The Discus Book Tropical Fish Keeping Special Edition

The Discus Books

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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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Publisher
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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This content is DRM protected.
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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

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:

INTRODUCTION 
 
 
CHAPTER ONE
A Little Background Discus and their Natural
Environmentand Origin of the Species
 
CHAPTER TWO
The Wild Discus Species
 
CHAPTER THREE                                                
The Importance of the Correct Aquarium

CHAPTER FOUR                                                   
A Guide to Fish Food and Suitability for Discus
 
CHAPTER FIVE
Discus Prepared Super Foods and Recipes
 
CHAPTER SIX
Growing and Hatching Your Own Brine Shrimp
 
CHAPTER SEVEN
The Requirements for Discus Fish Filtration
 
CHAPTER EIGHT
The Genetics and Different Strains of Discus Fish
 
CHAPTER NINE
The Lighting and Electrical Needs                                 

CHAPTER TEN
Collecting and Purchasing the Correct Fish
 
CHAPTER ELEVEN
The Correct Water Conditions and Techniques
 
CHAPTER TWELVE
The Spawning of Symphysodon
 
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
Rearing and Raising Healthy Discus toAdulthood
 
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
The Diseases and the Problems of the Species
 
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
Aquarists Essential Reference Tables
 
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
Author's Concluding Points
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. 
Super Foods Tropical Fish and Discus Book

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!

Getting Inside Google's Head Book

In my professional business life as a Computer Scientist, I was fortunate to be at the beginning of the World Wide Web's commercial story and journey. I fondly recall Google launching via their University Servers. So this book is from an old hand teaching structure and the fundamental elements required to be successful.


It is every web site owners dream to have millions of visitors and customers!


So how do you achieve this goal and know from the very outset you are on the right track and getting the correct advice! 


We all know today that we are all caught up in a very competitive global community. Yet at the same time we can see great success stories around us from many online endeavours and none more so than Google, as the World's Market Leader in Advertising.


Many dream of great success online and often wish if only they could share in the Google phenomena of the countless $$$$$ billions made. So I ask you, have you ever really thought of how you can share in that Google Magic!


This book has been written for every web site owner. It is not some in-depth 'Geeks Guide' to the World of Technology and coding.


The book has been written covering the key elements of how you structure your web site and web pages, so your creation is optimized to function fast and efficiently on Search Engines (google, bing, ask, yahoo) and user browser (chrome, fire fox, explorer, opera, safari) rendering engines.


By following the fundamental key golden rules in this book, you will find your web site traffic and customer sales growing, as your web site will soon become a friend to both Search and Browser rendering engines.


Quotation: "Natural Law and Quantum Mechanics teaches us about the Universal Laws of creation and at the very heart of this miracle for all life is "refinement of design and efficiency"'. So I often ask myself, why is it that the human race often tries to over complicate, when the ultimate goal is always to seek simplistic perfection." ~ Alastair R Agutter 


Based on detailed research, helping to improve performance of over 94% of all web sites world-wide. By following some key golden rules and simple jargon free steps in this book, webmasters will see far higher search engine ranking results on Google, Yahoo and Bing etc. Your web site will render 3 to 4 times faster for your new visitors. You will see a significant and noticeable increase of web users and customers to your web site, by as much as 45 to 60%, if not higher.


Finally, remember Google's success began and continues today from the creation of a simple (natural law) search engine design!

Tropical Fish Keeping Journal Book Edition One

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.

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

We all want to be good Parents in our life time. But the journey is one of endurance, joy and heartache. In our society today there are many books and questionable experts on caring for Children and bringing them up. The recent programmes on television, in many cases amount to child abuse and gross ignorance written by the utterly mindless, but perhaps this again reflects on our society today!


I never knew the answer then, as a young man just before leaving the forces. But I had an opportunity to ask a spiritualist what my best job would be? Filled with ambition, I was open to suggestions be it a scientist, lawyer, doctor etc. But the answer I got was as a "Father" and looking back some thirty plus years on, I knew the answer to be right.


It may seem strange for a man to write on such a subject, sadly still in today's society few really appreciate the thoughts of man and especially when it comes to the love and well-being of their Children.


Having been blessed with 5 children and today, beginning to read and hear about my expressed views in this book, now being covered by the media and press. I know the content of this book is invaluable when it comes to common sense, love and care. 


Beyond the superficial material nonsense of our society today, if we all paused and looked around at all other life forms, we would finally appreciate our life's purpose is to love and create life. Such views are not romantic whims, but a scientific fact in relation to Natural Law and Quantum Mechanics.


The biggest and most important job in our lives is being a parent. It is rewarding and after time, such an experience begins to put all other things and events into perspective.


I leave you with this Quote;


"As Parents the best we can ever do is to always love our Children. For regardless of our views they will always go their own way." ~ Alastair R Agutter


I hope this book can be a unique and valuable reference, resource and companion for you and found within the following key chapters.


INSIDE THIS BOOK:

Chapter One - Preparing To Start Your Family, Chapter Two - A New Baby Arrives and How to Care as a Parent, Chapter Three - Those Great Fun Moments Begin, Little Toddlers, Chapter Four - Starting Out in Life Infant School for Your Little One, Chapter Five - Building a Strong Relationship and Junior School, Chapter Six - Senior School and My Child Has Become an Alien, Chapter Seven - Further Education and Adulthood of Your Children, Chapter Eight - Being There As Parents in Their Relationships 


Parenting never ends, it only begins!

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!

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