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Freshwater Aquariums For Dummies

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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
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 25th 2006 by For Dummies (first published January 1st 2006)
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Debra Jeakins
Aug 05, 2016 Debra Jeakins rated it it was amazing
FRESHWATER AQUARIUMS FOR DUMMIES BY MADDY HARDGROVE might not have a current publication day (2006) but it is still the best fish book I've read so far. I am returning into the world of freshwater aquariums after about a ten year hiatus and needed a refresher course on keeping freshwater fish & the aquariums they live in . I have always been a big fan of the "dummies" series because the experts who write them get down on my level using little technical terms and lots of one syllable words th ...more
Sheila Myers
Jan 14, 2016 Sheila Myers rated it really liked it
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A very good book to read before you buy your first aquarium. Some of the information is a little more advanced, but that can be skipped unless you really want to know things like the science behind the compounds that lead to high or low pH. Even remembering everything discussed in the book shouldn't be the end of learning about how to set up and maintain your tank. I believe the information contained in the book should be combined with knowledge you get from talking to more experienced and succe ...more
Thomas Dolan
Aug 09, 2011 Thomas Dolan rated it it was amazing
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Kind of contradictory.In the introduction, Hargrove delares that fishkeeping is simple and easy. then throughout the rest of the book ALL you have to do to keep a fish is weekly 15% water change check the pH, make sure your fish aren't sick. And if you have fry, well, you better quit your job and hope you can sell your fry for a lot more than they're worth.
Amandeep Grewal
Feb 07, 2013 Amandeep Grewal rated it really liked it
I read this book because I plan on getting African Dwarf Frogs and this would be my first aquarium. This book is great and tells you everything from setting up the proper aquarium to caring for the fish. It's a great book to have and reference because it talks about the different illnesses a fish may get and how to treat them. Great book for beginners
Theo Karner
Jul 14, 2013 Theo Karner rated it really liked it
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Standard 'Dummies' format I know and love. Is wordy in many places but covers the fundamentals; the sections on water and the nitrogen cycle were very useful to know. Only disappointment was a lack of information on how many fish you can/should have in an an aquarium.
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