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Title:
Tropical fishlopaedia : a complete guide to fish care
Author:
Bailey, Mary.
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Publication Information:
New York : Howell Book House, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
352 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781582451664
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Book

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Summary

Summary

In a straightforward, accessible format, this book introduces the hobby of tropical fishkeeping, outlining what is required in order to set up the correct environment, and what varieties of tropical fishes will thrive in an aquarium. Detailed information on choosing equipment, setting up a tank, plant selection, and water chemistry is included. You also get comprehensive coverage of how to feed your fish and how to maintain their tank. With special sections devoted to signs and symptoms of disease and first-aid treatments, as well as breeding tropical fish, this book has everything for the beginning hobbyist and the more experienced fishkeeper.


Author Notes

Mary Bailey has kept tropical fish for more than 25 years, and is known internationally as an expert on the cichlid family. She has written several fishkeeping books, and is the English editor of Aqua Geographia magazine. She is also contributor to, and co-editor of, the Cichlids Yearbook series. Dr Peter Burgess BSc MSc Mphil PhD, is a fish health scientist, with more than 25 years' experience as an aquarist. An author of numerous articles and scientific papers on fishkeeping, he is editor of the international journal Aquarium Sciences and Conservation. A visiting lecturer in aquarium sciences, he is also an international consultant to the aquarium fish industry.


Table of Contents

Introduction
Section 1 Fish Management
Chapter 1 Choosing and Buying Fish: Suitability and compatibility of species
Areas of incompatibility
Positive compatibility
Hardy fish
Population density
Stress
The general community aquarium
Sources of fish
Aquarium stores
Obtaining fish from other aquarists
Selecting stock
Chapter 2 The Classification and Names of Fish: Taxonomy and scientific nomenclature (Systematics)
Scientific and common names
Chapter 3 The Main Families of Tropical Freshwater Aquarium Fish: Catfish
Mochokidae
Doradidae
Callichthyidae
Loricariidae)
Characiforms
Characidae
Gasteropelecidae
Lebiasinidae
Cichlids
Cypriniforms
Cyprinidae
Cobitidae
Cyprinidonts
Family Cyprinodontidae
Poeciliidae
Labyrinth fish (Family Belontidae)
Rainbowfish
Family Melanotaeniidae
Family Atherinidae
Chapter 4 Motivation and Intelligence: Motivation
Intelligence
Aspects of natural behaviour (Feeding behaviour; Escape/evasion behaviour; Breeding behaviour)
Aggression (Territoriality and guarding; Predation)
Body language
Chapter 5 Behavioural Problems (What if my fish...?): Feeding behaviour
Escape evasion behaviour
Breeding behaviour
Behaviour with multiple causes
Chapter 6 Transporting Fish: Matching water parameters (Temperature equalisation; Chemical equalisation; Nitrate levels)
Catching fish
Moving fish from tank to tank
Packing fish (Suitable containers; The packing water; Oxygen; Scaling the bags; Insulation)
Transporting fish
Unpacking
Chapter 7 Nutrition: Fish nutrition in nature
Natural foods
Feeding strategies
Other aspects of feeding behaviour)
Feeding fish in aquaria
The most popular types of aquarium foods
Commercial aquarium fish foods)
Live foods (Some types of live foods)
Fresh foods
Fry foods
Feeding: how much and how often
Chapter 8 Breeding: General considerations (Why breed fish?
Planning ahead
Selection of breeding stock
Conditioning for breeding and triggering spawning)
Breeding behaviour and breeding techniques
Breeding strategies in fish
Breeding tanks and methods
Post-spawning/parturition rest
Hatching
Care of newly-hatched fry
Rearing
Problems associated with breeding
Chapter 9 Showing: Size and scope of shows
Classes and judging
Benching
Positive aspects of showing
Negative aspects of showing
A stress-free future for fish and fishkeeper?
Section 2 Aquarium Management
Chapter 10 Water: Water chemistry (Hardness)
Water quality (Tap water pollutants; Pollution of rain water
Chemical pollution of the aquarium water by aquarium hardware
Pollution entering the aquarium from the domestic environment
Organic wastes generated by the aquarium flora and fauna
Partial water changes
Filtration)
Gas content
The oxygen requirements of fish
Gas exchange
Aeration
Factors affecting oxygen content of the water
Water movement
Temperature
Chapter 11 Decor: Planning the decor
The importance of appropriate decor
Choosing safe decor
Substrate (Acquiring substrate materials; Preparing substrate materials for use)
Background (Obtaining backgrounds)
Aquarium plants (Plastic plants; Acquiring aquarium plants)
Rocks (Acquiring rocks for the aquarium; Preparing rocks for use)
Shells
Wood (Acquiring wooden items for aquaria; Preparing wood for aquarium use)
Other items
Chapter 12 Light: Light in nature; Light in the aquarium (Dawn and dusk; Natural versus artificial lighting)
Chapter 13 Equipment: Obtaining equipment (New or second-hand?)
Tank, base and hood
Heating equipment (Thermostats; Heaters; Heater/stats; Thermofilters; Thermometers; Heater holders and heater guards)
Aeration equipment
Filters and filter media
Other water treatment equipment
Lighting
Test kits
Other equipment
Spares
Chapter 14 Setting up an Aquarium: Planning and preparation (Siting the aquarium; Outside help; Tools and equipment
Shopping for equipment and decor
Pl