THE BOOK TO BRING HOME BEFORE YOU BRING HOME A SALTWATER AQUARIUM!
This book is a great way to test the waters before you take the plunge. Saltwater aquariums are intriguing, mesmerizing, and relaxing. However, they do require a commitment of time and money. Are you up for the challenge? With this practical, hands-on guide, you'll know what to expect. You'll have information on choosing the aquarium, equipment, and fish; proper setup and maintenance; and more. Information and interactive features include:
WORKSHEETS that help you make informed decisions
QUESTIONS to help you determine if your family is ready for a saltwater aquarium
CHARTS showing the time and money required for setting up and maintaining a 30-gallon tank or larger unit
CHECKLISTS covering how to properly locate the aquarium, supplies needed, and more
AIDS for creating a timetable and a stocking plan
MAINTENANCE CHARTS to keep you organized
RESOURCES to keep in a notebook with your maintenance logs, fish purchasing records, and more
Bring Me Home! Saltwater Aquariums Make a Great Hobby covers feeding fish and invertebrates, common mistakes and how to avoid them, creating a reef habitat, and more. It's a reference you'll rely on again and again if you decide to dive into this rewarding hobby.
These colorful fish are native to Central and South America, Africa, and Asia, and hobbyists will find them available in many colors and varieties. Titles in the extensive Complete Pet Owner's Manuals series provide pet owners with basic information on keeping healthy, contented, well-cared-for animals. The series includes approximately 175 titles and covers pets of every kind: dogs, cats, and birds of many breeds, as well as fish, reptiles, rabbits, hamsters, and just about any other animal that people keep as a pet. Facts and advice cover all aspects of pet care, which include proper feeding, housing, health care, grooming, training, and much more. The text in each manual is supplemented with many vivid, full-color photos, and with instructive, anatomically accurate line art. Each manual has been individually written by a breeder, trainer, veterinarian, or experienced animal specialist.
Many stingrays are small enough for home aquariums, but hobbyists must know how to protect against stingray venom. This volume is filled with handsome, full-color photos, instructive line art, and easy-to-read tables and charts. It provides information on all aspects of pet care for new and prospective pet owners.
While the subject may seem self-explanatory, the fact is that breeding fishes in captivity can be quite challenging, and is as much an art as a science. It is also one of the most rewarding aspects of keeping fish, and something all aquarists strive to do well. With The Super Simple Guide to Breeding Freshwater Fishes, hobbyists at all levels need worry no longer about what to do. Passionate fishkeeper and journalist Laura Muha explains in compelling and "super simple" ways:
-How to recignize and nurture breeding behavior
-Where and how to house your spawning fish and its fry
-How to feed breeders- and their fry- at all stages
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.
In this entertaining guide, Louise Riotte tells you everything you need to know to create a productive pond on your own land, from siting the pond to maintaining water quality and stocking the pondÂ with fish. She also includes plenty of old-time fishing lore and scrumptious recipes for freshly caughtÂ fish.
When it comes to getting rid of the pesky and prolific Aiptasia from a reef tank the little nudibranches known as the Berghia are certainly the superheroes of the hobby, only because Aiptasia is all that they eat! Their appetite for this dreaded pest makes them extremely sought after by hobbyists. However, the problem is that breeding them has always been very labour intensive and with relatively small yields. Until now! In this book you'll learn what doesn't work and what does! In fact, you can follow through the step-by-step tutorial on building a proven breeding system for producing hundreds and even thousands of these wonderful little nudibranches. This system designed, built and proven by the author is the secret to successfully breeding this organism in large quantities with relatively low daily system maintenance. But it doesn't stop there! The modular system design covers the breeding system for three levels of enthusiasts; the hobbyist, the hobbyist/entrepreneur and a light commercial system for turning your breeding operation into a full time business. So grab the book and a cup of coffee and learn to breed the Berghia nudibranch for both fun and profit! The best kept secret is out!
Parlor Ponds: The Cultural Work of the American Home Aquarium, 1850—1970 examines the myriad cultural meanings of the American home aquarium during theÂ nineteenth andÂ twentieth centuries and argues that the home aquarium provided its enthusiasts with a potent tool for managing the challenges of historical change, from urbanization to globalization. The tank could be a window to an alien world, a theater for domestic melodrama, or a vehicle in a fantastical undersea journey. Its residents were seen as inscrutable and wholly disposable âits,â as deeply loved and charismatic individuals, and as alter egos by aquarists themselves.
Parlor Ponds fillsÂ a gap in the growing field of animal studies by showing that the tank is an emblematic product of modernity, one using elements of exploration, technology, science, and a commitment to rigorous observation to contain anxieties spawned by industrialization, urbanization, changing gender roles, and imperial entanglements. Judith Hamera engages advertisements, images, memoirs, public aquarium programs, and enthusiast publications to show how the history of the aquarium illuminates complex cultural attitudes toward nature and domestication, science and religion, gender and alterity, and national conquest and environmental stewardship with an emphasis on the ways it illuminates American public discourse on colonial and postcolonial expansion.
A nano-aquarium--that is, a small-volume aquarium--requires special attention because decline in water quality and increased fish stress levels change in inverse proportion as tank sizes become smaller. Two aquarium experts tell hobbyists everything they need to know about setting up a miniature aquarium. All titles in Barron's profusely-illustrated Complete Pet Owner's Manuals introduce inexperienced and prospective pet owners to the pleasures and duties of pet care. They also make ideal guides for older children having their first experiences as animal caretakers. Attractively illustrated and filled with helpful information, Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals advise on purchasing, housing, feeding, health care--and where applicable, grooming and training pets. Each book is individually written by an expert--a trainer, breeder, veterinarian, or other animal specialist. These manuals cover every popular dog and cat breed, as well as bird varieties, hamsters and other small caged animals, fish varieties for aquarium hobbyists, terrarium pets, and even exotics, such as reptiles, amphibians, and scorpions. All books have 70 or more color photos, and most also have instructive line illustrations.
The aim of this book is to help aquarists recognize signs of illness so they can identify and resolve problems. Divided into three sections, the first focuses on health and husbandry, describing the signs of a healthy fish, anatomy and general care; the second provides signs of diseases and health problems and is cross-referenced to section three, which covers the treatment of diseases and health problems. Illustrated throughout with top-quality color photos, the book is an invaluable reference for novice to experienced fishkeepers.