The Natural Aquarium Handbook by Ines Scheurmann

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I picked this book up from the library because we’ve recently acquired fish and I wanted to read up on it. Unfortunately I should have read the book BEFORE I got fish, which is what I had planned to do, however hubby is spontaneous and can’t resist spending money for something he wants. Anyways, this is one of the books I picked up.

It’s a book on Freshwater Aquariums only and includes such information as picking a tank and other equipment, the variety of available fish, maintaining a healthy aquatic environment, solving problems and more. It’s an okay book, there are just much better ones out there. The main thing is that this book was published in 1985 so much of it is outdated. Better equipment is available. There are different chemicals and different fish.

The book was helpful though; I especially liked the explanation of why lighting and filters are important and how they work. For instance I didn’t know fish used both Gravity AND where the light comes from to determine which way is up. So if you have a light shining at them from the side, they will swim tilted.
If you have this book already, you can read it, but you’ll need another book for more updated information. So you are probably better of to read another one.

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