The rich variety of tropical freshwater and marine fishes makes keeping an aquarium an absorbing pastime. Whether you are a novice or a dedicated fish keeper, this book contains all the information and advice you need to ensure you get the most out of your hobby.
Divided into two sections, the book explains in practical terms how to set up you aquarium, how to select the type of fishes you want and how to maintain a healthy tank environment. The introduction explores the rewards and responsibilities of fish keeping, including aspects of conservation. The comprehensive first section deals with all aspects of getting started and maintaining your aquarium; the equipment needed, foods and feeding, water chemistry and quality, adding new fishes, keeping the fishes healthy and breeding.
A separate sub-section is devoted to accommodating the special requirements of marine fishes and each topic is treated with a hands on approach, including step by step photographs of setting up, decorating the tank and adding the fishes.
The second part of the book looks at the fishes themselves, discussing the general merits, demerits, habitats, feeding and breeding requirements of many hundreds of fishes in each of the eight major fish groups. This in-depth approach will enable aquarists to decide immediately whether any fish they are likely to encounter are suitable for their aquaria.
Written in a no- nonsense practical style and illustrated throughout with over 700 photographs this is the book that ever aquarium owner, beginner or expert should possess.
About the Authors
Mary Bailey started keeping fishes 30 years ago and joined the British Cichlid Association in 1972, serving in the committee since 1982, initially as Technical Editor, and as Treasurer since 1990. She began writing professionally in 1986 and regularly contributes to Cichlid News, Practical Fishkeeping and Aquarist and Pondkeeper magazines. She has also contributed to several books including Enjoying Cichlids (1993) and the Cichlids Yearbook series, and was voted Practical Fishkeeping magazine's "Favourite Fishkeeping Writer, 1994".
Gina Sandford has kept tropical fishes for the past 30 years and writes regularly for Aquarist and Pondkeeper, Fishkeeping Answers and Practical Fishkeeping magazines. She has been Secretary and Editor to the Catfish Association of Great Britain for many years and also lectures on tropical fishes.
|Getting Started||p. 8|
|Water Management||p. 16|
|Foods and Feeding||p. 36|
|Décor - the hardware||p. 50|
|Décor - plants||p. 64|
|Setting Up||p. 76|
|Buying and Adding the Fishes||p.102|
|Keeping them Healthy||p.108|
|The Fish Groups||p.126|
|Miscellaneous Freshwater Fishes||p.200|
|Brackish Water Fishes||p.218|
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Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st January 2009
Publisher: Anness Publishing
Dimensions (cm): 30.0 x 23.0