Freshwater Aquariums For Dummies

Freshwater Aquariums For Dummies
By Maddy Hargrove, Mic Hargrove

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Product Description

Covers the latest aquarium gadgets


Design a dazzling underwater environment with this bestselling guide!

Setting up your first freshwater aquarium can be a daunting task. This friendly guide answers all your questions, from setting up your tank and selecting fish to the water, chemicals, plants, and much more. There's also expanded guidance on combining different species of fish, maintaining a tank, cleaning gravel, and dealing with common problems such as algae.

Discover how to
* Choose the right aquarium
* Select the best fish
* Get good deals on equipment
* Maintain a clean, healthy environment
* Handle tank pitfalls
* Breed your fish


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #43428 in Books
  • Brand: For Dummies
  • Published on: 2006-09-25
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.10" h x 1.20" w x 7.30" l, 1.30 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 368 pages

Features

  • For Dummies

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover
Covers the latest aquarium gadgets

Design a dazzling underwater environment with this bestselling guide!

Setting up your first freshwater aquarium can be a daunting task. This friendly guide answers all your questions, from setting up your tank and selecting fish to the water, chemicals, plants, and much more. There's also expanded guidance on combining different species of fish, maintaining a tank, cleaning gravel, and dealing with common problems such as algae.

Discover how to

  • Choose the right aquarium
  • Select the best fish
  • Get good deals on equipment
  • Maintain a clean, healthy environment
  • Handle tank pitfalls
  • Breed your fish

About the Author
Maddy and Mic Hargrove are both contributing writers for many aquatic magazines, including Tropical Fish Hobbyist and Aquarium Fish magazine, and are also the authors of several aquarium books. They have both been in the writing industry for over 30 years.
Maddy’s interest in fish began when she was five years old. She often dreamed of keeping fish at home as she watched the local fishermen bring in their daily catch in her hometown. She began keeping aquariums at age seven and began breeding fish at age ten. She built her aquarium collection by selling and trading her newborn fry to local aquarium stores in exchange for aquariums and equipment as she was growing up.
Her passion for aquarium fish continued on after she finished her college degree in journalism and began writing aquarium-keeping articles for print and online aquatic magazines. Eventually, she wrote several aquarium columns and began writing fishkeeping books to help other hobbyists enjoy keeping aquariums at home as much as she did. Her love of fish has also appeared in her greeting cards, cartoons, and other artwork.

Mic has kept aquarium fish for almost 30 years. He was one of the first sailors to develop a tank system that could keep aquarium fish alive onboard Navy vessels. His love of fish began when he saw many different species, aquatic traditions, and other hobbyists while on his worldwide military travels.
Both authors enjoy breeding fish, traveling, scuba diving, cooking and creating exciting new recipes, collecting old records, and computer games.


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5GOOD ADVICE FOR YOU AND FOR YOUR FINNY FRIENDS
By DEBRA D. JEAKINS
FRESHWATER AQUARIUMS FOR DUMMIES BY MADDY HARDGROVE might not have a current publication day (2006) but it is still the best fish book I've read so far. I am returning into the world of freshwater aquariums after about a ten year hiatus and needed a refresher course on keeping freshwater fish & the aquariums they live in . I have always been a big fan of the "dummies" series because the experts who write them get down on my level using little technical terms and lots of one syllable words that I can understand. This book is not only good for people like me returning to the fishy world by newbies & even experienced people can maybe learn a thing or two from it. One good thing about the book is you dont need to read it all you can skip chapters that are not needed & the information keeps coming and coming . Well worth the cost this one is going in my shelf of reference for when I and my finny friends need a little advice.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
4how to condition your water and even some great beginners fish and how to care for them
By Tanner Collins
i wish i had bought this before setting up my first ever aquarium 40 gallons and buying some very expensive and exotic fish, which all died.... that was over 3 years ago now and looking back the turning point of my "fish career" was buying this book. it explains everything from the different types of filters, how to condition your water and even some great beginners fish and how to care for them.
all in all great book and i still refer back to it more then id like to admit!

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5Great book!
By eve
I read this book from cover to cover. It is packed full of interesting and helpful information. I appreciated the basics outlined in this reference guide, being a beginner to the hobby. I learned so much from it. It gives a wonderful overview of everything I needed to know to get started with confidence. It presents many of the most common species that are easily obtainable in pet stores, which I found very helpful in getting started, rather than presenting a vast array of fish that I will probably never find in the store. If you examine the Table of Contents, you will see the vast amount of information presented. I could not begin to put it all down here. It touches upon numerous aspects and gives pertinent facts, without delving into an overwhelming account of the topic. It presents what you need to know to get going. And the information contained therein is extremely diverse but informative. I would recommend this guide to anyone getting started with an aquarium. I wish I would have read it prior to actually setting up my aquarium. I am continually picking it up to re-read a topic referenced in the book.

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