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Water chemistry for the marine aquarium : everything about seawater, cycles, conditions, components, and analysis : filled with full-color photographs
Author:
Tullock, John H., 1951-
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Publication Information:
Hauppauge, NY : Barron's, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
95 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780764120381
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Book

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Summary

Written by an expert on marine biology, this title is must reading for the marine aquarium hobbyist. Keeping ocean-dwelling fish and other marine life forms thriving in the synthetic environment of an aquarium requires special knowledge and care, especially in regard to water quality. The author discusses the properties of natural seawater, then gives details on how to create and maintain high-quality synthetic seawater. He describes biochemical cycles and fluctuating conditions that are normal in a flourishing marine aquarium, instructs on adding needed chemical components, and advises on water analysis test kits, instrumentation, and record keeping. Includes illustrations plus informative tables and charts.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
The Marine Environmentp. 5
Basic Water Managementp. 7
What Is Water Quality?p. 10
Basic Chemistryp. 11
Seawaterp. 25
Water Hardness and Alkalinityp. 25
Natural Seawaterp. 26
Synthetic Seawaterp. 30
Salinityp. 38
Biochemical Cycles and Fluctuating Conditionsp. 41
Effects of Microscopic Lifep. 41
Nitrogen Cyclep. 42
Carbon Cyclep. 50
Acid-Base Balancep. 51
Summaryp. 55
Dissolved Componentsp. 57
Oxygenp. 57
Calciump. 58
Phosphorusp. 59
Iodinep. 62
Trace Ionsp. 62
HOW-TO: Prepare and Use Limewaterp. 66
Water Analysisp. 69
How Often?p. 69
Choosing Test Kitsp. 69
Testing Techniquep. 71
Record Keepingp. 74
Instrumentation and Electronic Monitoringp. 74
HOW-TO: Perform a Chemical Water Testp. 78
Appendicesp. 81
Appendix A Tablesp. 81
Appendix B Measurements and Equivalentsp. 84
Glossaryp. 89
Informationp. 92
Indexp. 94