This is a book I have always wanted to write for the Tropical Fish Hobbyist and Dedicated Aquarist, as it goes into great detail on keeping healthy, thriving, happy, disease free tropical fish, based on my experience, as I celebrate 50 years as an Ichthyologist from 1967 to 2017.
My First Aquarium – The Joy of Tropical Fish Keeping is a book for all new and existing aquarists participating in the noble and time honoured traditional pastime of tropical fish keeping.
The Best Selling Author of Tropical Fish Keeping shares his knowledge of five decades since taking up the hobby in 1967 with you, for keeping healthy thriving tropical fish, and as one of the World’s select few to successfully breed Wild Discus in captivity over 25 years ago, the King of the Tropical Fish Aquarium.
Inside this book are over 390 pages of valuable information, containing over 93,000 plus words and over 250 plus photographs, reference tables, diagrams and illustrations, to ensure every aquarist is successful in their life’s journey of tropical fish keeping.
INSIDE THIS BOOK:
Chapter 1 - A Little History of the Pastime, Chapter 2 – New Aquarist Getting Started, Chapter 3 - Tropical Fish Aquarium Theme, Chapter 4 - The Aquarium Size, Stand and Positioning, Chapter 5 - Aquarium Substrates and Furnishings, Chapter 6 – Growing and Keeping Aquarium Plants, Chapter 7 - The Aquarium Filtration System, Chapter 8 - Aquarium Water Conditions, Chapter 9 - Heating and Thermostats, Chapter 10 - The Aquarium Lighting Methods, Chapter 11 – Fish Species Behaviour, Chapter 12 - Aquarium Fish Species, Chapter 13 - Feeding Fish Species, Chapter 14 - Aquarium Early Days Care, Chapter 15 - Aquarium Maintenance, Chapter 16 - Fish Species Safety and Health Care, Chapter 17 – Fish Diseases and Cures, Chapter 18 – Aquarists Reference Tables, Chapter 19 - Aquarists Products and Accessories, Chapter 20 - Additional Notes, Chapter 21 - Useful Resources, Chapter 22 – Breeding Tropical Fish Tips, and much more…
For Natural Aquariums, Healthy Diets, Fish Care and more.....
“The Discus Book” first published in 1989, now celebrating 25 years in 2014 with this full colour special edition. With over 110 full colour pictures and just 17 black and white images of early days spanning 25 years as a special edition book.
"Alastair Agutter began keeping and breeding tropical fish as an aquarist at the age of 9 years and been a dedicated successful British Tropical Fish Breeder and Hobbyist for over 46 years. He is still only one of a select few world-wide who have successfully bred the Discus Fish in captivity and written as a published author on the subject."
Description of the Book:
This Book is for all Tropical Fish Hobbyists and enthusiasts. Where you will find inside the book proven methods for the successful keeping of any tropical fish, always healthy and disease free......
This “Special Edition” is for all Tropical Fish Keeping enthusiasts of all ages. With a blaze of fabulous colour plates and pictures, including images and photographs from the breeders first book 25 years ago and now these archive images serving as a time capsule in book form, for every Aquarist to study, reminisce and enjoy!
Where many of the old methods are still always the best!
Covering Fish Care for Discus, Cichlids and other Tropical Fish species. Natural Aquariums, Successful Breeding of Cichlids, Community Fish Aquariums, Filtration, Lighting, Suitable Plants, Special Recipes in the book for Preparing High Protein Fish Food to ensure your tropical fish are always healthy and thriving.........
"Author: Alastair R Agutter, began keeping and breeding tropical fish cichlids as a hobbyist from the age of 9 years, now with over 46 years experience."
CONTENTS OF THE BOOK:
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS
The Discus Book celebrating 25 years on since the 1st Edition was written, the advancements and specie strains since those early pioneers of breeding.
Introduction to the Book and the concerns expressed even 25 years later after writing this book in hard copy.
The Discus and its Natural Environment.
The Wild Discus Species from South America.
The Importance of the Correct Aquarium.
Live and Prepared Foods for the Discus Diet.
The Requirements for Discus Fish Filtration.
The Genetics and Different Strains of Discus Fish.
The Lighting and Electrical Needs.
Collecting and Purchasing the Correct Fish.
