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Freshwater Aquariums For Dummies
 
 

Freshwater Aquariums For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Maddy Hargrove , Mic Hargrove
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Covers the latest aquarium gadgets


Design a dazzling underwater environment with this bestselling guide!

Setting up your first freshwater aquarium can be a daunting task. This friendly guide answers all your questions, from setting up your tank and selecting fish to the water, chemicals, plants, and much more. There's also expanded guidance on combining different species of fish, maintaining a tank, cleaning gravel, and dealing with common problems such as algae.

Discover how to
* Choose the right aquarium
* Select the best fish
* Get good deals on equipment
* Maintain a clean, healthy environment
* Handle tank pitfalls
* Breed your fish

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Covers the latest aquarium gadgets Design a dazzling underwater environment with this bestselling guide! Setting up your first freshwater aquarium can be a daunting task. This friendly guide answers all your questions, from setting up your tank and selecting fish to the water, chemicals, plants, and much more. There′s also expanded guidance on combining different species of fish, maintaining a tank, cleaning gravel, and dealing with common problems such as algae. Discover how to Choose the right aquarium Select the best fish Get good deals on equipment Maintain a clean, healthy environment Handle tank pitfalls Breed your fish

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 20916 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (3 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QWZO0Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All in all not bad.... 17 Dec 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this book as I decided to delve into the weird and wonderful world of tropical fish and all the information I kept getting from the local aquatic centres seemed to be confusing and contradictory.

For a beginner, its not a bad book at all. There is free information available on the internet but I wanted something I could refer to quickly and browse as and when I wanted to.

The contents cover everything you need to know but Im not convinced its laid out in the most logical of of order. However fishkeeping isnt an exact science so maybe thats why.

One word of warning....its written for our friends across the pond so many of the web sites suggestions are US based and irrelevant for the UK.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There are better alternatives 23 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
This book didn't quite live up to my expectations. Although all the information you might need was right there, the relative lack of pictures or diagrams actually made some of the topics quite difficult. This is perhaps a general trend in the "for Dummies" series, but when selecting your fish for a new aquarium, or diagnosing a disease, I reckon that "a picture speaks a thousand words". After all, despite the technical knowledge required for fishkeeping, most people's excitement about starting a tank is choosing the colourful pets to go in it.

The do / don't sections are quite useful, and there's plenty of reading on chemistry and the nitrogen cycle. If you like a chatty style of writing rather than a simple encyclopaedia you'll like this book.

However, I much preferred The Perfect Aquarium: The Complete Guide to Setting Up and Maintaining an Aquarium for it's concise two-page spreads on particular topics, facts about each fish (e.g. what temperature they require), and practical walk-throughs for setting up a tank.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start 24 July 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is an excellent introduction to the world of freshwater aquariums. It's clear, well indexed and assumes you know nothing about the subject, thus makng it perfect for the begginer or novice.It covers everthing to start your aquarium from choosing stockists of equipment and fish to chemical composition of the water. The writing style is easy on the brain and quite amusing, whilst flagging the serious stuff you need to know.I really enjoy reading it !!
Only a harsh 4 stars , because it is quite american (the websites given are all for the U.S) and I would have preferred more speicies info and compatability, but, I suppose that's a whole new book.
In conclusion, if you are new to the subject, buy this book and get friendly with a couple of Aquarium stores to give you speicies guidance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit too simple 27 Sep 2013
By Bridgey
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Bought this book as I am relatively new to keeping fish. I wanted to know more about filters/water problems etc. Whilst the book does address these issues I wished for a little more depth.

To be honest if you have access to the internet you will find a lot more information on forum sites and a lot easier as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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My daughter wanted some fish for her birthday, and even though I kept fish as a teenager I wanted to ensure we got off to a good start with her new hobby, so we purchased this essential book.

The language used in the book is easy to understand, and the step by step instructions on all aspects of fish keeping, from the tank set-up to the purchasing of fish is easy to understand. There is also loads of useful information on topics such as keeping your fish healthy, adding plants to the aquarium and even breeding your fish.

Overall this is a very handy and easy to read guide to all aspects of fish-keeping as a hobby.

The only thing that kept if from receiving five stars is the lack of metric measurements. Most fish products in England are now sold using metric.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very handy for reference 31 Dec 2009
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This book is great for starting out and as a quick reference. Lets face it, everything you ever need to know is on the internet but sometimes there are just too many conflicting opinions. This I have found out to my detriment and killed a few fish in the process.

the book is geared towards the American market but if you know how to search in Google etc you will not have a problem fingding the products it recommends here in the UK.

Only downside is I would like to see it have a more comprehensive range of species and their compatibility with each other, Otherwise it's a perfectly decent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As new 24 April 2014
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Book as new. Full of information to set up and maintain a tank . Would recommend to a novice getting into the hobby
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4.0 out of 5 stars Freshwater Aquariums For Dummies 23 Dec 2013
By isleth
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
just what you expect from the dummies series a good basic book on starting up an aquarium but it lacks info on European filter systems
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Perfect for beginners. Has good information inside and very detailed. I would recommend for people wanting to expand there knowledge and also buy before you attempt and aquarium.
Published 7 months ago by Jacob
5.0 out of 5 stars fishkeeping
Bought it for my 8 year old Grandson, he loves it but be warned, he has turned into a fish keeping bore.
Published 11 months ago by fiona giddey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This book isnt bad and has some good information. I used it along with another good book Aquarium Guide: Looking After Tropical Fish (Aquarium Guides) and now my aquarium is full... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pavane
4.0 out of 5 stars :-)
Haven't red all this book yet ,an probably wont.but what I have red looks good.its a good book to keep popping into when you need to.
Published 12 months ago by Miss Jacqui Hall
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for UK readers
I bought this book to help me start up and run my new tropical fish tank. I was very disappointed as all the measurements and temperature are in US imperial. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Keith McCrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Book
Easy to following a really good guide on how to set up an aquarium it was a gift to my husband and he found it a useful guide in setting up his first aquarium.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. Kathleen A. Knott
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed!
As s someone who's very new to fish keeping, I really didn't know what I was doing. This book is such a relief! Read more
Published 20 months ago by anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars Dummies Book
prompt service - great book. Deliverd very quickly. All i need to know to get started. Would recommend to "new starters"
Published on 7 Nov 2011 by becciy
5.0 out of 5 stars Dummies fish keeping
I bought this for my dad as he wanted his own aquarium and is now looking after his own fish
Published on 4 May 2011 by R. Walker
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