The Discus Book Tropical Fish Keeping Special Edition: Celebrating 25 years - Natural Aquariums, Healthy Diets and Fish Care

Alastair R Agutter
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The Discus Book Tropical Fish Keeping Special Edition - Celebrating 25 Years!

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
Introduction to the Book and the concerns expressed even 25 years later after writing this book in hard copy.

CHAPTER ONE
The Discus and its Natural Environment.

CHAPTER TWO
The Wild Discus Species from South America.

CHAPTER THREE
The Importance of the Correct Aquarium.

CHAPTER FOUR
Live and Prepared Foods for the Discus Diet.

CHAPTER FIVE
The Requirements for Discus Fish Filtration.

CHAPTER SIX
The Genetics and Different Strains of Discus Fish.

CHAPTER SEVEN
The Lighting and Electrical Needs.

CHAPTER EIGHT
Collecting and Purchasing the Correct Fish.

CHAPTER NINE
The Correct Water and Techniques.

CHAPTER TEN
The Spawning of Symphysodon (the hard work begins).

CHAPTER ELEVEN
A Natural Discus Fish Aquarium with suggested Plant Species and Equipment, for a stunning aquarium.

CHAPTER TWELVE
The type of other Fish species you can enjoy and have with Discus Fish in a Community Aquarium.

CHAPTER THIRTEEN
Fish Care and the important points for having healthy Discus Fish and other Tropical fish species by forming a bond and routine.

CHAPTER FOURTEEN
Identifying Symptoms of the Discus Fish diseased and other Tropical Fish species, the remedies and the steps you can take to try and cure.

CHAPTER FIFTHTEEN
Concluding points and other related resources and places of interest on the World Wide Web for following your passion and interest.


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About the author

AUTHOR'S MARINE BIOGRAPHY:

Alastair Agutter is one of a select few world-wide to successfully breed Wild 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 (over 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.

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Alastair R Agutter
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Published on
Apr 28, 2014
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Pages
106
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ISBN
9781499289831
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Language
English
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Genres
Pets / Fish & Aquariums
Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / Ichthyology & Herpetology
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Alastair R Agutter
My First Aquarium Book

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…

Alastair R Agutter
Full Description of Book
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. 
Alastair R Agutter
Children's Weebies Family Early Reading English Language Book 1 starts to teach Pre-School and Junior Children how to read. Created in full colour with illustrations to help Children in their early learning and making education lots of fun. A book suitable for ages between 3 to 8 years. The book also encourages Children to draw developing hand coordination skills.


The Weebies Family Collection of books have been specially created and designed for early learning Pre-School for Children. So as to provide today that very critical early start in life through communication.


Each book has been designed in full colour and where the illustrations created by the author are developed using fractal maths and here is why!


A Child's view point in early development can relate to shapes and colours at Pre-School age. Each drawing is therefore created in fractal maths only using circles, triangles and squares. As this is a creative stage that can be comprehended at an early age and this is why Children's drawings are very exact to them where pictures they create appear to be rectangular, circular etc.


The drawings are deliberately designed, so Children can connect and become inspired by the colours and shapes, where they can become confident to draw themselves, therefore developing hand co-ordination skills.


These books are very educational and all have a pertinent meaning and so they are not just books coupled together. They are deliberately written and designed to quickly hot wire Children at an early age, to learn about the World around them. For example, being taught different types of fish, animals, foods and so much more.


The Weebies books also teach early Child development with a sense of right and wrong, developing at an early age a moral compass to care for others. Learning to look after our wild life and preserve our planet. To love and care for each other, so as to develop strong communication ties and bonds.


Children are remarkable Human Beings and have the ability from birth to learn with great enthusiasm. The small word why, so often asked is a question in pursuit for knowledge by your Child in this new found world. The 21st century with all the challenges ahead for the Human Race, needs the spirit and hope of knowledge to be found in every Child.


The Children of today, are the custodians of Earth tomorrow. Each book is educational, for a Child beginning this journey!

Alastair R Agutter
The Cherry Tree Garden will serve as an inspiration and beacon for all mortal souls seeking real truth and reality, to then be able to discover peace and tranquillity in ones lives, thus finding an uplifting discourse for one’s journey of learning, through the acquisition of knowledge, leading to wisdom, enlightenment, humility, compassion and love.
 
The subtitle of the book “A Spirit Rising” is to help guide you on this journey through the book and beyond, to begin the process of finding your true self.

The Book Features: The Four Cycles of the Human Condition, Celestial Visitation Experiences, Spiritual Sensory Awareness and the Different Vibration Levels, Visitation Predictions and Warnings, The Real True Story of the Garden of Eden and Location, Divine Structure including Celestial Ascendancy Deities often deemed as Mythical Gods, Divine Celestial Elders and Divine Family Elders and Guides. Divine Creation and the Covenants of Natural Law for Greater Knowledge, Wisdom, and Enlightenment. Alien Life and other Worlds and Dimensions, Learning to see far more Reality around you, The Rising of the Chinese Dragon with a Heart, Evolution and Human Primate Responsibility as Good Shepherds, Equality and Reverence to Sacred Vessels of Motherhood and All Life!
 
All of our journeys start with a beginning and end, yet sometimes we can pause, or stop, to see, admire, or digest an event, or moment in our lives. So often these subtle signs and events have far greater meaning and relevance.
 
