Other great aquarium information sources:

Tropic Cove Bulletin/Forum
Tropic Cove's own forum for posting questions, ideas and any other comments regarding aquariums!

Tropica Aquarium Plants
A very informative and beautiful commercial sight filled with information on many aspects of aquarium plants, including ordering information.

Aquarium Page O'Links
A large list of links to all types of aquarium related sites; some good, some marginal. If you feel like looking through a lot of mixed quality pages to find the good ones, then this is the place.

If you haven't been here yet, you are missing out on one of the largest aquarium web sites I've found.

Aquarium Books

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Nature Aquarium World; by Takashi Amano, Talsashi Amano. (No picture available). This is perhaps the greatest book ever authored on the general topic of aquarium design. Takashi displays some of his best aquariums in a beautiful, large book. Even if you learn nothing from this book it is well worth buying just for the incredible glossy, full color, large photographs. It will inspire you to build Nature Aquariums of your own.

Nature Aquarium World Book Two; by Takashi Amano, Talsashi Amano. Part two of the Nature World Aquarium series; deals primarily with smaller aquariums. Amano manages to transform an aquarium 1 liter (less than a quart) in size into a beautiful scene.

Nature Aquarium World Book Three; by Takashi Amano, Talsashi Amano. Part three of the Nature World Aquarium series; deals primarily with larger aquariums. Panoramic photographs of aquariums up to 4950 liters (more than 1300 gallons), truly breathtaking.

The Biotope Aquarium: An Authentic Imitation of Nature in Your Home : Setting Up Natural-Looking Aquariums (A Save-Our-Planet Book); by W. Stawikowski. A good primer for the biotope subject. This book will guide you on what types of fish and plants belong in certain types of biotopes. Nice pictures, not as inspiring as Amano's books but perhaps more informative and useful.

The Natural Aquarium: How to Imitate Nature in Your Home; by Satoshi Yoshino and Doshin Kobayashi. Another book similar to The Biotope Aquarium in general format, but with nicer looking aquarium setups in my opinion. The book takes you step by step through the design and set-up of some very nice aquariums, including several biotope-type (geographic) aquariums.

Dr. Axelrod's Atlas of Freshwater Aquarium Fishes; by Herbert R. Axelrod, Warren E. Burgess. An encyclopedia-sized book, 1168 pages in length with 4500 pictures of just about every freshwater fish ever kept in captivity. An excellent reference for identifying rare species. Gives general information on behavior, care, etc. Every serious aquarist should consider getting this book.

Dr Burgess's Atlas of Marine Aquarium Fishes; by Warren Burgess, Ray Hunziker, Herbert R. Axelrod . Sort of a Marine companion to the Freshwater Atlas, this book has 736 pages with thousands of photographs that will enable the serious marine aquarist to identify even the most oddball species. Give same general information as the Freshwater Atlas on care, feeding, etc.

Aquarium Magazines

Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine (TFH). A wonderful magazine that has been around for many years. This very large magazine has many great photographs as well as informative and entertaining articles for all levels of aquarium keeping. A great resource for the serious aquarist. Many criticize that the magazine wastes too much space with photographs, but I think that aquarium keeping is a very visual pursuit and enjoy the high quality photographs very much.

Freshwater and Marine Aquarium (FAMA). A great magazine with a more technical slant. Also fairly large in size, at least half of it is comprized of full page ads. This is a favorite among many advanced aquarists, primarily among reefkeepers. My scientific side appreciates the informative, if not very entertaining, articles. My artistic side was left rather cold by the scarce, low quality photographs.

Aquarium Fish MAgazine (AFM). This is a magazine geared for beginners. It has good photographs, easy to follow and entertaining articles, and an easy to use format. Advanced aquarists will probably get something from it too, but in my opinion it is more useful to the beginner.

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