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From the Back Cover

Living works of art, freshwater aquariums bring nature inside. They're fascinating, soothing, and mesmerizing, but designing and creating an aquarium can be time-consuming. This book shows you step-by-step and fish-by-fish how to create a beautiful, harmonious aquarium that mimics a natural habitat and fosters healthy fish and plant life. It includes:

  • More than 80 detailed recipes for aquariums of different types and sizes, depicting a variety of natural freshwater environments from five continents
  • Specific aquarium model designs in which fish and plants flourish, maintenance is easy, and the aquarium enhances the home
  • Design considerations, including space limitations, backgrounds, and aquascaping ideas
  • A 16-page color insert that's an inspiring catalog of fish and plant varieties
  • The basics of aquarium setup and maintenance

With these model designs and this information, your fish and plants will coexist beautifully in their freshwater habitat and your aquarium will provide years of captivating, calming enjoyment.

About the Author

John Tullock, a lifetime aquarist, owned a retail and mail-order aquarium business for years.He founded the American Marinelife Dealer Association. Tullock has authored twelve books about aquariums, including Bring Me Home: Saltwater Aquariums Make a Great Hobby and Saltwater Aquarium Models (both from Howell Book House). He holds a master's degree in zoology.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047004425X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470044254
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,232,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A real disappointment! It promises so much but delivered so little. The book would have been excellent if it had included photos, pictures and layout diagram of most or all the different tanks. The 16-page color insert is not an inspiring catalog of fish and plant varities as metioned, in fact it's rather pathetic. I can't understand how the back cover of the book can promise that the book would show readers step-by-step and fish-by-fish how to create the aquarium models. I can't find any step-by-step instructions anywhere. If this was a cookbook, which it is not, then it would only been average. I hope the author would expand the book in his next edition with real step-by-step instructions with photos, pictures and diagrams. He could take advice from the old adage, "a picture paints a thousand word". All in all, too much words and just simply boring. Anyone can write a receipe, readers need some proof of the finished aquarium models. I think readers will find books by Takashi Amano more useful and inspiring, at least they have a picture of the model aquariums in which to aspire for.
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I was most impressed with this book and the tecknickal information but this book lacks the pictures and diagrams to make it an outstanding book.
The information is there but words cannot convey it without additional pictures and diagrams to make it clear. Most fish raiseing hobbest do not want a school type text book. They are looking for answers and new ideas that require pictures and diagrams to make the discribed sceens come alive and understandable.

I would give this book a 10 star rating if Pictures and Diagrams were added.

Skipper Roy
(Member of Exectutive Council, Missouri Aquarium Society, Inc.)
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This book covers an interesting subject, but it has almost no image, so think about it if you want to buy it. It has many description of aquarium biotopes, but only in textual form.
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I was a little disapointed with the book, it contained a lot of good details on set ups but I thought it needed more photos to illustrate the models.
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By Dean Miller on January 17, 2014
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It's a recipe book for fishkeepers who want to follow the guidebook! For those of us who need a little help refining our vision, here it is.
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This book would be useful to a beginner or advanced aquarist. The plant layouts for various types of fish was very easy to understand. A great all around book.
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