The Aquaterrarium and its inhabitants (Terraristikbuch, VIVARIA Verlag, Softcover, 96 pages)
Type: Terraristic reference book
Topic: Basic information about aquaterrariums
The beautiful terrarium book "Das Aquaterrarium und seine Bewohner" (The Aquaterrarium and its Inhabitants) conveys optimal basic knowledge about the "Island in the Water" - under this buzzword the aquaterrarium was once thematized in an older terrarium book. This island, the land part of every aquaterrarium, is very different: Sometimes such an aquaterrarium contains only a floating cork island, so that the tank, strictly speaking, is an aquarium that provides its inhabitants with little more than a "sun bridge" for resting and breathing. Then again an aquaterrarium with extended land part (approximately with the rather country living yellow-bellied newt from the USA) will come along and naturally also fish can be held in an aquaterrarium. After all, we also know of species with the mudskippers that go ashore more frequently. Their natural home is the mangrove forests, and when we observe one of these glub-eyed journeymen in the aquaterrarium briefly moistening his body and gills in the water and then trolling ashore again, we find it hard to believe that we are dealing with a fish here.
Talking about fish: Shooting fish can also be cared for in a paludarium. Because only here, in an aquaterrarium in which land and water parts are in balance, will the archerfish show us their marksmanship by hunting insects that fly and creep around in the land part with a targeted water jet. Of course, if fish are to live in the paludarium, the water part must be sufficiently dimensioned and the inhabitants of the land part and the floods must be carefully coordinated with each other. The installation of an aquaterrarium is not that simple, because the technical effort is enormous. So it's a good thing that VIVARIA Verlag has brought an extensive standard work on the subject onto the market in the form of "Das Aquaterrarium und seine Bewohner" ("The Aquaterrarium and its Inhabitants"). A real delicacy under the terrarium literature, which conveys on 96 pages and illustrated with 104 illustrations everything worth knowing about the aquaterrarium and its varieties. Depending on the size of the water and the design of the land part, this will look very different and may be called a swamp terrarium (paludarium) or shore terrarium (riparium) in technical jargon.
Our conclusion: In "The Aquaterrarium and its Inhabitants", the well-known textbook author and terrarium expert Oliver Drewes conveys the most important basics of the aquaterrarium, which is suitable for amphibian amphibians and turtles, but also for some fish species. Terrarium equipment, terrarium decoration and technology are discussed. In addition, "Das Aquaterrarium und seine Bewohner" portrays in detail the most popular terrarium animals that feel comfortable in an aquaterrarium. Practice-proven instructions for their successful care help to avoid disappointments and guarantee a long and species-appropriate animal life!
About the author of "The Aquaterrarium and its inhabitants":
How large must the land part in the aquaterrarium be, and can the tank (with turtles and turtle lizards rather not!) also be planted? Oliver Drewes, born in Haan in 1970, is the right address for anyone with questions about setting up a tank for aquatic amphibians and reptiles. Drewes does not only work in a traditional company of the pet industry, where the terraristic segment belongs to his field of expertise, but also dedicates his free time to the jungle behind glass. And I've been for many years. Because at Oliver Drewes we are dealing with an expert from practice for practice who has been enthusiastic about keeping ornamental fish and terrarium animals since his earliest childhood. Privately Drewes cares for various terrarium animals as well as Malawi cichlids and has also made a name for himself as an author for various renowned publishers that market terrarium literature. In 2005 Drewes founded with the VIVARIA Verlag, then his own publishing house and has since then written various books on very different terrarium types, from very dry to the aquaterrarium.