The Correct Water and Techniques.
The Spawning of Symphysodon (the hard work begins).
A Natural Discus Fish Aquarium with suggested Plant Species and Equipment, for a stunning aquarium.
The type of other Fish species you can enjoy and have with Discus Fish in a Community Aquarium.
Fish Care and the important points for having healthy Discus Fish and other Tropical fish species by forming a bond and routine.
Identifying Symptoms of the Discus Fish diseased and other Tropical Fish species, the remedies and the steps you can take to try and cure.
Concluding points and other related resources and places of interest on the World Wide Web for following your passion and interest.
This Second Edition of The Discus Book has been written and produced with updates and additional information since the first edition, written in 1989, to accommodate "some" of the questionable technology changes, regarding this species since the first edition of the Discus Book, when the Author successfully bred Wild Discus (symphysodon) in captivity, the recording of such work and events transcribed to the said printed book.
Alastair Agutter still remains one of a select few in the world today to accomplish such a feat, breeding wild symphysodon, and as a result of such endeavours by he, and other dedicated Aquarist colleagues, they managed to break a cycle and taboo that had lasted for more than 120 years, since the founding of the pastime we know as tropical fish keeping, after "The Great Exhibition" of 1851 and this being, to breed "The King of the Aquarium" in captivity.
This second edition of the book is concise and accurate, based on proven methods and techniques, to deliver the above results. The Discus, King of the Aquarium is a highly evolved species of the Cichlidae (tooth carp) Family and will challenge any Aquarist, even tank bred species. This book will not produce any quick fixes, or silver bullets to keeping symphysodon, whom are a very highly evolved sensitive species. But will provide the secrets to successfully keeping the species, if the valuable information found in this book is followed to the letter.
Natural Law teaches us to "evolve and refine" when studying quantum mechanics and natural branching, in other words stealth, efficiency and risk aversion. Such outcomes and results only ever come from following the covenant of Natural Law when one seeks "simplistic perfection" in all that we do!
CHAPTERS INSIDE THIS BOOK:
A Little Background Discus and their Natural
Environmentand Origin of the Species
The Wild Discus Species
The Importance of the Correct Aquarium
A Guide to Fish Food and Suitability for Discus
Discus Prepared Super Foods and Recipes
Growing and Hatching Your Own Brine Shrimp
The Requirements for Discus Fish Filtration
The Genetics and Different Strains of Discus Fish
The Lighting and Electrical Needs
Collecting and Purchasing the Correct Fish
The Correct Water Conditions and Techniques
The Spawning of Symphysodon
Rearing and Raising Healthy Discus toAdulthood
The Diseases and the Problems of the Species
Aquarists Essential Reference Tables
Author's Concluding Points
The Discus Book - For The Dedicated Aquarist - First Published in 1989 and Republished for all Tropical Fish Aquarists. A Best Selling Book for Fish Care and Aquariums.
Suitable as an invaluable reference for all Tropical Fish Keepers and Hobbyists, wanting to know the tricks on having healthy thriving tropical fish free of disease.
"Alastair Agutter began keeping and breeding tropical fish as an aquarist at the age of 9 years and been a dedicated successful British Tropical Fish Breeder and Hobbyist for over 50 years. He is still only one of a select few world-wide who have successfully bred the Discus Fish in captivity and written as a published author on the subject."
IMPORTANT: Please Note there are no spelling or typing errors in this publication, it is "English Language British" spelt. The original photographs have now also been converted from old 35 mm to Digital. Thank You!
The Discus Book (For the Dedicated Aquarist) first Published in 1989 has been reproduced due to continued demand based on the merits of the content as a record and historic value for all Discus Fish Lovers Around the World. With Pictures and Contributions from Dr. Eduard Schmidt-Focke, Dr Liv Singh Khasla, Paul Clayton, Jack Wattley, Nick Hulme and others. The book has some valuable changes and is an essential reference to breeding these beautiful species and keeping them successfully.
Chapters in this Book
The Discus and Its Natural Environment, The Wild Species, The Importance of the Correct Aquarium, Menu's of Live and Prepared Foods for the Discus Diet, The Requirements for Discus Filtration, The Genetics of Discus the Different Strains, Lighting and Electrical Needs, Collecting and Purchasing the Right Fish, The Correct Water and Techniques, The Successful Spawning and Breeding of Discus, Diseases and Problems, The Concluding Points.
