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Saltwater Aquariums For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Gregory Skomal

ISBN: 978-0-470-06805-2 January 2007 368 Pages

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Demystifies aquarium setup and maintenance

Combine and care for a wide variety of marine fish and invertebrates

Dive into the colorful world of saltwater fish! This fun, friendly guide gives you easy step-by-step instructions for choosing and caring for these amazing animals. You get the latest on feeding, tank upkeep, filtering systems, maintaining live rock, and preventing algae build-up, as well as what not to include in your aquarium.

Discover how to

  • Choose the best fish and equipment
  • Get your tank up and running
  • Maintain proper water conditions
  • Keep your fish happy and healthy
  • Avoid tank pitfalls
  • Keep a brackish aquarium

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Part I: Getting to Know Your Fish and Invertebrates.

Chapter 1: Your First Salty Steps.

Chapter 2: Some Things Fishy.

Chapter 3: Choosing the Best Fish for You.

Chapter 4: About Invertebrates.

Chapter 5: From the Dealer to Your Home.

Part II: Setting Up Your Aquarium.

Chapter 6: Choosing the Best Aquarium.

Chapter 7: Figuring Out Filters.

Chapter 8: Heating and Lighting Your Aquarium.

Chapter 9: Fishy Furnishings and Finishing Touches.

Chapter 10: Partial to Salt: The Brackish Aquarium.

Chapter 11: Getting Your Aquarium Up and Running.

Part III: Taking Proper Care of Your Aquarium.

Chapter 12: The Nitrogen Cycle.

Chapter 13: More Chemistry: Salt, Acidity, and Gases.

Chapter 14: All About Algae.

Chapter 15: Keeping Your Aquarium Clean.

Part IV: Taking Proper Care of Your Fish.

Chapter 16: Feeding Your Fish.

Chapter 17: Preventing Stress.

Chapter 18: Diseases and Treatments.

Chapter 19: Observing Your Fish.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Fish to Avoid.

Chapter 21: Ten Invertebrates to Avoid.

Chapter 22: Five Simple Metric Conversions.

Chapter 23: Ten Great Public Saltwater Aquariums.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Resources.

Appendix B: Glossary.