In its third edition, this praised book demonstrates how the living systems modeling of aquatic ecosystems for ecological, biological and physiological research, and ecosystem restoration can produce answers to very complex ecological questions. Dynamic Aquaria further offers an understanding developed in 25 years of living ecosystem modeling and discusses how this knowledge has produced methods of efficiently solving many environmental problems. Public education through this methodology is the additional key to the broader ecosystem understanding necessary to allow human society to pass through the next evolutionary bottleneck of our species. Living systems modeling as a wide spectrum educational tool can provide a primary vehicle for that essential step.
This third editon covers the many technological and biological developments in the eight plus years since the second edition, providing updated technological advice and describing many new example aquarium environments.
Includes 16 page color insert with 57 color plates and 25% new photographs
Offers 300 figures and 75 tables
New chapter on Biogeography
Over 50% new research in various chapters
Significant updates in chapters include:
The understanding of coral reef function especially the relationship between photosynthesis and calcification
The use of living system models to solve problems of biogeography and the geographic dispersal and interaction of species populations
The development of new techniques for global scale restoration of water and atmosphere
The development of new techniques for closed system, sustainable aquaculture
This manual describes a species of hardy fish that can be kept indoors or in outdoor pools. Original goldfish are yellow, but as this book of advice for aquarium hobbyists explains, selective breeding produces goldfish in several colors, as well as with a variety of exotic features. Titles in Barron's wide-ranging and heavily illustrated selection of Complete Pet Owner's Manuals present reliable and useful information for pet owners. High-quality photos are in color and line drawings are anatomically accurate. These fact-filled books instruct owners on how to care for dogs, cats, birds, fish, caged pets, reptiles, and virtually every other animal that people are likely to keep as a pet. Books in this series are written by breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and other pet-care specialists. They advise on purchasing, feeding, health care, training, grooming, and all other aspects of responsible pet ownership.
Perhaps the most endearing of all reef creatures, the droll and exotically pigmented clownfish is a favorite of marine aquarists, divers, and amateur naturalists the world over. Now, one of the pioneers in the captive breeding of clownfishes in home aquariums has written the first in-depth hobbyists handbook on the husbandry of these fascinating marine species. Chapters include: Clownfishes in the Wild, Fish and Anemone Species with Photographic Identification Guides, Anemone Preservation, Selecting Breeding Stock, Orchestrating the Spawn, Larval Rearing, Propagation as a Cottage Industry.
The single most important contributor to success with a marine aquarium is maintaining appropriate water chemistry parameters. However, many hobbyists find the concept of water chemistry to be very daunting. This book starts by addressing basic topics like the definition of "good" water quality and why water quality is so important. It then moves on to more complex subjects, such as how exactly to obtain and maintain good water quality, what fourteen water tests can be performed by the hobbyist, and how to troubleshoot particular water chemistry problems. All of these topics are addressed in great detail, with an emphasis on making the information both clear and comprehensive.
Discover the key to aquarium success by reading Marine Chemistry and following its complete and comprehensible advice.
More swordtails and platies are sold every year than any other genus of livebearing aquarium fish.
Unfortunately, only three species and their hybrids make up these huge sales, even though there are about 20 natural species. The reason for this seemingly odd situation is NOT that these three species are the most pretty, the reason is that they are easy to breed in outdoor ponds in Florida. They are the stillwater species and do well in ponds and hobbyists' aquariums. Some of the less popular species are VERY difficult to breed, even though breeding is almost automatic, as with most livebearers.
The authors of this magnificent volume have discussed, species by species, variety by variety, all of the known forms existing at the present time. They have illustrated them with outstanding color photographs, including their habitats, and told precisely where they can be found in Central America, mainly Mexico, so you can collect your own.
This book also contains chapters on Guidelines for Judging Swordtails and Platies, a subject which has NEVer been adequately covered and which can serve as a guide for fish competitions all over the world, and Tail Patterns, a subject never covered as such.
All in all, this is the most complete and up-to-date book on the subject of one of the world's most popular aquarium fishes. Its message is simply that these so-called 'beginner's fishes' are hardly for beginners, but are, in reality, for the most advanced and skillful hobbyists.