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Aquarium : owner's guide
Sandford, Gina.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Pub., 1999.
Physical Description:
256 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Published simultaneously under title: The complete aquarium handbook.

Includes indexes.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
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SF457 .S2454 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SF457 .S2454 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This comprehensive guide is packed with vibrant, full color pictures and essential information on creating, stocking, and maintaining a home aquarium. It enables enthusiasts, from novice to longtime owners, to make informed choices about types of fish, water, and aquarium environments.

Author Notes

Gina Sandford has kept tropical fish for over 25 years and has worked in the aquarium trade with both freshwater and marine fish. She has lectured regularly in England and internationally on various aspects of the hobby for many years. Gina contributes to a number of aquatic magazines both in the UK and abroad, and has previously authored several books on aquarium fish and their care. She is a former Secretary and Editor of The Catfish Association of Great Britain, and is currently a member of several specialist aquatic societies.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
A History of Fishkeepingp. 8
Understanding Fishp. 14
The Freshwater and Brackish-water Aquariump. 30
Anabantidsp. 34
Catfishp. 38
Characinsp. 44
Cichlidsp. 54
Cyprinidsp. 62
Loachesp. 74
Killifishp. 76
Livebearersp. 78
Rainbowfishp. 84
Coldwater Fishp. 88
Brackish-water Fishp. 94
Freshwater Plantsp. 102
The Marine Aquariump. 110
Anemonefishp. 114
Damselfishp. 116
Angelfishp. 120
Butterflyfishp. 124
Surgeons and Tangsp. 130
Triggerfishp. 132
Wrassesp. 134
Other Tropical Marine Fishp. 136
Coldwater Marine Fishp. 146
Tropical Invertebratesp. 150
Coldwater Invertebratesp. 154
Marine Algaep. 156
Creating a Home Aquariump. 158
Aquarium Equipmentp. 160
Tanks and Standsp. 162
Filtersp. 164
Air Pumpsp. 168
Heaters and Coolersp. 169
Lightingp. 170
Substratesp. 172
Waterp. 173
Decor and Accessoriesp. 174
Setting up Your Aquariump. 176
Preparing for Installationp. 178
Freshwater Tank Setupp. 180
Tropical Freshwater Tankp. 184
Softwater Tankp. 186
Rift Lake Tankp. 188
Coldwater Tankp. 190
Brackish-water Tank Setupp. 192
Marine Tank Setupp. 193
Brackish-water Tankp. 194
Tropical Marine Tankp. 196
Reef Tankp. 198
Caring for Your Fishp. 200
Stocking and Running Your Aquariump. 202
Preparing to Add Livestockp. 204
Buying Fishp. 206
Introducing New Fishp. 210
Observing Your Fishp. 212
Handling Fishp. 213
Water Managementp. 214
Tank Maintenancep. 217
Foods and Feedingp. 218
Fish and Foodp. 220
Aquarium Foodsp. 222
Feeding Your Fishp. 225
Keeping Your Fish Healthyp. 226
Basic Health Carep. 228
Major Fish Ailmentsp. 230
Breeding Aquarium Fishp. 234
Breeding Your Fishp. 236
Breeding Tank for Egg-scatterersp. 240
Breeding Tank for Egg-depositorsp. 241
Breeding Tank for Egg-buriersp. 242
Breeding Tank for Mouthbroodersp. 243
Breeding Tank for Nest-buildersp. 244
Breeding Tank for Livebearersp. 245
Commercial Breedingp. 246
Fish Indexp. 248
General Indexp. 252
Acknowledgmentsp. 256