An “how to do it” manual for keeping tropical fish:
As you may know, I occasionally come across ebooks that I feel might interest my readers, mostly to do with some hobby or other, well here is another one. This one is a beginners guide to keeping tropical fish in aquariums, and to make things even better, it is completely free as well.
You can find this ebook on a rather serious website all about the hobby of keeping tropical fish of one sort or another (link below), which is in itself well worth a visit if you happen to be one who enjoys tropical fish. As a confirmed scuba diver who lives in the Philippines, I am well able to understand why people would like these fish, as I regularly swim among hundreds of them, of all shapes, colours and sizes. I have to say that my favourites are the snooty and aloof Bat fish, who swim slowly and disdainfully along in front of me as I dive, and those insanely brave little clown fish (Nemo fish for the Disney freaks among us) who always charge out at me to chase me away from their particular patch of coral.
This ebook, entitled Tropical Fish – a beginners guide, which is written by William Berg – apparently an acknowledged expert on these fish, is available to download on their website, completely free and not even a requirement that you register with them first.
As it is in PDF format, rather than any particular ebook format, you can read it on any platform, ereaders, PC, Macs, Smart Phones and so on, so it is truly universal. Also, being free, no silliness with any form of DRM protection either.
If you are not comfortable reading PDF files on your ereader, then Calibre is the answer. You can convert the ebook to whichever format your ereader uses with this free software (download it here).
Further, being about 100 pages in length it is a really complete guide on just about every aspect of keeping these fish alive and happy (hmmmm…. Happy? Do fish feel happy I wonder?). So it isn’t one of those crappy so called guides one comes across which turn out to be about 20 pages of blindingly obvious “tips” This is the real thing.
Having downloaded it and had a look through it, it seems to me to be remarkably complete, covering such topics as the following:
- How to set up an aquarium
- Choosing a spot for your aquarium
- Choosing an aquarium
- Choosing equipment
- Air Pumps
- Water test kit
- Setting up the aquarium
- Conditioning water
- Adding Fish
- Stress in your aquarium
- Water problems and their solutions
- Tropical fish aquarium problems
All of these topics, and more, are dealt with chapter by chapter at some length by the author, and whilst, rather to my surprise, there are no illustrations in this ebook, he writes in a very clear and understandable manner, making this into an ebook that I would consider absolutely essential reading for anyone thinking about taking up this hobby.
On the website they say that they plan a whole series of such free ebooks – if this one is a success – another good reason to download a copy I would suggest.
So, if you think that you might want to start keeping tropical fish at home, or if you are already a confirmed lover and owner of these brilliant creatures, then both the free ebook and the website are well worth your while to check out I would suggest.