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Setting up a Tropical Aquarium Week by Week Hardcover – October 2, 2004

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About the Author

Stuart Thraves is an internationally respected authority in fishkeeping.

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Introduction

We are constantly fascinated with other worlds. Apart from outer space, the only other domain we have yet to completely explore is the underwater world. It is a world of sumptuous variety from the swirling sun-drenched waters of a coral reef to the tranquil shadows of an Amazon stream trickling slowly beneath a canopy of heavy-leaved tropical trees. These are just two examples of many thriving habitats in which plants, fish and invertebrates live together in aquatic harmony.

Since the great age of discovery and invention in Victorian times, we have tried to bring this fascinating spectacle into our homes. The first aquariums were simple boxes with glass fronts in which temperate fish species were kept. With little appreciation of their needs, the fish soon expired and had to be replaced regularly. This approach would be totally unacceptable today with our regard for animal welfare. A greater understanding of how natural cycles work and the technology to sustain them now offers fishkeepers the exciting opportunity to create and maintain aquariums that will thrive for many years.

This book follows the sequence of setting up and running a tropical freshwater aquarium for the first twelve weeks of its life. At logical points along the timeline of practical progress there are profile sections that feature extended selections of suitable plants and fish. Throughout, the emphasis is on explaining how vital life-support systems work, including the basic science behind the processes they depend on. Unlike many hobbies, where learning can be phased and levels of difficulty matched with emerging ability, fishkeeping requires the immediate grasp of a crucial technique -- how to turn a transparent box of water into an environment that will sustain life from day one and beyond. Fishkeepers are pet owners, with all the responsibilities that title entails. How you control that environment dictates whether your display will thrive or deteriorate into an unsightly mess. This book will give you a head start in the quest to be successful.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (October 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552979334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552979334
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,022,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Greg Speichert on December 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Wow, I wish they had a book like this when I started fish keeping. I think there would be fewer fish in heaven if I had a book this informative. From tank choice to maintenance, the 12 weeks this book covers is jam packed with practical information. This book includes helpful information on plants, filters, fish choice, fish diseases and much more. The step-by-step photos are great and extremely easy to follow. The information is timeless and very well done.

This is a great gift for anyone who has or wants to get a fish tank.
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This is a great and complete reference for the beginning to experienced aquarist. Excellent photos demonstrate what the text explains. The author not only introduces the more difficult technical procedures for keeping an aquarium, but clearly explains how to implement them and the natural processes they affect. I also particularly enjoyed that the author frequently discusses the latest innovations and equipment for the home aquarium. If there was one book for the aquarist that I would recommend, it would be this one.
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There are plenty of books on the market which discuss the home tropical aquarium, from choosing fish to maintenance: so what makes Stuart Thraves' Setting Up A Tropical Aquarium Week By Week so special? It's his weekly focus on the project, from day one to week 12, which offers step-by-step clear instructions on how to correctly set up a tropical freshwater aquarium. Lighting systems, cleaning and filtering systems, fish choice and feeding plants: all are given photo embellishments and very clear direction.
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I got this from a local library. Its very good. The author sets up a single tank in the beginning and by the end of the book (week 12) it is fully established. The book is great for people who want to use real plants in their tank.

Theres a big section with various plants arranged into four categories: background plants, midground plants, foreground plants, and floating plants. There are full color pictures on every page. Various species are pictured and described. The fish section is arranged into three groups: first fish, second fish, and third fish. (First fish should be added to the tank first, second fish should be added second, etc.)

The only problem I had with this book is that there is too much emphasis on plants. Personally, I am more interested in animal life and less interested in the plant life. But if you're a beginner and you want to have real plants in your tank then you will love this book. If there was an updated, cheaper, paperback edition, I'd probably buy it.
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This book covers different topics from tank setup to maintenance. It is a well written book with a lots of pictures. Anyone can get a lot of information from internet, however, this book gives the best coverage of planning a beautiful planted aquarium step by step. I wish that I could read this before I bought my starter kit.

While this is a great tool book to own for a beginner, I do wish it can go a little bit deeper on some of topics.
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This is a great book covering everything one needs to know about setting up and maintaining a tropical aquarium. Excellent illustrations and easy to follow step by step instructions starting day one right on through twelve weeks week to week. I highly recommend this book for those thinking about starting an aquarium, those who have just started, and those who have been doing so for less than two years. It really does cover all the bases.
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I have had an aquarium before, it lasted a couple of months, and then everything went kaput. I purchased the book, read it, and have now set up a new aquarium, and so far so good! The author gives detailed instructions, and a timeline, which I really love. It also has a great section on appropriate fish, and whether or not certain fish get along, eat each other, etc. I feel more confident this time around with this book ready to answer my questions.
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This is a great book for the beginner who is just starting with the hobby of tropical fish keeping. Instead of chapters, the book is divided into weeks, where the reader is told week by week and step by step, how to set up and manage an aquarium.

There are literally hundreds of full color illustrations on every page depicting not only the plants and fish, but also photos of the procedures and equipment necessary to maintaining the aquarium.

The author uses a matter of fact and an easy to read and comprehend style of writing.

This is a very beautiful and informative book that belongs in the library of every aspiring novice or advanced aquarist.
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