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.
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…
Alastair R Agutter is one of a select few world-wide to successfully breed the Discus (symphysodon) species King of the Aquarium in captivity and an authority on these tropical fish species and others, as an accomplished Best Selling Author of Specialist Books Internationally.
Alastair began keeping and breeding tropical fish as a hobbyist from the age of just 9 years back in 1967 (nearly 50 years ago) and has successfully bred many species. He was one of the very first Aquarists in the United Kingdom breeding cichlids from the Great Lakes (Malawi and Tanganyika) in the early and mid-nineteen-seventies.
His enthusiasm as a dedicated Aquarist continues today with a number of projects underway; including the development of new biological filtration systems (Polyatomic-ion Biological Reactors), to help improve the success survival rate for keeping thriving plants with tropical fish species. Other projects include breeding a number of endangered species including original strains of the symphysodon family and other smaller indigenous species native to South America mainly inhabiting the Great River Amazon.
Alastair also continues today designing and making his very own aquariums and equipment for his projects, and also endeavours to write more tropical fish hobbyist reference books as a freelance full-time author, in the interests of further serving the local and wider Community Internationally!
This book explorescommon tropical fish profiles feeding requirements fish compatibility advice vital statistics aquarium setup advice and requirements and more...
Whether you have just bought your first aquarium or have been running one for a while, this book will provide you with a firm grasp of the underpinning foundations and equip you with the knowledge needed to choose and house your favourite fish for an aquarium with minimal issues.
It is our hope that fish keeping will bring you as much fun and enjoyment as it has brought us over the years.
Combine and care for a wide variety of marine fish andinvertebrates
Dive into the colorful world of saltwater fish! This fun,friendly guide gives you easy step-by-step instructions forchoosing and caring for these amazing animals. You get the lateston feeding, tank upkeep, filtering systems, maintaining live rock,and preventing algae build-up, as well as what not to include inyour aquarium.
Discover how toChoose the best fish and equipmentGet your tank up and runningMaintain proper water conditionsKeep your fish happy and healthyAvoid tank pitfallsKeep a brackish aquarium
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!