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Review of basic aquarium techniques with comments on marine aquaria and public aquarium display techniques

Little, Laurence Collins

Scope of Report: This report consisted of a review of the techniques and equipment essential for successfully maintaining an aquarium. Subjects discussed included the use of lighting and types of lighting; substrates; aquatic plants and planting techniques; water chemistry and conditioning techniques; methods of aeration; types of filtration and filtration systems; methods and equipment needed for controlling temperature; feeding requirements and techniques for providing live foods; and methods used to control disease. Special problems involved in maintaining a marine tank were discussed. In addition, techniques involved in the display of fishes by zoos and public aquaria were reviewed with special emphasis on thematic display techniques.