For the Successful Breeding of All Cichlids:
The book can also be an invaluable reference and source for any Tropical Fish Hobbyist, especially Cichlid keepers, as the book covers breeding signs and behaviour patterns, the perfect water conditions and the importance of routines and keeping fish free from disease.
Authors Editorial and Review
"This book has been a favourite with Tropical Fish Keepers and a Best Seller now for over 28 years. The Discus Fish, King of the Aquarium is the hardest species to breed and keep in captivity. By following the routines and methods in this book, ensures any hobbyist can keep successfully any type of tropical fish, be it a community aquarium full of tropical fishes, or seeking to specially breed cichlids and other species of interest successfully. The fish food menu's inside this book I think are very unique, where folk can make up large amounts of specially prepared food that can be frozen down and used when required, creating vast savings on fish food and providing the very best for your fish, with a high protein diet and with all the essential vitamins and nutrients, for healthy thriving fish. - Alastair R Agutter.
Welcome to the “Keeping Discus Fish Quick Guide” for all new and existing tropical fish hobbyists. For the health care advice for aquarium bred Discus Tropical Fish, the King of the Aquarium.
As soon as any aquarist sees the stunning majestic beauty and colours of Discus (symphysodon), very often their heart is captured with a desire to keep these highly intelligent and graceful cichlid species.
So in our fast changing modern world of technology, and where folk are seeking instant answers at the touch of a button, and also at the request of many fabulous hobbyist readers asking me to write such a quick guide, I listened and now its here, and in spectacular full colour!
INSIDE THIS BOOK:
Please enjoy the book, in the hope it encourages more folk to take up our traditional time honoured noble pastime of Discus Tropical Fish Keeping.
Dedication, Introduction, Author’s Marine Biography, Discus Fish Origins, Discus Fish Aquarium Sizes, Buying Discus Fish Advice, Discus Water Conditions, Discus Fish Filtration, Discus Fish Water Temperatures, Discus Fish Feeding Routines, Discus Fish Diseases, Discus Breeding and Spawning, Discus Reference Books, Author’s Diary Notes
All experienced Aquarists and Commercial Breeders will tell you that 99% of all Tropical Fish deaths are related to stress and poor diet. My book Super Foods for Tropical Fish and Discus is therefore very long overdue for all Aquarists around the world.
Make your own Tropical Fish and Discus Cichlids Super Foods from these fabulous recipes, and see your healthy, happy thriving fish growing by the day!
For me writing this book has been an incredible journey, where I have learnt so much about food for my tropical fish and what's best for them.
The book came about, and the actual writing of it, was in truth down to world famous Naked Master Chef “Jamie Oliver” who was the inspiration for me, where he clearly shows after selling more than 20 million of his very many fabulous books written on Great Foods, that there is a real desire and passion for experiencing food that is a real pleasure and joy to eat, and I might also add, very healthy and good for us all, we humans that is!
Then when continuing to decide on writing the book, I also thought of the line from the fabulous film “We Bought a Zoo” where the beautiful Scarlet Johannsson asked Matt Damon “why did he buy the zoo” and to which he replied “why not” and that's how this book come into being, I thought to myself “why not” write a book on tropical fish super foods and as they say, the rest is history.
I really know you will get a really big kick out of this book as a Tropical Fish Hobbyist or Discus Lover. As it is no exaggeration when I say, once your fish begin to eat these “Super Foods” on a regular basis, you will literally see your fish growing by the day!
In the book, you will find a great number of fabulous super food recipes to try for your tropical fish and discus. I know by using any of these recipes, you will eventually have healthy, happy, thriving tropical fish, and growing to a size you could have only imagined.
The Super Foods recipes found in this book, only use fresh meats and vegetables. Perhaps the book is very timely, as we become more aware today of micro beads and other grave pollutant elements finding their way into the water table system and food chain that can harm our pets, wild life and ourselves.
So by making these super foods, at least you know for your peace of mind, what ingredients are used, and another enormous benefit to you, being the massive savings on tropical fish food. Over the months your fish will grow and grow, until eventually, your tropical fish will come into breeding condition and want to spawn, if the water and other aquarium conditions are optimal and right.
