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Simple Guide to Fresh Water Aquariums

By David Boruchowitz, TFH Publications (2001)

Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums

I recently picked up the Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums on the recommendation from a friend and I'm glad that I did. The author does a great job of stressing the importance of frequent partial water changes as well as the importance of not overcrowding your tank. Tank and equipment information are covered at length. The last chapter of this book contains many tropical fish stocking scheme ideas for an aquarium that many will find helpful.

The main freshwater aquarium topics covered:

  • So You Want to be an Aquarist? - this section of the book talks about the importance of researching fish before buying them and some of the other important issues you need to think about before getting into the freshwater fish hobby. Testing your water, feeding your fish, compatibility issues and more introductory topics are presented.

  • Sifting Through the Hardware - here you'll learn about tank sizes and shapes, substrates, decorations, aquarium lighting, aquarium plants, mechanical, chemical and biological filtration, oxygen requirements, test equipment, pH, alkalinity, nitrate, nitrate and ammonia, water treatments and cleaning equipment. You'll also read about the various types of aquarium filters to choose from with the pros and cons of each type. Denitrators, ozonators, CO2 generators, computer controllers and ultraviolet sterilizers are introduced. All the different types of fish foods are also discussed.

  • Part Three - Time to Get Wet! - Setting up the tank, establishing equilibrium, performing tank maintenance and the all important cycling issue is revealed.

  • Research & Planning - a brief overview of the fish to choose from and the types of tanks needed along with stocking rates that are acceptable. The last chapter presents several cool stocking schemes that should give you some good ideas on types of tanks you can set up.

The Simple Guide to Fresh Water Aquariums does a great job on educating the reader on freshwater aquariums. It was easy to read and easy to understand. My only problem with this book is the picture selections on some of the pages. There are great tropical fish pictures on every page but often the fish pictures on the page don't relate to the topic being read about on that page. This might cause some confusion for a beginning aquarist.

Overall, this book is a great value and recommended for any hobbyist's library. We give this book 4 stars.

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Author : Mike FishLore


Rating Information
Review Title: Simple Guide to Fresh Water Aquariums
Reviewed by: Mike FishLore
Summary: Book review of Simple Guide to Fresh Water Aquariums
Description: The author does a great job of stressing the importance of frequent partial water changes as well as the importance of not overcrowding your tank.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Visitor Reviews and Comments

From: Fish Fan
I have used this book for setting up my new tank, and it worked great! I was able to learn almost everything I needed to start the tank. I was even able to follow along exactly with an aquarist at the shop I went to! So Overall Summary - This Book = AMAZING!


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