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What should be required reading for this hobby?

I've referred people to many articles or post in my time here. Today it dawned on me that there should be a list of links. It would have saved me a lot of time if I could have read a list of pertinent articles or posts in one place when I started.

What are some of your bookmarks you couldn't live without? I'll start a list here.


General Information
Glossary of Terms, FAQ's, useful links and search tips
Starter tank setup.
Scientific Notation of Common Elements
Planted Tank Acronyms List
The Aquarium Wiki
Low Tech
Excellent List of Low Light Plants
Non CO2 methods
How to Setup a Low-tech Planted Tank: Planted Aquarium Guide
Nano Tanks
Nanofish List
Aquarium Photography
Beginners Guide to Aquarium Photography
Equipment
How to build a co2 regulator
CO2 Primer
Overview of Autodosing Methods
Automatic Dosing Pumps
Lighting
PAR data for spiral bulbs
Lighting an Aquarium with PAR instead of Watts
LED Lighting Compendium
DIY Light Hood Fan article
ODNO - Over-driving normal output fluorescent bulbs
Substrate
Substrate Choices Pros/Cons
Mineralized Soil Substrate article
Mineralized Top Soil discussion
Older article about using sand
Soilmaster Select substrate
Substrate Calculator
Aquascaping
Crash course Dutch style Aquascaping
The 12 stages of the aquatic aquascaper
Planting Density
Front to Back Layout
Underwater Ikebana
Quality Aquascapes--Planned or Evolved
The Jungle Aquarium
Aquascaping - Amano notes, AGA 2004 Convention
Foreground/Carpet Plants
Midground Plants
Aquascaping Tools
Landscaping Software
How to Design and Aquascape Your Aquarium
The Art of Aquascaping

Hardscapes

Driftwood Do's & Don'ts
Driftwood Notes
Fertilizers and Water Parameters

Water chemistry
Calibrating test kits - for non-chemists
Nutrient Management
Dosing Regime
Yet Another Nutrient Calculator
EI light: for those less techy folks
The Estimative Index of Dosing, or No Need for Test Kits
Nutrient level over time, graphical calculator
Carbon Dioxide
CO2 and light stimulate the growth
Calculate how much CO2 is in your tank based on kH and pH:
Bacteria
Autotrophic Nitrifying Bacteria and Their Practical Application in a Freshwater Aquarium
Algae
Algae Guide
Aquarium Algae Identification
Algae in the Planted Aquarium
Methods: algae control or growing plants?
Live Stocking
Aqadvisor
Stocking 5, 10 and 20 gallon freshwater aquaria
Stocking Your Aquarium Evenly
Fish
Live Food - The best natural food for fish!
Fish Treatment Quick Guide
Common Freshwater Fish Diseases
Beginners Guide to Discus
Aquarium Fish Profiles
How to Identify Aquarium Fish Diseases
Loaches Online
A guide for purchasing plecos
Homemade Fish Food


Shrimp and Invertebrates
Advice for new shrimp keepers
List of Hobby Inverts
Information for people wanting to breed cherry shrimp Article
Crystal Red Shrimp information (care and breeding) Article
DIY Peat Filter
Crystal Bee Shrimp Breeding Guide - Making It Easy
List of shrimp and invertebrate related abbreviations
Glossary of Terms, FAQ's, useful links and search tips
What's that bug? How to recognize them
Shrimp picture gallery
Shrimp aquariums
Plants
Aquamoss, a site dedicated to aquatic mosses
DIY
DIY LED FAQ - Where to begin?
Design a Planted Tank LED light
Pictures of DIY stands
Building an all glass tank
How to Build a glass Aquarium
GARF's build your own custom tank page
Books
The Borneo Suckers: Revision of the Torrent Loaches of Borneo (Balitoridae: Gastromyzon, Neogastromyzon)
Natural History Publications (Borneo)
Dr. Tan Heok Hui

Loaches Natural History and Aquarium Care
Managing Editors:
Mark Macdonald and Martin Thoene.

"Ecology of the Planted Aquarium" by Walstad

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The stickies at the top of the appropriate forums ate good starting points, imo. If the are not sufficient, maybe we should update / extend them?

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Here are some of mine listed Alphabetically

AqAdvisor

Aquarium Fish Profiles

Aquarium Wiki

How to Identify Aquarium Fish Diseases

Stocking 5, 10 and 20 gallon freshwater aquaria

Stocking Your Aquarium Evenly

3 Gal Betta Tank | 10 Gal Shrimp/Fry Tank |
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The stickies at the top of the appropriate forums ate good starting points, imo. If the are not sufficient, maybe we should update / extend them?

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No doubt. I agree. I'll group them all here when I can.
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+1, I know the book by heart.

Best article I've read ever:

http://www.tropica.com/en/tropica-ab...and-light.aspx




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but seriously, if your a loach person like me you need to read

The Borneo Suckers: Revision of the Torrent Loaches of Borneo (Balitoridae: Gastromyzon, Neogastromyzon)
Natural History Publications (Borneo)
Dr. Tan Heok Hui


Loaches Natural History and Aquarium Care
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Profiles of fishes before purchasing them.
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I've found a combo of the stickies here, combined with just the knowledge base of the users from answers to questions, have accelerated my own knowledge incredibly. Had zero experience (or skill) with plants and gave up on them about 35 years ago, now I love keeping a planted tank. Was just talking to my wife about the speed of knowledge acquisition from internet databases/forums just this morning. I know that sounds like I'm a million year old guy sitting on his porch yelling at the neighbor kids, but it really is amazing how quickly you can get a question answered now.
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I've found a combo of the stickies here, combined with just the knowledge base of the users from answers to questions, have accelerated my own knowledge incredibly. Had zero experience (or skill) with plants and gave up on them about 35 years ago, now I love keeping a planted tank. Was just talking to my wife about the speed of knowledge acquisition from internet databases/forums just this morning. I know that sounds like I'm a million year old guy sitting on his porch yelling at the neighbor kids, but it really is amazing how quickly you can get a question answered now.

Ain't it the truth.
When I began in the hobby,forty year's ago,weren't no book's that weren't way outdated,never even saw pictures of planted tank's ,or at least not like what one can find now.
No one to talk to about fishes/plant's that had hand's on expierience.
Course there wasn't near the misinformation that one has to sift through either, but this is not to say there is not excellent info as well.
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Autotrophic Nitrifying Bacteria and Their Practical Application in a Freshwater Aquarium
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Zorfox, thank you so much for starting this thread! It is going to be very helpful and I'm bookmarking it. I'm not a total newbie to fish or plant keeping, but I'm still learing and I enjoy reading about this hobby.
Just from the links you first posted I went to AqAdvisor and found out that my tank is really a 23 gallon and all this time (over a year since I bought it used on CL) I have been thinking it was a 25 gallon. Not a big difference, but it's good to know. Also I now know that when I'm done stocking my tank with as many fish as I was planing to get I will be over stocked...
Very good and helpful info, thank you!
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Those are good resources so far. Thank you.

As OVT suggested I included all the stickies. It's nice having all the stickies in one place IMO.

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Thank you. I've not seen this one. That was very enlightening.
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