Freshwater and saltwater fishkeeping are challenging and tremendously rewarding hobbies. Aquariums covers every requirement a fishkeeper needs to know and meet -- all presented in a comprehensive and reader-friendly format. Hundreds of color diagrams illustrate step-by-step technical instructions and hundreds more color photographs show fish in natural and aquarium habitats.
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Packed with practical advice and useful tips, Aquariums shows how to create a fish tank of stunning beauty.
Thierry MaĆ®tre-Allain has a PhD in Marine Biology and is an author, journalist and experienced fishkeeper.
Christian Piednoir is a photographer, journalist, fishkeeper and the creator of aquapresse.com, a website dedicated to marine photography.
Fish and plants are surrounded by water in the enclosed environment of a tank. If they are to flourish, an aquarist must fully understand the nature of this environment. Just as we are sensitive to the purity of the air we breathe, the characteristics of water exert a crucial influence on fish. In order to obtain water of the highest quality, it is vital to be aware of its various basic parameters so that they can be monitored. The water on the earth does not possess the same chemical qualities everywhere. In aquatic terms, there is an enormous difference, for example, between the Amazon and Central America, even though these two regions are relatively close geographically. The water in the former is soft and acidic, while that of the latter is hard and alkaline -- yet fish thrive in both of them! The native species of each region have long since adapted to their respective environments, but neither could survive in an aquarium with less extreme water conditions. The capacity to control the water of an aquarium is therefore an essential prerequisite for its smooth functioning and the maintenance of healthy fish and plants.
SETTING UP AN AQUARIUM
Installing an aquarium
AQUARIUM FISH AND PLANTSHow fish live
Breeding freshwater fish