- Hardcover: 141 pages
- Publisher: *Howell Book House; 1 edition (August 7, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764561413
- ISBN-13: 978-0764561412
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,660,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creating a Natural Aquarium (Interpet Handbooks) Hardcover – August 7, 2000
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The allure of the natural aquarium is that it is both a spectacularly beautiful and all-natural environment - the ideal backdrop for an aquarium of colorful fish . The plants and accessories needed to create a natural aquarium are more abundant than ever, giving aquarium hobbyists may more choices.
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A fascinating world tour of natural biotopes and how to recreate them in the aquarium. Using clear text, location views and photographs of the ingredients and the finished results, the book explains how to put together aquarium displays that reflect twelve different natural environments, ranging from a mountain stream to a mangrove swamp. Each chapter also presents a selection of fishes suitable for that aquarium. The book provides practical guidance on all aspects of aquascaping, from choosing substrates, rocks and wood to selecting and positioning aquarium plants.
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If you want to know about water quality plants effects on, and fish effects on it. You should seek another book.
Both books are for anyone who has wanted to turn their aquarium from a mix and match display to a strict biotope aquarium. They are divided in two parts, the first is a "practical section" that covers the water cycle, substrates and decoration, plants, water conditions and planning. Aquarium Designs Inspired by Nature (ADIBN) goes into some detail on the subjects but doesn't go as far as a textbook and make it boooooring. It is good information for aquarists of all levels. In the book, "Creating a Natural Aquarium" (CANA), the same information is covered in Part 1, but to a lesser degree and CANA omits some small sections. Part 1 of both books is really very similar and I wouldn't choose one based on the small differences. The important factor, in my opinion, the differences in part 2.
Part 2 of ADIBN covers more biotopes than CANA, which I will list below. The biotopes that are in both books are virtually the same. I this list I will list the biotope sections and then which book it is in.
Mountain Stream (CANA) split up in ADIBN
*Chinese Mountain Stream (ADIBN)
Central American Stream (BOTH)
Central American River (BOTH)
Australian River (BOTH)
European River (BOTH)
*European Lake (ADIBN)
Flooded Forest (CANA) Same as Below
Flooded Amazon Forest (ADIBN)
Amazon Acid Pool (Both)
*Downriver Amazon (ADIBN)
*Congo Whitewater River (ADIBN)
*West African Streambed (ADIBN)
Lake Malawi (BOTH)
Darkened Cave (BOTH)
*Southeast Asian Stream (ADIBN)
Southeast Asian Swamp (BOTH)
*Indian River (ADIBN)
Brackish Estuary (BOTH)
Mangrove Swamp (BOTH)
Personally I prefer Aquarium Designs Inspired by Nature because it includes a few extra biotypes and goes into a little more depth about each biotype. Aquarium Designs... is also a larger book so there are more pictures and they are larger. Aquarium Designs... uses the pictures from Creating a Natural Aquarium and adds a few. I like pictures, so this personal preference.
If you want a little more detail and a few extra biotopes then go with AQUARIUM DESIGNS INSPIRED BY NATURE. If cost is a factor CREATING A NATURAL AQUARIUM is usually cheaper, or if you don't really care about the extra details left out CANA is equally as good as ADIBN. Both books are helpful in pointing you in the right direction and showing natural habitats. No matter which you pick you will be happy. (I Hope) These are the best books I have found (so far) that describe natural environments for the home aquarium. GOOD LUCK!