Aquarium Style: Imaginative Ideas for Creating Dream Homes for Fish
An aquarium that is well tended and imaginatively planned is always a delight to look at. Here are practical and innovative ways to bring out an aquarium's natural beauty and make it the centerpiece of the home. Advice starts with instructions on creating a healthy climate for the fish and other aquatic life by incorporating correct heating, lighting, filtration, and air-flow features. Live plants are also discussed, both as ornamental features and as retreats for the fish. At the heart of this volume are detailed instructions for creating thirty different stunning aquarium design themes. They include --
-- Transparent -- using glass beads instead of gravel, incorporating bottles of different interesting designs as fish shelters, and stocking the tank with semi-transparent fish, such as glassfish and glow light tetras
-- Zen Garden -- using white aquarium sand, artificial bonsai trees and oriental ceramics, adding carefully arranged Japanese-style twigs, and selecting a variety of cichlids and angelfish
-- Rocky Mountain -- using leaning and vertical slabs of rock to create mountain-like fish retreats on a gravel base, and stocking the tank with large silver fish such as scissortails and red-eyed tetras
-- Color Frenzy -- using bamboo plants, Java fern, giant hyptophila, and other opulent, multicolored plants to create a tropical effect, and stocking the tank with a variety of vividly colored fish
The author also presents useful information on compatibility of different fish varieties, and an illustrated directory of aquarium plants. More than 200 magnificent full-color illustrations include photos of finished aquariums, detail photos of fish and plants, and diagrams ofthe suggested aquarium plans.