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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freshwater Aquariums

Practical and entertaining, this is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to setting up and maintaining an aquarium full of healthy, thriving freshwater fish. Presented in the lively, highly readable style of The Complete Idiot’s Guide series, it reveals the mysteries of buying aquarium equipment, setting up the tank, choosing the fish, ongoing care, nutrition, sickness and health, breeding and even fish behavior. All the fun fact boxes and cartoons that readers have come to love in The Complete Idiot’s Guides will be here. And as a special bonus, the Reference Card will be a four-color fish identification chart. As are all the books in this wildly popular series, this will be the only guide a reader needs.

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  1. Denise K. Smith says:

    This should be required reading for beginner aquarists! If only I had bought this book a few weeks earlier. I am a newcomer to this fishkeeping business and set up my first aquarium (125 gal.) with the help of some “expert” friends who have been doing this for years. I expected to lose some of my first fish during the “break in cycle”, but did they all have to be the really expensive ones? If I would have had Mike’s book beforehand, not only would I have saved myself some serious money, but my new-found fish friends would have been much happier too!

  2. Compton says:

    How to establish and maintain a freshwater aquarium. This book should be read by amateur aquariasts. Wickham begins with a discussion of the benefits of owning an aquarium, from aesthetics to environmental preservation. He then covers in detail the procedure for setting up an aquarium. It includes selecting a tank, choosing gravel, thermometers, lighting, etc. The third part of the book covers those aquatic plants and animals (fishes, arthropods, etc.) that are suitable for the beginner. He even gives advice on the proper transportation of aquatic plants and animals. Part four discusses proper maintenance of the aquarium’s equipment and water. Wickham even divides these procedures into daily, weekly, bimonthly, and monthly routines. Part five discusses disease, algae, and other dangers that threaten plants and animals. Wickham concludes with an appendix of additional resources for the aquarium enthusiast.

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