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Title:
Dynamic aquaria : building living ecosystems
Author:
Adey, Walter H.
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Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Academic Press, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
xx, 498 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 28 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780120437924
Format :
Book

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Summary

This volume brings together the diverse modelling efforts of research in the Smithsonian Marine Systems Laboratory. It integrates the fields of ecology and aquarium science to give readers a better understanding of simulated ecosystem function and ecological food webs. The book aims to demonstrate mainstream ecological research alongside practical issues of aquaria construction, and presents aspects of ecological systems in an accessible fashion. It describes the introduction and testing of numerous techniques for stimulating the functional and biodiversity of ecosystems in relatively small dimension.


Table of Contents

Introduction. Physical Environment
The Envelope--Shapes, Materials, and Construction
Temperature--Control of Heating and Cooling
Water Composition--The Management of Salinity, Hardness, and Evaporation
Water Motion--Waves, Currents, and Plumbing
Tides--Simulating the Effects of Sun and Moon
The Input of Solar Energy--Lighting Requirements
Substrate--The Management of Rock, Mud, and Sand
Biochemical Environment
Metabolism--Respiration, Photosynthesis, and Biological Loading
Organisms and Gas Exchange--Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, and pH
Nitrogenous Wastes and Nutrients--Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and the Micronutrients
Control of the Biochemical Environment--Filters, Bacteria, and the Algal Turf Scrubber
Biological Structure
Community Structure--The Framework
Trophic Structure--Ecosystems and the Dynamics of Food Chains
Primary Producers--Plants that Grow on the Bottom
Herbivores--Predators of Plants
Carnivores--Predators of Animals
Plankton and Planktivores
The Floating Plants and Animals and Their Predators
Detritus and Detrivores
The Dynamics of Muddy Bottoms
Symbionts and Other Feeders
Ecological Systems in Microcosms, Mesocosms, and Aquaria
Models of Coral Reef Ecosystems
A Subarctic Shore--The Maine Coast
Estuaries--Ecosystem Modeling
Where Fresh and Salt Waters Interact
Freshwater Ecosystem Models
Summary
Microcosms, Mesocosms, and Aquaria as Ecosystem Model--A Synthesis
Index