Aquarium Manual

B1666

Fish keeping has always been a popular hobby. This manual really serves two purposes. It provides all of the information to decide where, or if, to start collecting fish. It shows how modern aquarium equipment makes it as straight forward to keep tropical and/or salt water fish as it does to keep fresh water fish that do not require their aquarium to be heated or cooled. The high quality of illustration makes this a book that will appeal to a wide readership if only for the illustrations and details of fish that can be kept successfully in an aquarium. It is also essential to deciding which fish to keep because their shapes and colours are frequently the starting point, determining what equipment will then be required to provide a suitable environment.

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NAME: Aquarium Manual
CLASSIFICATION: Book reviews
FILE: R1666
Date: 280911
AUTHOR: Jeremy Gay
PUBLISHER: Haynes Publishing
BINDING: Hard back
PAGES: 192
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: Fish, salt water, fresh water, aquarium, fish tank, feeding, gas regulation, CO2, oxygen, heating, cooling, filters, pumps fish keeping
ISBN: 978-1-84425-640-2
IMAGE: B1666
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DESCRIPTION: Fish keeping has always been a popular hobby. Some decide to keep fish in a pond outside the home, which provides the option of keeping larger fresh water fish but usually means that they are rarely visible. The goldfish has proved very popular in pond or aquarium. Improved aquarium technology has steadily increased the popularity of keeping fish indoors. From a very small tank with a small number of fish, to a large aquarium that is an architectural feature, fish keepers have become more ambitious and extended beyond hardy cold fresh water species to salt water and tropical species. This is a hobby that can become absorbing and require some serious funding. This manual really serves two purposes. It provides all of the information to decide where, or if, to start collecting fish. It shows how modern aquarium equipment makes it as straight forward to keep tropical and/or salt water fish as it does to keep fresh water fish that do not require their aquarium to be heated or cooled. The high quality of illustration makes this a book that will appeal to a wide readership if only for the illustrations and details of fish that can be kept successfully in an aquarium. It is also essential to deciding which fish to keep because their shapes and colours are frequently the starting point, determining what equipment will then be required to provide a suitable environment. The traditional home fish keeper used to buy a goldfish bowl and a single goldfish, sprinkling food on the water surface and taking very little care of the solitary fish. Of course, one attraction was that the goldfish bowl took up very little space. Today, most would consider this a careless and cruel way of keeping fish. That does not mean that fish keeping has to require great knowledge, many hours and a costly aquarium. It is possible to purchase a complete aquarium system that is similar in size to a television and therefore of a scale that fits a typical house and a typical family. The system includes all of the equipment required to maintain the water in good condition and regulate the temperature and dissolved gases that are essential for healthy fish. That may prove to be only a starting point because once someone begins keeping fish they tend to become more ambitious and look for more exotic and demanding fish that require more specialist equipment. As the aquarium is equipped with fish, snails, shrimps, crabs and vegetation, the environment becomes more complex. Gravel and wood provide an environment that is more complete and more visually attractive. As knowledge expands, the fish keeper may wish to move away from the most passive varieties and acquire aggressive fish that have to be managed with some care and kept in separate tanks where they cannot eat the more placid varieties. If skill, funds, and space permit, the fish keeper may expand the hobby into a very large tank that provides the space and environment where a wide mix of species can exist successfully and even breed. The most ambitious fish keepers will migrate to an aquarium that forms the wall of a room, may comprise several compartments to allow hostile species and docile species to appear to exist in a single volume of water, or where fresh water fish can exist next to salt water fish. The scope for development is considerable. The author has provided all of the information necessary to decide where to start and how far to develop an absorbing hobby. The author covers the important issue of water in its weight, pressure and quality. What may finally determine the starting point is the requirement of water. The larger the tank, the more water will be required to provide adequate changes. The larger the tank the greater the weight on the floor the aquarium stands on and the thicker the glass or plastic required to form it walls of the tank. Fish that require careful water temperature regulation will demand more electric power to heat and cool their environment. When pumps, heaters and lights are taken into consideration, a large tropical tank will consume a great deal of energy much of the time and the fish keeper will have to consider how to provide a local emergency backup to ensure that a power failure does not cause the death of the fish. There are many considerations but all are adequately covered by the manual which also provides all the information necessary to decide whether to expand the hobby and what direction is best for the individual fish keeper.

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