So please enjoy this book and the plethora of delights you can now feed to your Tropical Fish and Discus!
A very big welcome to the "Tropical Fish Keeping Journal Book Edition Four" for every tropical Fish Hobbyist and Dedicated Aquarist from around the World. Each edition covers a series of special features on the hobby, for a successful tropical fish keeping experience.
In this issue of the “Tropical Fish Keeping Journal” book edition four, we cover; insight to fish species and their compatibility with others, to feeding tropical fish including recipes to make your own tropical fish food, early days fish care and the 28 day cycle to establishing safe aquarium water conditions and lastly maintenance of aquariums for ensuring healthy thriving tropical fish.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Introduction, Aquarists Diary & News, Tropical Fish Keeping Social Networking, Tropical Fish Super Foods How Super Foods Benefit You, Your Discus, and Other Tropical Fish Species, Beef Heart and Liver – Suitable for both adult and young fish, Recipe Instructions, Feeding Tropical Fish Flake Fish Foods, Fish Health and Hygiene at Feeding Times, Flake Fish Food Feeding Times, How Much Flake Food Do Fish Eat, Live Fish Tropical Foods Tubifex, Water Daphnia, Bloodworms, Frozen Fish Foods, Beef Heart and Spinach High Protein Super Fish Food, Beef Heart Broccoli and Spinach Recipe, Beef Heart Broccoli and Spinach Junior Recipe, Beef Heart and Spinach Ruby Recipe, Pellet Freeze Dried Fish Foods, Aquarists Fish Care, Tropical Fish Species Aquatic Plant Species, Aquarium Maintenance and Care Guide, Fish Species Safety and Health Care, Fish Diseases and Cures Diseases Symptoms and Cures, Tropical Fish Disease Guide, Aquarists Products Guide, Aquarium Products, Energy Lighting Solutions for Your Aquarium, UV Sterilization, Reverse Osmosis, Deionization, Accessories, Cable Tidy, Biological Filters, Condensation Trays, Air Stones, Air Valves, Heater Thermostats, Air Pumps, Flake Foods, Powerheads, Books, Undergravel Filters, Aquarists Reference Tables and more....
A very big welcome to the "Tropical Fish Keeping Journal Book Edition Three" for every tropical Fish Hobbyist and Dedicated Aquarist from around the World. Each edition covers a series of special features on the hobby, for a successful tropical fish keeping experience.
In this issue of the “Tropical Fish Keeping Journal” book edition three, we cover; water quality and conditions, to the techniques, products and methods to heating the tropical fish aquarium, to lighting systems and the choices available for the aquarist and a little history, to finally fish behaviour and physiology.
INTRODUCTION - Author’s introduction to the Tropical Fish Keeping Journal Book Edition Three Page 05, AQUARISTS DIARY AND NEWS - The Tropical Fish Keeping Journal, Aquarists Diary and News, for Aquarists and Hobbyists Page 08, AQUARIUM WATER CONDITIONS - Achieving the best water for healthy thriving tropical fish and the 28 day conditioning cycle Page 14, AQUARIUM HEATING AND THERMOSTATS - The different methods and devices for successfully heating the tropical fish aquarium Page 59, AQUARIUM LIGHTING METHODS - Getting the best effects and results by using the most effective lighting techniques Page 67, FISH SPECIES BEHAVIOUR - Getting into the physiological behaviour and habits of tropical fish, including pecking orders Page 75, TROPICAL FISH SPECIES - Editors choice featuring a selection of tropical fish species accompanied with fact files Page 99, AQUATIC PLANT SPECIES - Editors choice featuring a selection of aquatic plant species accompanied with fact files Page 103, AQUARISTS PRODUCTS GUIDE - Featuring essential star aquatic products of note for today's tropical fish hobbyist Page 106, AQUARISTS REFERENCE TABLES - Sets of essential reference tables for aquarists including Gallons, Litres, Aquarium Sizes, Filtration and more in every journal edition, plus mathematical formulas Page 113, AQUARISTS BOOK GUIDE - Essential books and magazines worth reading and acquiring covering the hobby Page 120 and AQUARISTS DIRECTORY - Useful web sites and web addresses for aquarists in relation to the pastime Page 121.
