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Dynamic Aquaria - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780123706416, 9780080469102

Dynamic Aquaria

3rd Edition

Building Living Ecosystems

Authors: Walter Adey Karen Loveland
eBook ISBN: 9780080469102
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123706416
Paperback ISBN: 9780124054646
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 18th January 2007
Page Count: 528
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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. Dynamic Aquaria 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.

Key Features

  • 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


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

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part I: Physical Environment
2. The Envelope: Physical Parameters and Energy State
3. Substrate: The Active Role of Rock, Mud, and Sand
4. Water Composition: Management of Salinity, Hardness, and Evaporation
5. The Input of Solar Energy: Lighting Requirements
6. The Input of Organic Energy: Particulates and Feeding

Part II : Biochemical Environment
7. Metabolism: Respiration, Photosynthesis, and Biological Loading
8. Organisms and Gas Exchange: Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, pH, and Alkalinity
9. The Primary Nutrients—Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Silica: Limitation and Eutrophication
10. Biomineralization and Calcification: A Key to Biosphere and Ecosystem Function
11. Control of the Biochemical Environment: Filters, Bacteria, and the Algal Turf Scrubber

Part III: Biological Structure
12. Community Structure: Biodiversity in Model Ecosystems
13. Trophic Structure: Ecosystems and the Dynamics of Food Chains
14. Primary Producers: Plants That Grow on the Bottom
15. Herbivores: Predators of Plants and Omnivores, Predators of Plants and Animals
16. Carnivores: Predators of Animals
17. Plankton and Planktivores: Floating Plants and Animals and Their Predators
18. Detritus and Detritivores: The Dynamics of Muddy Bottoms
19. Symbionts and Other Feeders

Part IV: Ecological Systems in Microcosms, Mesocosms, and Aquaria
20. Models of Coral Reef Ecosystems
21. A Subarctic/Boreal Microcosm: Test of a Biogeographic Model
22. Estuaries: Ecosystem Modeling and Restoration: Where Fresh and Salt Waters Interact
23. Freshwater Ecosystem Models

Part V: The Environment and Ecological Engineering
24. Organisms and Natural Products: Commercial Ecosystem Culture
25. Large Scale Water Quality Management with Solar Energy Capture

Part VI: Summary
26. Microcosms, Mesocosms, and Macrocosms: Building and Restoring Ecosystems: A Synthesis


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About the Authors

Walter Adey

Walter Adey received his B.S. in Geophysics from MIT, performed graduate studies at MIT and Harvard in Paleontology and Biology, and obtained his Ph.D. in Marine Botany and Geology from the University of Michigan. Since 1977, he has been the Director of the Marine Systems Laboratory at the Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Adey is an associate editor for Restoration Ecology and The Journal of Ecological Engineering. He has authored numerous publications, and has developed several exhibits and operational mesocosm systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA

Karen Loveland

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Natural History Producer

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