Dynamic Aquaria - building living ecosystems, 3rd edition

Walter H Adey and Karen Loveland 
Academic Press  March 2007  

Hardback  528 pp  ISBN 9780123706416      £56.00
  • Includes 16 page color insert with 57 color plates and 25% new photographs
  • Offers 300 figures and 75 tables
  • New chapter on Biogeography
  • Over 50% new research in various chapters
  • Significant updates in chapters include:
    • The understanding of coral reef function especially the relationship between photosynthesis and calcification
    • The use of living system models to solve problems of biogeography and the geographic dispersal and interaction of species populations
    • The development of new techniques for global scale restoration of water and atmosphere
    • The development of new techniques for closed system, sustainable aquaculture
In its third edition, this praised book demonstrates how the living systems modeling of aquatic ecosystems for ecological, biological and physiological research, and ecosystem restoration can produce answers to very complex ecological questions. This book further offers an understanding developed in 25 years of living ecosystem modeling and discusses how this knowledge has produced methods of efficiently solving many environmental problems. Public education through this methodology is the additional key to the broader ecosystem understanding necessary to allow human society to pass through the next evolutionary bottleneck of our species. Living systems modeling as a wide spectrum educational tool can provide a primary vehicle for that essential step. This third editon covers the many technological and biological developments in the eight plus years since the second edition, providing updated technological advice and describing many new example aquarium environments.


  • Introduction

Part I: 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

Part II : 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

Part III: 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
  • Herbivores: Predators of Plants and Omnivores, Predators of Plants and Animals
  • 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

Part IV: Ecological Systems in Microcosms, Mesocosms, and Aquaria

  • Models of Coral Reef Ecosystems
  • A Subarctic/Boreal Microcosm: Test of a Biogeographic Model
  • Estuaries: Ecosystem Modeling and Restoration: Where Fresh and Salt Waters Interact
  • Freshwater Ecosystem Models

Part V: The Environment and Ecological Engineering

  • Organisms and Natural Products: Commercial Ecosystem Culture
  • Large Scale Water Quality Management with Solar Energy Capture

Part VI: Summary

  • Microcosms, Mesocosms, and Macrocosms: Building and Restoring Ecosystems: A Synthesis
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