A very big welcome to the "Tropical Fish Keeping Journal Book Edition One" for every tropical Fish Hobbyist and Dedicated Aquarist from around the World. Each edition covers a series of special features on the hobby, for a successful tropical fish keeping experience.
In this issue of the “Tropical Fish Keeping Journal” book edition one, we cover; the history of tropical fish keeping and the unmistakable contribution made by our Victorian Ancestors. Helping new aquarists get started. Choosing the correct themes and styles for the aquarist’s planned aquarium(s). Choosing the right sized fish tank, including the supporting stand required for the job and the importance of positioning the aquarium in the right place.
INTRODUCTION - Authors introduction to the Tropical Fish Keeping Journal Book Editions Page 04, SHORT HISTORY OF THE PASTIME - A brief History of the hobby and the unmistakable contributions made by our Victorian Ancestors Page 10, GETTING STARTED IN THE HOBBY - Helping new aquarists to get started in the hobby and becoming familiar with the products Page 19, AQUARIUM STYLES - Choosing the correct themes and styles for the Aquarists planned aquarium(s) Page 32, AQUARIUM SIZES AND STANDS - Choosing the right sized fish tank, including the supporting stand requirements Page 51, AQUARIUM LOCATIONS - A guide to ensuring your aquarium is positioned in a safe and appropriate location Page 67, TROPICAL FISH SPECIES - Editors choice featuring a selection of tropical fish species accompanied with fact files Page 82, AQUATIC PLANT SPECIES - Editors choice featuring a selection of aquatic plant species accompanied with fact files Page 88, BREEDING LIVEBEARER GUPPIES - The Aquarists quick guide to successfully breeding and rearing livebearer Guppies Page 93, AQUARISTS PRODUCTS GUIDE - Featuring essential star aquatic products of note for today's tropical fish hobbyist Page 99, AQUARISTS REFERENCE TABLES - Sets of essential reference tables for aquarists including Gallons, Litres, Aquarium Sizes, Filtration and more in every journal edition, plus mathematical formulas Page 108, AQUARISTS BOOK GUIDE - Essential books and magazines worth reading and acquiring covering the hobby Page 112 and AQUARISTS DIRECTORY - Useful web sites and web addresses for aquarists in relation to the pastime Page 113.
Gardening for Beginners Book I wanted to write based on my gardening background over five decades, taught to me by my Grandfather William Agutter, and also for a greater need for Folk to have a more healthier lifestyle, growing organic vegetables, and avoiding the use of pesticides that kill wild life.
Gardening for Beginners Book is a fabulous gift for friends, family and loved ones of any age seeking to take up the free and healthy pastime of Horticulture.
As we become more aware of our environment and wild life, with this book you can take the plunge of creating a mini eco-system around your home for a healthier lifestyle and creating a blaze of colour. Blooming Marvellous!
The book comes with many great gardening ideas including the growing of your own organic vegetables for healthier eating and giving new life to items around your home that can be recycled and given a new lease of life as part of the garden landscape. Also a new lease of life for yourself, with healthy free exercise, ensuring a more healthier lifestyle and remaining in good health, both physically and mentally.
Gardening for Beginners has been 2 years in the making by Alastair R Agutter Best Selling author of specialist books and found within this publication only encouragement with step by step guides and many great ideas for making your home into a little piece of Eden!
INSIDE THE BOOK:
Introduction, Chapter One – Garden Tools, Chapter Two – Garden Equipment, Chapter Three – Garden Soils, Chapter Four – Garden Soil Preparation, Chapter Five – Container Recycling, Chapter Six – Hanging Baskets, Chapter Seven – Garden Pots and Tubs, Chapter Eight – Plant Conditions, Chapter Nine – Growing Strawberries, Chapter Ten – Healthy Roses, Chapter Eleven – Growing Organic Vegetables, Chapter Twelve – Garden Plants in Sunny Areas, Chapter Thirteen – Garden Plants in Shaded Areas, Chapter Fourteen – Propagating Plant Cuttings, Chapter Fifteen – Growing and Pruning Fruit Trees, Chapter Sixteen - Gardening Good Life and Ideas, Reference.