Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

If you’re tempted by the thought of start­ing an aquar­ium, keep in mind that you will be putting your­self in charge of beau­ti­ful, pre­cious liv­ing crea­tures. Here are some things to keep in mind. Age: For chil­dren, start­ing small and let­ting the hobby grow with them can de­velop into a life­long pas­sion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of na­ture. For adults, along with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of keep­ing things alive, is the op­por­tu­nity for artis­tic ex­pres­sion, sci­en­tific in­ves­ti­ga­tion, un­der­stand­ing the me­chan­ics of pumps and wa­ter chem­istry and, if you choose, an ex­panded com­mu­nity of like­minded friends. Re­spon­si­ble sources: When choos­ing fish, in­ves­ti­gate how spec­i­mens are ob­tained, and try to do busi­ness with en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble sources. Books: A book King sug­gests as a great ref­er­ence and has found use­ful since his high school days, now out in a 2008 up­dated ver­sion, is The Con­sci­en­tious Marine Aquar­ist: A Com­mon­sense Hand­book for Suc­cess­ful Salt­wa­ter Hob­by­ists by Robert Fen­ner, Matthew Wit­ten­rich, and Scott Michael. (TFH Pub­li­ca­tions, about $61 from Ama­ An­other book, now out of print but worth search­ing for at used book sources, is Nat­u­ral Reef Aquar­i­ums: Sim­pli­fied Ap­proaches to Cre­at­ing Liv­ing Salt­wa­ter Mi­cro­cosms by John Tul­lock (TFH Pub­li­ca­tions).

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