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Setting Up A Tropical Aquarium [Hardcover]

Stuart Thraves
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Book Description

Nov 2004
This comprehensive book shows you clearly and simply how to set up a stunning tropical freshwater aquarium on a week-by-week basis, including when to put in your first fish and how to grw aquarium plants to perfection. Crucially, the book explains how to continue caring for yournew aquarium long after the system is up and running.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Interpet Publishing (Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842861026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842861028
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 21.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

About the Author

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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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative and Well Laid Out 1 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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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb introduction to tropical fish-keeping 28 Jun 2008
By jsm999
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There are lots of books about setting up a tropical aquarium, but this is the best I've seen so far, by a long way. It is clear, superbly illustrated, and full of invaluable information.

It takes you day-by-day, then later week-by week, through the process of choosing and installing your aquarium, choosing and adding the fish, and ongoing maintenance. The first half of the book concentrates on choosing and setting up the tank, equipment, decor etc. There is a superb guide to aquarium plants, their various requirements, how big they grow, and how to care for them, with a separate plant index at the back. There is a useful and not too technical section about water chemistry - this can seem daunting to the beginner, but this book takes you through the basics gently, with useful illustrations and colour photographs, even showing you how to read the water test kits accurately. It's really important not to add fish too early to a new tank, and by following the timetable in this book, you can see there's plenty to do in those early days.

The second half of the book looks at the fish: starting with the hardiest fish suitable for your new tank, and moving onto the more exotic and delicate species. Most of the popular tropical species are described, with beautiful colour photos, and a summary of their requirements and problems to look out for. This is not as detailed as some books which focus on just the fish, but an excellent way to pick out your favourites for further research where necessary.

And it doesn't just abandon you once you've set up your tank and put in the fish. There are also some excellent sections on the maintenance of your aquarium, cleaning, pruning and transplanting plants, dealing with algae etc.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Book 19 Mar 2009
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A superb book, clearly written with step by step instructions and pictures to setting up and maintaining an aquarium. Has given me all the confidence I needed to set up my own aquarium and would thoroughly recommend this to anyone starting out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I have kept cold water fish for over 30 years and have been too dubious about setting up a tropical aquarium. However, I decided to have a go & this book became my friend and mentor from the moment I decided to research the topic until this moment in time when I own a fantastic aquarium full of health discus fish.

This is 3 books rolled into one (1) setting up & maintenance, water quality, time scales for filter maturation and adding fish. (2) Plant section; (3) fish section.

This book is easy to understand, well photographed and covers all possible queries from the extremely complicated to the simple stuff that you are too embarrassed to ask your local fish store.

The author did not lie when he stated that if you follow his regimes you will not get new tank syndrome & definately no fatalities!

So buy this book, you won't regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Aquarium 18 May 2009
This book is outstandinng. I was abit reluctant to buy this book as the other one I bought before that had a bit of everything in it was abit of a let down. But this book is well worth the money if you are just starting out in fishkeeping.

An excellent step by step week by week guide to setting up your display, caring for plants and testing the water, to getting your first fish and taking care of them, aquarium maintenance, getting the second and third fish. Although it doesn't give exact water conditions for the fish it does give you descriptions and photos of the ideal tank dwellers. It also tells you which ones you should avoid.

It doesn't stop there either, it goes onto caring for your fish well after the aquarium is set up. How to feed them and much much more.

This book is a must buy!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful!
Very very handy book. Easy to understand. Would recommend to any Aquarians setting up a tank. Good price aswell. A*
Published 1 month ago by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
The book explains all steps of setting the fresh water fish tank. Very well written with high quality photographs of each stage.
Published 8 months ago by Pavel Ivanov
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very comprehensive guide to different types of fish and useful in the long run. Only downfall was no mention of shrimp and their tank cleaning abilities
Published 10 months ago by KC
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful guide
This was bought on the back of the short guide and was recommended in it. It has an easy step by step guide as to how to achieve success when setting up an aquarium and I am in the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by ladybird
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent and comprehensive text
This book has proved invaluable for myself. I admit to not being an utter enthusiast, and have relied on silk and plastic plants, rather than getting involved with the efforts of... Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2012 by Sandford
5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive!
I take the reviews on amazon very seriously when purchasing books, and if you guys say this is the best book for beginners then i belive you! Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2011 by Linzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I'm planning on setting up an aquarium in the summer and wanted a book that showed me how. This book is very clealy laid out, with step by step information about how to set up the... Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2010 by Blue Pirate
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I am new to fish keeping, so this book is ideal for me.
I am following the easy and well laid out programme in the book and had no problems so far. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2010 by P. Hawthorne
4.0 out of 5 stars Setting up a tropical aquarium
An essential book for people new to aquariums & revisiting keeping fish. I Have kept fish for years but upgraded my tank and bought this book off amazon. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2009 by Ms. C. Lewington
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Aquarium book
I am so pleased with this book. The step by step guide is clear, the book contains many useful points for a sucessful aquarium, including reference to some popular plants and... Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2009 by guineapig
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