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Dynamic Aquaria Building Living Ecosystems

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ISBN-10: 0120437902

ISBN-13: 9780120437900

Edition: 1991

Authors: Walter H. Adey, Karen Loveland

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Dynamic Aquaria is the outgrowth of years of research aimed at studying how to accurately model and construct living ecosystems in mesocosms, microcosms, and aquaria. It is a unique book, presenting scientifically sound information for a growing new area of science--synthetic ecology, or the construction of living ecosystems. At the same time, the authors present thoughtful perspectives on how knowledge gained by creating these smaller ecosystems helps us to understand our wild ecosystems and biosphere as a whole. For the scientist: n This book presents an array of new approaches, some revolutionary, to the development and operation of experimental ecosystems For the professional aquarist: n This book demonstrates the ever-expanding possibilities for creating functioning ecosystems for educational display For the hobbyist: n The book demonstrates the practical potential for building and operating true, "natural" ecosystems, rather than artificial habitats that house a few selected organisms
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Book details

List price: $53.00
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 8/16/1991
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 667
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.948
Language: English

Karen Loveland is a multi-international award-winning documentary film maker who has produced and directed films for the Smithsonian Institution for over 30 years. In her present position as Deputy Director for Smithsonian Productions, she assists in the management and programming for Smithsonian media activities as well as overseas production and co-production using a wide variety of electronic technologies and formats. She founded the Smithsonians Motion Picture Unit in 1969. She has been the recipient of more than 70 prestigious national and international awards and honors.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Physical Environment
The Envelope: Physical Parameters and Energy State
Substrate: The Active Role of Rock, Mud, and Sand
Water Composition: Management of Salinity, Hardness, and Evaporation
The Input of Solar Energy: Lighting Requirements
The Input of Organic Energy: Particulates and Feeding
Biochemical Environment
Metabolism: Respiration, Photosynthesis, and Biological Loading
Organisms and Gas Exchange: Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, pH, and Alkalinity
The Primary Nutrients - Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Silica: Limitation and Eutrophication
Biomineralization and Calcification: A Key to Biosphere and Ecosystem Function
Control of the Biochemical Environment: Filters, Bacteria, and the Algal Turf Scrubber
Biological Structure
Community Structure: Biodiversity in Model Ecosystems
Trophic Structure: Ecosystems and the Dynamics of Food Chains
Primary Producers: Plants That Grow on the Bottom
Herbivors: Predators of Plants
Carnivores: Predators of Animals
Plankton and Planktivores: Floating Plants and Animals and Their Predators
Detritus and Detritivores: The Dynamics of Muddy Bottoms
Symbionts and Other Feeders
Ecological Systems in Microcosms, Mesocosms, and Aquaria
Models of Coral Reef Ecosystems
A Subarctic Shore: The Maine Coast
Estuaries: Ecosystem Modeling Where Fresh and Salt Waters Interact
Freshwater Ecosystem Models
The Environment and Ecological Engineering
The Culturing of Organisms and Communities for the Aquarium Hobby
Controlled Ecosystems and Wastewater Management
Summary
Microcoms, Mesocosms, and Aquaria as Ecosystem Models: A Synthesis
Index
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