An undersea kingdom in the comfort of one's own home!
Presented in straightforward, readable text focused on the best species to consider, compatibility guidelines, general care recommendations, and what to do if things go wrong, this indispensable volume answers questions for both the novice and the experienced saltwater aquarium enthusiast.
The Complete Idiot's GuideÂ® to Saltwater Aquariums offers BONUS ONLINE CONTENT with nearly 1000 descriptions and pictures of marine fishes, corals, plants, and invertebrates among sixty family groupings.
Features tips on how to acclimatize to avoid harming the animals and advice on treating disease and problem-solving.
Includes information about filters, sumps, fugiums, calcium reactors, sterilizers, ozoniers, plumbing, lighting, and water.
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.
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!
This exquisite book captures the beauty and adventure of the undersea world and reveals the dramatic work done by marine scientists and other staff at public aquariums. Paralleling a PBS program that will air in the fall of 2005, it offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes at these extremely popular attractions and travels into the field to explore the activities of four of North America''s greatest aquariums.
How are abandoned sea otters rescued and rehabilitated? Why is the discovery of a beautiful new jellyfish species a cause for celebration? How are chambered nautiluses and other exotic species cared for and bred in captivity? Presented in an engaging storytelling approach, these and other topics--acquisition of animals, creating exhibits, training, feeding, water maintenance, and ocean conservation--are explored in the pages of this beautiful book.
In addition to more than 100 stunning photos of marine life both at the aquariums and in the ocean, Window to the Sea features dozens of images from the TV footage of scientists and other aquarium professionals interacting with the animals. An extensive appendix describes sixty public aquariums in North America and includes all pertinent traveler information. This is a wonderful book for fans of PBS travel and nature programming and for young people interested in the life aquatic.
[Use our See it on PBS logo] Window to the Sea will air on PBS stations nationwide in the fall of 2005.
Aquarium hobbyists who are interested in breeding fishes and invertebrates will find a bonanza of information in this profusely illustrated book. Explained here is the biology of fish breeding, with focus on taxonomy, population management, genetics, inbreeding versus selective breeding, culling, reproductive strategies, and larval and juvenile development. The author also provides extensive information on aquarium requirements, breeding triggers, and fish nutrition. Prospective fish breeders will value the authorâs detailed instructions for building a fish room, with attention to its location, structure, plumbing, life support, and safety issues. He devotes individual chapters to livebearers, egg layers, cichlids, marine fish, and invertebrates. This very useful book is enhanced with more than 85 color photos plus anatomically accurate 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.
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.
This book is a comprehensive guide to every aspect of freshwater aquarium chemistry. The first chapter deals with the basics of water. Why is water a liquid? What dissolves in water & why? Later chapters delve into pH, hardness, the nitrogen cycle (ammonia, nitrite, & nitrate), and aquarium setup & maintenance. The chemsitry is described in a simple manner. Both novice & expert aquarists will benefit from the in-depth information presented herein.