This FAQ provides advice and guidance to help insure success in your endeavor. Though this document is designed for a first freshwater aquarium (saltwater people: make sure to read the SALTWATER BEGINNER FAQ), there is much information applicable to both freshwater and saltwater aquaria.
This FAQ about Beginning Fishkeeping was compiled and written by Thomas Narten with numerous contributions by others.
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