Contents

INTRODUCTION 8

WATER: A HAVEN FOR LIFE 10

Fresh water 12

Sea water 24

Different types of aquarium 32

FISH 40

Anatomy and biology 42

Feeding 50

Reproduction 60

Health 66

Nomenclature and distribution of aquarium fish 72

Catalog of freshwater fish 75

Catalogofmarinefish 126

INVERTEBRATES 162

Freshwater invertebrates 166

Marine invertebrates 167

Catalog ofinvertebrates 179

PLANTS

188

Origin and variety of plants

190

Algae problems

193

Caring for plants

196

Catalog ofplants

201

TECHNIQUES

216

Assembling a tank

218

Equipment and accessories

226

A balanced aquarium

253

Choosing the bed

260

Decor and background

264

Final preparations

272

CUSTOMIZING YOUR TANK

278

USEFUL INFORMATION

282

INDEX

283

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