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1. Tropical Freshwater Fish Aquariums - An Overview
2. What is Fish keeping?
Origins of Fish keeping
Types of Fish keeping
3. Basic Fish Anatomy
Body Shape
Body Color
Swim Bladder
Lateral Line
4. Water Chemistry and Quality
Water Hardness
Changing Water Hardness to Suit Fish
Water pH
Maintaining the pH Content in Your Aquarium
Nitrogen Cycle
5. The Biological Cycle or Nitrogen Cycle
6. Aquarium Furnishings
7. Aquarium Accessories
Air Pump
Sundry Equipment
Testing Kits
Decorative Items
8. Aquarium Stand
Wooden stand
Metal stand
Placing the Stand
9. Planning Your Aquarium
Basic Steps
Size of Aquarium Tank
Location of Aquarium Tank:
Shape and Material of Your Aquarium Tank
Aquarium Stand
Aquarium Lighting
Aquarium Heater
Species Compatibility
10. Selecting the Aquarium Tank
Shape of the Aquarium
Material to Make the Aquarium
Choosing a Stand
11. Site Selection for Your Aquarium
12. How to Set Up the Aquarium
Preparing the Tank
Adding the Gravel
Adding water
Adding the Fish
Cycling the Tank
13. Adding the Water
14. Preparing Your Aquarium for Fish
15. Adding the Fish
16. Popular Tropical Freshwater Fish
Upside-Down Catfish Synodontis nigriventris
Anabantids or Labyrinth Fishes
Giant Gourami
American Cichlids
Firemouth Cichlid
Angel fish
Discus Fish
Lake Malawi Cichlids
Lake Tanganyika Cichlids
African Non-Lake Cichlids
17. Selecting Your Tropical Freshwater Fish
Tank Capacity
Community or Species Tank
Educate Yourself
Purchasing Fish
Selecting Your Fish
18. Buying Your Fish
19. Selection of Plants for Your Aquarium
Tips when Planting Aquatic Plants
20. Care of Live Aquarium Plants
1. Photosynthesis
2. Substrate
3. Lighting
4. Water
5. Nutrients
6. Fertilizing
7. Carbon dioxide
8. Plants to Avoid
21. Non-Fish Species
Apple Snails
Ramshorn Snails
Malaysian or Trumpet snails
African Water Frog
African Clawed Frog
22. Feeding Your Tropical Freshwater Fish
Food for Different Fish
Dry Foods for Different Fish
Living Food for Fish
Other Foods
Food for Fry
Feeding While You are on Vacation
23. Being Prepared for Disease
Checking the Cause of Illness
Creating a Hospital Tank
24. Signs of Fish Disease
Signs of Sickness in Fish
Problems Caused by the Aquatic Habitat
Changes in the Oxygen Level
Changes in pH Levels
Changes in Temperature
Improper Diet
Other Problems
25. Diagnosing Fish Disease
Collecting Information for Diagnosis
Physical Examination of the Fish
Conducting Tests on the Environment
Checking the Equipment
Examining Fish out of the Water
Taking Samples
26. Why, When and How Fish Get Parasites
Types of Parasites
Natural Defense against Parasites
Infections due to Ectoparasites
Detecting a Parasite Infection
27. Fish Disease Control - Methods of Treatment
Treatment Methods
Hospital Tank
Heat Therapy
Over the Counter Medications
28. Using Antibiotics to Control Fish Disease
29. Medicated Foods to Combat Disease
30. Malachite Green and Formalin as an Anti-Parasite Treatment
31. Using Salt to Prevent and Treat Freshwater Fish Disease
Treatment of Fish Disease
32. Be Careful While Treating Fish Disease
Precautions While Treating Fish Disease
33. Aquarium Maintenance
34. Cleaning Your Freshwater Fish Aquarium
35. Breeding Techniques for Tropical Freshwater Fish
Classify the Gender
Choosing a Pair
Classification of Fish Based on Method of Reproduction
Five Types of Egg bearers
Prepare Fish for Spawning
Creating the Spawning Tank
Taking Care of the Fry
36. Food for the Offspring
37. Vacations and Your Freshwater Tropical Aquarium Fish
38. Aquarium Frequently Asked Questions
How many fish can an aquarium tank hold?
What water is best for an aquarium tank?
How often is it necessary to clean my aquarium?
How do I remove white deposits on aquarium tank and filters?
How to detect pregnancy in fish?
How to protect young Fish?
How often should I feed fish?
Is it necessary to have an aquarium heater and thermometer?
39. Freshwater Fish Aquarium Glossary
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Published by: Jason F. Brown on Jan 06, 2013
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