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Setting UP a Tropical Aquarium Week-By-Week [Hardcover]

Stuart Thraves , Ideas Into Print , Geoff Rogers , Vera Rogers , Stuart Watkinson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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28 Feb 2010 Week By Week
At the core of this book is an extended photographic storyboard that follows the stages of creating a tropical freshwater aquarium. From day one to week twelve and beyond, this real time practical sequence provides a unique insight into the successes and setbacks of turning an empty glass box into a thriving underwater world. At logical points along this timeline of practical progress, profile sections feature selections of aquarium plants and fish. The emphasis is on explaining the natural cycles involved and stressing that successful fishkeeping demands care, compassion, creativity and technical expertise. The ideal hobby, in fact.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Interpet Publishing; 2nd Edition edition (28 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842862235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842862230
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stuart Thraves has had a lifelong fascination with fish. This led him to study them at Sparsholt College in Hampshire, England. Stuart s interest in fish has also developed into a favourite hobby diving which he enjoys pursuing around the UK and in the Red Sea. Today, he is Brand Manager of a leading aquarist supply company. His day-to-day experience of the hobby keeps him abreast of the latest developments and provides an ideal platform for writing this book.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate book for beginners 12 Aug 2010
I am a total novice when it comes to Aquariums, just about to make my own from scratch (thats siliconing the thing together as well!).

This book arrived the other day via Amazon's usual, (to date) faultless service, and I have read it front to back already.

Well set out and highly informative, especially aimed at the beginner but I feel sure the more advanced fishkeeper will find it helpful too.
Step by step setting up of the equipment detailing the alternatives available along the way.
Comprehensive section on aquatic plants.
Separate sections detailing first fish to buy, then second and then a selection of fish to be added when the tank is more established. Concentrates on the community fish but includes a selection of Cichlids suitable for the comunity tank.
One extra plus, is its indication of the size of each fish fully grown, something many books fail to do.

You can't go wrong with this book, worth every penny.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive, But Worth the Extra 20 Nov 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
This book is not cheap, even at Amazon prices but it is worth the extra few pounds. The author has been involved in the writing or co-writing of a number of aquarium/tropical fish books and has certainly got the hang of how to go about producing a good book, covering all aspects of fish-keeping.

The book takes you step by step through the business of setting up an aquarium, something that you must know how to do correctly, because if you don't the results can be catastrophic. Most people when they get a tank, immediately want to see some fish in it. Disaster strikes and they give up the idea of keeping fish before they have even started.

This book tell you the correct way to set up the tank when to introduce the plant and more importantly when to put fish in. Without going into great detail here, a chemical process needs to take place before the water is fit to put fish in. Putting fish into water that five minutes ago was in the tap is a sure recipe for disaster. The book explains what needs to be done step by step.

Follow the instructions in the book and you will have a wonderful looking tank with beautiful, healthy fish, some of which are shown in the excellent photographs in the book. The old saying "it's easy when you know how" illustrates why you should buy this book and anyway watching the movements of brightly colored fish , that rapidly become tame enough show their hungry when you get the food out is much better than watching TV and more relaxing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book 7 Feb 2012
By kate
I bought this because of the reviews & think it's as good as is claimed. My only reservation was that I looked for a trouble-shooting section when I had a problem with water-quality & didn't find one.

I know there is extensive advice about achieving the correct water-quality but I hoped to find a quick solution when my tank-water was poor. The section on water chemistry is extremely useful & if I'd had the book a couple of weeks earlier, when I got my fish, I probably wouldn't have had any difficulty. I'd just like to have had quick-reference help on sorting it. That said, my other 2 aquarium books were not as useful as this one.

I think the week-by-week format is very good & the illustrations & writing-style are of very high quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping tropical fish 25 Jun 2012
By caz
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As a new tropical fish keeper this book is a great source of information. Written in simple terms and well laid out.
Also very good price.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 8 Dec 2010
By Archie
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me an my wife are just about to jump into aquarium project and were looking for something which could explain in detail from A to Z. This is the one! Very pleased with the layout and photograph quality. It really does the job and gives you a clear picture where to start and how to progress. If you are a beginner then this book is a must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love it 27 May 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Planning to get my new aquarium so decided to purchase a book for 'rookies'. I'd rate it very high - its got all the neccesary information and leads you step by step through all the stages of setting up a tank.
Delivery without fail. Would highly reccommed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great starters book 15 April 2013
By DenGee
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Had a fish tank 25 years ago, how things have changed, this book could not be better for the beginner, cant go wrong if you just follow the day to day instructions, I love it, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 13 Aug 2011
By Gemma
This book is a must have for anyone starting a new aquarium. I brought this before I started & used it at every stage of setting up my tank, buying plants, buying fish, understanding chemical levels & maintaining it. I think I will keep this book handy for a long time yet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 13 days ago by Cheri
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Published 17 days ago by D Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
clear photographs very helpful
Published 1 month ago by Ms. Antonia L. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fish whisperer.........
Into week 2 and using this already very thumbed book as our bible, we have a gorgeous tank with our first fish thriving.
Published 1 month ago by Katrina Hanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Aquarium 101
Perfect for the novice aquarium enthusiast. It covers setting up the tank, regular maintenance, treating the most common fish illnesses and also a brief guide to fish types and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alexandru Radu
5.0 out of 5 stars a good book for a starter
I'm new to fish keeping. Bought this book and it really helped me to set up the tank, understand fish needs and continuing having healthy fish. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J Re
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Bought for friends, they love it, said it was just what they needed for their new fish tank and has helped them loads with planting etc.
Published 4 months ago by meens
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read.
I bought this for my daughters fiancé who was planning to set up a tropical aquarium. Unfortunately she parted company with him before his birthday, so I read it myself.
Published 5 months ago by Country Music Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this when you purchase an aquarium .
This is an excellent book for a beginner or someone who knows a lot but needs some clarification on various aspects of aquariums. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. B. Maurer
5.0 out of 5 stars I like this book
I found this book really useful setting up my planted tropical tank as a beginner. It's well illustrated and has some good tips. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Andrew
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