Dynamic Aquaria

Building Living Ecosystems


  • Walter Adey, Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
  • Karen Loveland, Emeritus Natural History Producer

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.
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Living system modelers, ecologists, aquatic biologists and physiologists, teachers at all levels, restoration ecologists, ecological engineers, environmental scientists and engineers, ecological engineers, aquaculturalists, biogeographers, global change scientists and aquarium hobbyists.


Book information

  • Published: January 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-370641-6

Table of Contents

1: IntroductionPart I: Physical Environment2: The Envelope: Physical Parameters and Energy State3: Substrate: The Active Role of Rock, Mud, and Sand4: Water Composition: Management of Salinity, Hardness, and Evaporation5: The Input of Solar Energy: Lighting Requirements6: The Input of Organic Energy: Particulates and FeedingPart II : Biochemical Environment7: Metabolism: Respiration, Photosynthesis, and Biological Loading8: Organisms and Gas Exchange: Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, pH, and Alkalinity9: The Primary Nutrients—Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Silica: Limitation and Eutrophication10: Biomineralization and Calcification: A Key to Biosphere and Ecosystem Function11: Control of the Biochemical Environment: Filters, Bacteria, and the Algal Turf ScrubberPart III: Biological Structure12: Community Structure: Biodiversity in Model Ecosystems13: Trophic Structure: Ecosystems and the Dynamics of Food Chains14: Primary Producers: Plants That Grow on the Bottom15: Herbivores: Predators of Plants and Omnivores, Predators of Plants and Animals16: Carnivores: Predators of Animals17: Plankton and Planktivores: Floating Plants and Animals and Their Predators18: Detritus and Detritivores: The Dynamics of Muddy Bottoms19: Symbionts and Other FeedersPart IV: Ecological Systems in Microcosms, Mesocosms, and Aquaria20: Models of Coral Reef Ecosystems21: A Subarctic/Boreal Microcosm: Test of a Biogeographic Model22: Estuaries: Ecosystem Modeling and Restoration: Where Fresh and Salt Waters Interact23: Freshwater Ecosystem ModelsPart V: The Environment and Ecological Engineering24: Organisms and Natural Products: Commercial Ecosystem Culture25: Large Scale Water Quality Management with Solar Energy CapturePart VI: Summary26: Microcosms, Mesocosms, and Macrocosms: Building and Restoring Ecosystems: A Synthesis