Freshwater Aquariums: Basic Aquarium Setup and Maintenance by David AldertonFreshwater Aquariums: Basic Aquarium Setup and Maintenance by David Alderton

Freshwater Aquariums: Basic Aquarium Setup and Maintenance

byDavid Alderton

Hardcover | February 1, 2003

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For beginning aquatic fancier looking to start out right with fish, Freshwater Aquariums by David Alderton is the ideal primer. A vertebrate that breathe primarily by means of gills and swim by means of fins is the author’s lead-in to the first chapter called “What are Fish?” Alderton builds the reader’s confidence by providing solid information about what fish are anatomically speaking, how they evolved, how they breathe, how they move, where they live, and how they behave.

The new fancier’s aquarium begins in chapter two with instructions on setting up the tank, including selecting the right size, figuring out how many fish, setting the tank, equipment, substrate, heating, lighting, filtrations, plants, water chemistry, assembly, and more.

Choosing the freshwater fishes that appeal to the reader is the subject of “Introducing the Categories of Fish,” which schools readers in seven categories: Cyprinids (e.g., goldfish, minnows, and barbs), Characins (e.g., tetras), Cichlids (e.g., oscars, angelfish, and discus), Anabantoids (gouramis, bettas/Siamese fighting fish, and paradise fish), Toothcarps (guppies, swordtails, platies, black mollies, and killifish), Catfish, and others (loaches and Chinese algae eaters). The purchasing, maintenance, and feeding of fish are described in considerable details, and the author gives a basic overview of breeding and keeping fish healthy as well. Resources, glossary, and index conclude the book.

Author and freelance journalist David Alderton is an international best-selling authority on pet care and natural history, with his book sales totaling millions worldwide, in over thirty languages. Having originally trained as a veterinary surgeon, David decided to focus his interests on writing about animals and their care in his fina...
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Title:Freshwater Aquariums: Basic Aquarium Setup and MaintenanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 8.5 × 5.6 × 0.58 inPublished:February 1, 2003Publisher:FOX CHAPEL PUBLISHINGLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1931993114

ISBN - 13:9781931993111

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