What’s In Marine Aquariums – The Beginners Guide

We have had a few people contact us asking what is in our new book and who it is beneficial for. We have replied to them but I thought it might be beneficial if we listed this information on Aquarists Online as well.

Basically the book is available in both physical printed format as well as in downloadable digital format. The latter is where you download it and read it directly on your computer screen.

The book has been split into several sections as we believe that the important research should be performed prior to even purchasing a single thing. This research is covered in the introduction as well as parts 1 and 2.

The introduction section details such things as what the marine aquarium hooby actually is, the differences between saltwater and freshwater as well as detailing what marine reef systems and fish only system are.

Part 1 is based around the equipment either required or a possible extra. Various types of equipment are discussed and details what the equipment is, how it works and what it is used for.

Part 2 covers one of the most important research areas in our opinion and this is the area of filtration. Filtration itself is discussed in detail so that the reader understands how the filtration in an aquarium work and then various filtration techniques are discussed so that the reader can implement the filtration method which is most suitable to them or their aquarium.

At the end of these 3 sections the reader is now in a position to start purchasing items based upon the decisions they have made from these sections.

Part 3 covers the process of physicall setting up the aquarium, install and preparing the relevant equipment, water, filtration and then methods to start the nitrogen cycle as well as detailing what needs to be done to ensure that the aquarium is ready to support life.

At the end of this part the aquarium should be ready for the introduction of life so we move on to the introduction of life into the aquarium.

Part 4 details the stocking of the aquarium and covers areas such as how to select livestock, quarantine techniques, acclimitisation techniques, risks and methods of purchasing livestock on the internet as well as feeding techniques.

Part 5 is where we cover the area that aquarists fear – disease. In this section we covers aspects such as symptoms, prevention, treatment, injuries etc.

Part 6 covers the required element of ongoing care and maintenance. This is where we detail what to look after, how to look after it, when things need to be performed and prepares the aquarists for the future where if the required care and maintenance is performed and both patience and diligence are employed that a successful aquarium may be theirs to enjoy.

Part 7 is where we close the book down and cover some closing elements such as safety and running costs.

Both John and I are very pleased with the book and feel that it will be of benefit to numerous people however it is aimed at people who are considering starting the marine aquarium hobby or have just started and are looking for more information.

We have attempted to write this book so that anyone will understand it. There are some areas of this book which are classed as advanced techniques however we have spent considerable time writing these areas so that they are understandable and do not confuse the reader.

As said both John and I are very pleased with this book and hope that many aquarists from around the globe will find it beneficial and end up having successful aquariums.

There are some people who will feel that it include information which is only suitable for beginners but that is why it is called ‘Marine Aquariums – The Beginners Guide’

Further information about our new book can be found at http://www.salt-water-aquarium.com

Below is the table of content from the book which details the contents more in depth.

Table of Contents

Foreword And Acknowledgements
This Wonderful Hobby
Chapter 1 – The Saltwater Aquarium Hobby
Chapter 2 – What You Can Find In This Guide
Chapter 3 – The Differences Between Saltwater And Freshwater
Chapter 4 – What Is A Fish Only Aquarium
Chapter 5 – What Is A Marine Reef System
Chapter 6 – Considerations
Part 1 – What Everything Does
Chapter 7 – The Aquarium
Chapter 8 – The Sump
Chapter 9 – Substrate Selection
Chapter 10 – The Nitrogen Cycle
Chapter 11 – Protein Skimming
Chapter 12 – Ultra Violet Sterilisation
Chapter 13 – Water
Chapter 14 – Temperature
Chapter 15 – Lighting
Chapter 16 – Water Circulation
Chapter 17 – Water Parameters
Chapter 18 – Calcium Addition
Chapter 19 – Algae
Chapter 20 – Decor
Chapter 21 – Other Equipment
Chapter 22 – Here’s What You Need
Part 2 – Filtration
Chapter 23 – Mechanical Filtration
Chapter 24 – Biological Filtration
Chapter 25 – Chemical Filtration
Chapter 26 – Man Made Filtration
Chapter 27 – Natural Filtration
Chapter 28 – Usage Of Chemical Filtration
Chapter 29 – Filtration Techniques
Part 3 – Setting Up Your Aquarium
Chapter 30 – ‘Fail To Plan And You Plan To Fail’
Chapter 31 – Tank, Stand And Hood
Chapter 32 – Sump
Chapter 33 – Heater
Chapter 34 – Power Heads And Pumps
Chapter 35 – Lighting
Chapter 36 – Protein Skimmer
Chapter 37 – Nitrate Removal
Chapter 38 – Use Of Chemical Filtration
Chapter 39 – Water
Chapter 40 – Filtration
Chapter 41 – Power On
Chapter 42 – Starting The Nitrogen Cycle
Part 4 – Ready To Stock
Chapter 43 – Selecting Your Livestock
Chapter 44 – Quarantine
Chapter 45 – Acclimatisation Techniques
Chapter 46 – Purchasing Livestock Online
Chapter 47 – Feeding Techniques
Part 5 – Fish Diseases
Chapter 48 – Causes
Chapter 49 – Symptoms
Chapter 50 – Water Quality
Chapter 51 – Types Of Diseases
Chapter 52 – Injuries
Chapter 53 – Prevention
Part 6 – Taking Care Of Your Aquarium
Chapter 54 – Equipment
Chapter 55 – New Saltwater Mix
Chapter 56 – Doing The Job
Chapter 57 – Additional Information
Part 7 – Closing
Chapter 58 – Running Costs
Chapter 59 – Electrical Safety
Chapter 60 – Conclusion
Photography Credits
About The Authors
John Cunningham
Peter Cunningham