Freshwater Aquariums For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 8, 2019 - Pets - 400 pages

Give your underwater pets the best aquatic life ever!

Aquarium fish are one of the most popular pets in America, with close to 150 million fish owned in nearly 13 million households. They seem like easy pets to care for, but there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to keeping your freshwater friends healthy and happy!

Inside, you’ll find basic information to start your own freshwater aquarium, purchase and maintain healthy fish and plants, and find tips and tricks on how to introduce new fish and systems into your aquatic family.

  • Understand the best aquarium set-up practices
  • Build the luxury tanks of your dreams
  • Maintain a thriving aquatic environment
  • Discover many different ways to expand your hobby

Perfect for beginner hobbyists and longtime aquarium enthusiasts alike, Freshwater Aquariums For Dummies makes it easier than ever to set up and take care of a freshwater aquarium—and the fish within it.

 

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Contents

Introduction 1
3
The Practice of Aquarium Keeping
15
Finding a Good Location
25
The Tank and Stand
33
Aquascaping Your Aquarium What to Add and Not
51
Contemplating Other Aquarium Decorations
62
Selecting the Equipment and Other Stuff Your
67
Fish Anatomy
89
Putting It All Together
211
What You Need to Know Live Plants for Aquariums
217
Choosing Plant Species for Your Tank
231
Breeding and Other Fun Stuff
249
Setting Up the Breeding Tank
261
Ready Set Spawn
271
Recording Data and Photographing Fish
289
Considering Lighting
297

Taking a Closer Look at Fish
90
Hearing
95
Figuring Out What Kind of Fish to Buy
105
Working with a Fish Dealer to Purchase Your Fish
137
Developing a Good Relationship with Your Fish Dealer
145
Feeding Your Wet Pets Diet and Nutrition
151
Recognizing Diseases and Treatments
163
The Background Players Water
183
Considering Those Crazy Chemicals
193
The Nitrogen Cycle and Water Testing
201
Expanding Your Hobby in Fun Ways
305
Advancing Your Hobby Other Types of Aquarium Systems
319
The Part of Tens
327
Ten Cool Aquarium Gadgets
329
Ten Ways to Kill Your Fish without Even Trying
335
Ten Scientific Fish Laws
341
Ten Aquatic New Years Resolutions
347
Index
351
Freshwater Aquariums For Dummies
352
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About the author (2019)

Madelaine Francis Heleine has been involved with aquariums and fish-keeping for more than 40 years. She has been a contributing writer and columnist for various magazines dealing with the aquatic world and has written several books about aquarium fish. Madelaine even enjoys exploring the underwater world firsthand as a scuba diver.

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