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A saltwater aquarium provides a soothing, ever-changing mini seascape of color and motion. But saltwater fish require a constant, controlled environment. How do you set up and maintain a tank and select the right fish from more than 12,000 varieties? How do you care for marine fish? This updated guide provides the facts and advice you need and includes: * Info on choosing, equipping, and setting up your aquarium * Pointers on choosing compatible fish for a community tank * The scoop on the best (and worst) fish for beginners * Guidance on maintaining your aquarium and keeping your fish healthy
In this colorful Garden Ponds Made Easy title, authors Dennis Kelsey-Wood and Tom Barthell have provided an essential guide for first-time pond enthusiasts. The authors outline all of the considerations for starting out with a new pond, including determining the site, style, size of the pond, and deciding on the construction of the pond (whether preformed, concrete, or fiberglass). Garden Ponds offers a chapter on water which discusses water chemistry factors, volume of the pond, and pond surface. Other important factors involve the aeration, filtration, drainage, and maintenance of a clean (algae-free) pond. Special features, including waterfalls, fountains, and watercourses, electricity, and landscaping are addressed in detail, all accompanied by color photographs and drawings. A chapter on pond construction details every step of the project from creating a blueprint to securing the foundation. The infinite choices involved with stocking the pond with fish and plants can be overwhelming for the first-time pond owner, and the authors give excellent advice about making smart choices for a harmonious, beautiful garden pond. A special chapter on seasonal pond care gives the pond keeper recommendations for maintaining the pond all year long. Resources and glossary included.
This handsome and highly useful manual focuses on the most popular group of coral reef fishes. It presents everything the beginner needs to know about creating a suitable aquarium habitat for any of the nearly 30 species of clownfish. Experienced aquarists will appreciate the insightful, ecologically sensitive advice on maintaining clownfish host anemones, and the author's sound suggestions for appropriate invertebrate tank mates.
Lake Tanganyika Cichlids come in many interesting varieties, and aquarium hobbyists who want to keep them in an environment where they can thrive will appreciate the detailed advice offered in this manual. Books in the Complete Pet Owner's Manuals series present basic information about pets for new or soon-to-be owners. Advice and instruction covers feeding, housing, health care, training, grooming, protection against hazards, and more. Texts emphasize pet care basics and are easy for all readers to understand, but most titles also present facts that even experienced pet owners and breeders will find new and useful. All books in this series are filled with high quality full-color photos and instructive line art.
These unusual looking marine fish need a steady diet of plankton to stay healthy and active. Here is a wealth of advice and information for aquarium hobbyists on keeping seahorses of different varieties. Barron's comprehensive Pet Owner's Manuals are heavily illustrated and filled with useful information. They instruct owners on how to care for their dogs, cats, birds, fish, and other animals. Books give advice on purchasing and acquiring, health care, feeding, and much more. Clear, straightforward texts are accompanied by high-quality full-color photos and anatomically accurate line art, as well as helpful tables and charts.
Their striking patterns and delicate coloration are reason enough for the ever-increasing popularity of these beautiful fish, but they are also fun to keep and can even become quite tame. Koi shows attract an enthusiastic following of competitors and spectators alike, and koi societies are thriving as interest in the hobby grows. And, of course, the whole aspect of water gardeningâboth Western and Orientalâplays an inherent part in the enjoyment of koi-keeping for a great number of koi enthusiasts.
This book is divided into two important sections. Part One is full of practical koi-keeping information and includes chapters on the history of nishikigoi, koi anatomy, pond and filter construction, water quality and filtration, buying koi, feeding koi, seasonal care, landscaping and water gardens, breeding koi, health care, and showing koi.
Part Two is an extensive survey of the many koi varieties, grouped in their currently recognized Japanese classifications. This section is introduced with an explanation of how the seemingly complex Japanese variety names are built up using words that describe the color, pattern, scalation, and luster of koi. A pictorial review of the 14 different classifications opens a more detailed presentation of photographs, illustrations, and descriptions of all the major, and many rare, varieties, from the eye-catching red-and-white Kohaku to the brilliant, metallic Ogon.
Rainbow fish and all other atheriniform fish: The rainbow fish (Melanotaniidae) and blue-eyes (Pseudomugilidae) from Australia and New Guinea surely are the most well known representatives of the Atheriniformes among aquarists.
Additionally, sometimes representatives of the Madagassian rainbow fish, Bedotiidae, as well as some hardyheads, Craterocephalus, an atherinid genus from Australia and New Guinea, are kept in aquaria.
At present, there are 71 species of rainbow fish, but as a result of their great genetic plasticity they have produced a large number of color varieties. These are featured in this book more completely than ever before and, additionally, with correct locality data. The same data is presented for blue-eyes also. Besides this, there are a large number of atheriniform fish, which are nearly unknown by the aquarists. This handbook should help the aquarist, professional dealer and ichthyologists.
Well-known photographers reviewed 313 species with almost 700 excellent color photos.
The following families and nearly all of the species have been included:
In the other families the more well known species have also been included, such as those in the genus Craterocephalus.
With the help of the color photos it is possible to determine many of the species available today not only in regard to their species identification but also the correct locations where they may be found.
A complete list of the families with a short description as well as a complete list of species is included. This book is an indispensable help for everybody interested in atheriniform fishes, whether you are an aquarist, dealer, or ichthyologist.
Setting up and maintaining a themed aquarium requires careful planning for a correct and aesthetically pleasing balance of fish and plant life. This photo-illustrated book presents detailed instructions and specifications for several different attractive themed aquariums in any of three recommended sizes: 17 gallons (63 liters), 35 gallons (128 liters), and 55 gallons (200 liters). The author advises on selection of tanks, filters, heaters, lighting, plants, substrate, fish families to populate the tank, and miscellaneous decoration. He focuses on several geographically themed aquariums, which include populating a tank with compatible fishes from South America, Southeast Asia, North America, Australia, and Africa. He also advises on setting up tanks for cold-water fishes or for closely related species. All recommendations include water plants that are most appropriate for each fish grouping. The text is enhanced with approximately 70 color photos plus helpful checklists and attractive sidebars.
Glorious insider profiles of 50 world-class marine aquariums, with priceless advice on how they were planned and set up, and how they are kept healthy and vibrant. this book includes more than 150 full color photographs of reef aquariums, fish only tanks and a wide range of approaches to creating a state of the art marine system, ranging from simplified natural systems to high tech designs.