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Published as Aquariums For Dummies in its first edition, this fun and easy guide has been an invaluable resource for the nearly 12 million U.S. households that keep aquarium fish. And now it's even better! The book still delivers all the information hobbyists need in order to select and set up an aquarium, choose fish, and keep them healthy.

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  1. 16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    All in all not bad…., 17 Dec 2008
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    This review is from: Freshwater Aquariums For Dummies (Paperback)
    Bought this book as I decided to delve into the weird and wonderful world of tropical fish and all the information I kept getting from the local aquatic centres seemed to be confusing and contradictory.

    For a beginner, its not a bad book at all. There is free information available on the internet but I wanted something I could refer to quickly and browse as and when I wanted to.

    The contents cover everything you need to know but Im not convinced its laid out in the most logical of of order. However fishkeeping isnt an exact science so maybe thats why.

    One word of warning….its written for our friends across the pond so many of the web sites suggestions are US based and irrelevant for the UK.

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  2. 6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    There are better alternatives, 23 Oct 2010
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    Wimbledog (London, England) –

    This review is from: Freshwater Aquariums For Dummies (Paperback)
    This book didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Although all the information you might need was right there, the relative lack of pictures or diagrams actually made some of the topics quite difficult. This is perhaps a general trend in the “for Dummies” series, but when selecting your fish for a new aquarium, or diagnosing a disease, I reckon that “a picture speaks a thousand words”. After all, despite the technical knowledge required for fishkeeping, most people’s excitement about starting a tank is choosing the colourful pets to go in it.

    The do / don’t sections are quite useful, and there’s plenty of reading on chemistry and the nitrogen cycle. If you like a chatty style of writing rather than a simple encyclopaedia you’ll like this book.

    However, I much preferred The Perfect Aquarium: The Complete Guide to Setting Up and Maintaining an Aquarium for it’s concise two-page spreads on particular topics, facts about each fish (e.g. what temperature they require), and practical walk-throughs for setting up a tank.

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  3. 6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good start, 24 July 2009
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    This review is from: Freshwater Aquariums For Dummies (Paperback)
    This book is an excellent introduction to the world of freshwater aquariums. It’s clear, well indexed and assumes you know nothing about the subject, thus makng it perfect for the begginer or novice.It covers everthing to start your aquarium from choosing stockists of equipment and fish to chemical composition of the water. The writing style is easy on the brain and quite amusing, whilst flagging the serious stuff you need to know.I really enjoy reading it !!
    Only a harsh 4 stars , because it is quite american (the websites given are all for the U.S) and I would have preferred more speicies info and compatability, but, I suppose that’s a whole new book.
    In conclusion, if you are new to the subject, buy this book and get friendly with a couple of Aquarium stores to give you speicies guidance.

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