 11 Invertebrates for the Marine Aquarium
Part III The Fish
Chapter 12 Fish Anatomy
Chapter 13 Species Guide
Chapter 14 Purchasing Your Fish
Part IV Caring for Your Aquatic Friends
Chapter 15 Diet and Nutrition for Your Wet Pets
Chapter 16 Diseases and Treatments
Part V Breeding Your Fish for Fun and Profit
Chapter 17 The Breeding Room
Chapter 18 Let's Spawn!
Part VI Fun Stuff
Chapter 19 Recording Data and Photography Methods
Chapter 20 Fish Shows
Part VII The Part of Tens
Chapter 21 Ten Cool Aquarium Gadgets (For Work and Play)
Chapter 22 Ten Ways to Kill Your Fish without Even Trying
Chapter 23 Nine Horrible Fish That You Never Want to Own
Chapter 24 Ten Scientific Fish Laws
Chapter 25 Ten Aquatic New Year's Resolutions
Chapter 26 More Than Ten Resources
Appendix: Tank Figures and Facts