Aquariums For Dummies

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Wiley, Aug 19, 1999 - Pets - 360 pages
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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.

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Contents

Finding a Good Location
5
The Tank and Stand
11
The Tank and Stand
21
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

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.

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