The triggerfishes are one of the best known and most vili¬fied groups of marine livestock. This status is not altogether undeserved; triggers are oddly shaped, often beautifully marked, with bizarre behavioral repertoires. The group is widely, if cautiously used for human consumption, and their rough skin appropriately used as a "biological" sand-paper. Easily acquired, acclimated, raised and trained; except for the overtly cantanker¬ousness of some species Balistids make for the best of marine keeping. Some Personal Background re Myself & the Group: When I was somewhat younger and foolish (versus older and still foolish) it was my desire to work on this family's classi¬fication as requirement for my PhD (=piled higher and deeper) in systematic ichthyology in the way of a series monograph. As time progressed, as it's wont to do, it became painfully aware to me that mere mortals do not live long enough to visit all the scien¬tific collections, do the various measurements and analytical work involved in such an endeavor. It turns out the Balistids are just too darn big a task, with many species spread out over most everywhere in tropical to sub-tropical seas... but maybe if I gave up my day and night jobs... I offer this brief paragraph as explanation for my keen interest in triggers as well as documented proof of my intention to someday finish the taxonomic review and make the practical husbandry notes available to the science, hobby and business of aquatics in the way of a book.As far as hardiness, intelligence and any measure of outgoingness, there is no doubt the Triggerfishes receive the highest of scores. As a group these fishes greedily consume any/all types and seemingly amount of foods. Though they are susceptible to infectious disease, they're also among the fastest to recover and are not easily poisoned by aquarium "remedies".About the only downside of Balistid keeping and it's a big one is there overt and at times agonistic personalities. Everyone has favorite stories to tell about these fishes. The "cute" spitting Clown Trigger that bit the bejesus out of someone's finger. The big Undulatus that moved all the gravel and rock around the tank, pulled up the undergravel filter risers, then committed hara-kiri by smashing the aquarium heater against the tanks side. The Niger that spends all its spare time "locked in" with its trigger, upside-down!Yes, these fishes ARE characters, and if anything else universal can be stated about them: they're individualistic. Some members of the same species can be kept in very peaceful surroundings. I've seen some housed in full-blown reef systems. Other specimens of the same species can be unholy terrors, outright consuming any real or potential "tankmates".
Demystifies aquarium setup and maintenance Combine and care for a wide variety of marine fish and invertebrates Dive into the colorful world of saltwater fish! This fun, friendly guide gives you easy step-by-step instructions for choosing and caring for these amazing animals. You get the latest on feeding, tank upkeep, filtering systems, maintaining live rock, and preventing algae build-up, as well as what not to include in your aquarium. Discover how to Choose the best fish and equipment Get your tank up and running Maintain proper water conditions Keep your fish happy and healthy Avoid tank pitfalls Keep a brackish aquarium
Subtitle on cover: Tanks and equipment selecting varieties of fish, shellfish, coral, and marine plants maintaining correct water chemistry, much more.
Provides guidance for setting up and maintaining a saltwater aquarium and profiles more than 350 saltwater fish and invertebrate species, covering their sizes, distributions, behavior, diets, ideal aquariums, and compatibility with other species.
Sea water covers nearly three quarters of the Earth's surface and the wealth of life that it supports is astounding in its diversity. The often vividly colorful fishes and strange and intriguing invertebrates of the coral reef world are certainly captivating, and more and more aquarists are turning their attention to them. The appeal of the marine aquarium lies not only in the beauty of its inhabitants, however, but also in the challenge it presents to the aquarist - the most spectacular species are often also the most difficult to keep. For those willing to accept this challenge, this definitive reference book will prove an invaluable tool in helping to ensure success in a very rewarding hobby. The book is divided into six main parts. The first examines life on the reef, provides an insight into fish anatomy and studies the various major groups (phyla) of invertebrates that are of interest to the aquarist. This section closes with an informative look at the topical issues of collection and conservation. Part Two gives practical advice on setting up a marine aquarium, from exploring the options to the final preparations for the tank's inhabitants, while Part Three focuses on how to choose species and maintain them in the aquarium. Parts Four and Five feature fully illustrated surveys of the many different species of fish and invertebrates (respectively) suitable for the home aquarium. An increasingly popular area of the hobby - the coldwater marine aquarium - is explored in Part Six, which also suggests a number of suitable species. Finally, the book contains two appendices: on tropical marine algae and on species to avoid.
Offering expert advice and tips for both experts and beginners, Marine Aquariums guides readers from shopping for their first pieces of equipment to enhancing an existing aquarium. This fun, easy-to-follow book on marine aquariums is a must for any bookseller's shelves.
Discover the magic of the marine aquarium with this comprehensive encyclopedia to the colorful world beyond the shore. 208 pages 100,000 words 320 color photographs Over 200 line drawings 30 color artwork illustrations
Contains a guide to designing and assembling an aquarium, with step-by-step instructions, including information on supporting the weight of the tank, equipment, fish, plants, decorations, and related topics.
The "Simple Guide" format features lots of photos, tips, sidebars checklists and charts to make finding and using information simple. Extensive resources and a detailed index for further ease of use.
A guide for beginners and experts alike, Simon & Schuster's Guide to Freshwater and Marine Aquarium Fishes is the most useful book an aquarium enthusiast can own. Whether you are interested in goldfish, guppies, or the most exotic marine species, the opening section on starting an aquarium covers everything you need to know. Illustrated in color throughout, the 295 entries cover plants, amphibia, reptiles, and invertebrates as well as aquarium fishes. Each entry provides the common name, scientific name, and family; distribution of the species in the wild; a description of shape, color, and size; information about sexual differences, feeding habits, reproduction, compatibility with other species, and much more. Next to each entry are easy-to-read symbols that indicate the proper water temperature, pH, and illumination. This comprehensive guide gives you all the information you need to maintain a beautiful, balanced, and thriving aquarium.
This book is a beautiful and immensely colorful work that satisfies the long-existing need for a comprehensive identification guide to marine fishes. It shows not only the popular aquarium fishes but also the oddballs and weirdos, the large public aquarium type fishes, warmwater and coldwater fishes, and foreign and domestic fishes. Now in its third edition, with over 4000 full-color photos. Indexed by both common and scientific names.
One of the most biologically rich environments on Earth, the coral reef dazzles our senses with its colors, shapes, and species diversity. Recreating living reefs in miniature is a burgeoning avocation for serious home aquarium keepers, and John Tullock here offers a new, radically simple approach to producing beautiful captive microcosms. Using live rock and live coral sand as part of a natural filtration system, the home aquarist can now mimic habitats such as a Florida Keys Lagoon, a Caribbean Turtle Grass Flat, an Indo-Pacific Deep Cave, or a Red Sea Patch Reef. With more than 200 color photographs and illustrations, Natural Reef Aquariums provides inspiration for both beginning and expert marine reef hobbyists.