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My First Aquarium: The Joy of Tropical Fish Keeping Paperback – June 18, 2016
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From the Inside Flap
Hello and a very big welcome to "My First Aquarium" book, a publication I have been excited and wanting to write for a number of years and finally, alas the day has arrived, where I can share this book with you. Speaking personally, writing this book has opened up the old grey cells of the past, and back to when I acquired my first aquarium at the age of 9 years. I became captivated with the magic of tropical fish keeping by visiting a close School friend's house one Winters evening in early November back in 1967. As we both entered the hallway from the cold dark early night, I was greeted with thisbreath-taking scene of an illuminated underwater world before my very own eyes.
In those days, I read many books once I was hooked on tropical fish keeping, even taking them to School to read and particularly enjoyed looking at the pictures of the very many colourful species of fish and exotic plants for the aquarium. For me in the 1960's and 1970's where existed many Aquarist Clubs across the Country for help and advice, I can now reflect and think how fortunate we all were in the hobby and like so many I joined the local Aquarist Club (Southend Leigh and District Aquarists Society, founded in 1935).
Soon I found myself attending shows, visiting other aquarist's homes and learning more each day about my new found pastime and love of tropical fish keeping. Now, nearly some 50 years on today, I fondly recall those very magical early days of tropical fish keeping. To me they were very special and innocent days for a small boy, where folk took the time to teach and help each other. Today, I find myself being just as passionate about this fabulous pastime, as I build and add more aquariums to my fish house, so I can write more books to share my findings with folk. I hope when looking back on my Childhood, that many more younger folk and members of our society today also become engaged and take up the pastime of tropical fish keeping, a very meaningful hobby, teaching us all the importance and values of caring, creating and preserving life.
I truly hope therefore, the information and advice found in this book and others based on nearly five decades of experience, including the successful breeding of some of the most difficult species on Earth, will be of great value and serve you well with proven methods practiced over many years, as you begin this new enjoyable journey of tropical fish keeping that could well be the grounding in a career as a Marine Biologist (the world needs you).
Finally, it heartens me that my very youngest sibling and Daughter Ellenna has taken up tropical fish keeping with a passion, and where this leads me on to the inspiration I found behind writing this book and the many others I have planned and wish to complete if allowed through God's good graces. This is in the hope as mentioned earlier, the young folk especially, will find inspiration and also take up this traditional time honoured and noble pastime of tropical fish keeping.Then alas, delivering from participating in the hobby, many years of joy and the most priceless gifts of all these being memories, coupled with greater enlightenment of the World around us.
It just leaves me to wish you all the very best in your new found hobby and where I sincerely hope you find many years of great joy and happiness.My sincere best wishesfor now and in the future,
Alastair R Agutter
Aquarist and Author
From the Back Cover
1/. EXPERT ADVICE: Alastair Agutter is one of a select few world-wide to successfully breed Discus (symphysodon) King of the Aquarium incaptivity and an authority on these tropical fish species and others,now for over 46 years.
2/. GETTING STARTED: I have been wantingto write this book for many years and finally, alas the day has arrived. One of my aims is to make every part of taking up your new pastime oftropical fish keeping exciting and enjoyable, with help at every stepalong the way!
3/. CHOOSING SUITABLE PLANTS: Most Tropical FishKeeping enthusiasts taking up the hobby for the very first time, rightly so want to have healthy thriving plants in an Aquarium. So in the bookwe discuss the types of plants and the best way to keep them, so theyhelp in the stability of your new underwater world environment.
4/. CHOOSING AQUARIUM THEME AND EQUIPMENT: Choosing the theme for yourAquarium maybe one of the first times you have ever heard and read about the subject in a book. But all is very relevant at the end of the dayand pertinent to the correct equipment required. The book easily takesyou through the choices available and avoiding any confusion.
5/. CHOOSING SUITABLE FISH: Most new Aquarists when taking up the hobby oftropical fish keeping for the very first time, like the idea of having a community Aquarium. The book provides sound advice on the most suitable species for healthy, happy thriving tropical fish.
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