Freshwater Aquariums For Dummies (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 3, 2011 - Pets - 360 pages
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Covers the latest aquarium gadgets


Design a dazzling underwater environment with this bestselling guide!

Setting up your first freshwater aquarium can be a daunting task. This friendly guide answers all your questions, from setting up your tank and selecting fish to the water, chemicals, plants, and much more. There's also expanded guidance on combining different species of fish, maintaining a tank, cleaning gravel, and dealing with common problems such as algae.

Discover how to
* Choose the right aquarium
* Select the best fish
* Get good deals on equipment
* Maintain a clean, healthy environment
* Handle tank pitfalls
* Breed your fish
  

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Review: Freshwater Aquariums For Dummies

User Review  - Sandra Pedicini - Goodreads

Entertaining and educational. Highly recommend it for aquarium newbies. Read full review

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User Review  - Amandeep Grewal - Goodreads

I read this book because I plan on getting African Dwarf Frogs and this would be my first aquarium. This book is great and tells you everything from setting up the proper aquarium to caring for the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Part of Tens 299
3
Tanks for the Memories
7
The Practice of Aquarium Keeping
15
Finding a Good Location
23
The Tank and Stand
29
What to Put and What Not to Put in Your Tank
45
Equipment and Other Technical Stuff
59
Putting It All Together
197
Live Plants for Freshwater Aquariums
205
Choosing Plant Species for Your Tank
217
Pond Plants
229
What to Do if Trouble Strikes
231
Breeding and Other Fun Stuff
239
Lets Spawn
253
Recording Data and Photographing Fish
267

Fish and How to Care for Them
79
Finding Your Species
95
Purchasing Your Fish
125
Diet and Nutrition for Your Wet Pets
137
Diseases and Treatments
149
Water Chemicals and Plants
169
Those Crazy Chemicals
179
The Nitrogen Cycleand Water Testing
187
Competing in Fish Shows
281
Ten Cool Aquarium Gadgets
301
Ten Ways to Kill Your Fish Without Even Trying
305
Ten Scientific Fish Laws
309
Ten Aquatic New Years Resolutions
313
Tank Figures and Facts
315
Index
323
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Maddy and Mic Hargrove are both contributing writers for many aquatic magazines, including Tropical Fish Hobbyist and Aquarium Fish magazine, and are also the authors of several aquarium books. They have both been in the writing industry for over 30 years.
Maddy’s interest in fish began when she was five years old. She often dreamed of keeping fish at home as she watched the local fishermen bring in their daily catch in her hometown. She began keeping aquariums at age seven and began breeding fish at age ten. She built her aquarium collection by selling and trading her newborn fry to local aquarium stores in exchange for aquariums and equipment as she was growing up.
Her passion for aquarium fish continued on after she finished her college degree in journalism and began writing aquarium-keeping articles for print and online aquatic magazines. Eventually, she wrote several aquarium columns and began writing fishkeeping books to help other hobbyists enjoy keeping aquariums at home as much as she did. Her love of fish has also appeared in her greeting cards, cartoons, and other artwork.

Mic has kept aquarium fish for almost 30 years. He was one of the first sailors to develop a tank system that could keep aquarium fish alive onboard Navy vessels. His love of fish began when he saw many different species, aquatic traditions, and other hobbyists while on his worldwide military travels.
Both authors enjoy breeding fish, traveling, scuba diving, cooking and creating exciting new recipes, collecting old records, and computer games.

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