So the reading of “The Cherry Tree Garden” is such a moment, and event in your life, and meant to be, as you continue on your journey in search of finding the answers.
 
“Just as a wind and breeze can change direction and be invisible to your naked eye, one knows of such a presence and existence from such an entity.” ~ Alastair R Agutter

Alastair R Agutter
Climate Change and Conservation for me started over 50 years ago. In fact, in the introduction of my first published book in 1989, I warned of Climate Change and Deforestation. So as a Marine Biologist and Ichthyologist, starting my apprenticeship at the waters edge at just 7 years of age, this book has something to say. 

I hope you grab a copy of the book to gauge what is really going on, and how our lives are being affected now. Many of the views and reports today being aired surrounding climate change by the United Nations, Governments, and Institutions, can very often seem distant issues and have no bearing, or relevance, to folks real lives. 

To most folk 40 to 50 years ago "climate change" was probably not on anyone's radar. However, even back in the 1960's and 1970's there did exist signs of change then, and not for the better. Please read on..... 

As each year has past on, even as a small boy to a young man, you would notice change and decline to our environment, less fish, less worms and an ever increasing film of dead algae and oil spillage caught in the saltwater pools and also covering silt banks and sand bars with a distinct smell. The warning and pre-cursor to our impact on Earth and especially surrounding fossil fuels, came with the sinking of SS Torrey Canyon off the Cornish Coast in 1967, spilling over 120,000 tons of crude oil that even reached the Thames Estuary, leaving massive devastation to the environment around Britain. 

So my book here "The Reality of Climate Change" provides an accurate account of how everyday Folks lives are now being affected, at the coal face as they say! 

In the book, I wrote and warned of serious neurological diseases from air pollution including Alzheimer's that I was convinced like other degenerative diseases of cell damage has been caused from air pollution toxins, preventing the renewal of brain cell tissues and other critical nerve system cell structures. 

I felt compelled to write this book, as I really care about our home (Mother Earth) and all the world's majestic life creatures we share it with. No longer can the few of us do all the heavy lifting, we need your help to challenge our negligent politicians and Corporate Empires. 

Now since writing the book, I am pleased to see more folk in the media are now starting to feature "Climate Change" and especially welcome Sky Broadcasting launching "Ocean Sea Rescue" exposing the plight to our dying Seas, Rivers and Oceans. 

"On the 12th of October 2015 BBC's Newsnight Team Broadcast a News Feature on Air Pollution which confirms my findings in this 'NEW' Book on Climate Change regarding serious Health issues including Respiratory Disorders, Dementia, Alzheimer's etc." 

"On Monday the 22nd of November 2015 there was a Special Sky News Report, where HRH Prince Charles accurately stated the planet faces catastrophe and needs to be put on life support now to prevent ever increasing disasters as a result of Climate Change." 

At the time of writing this book, there are two specific numbers you need to remember and these are 275 and 400! 

What relevance are the above numbers you may rightly ask? 

FACT: 275 Is the parts per million number of Carbon Dioxide for starting all of life on Earth and in layman terms, many millions of years ago. 

FACT: 400 Is the parts per million number of Carbon Dioxide today in the Earth's atmosphere and these factual measurements are courtesy of friends and colleagues at NASA (nasa.gov). 

Ever wondered why there is a rise in Respiratory Disorders, Alzheimer's, Dementia the list goes on....over 50,000 folk in Britain will die this year and rising from air pollution. Governments target the smokers as a diversionary tactic, yet diesel vehicles, including public transport is just, if not more lethal to your health! 

Enjoy the book, for I know you will find it to be an eye opener!
Alastair R Agutter
The Theory of Particle Matter Frequencies and Multiple Universes Book

I wrote this paper some years back now, and I know many would think I am stark raving mad. But I am pleased to see that the Science community in the last year, or so, is now coming around to my theory, and the recent programme by Professor Brian Cox, provides greater evidence and logic surrounding the related subject area, sometimes referred to as zero point, inflation and convergence.


The Theory of Particle Matter and Multiple Universes, is a work for recording the author's findings regarding the big questions humanity have always been asking. A book for the big thinkers in our society and great young minds looking beyond the canvas and closet thinking.


The Theory of Particle Matter Frequencies and Multiple Universes asks, is there more beyond the canvas that we all see!


I hope many in the Science community and great young minds acquire this book covering my work. Quantum leaps for humanity have always come from looking at something with a different approach. My findings have arrived not as a mathematician, but from studying the life cycles of Natural Law and how Quantum Mechanics functions continuosly seeking workarounds and refinement. By understanding these conditions and encapsulating all dimensions regarding volume, space and conditions. Can you then quantify and apply these rules and laws throughout the cosmos and all that we know.


Is time, space, motion, natural law, quantum mechanics and natural branching all related to an expanding analytical data membrane we describe as the big soup or grand scheme.


Do we really understand the multiple facets of energy forms that exist?


Albert Einstein once conceded by saying “God has a sense of humour” regarding the other!


Quotation: “If the spirit of your imagination is limited, your journey of discovery will be very short.” ~ Alastair R Agutter


Stephen Hawking has concluded that the "Big Bang" derived from just "Energy" but there has to be another. For without it, an event, or execution, cannot take place!

Alastair R Agutter
Tropical Fish Keeping Journal Book Edition Three

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.

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