Freshwater Aquariums For Dummies

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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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User Review  - tungsten_peerts - LibraryThing

A solid, reasonably comprehensive introduction from a series I have come to distrust. The copy editor, however (if indeed there was one) should be eviscerated. Read full review

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User Review  - billsearth - LibraryThing

This reference is well organized and covers all important topics to get a novice successfully going with a good aquarium. The information is detailed enough to help moderate to advanced aquarium ... Read full review

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How to Use This Book
Breeding and Other Fun Stuff
The Practice of Aquarium Keeping
Findinga Good Location
Taking Clues from Your Fishs Natural Environment
Other Aquarium Decorations
Equipment and Other Technical Stuff
Fish and Howto Care for Them
The Nitrogen Cycle and Water Testing
Putting It All Together
Live Plants for Freshwater Aquariums
Foreground Plants
percent of all potential aquarium problems never occur if hobbyists take the time
Floating Plants
The Breeding Room
Introducing the Bride and Groom

Finding Your Species
Purchasing Your Fish
Dietand Nutritionfor Your Wet Pets Basic Nutrition
Diseases and Treatments
Frequent Causes of Disease
Using Quarantineand Hospital Tanks
All Water Is Not Created Equal
Those Crazy Chemicals
Understanding BreedingTypes Saving Everyone from Everyone Else
Keeping a Log Book
Photographing YourFishwith DigitalPhotography
Competing in Fish Shows
Forthe Advanced Aquarium Hobbyist
Razor Blades the Miracle Cleaner
Ten Scientific Fish Laws
Ten Aquatic New Years Resolutions

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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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