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Hobbies and Interests - The Weekend Magazine by Alastair Agurtter

News, Books and Featured Articles

A very big welcome to Hobbies and Interests News from "The Weekend Magazine" created and designed by Alastair Agutter. For the latest news, featured articles, books, reviews and best sellers. All on free subscription for a more mature conversation and for an informed audience and world, in the age of Globalization, for the 21st Century.


Tropical Fish Keeping Journals

Special thanks to all Tropical Fish Hobbyists acquiring the new "Tropical Fish Keeping Journals" in traditional print, or now on digital ebook format over the recent holiday. Current issues of 1 to 4 are available and with issue 5 planned shortly for all Aquarists world-wide.


In the last issue of the "Tropical Fish Keeping Journal Book Edition Number Four" there were a number of fabulous features including; super foods for keeping healthy, happy, thriving tropical fish, with high protein foods that you can make yourself from the recipes. Also aquarium filtration with the author's introduction to "Poly Atomic-ion Biological Reactors" for attaining crystal clear water and healthy aquatic plants, not stressed from damaged root systems caused from more conventional filter systems such as under gravel.


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The Secret to Healthy Happy Disease Free Tropical Fish by Alastair Agutter

The Secret to Healthy Happy Disease Free Tropical Fish

From 50 years experience as an Aquarist (Icthyologist and Marine Biologist), I discovered the greatest threat to the well being of all Tropical Fish related to stress and poor diet. I would say 90% of all tropical fish deaths are connected to poor diet, creating stress, leading to disease, and eventually death. This is why I wrote a book that is a world's first on super foods, and how to make your very own fish food.  

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How Young Adult Discus Should Look by Alastair Agutter


How Young Adult Discus Should Look

One of my greatest fears in recent years has been retaining the natural shape of Discus and their size. One thing I have learnt from Marine Morphology, and this goes pretty much for all other life forms, in genetics you only ever have a 100% to work from. So what I mean from this is, if you develop for example greater colour in a species, there will be another deficit in the DNA make up of the species!

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Keeping Discus Fish Quick Guide by Alastair Agutter


Keeping Discus Fish Quick Guides

The Discus Fish (symphysodon) is known as the King of the Aquarium, and today after many decades of effort, Discus Fish are now tank bred these days, with only a few exceptions of wild species still coming from South America, namely Belém or Iquitos. Here you will find details of Keeping Discus Fish Quick Guides, for new and experienced Aquarists thinking about taking up Discus Keeping.

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Tropical Fish Keeping News

The Discus Book First Edition by Alastair Agurtter

A Continued Best Seller for Over 28 Years

Today, even after 28 years from being first published in 1989, "The Discus Book" still continues to be a Best Selling Book and is a timeless capsule for information on successfully breeding and keeping the Discus (symphysodon) King of the Aquarium. At the end of 2013, I was invited to re-write the book for a digital edition and when presented with such a proposition, I seriously considered my actions. For some 25 years later, I was looking at a publication that recorded those very early days of successfully breeding discus in captivity and one of a select few world-wide at the time to have done so and recorded events for prosperity.


I decided to keep the book in it's original form, and the only changes I made was to recover the old 35 mm original pictures, and convert them into digital images and with a successful outcome. In fact the new images appear to be far crisper. When the digital edition was first published, to compliment the printed edition, I never imagined the book would become a tropical fish hobbyists favourite again. But then in saying that, these days when we look at all the uncertainty, I can fully understand and appreciate folk wanting to reflect and look back on those Golden days of the past. I often find myself reminiscing more these days of times gone bye, and take greater joy in picking up an old publication and thumbing through to see historic images of the past. Such recorded times were far more innocent and generous, where the hobbyist shared ones exploits, especially at local Aquarist Club gatherings. The Discus Book is an honest account of my successes in the past, and with proven methods and techniques back then, and will work well today again, even more so, for the many discus species purchased today, are tank bred, and not from the wild.


The book provides an insight to the importance of routine and foods, two of the key elements to success in keeping and breeding discus. Also details on Foods prepared by myself in those early days, and where in the book recipes can be found, along with many other valuable methods and tips. The success surrounding water is not necessarily the investment of various gadgets and gizmos, but real success regarding water, lays with consistency of the water, and the acclimatization of the fish, all of which can be found in the book. Full details of the book and where to buy in traditional print and on digital ebook >


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Poly Atomic-ion Biological Reactors by Alastair Agutter


Poly Atomic-ion Biological Reactors for Plants and Fish

One of the biggest problems in tropical fish keeping over the decades, has been successfully keeping tropical fish and aquatic plants. The three key elements related is to this problem are; water (filtration), the correct amount of light, and lastly temperature. Now it may comes as a surprise to some tropical fish hobbyists, but aquatics plants even in an aquarium, are aware of seasonal cycles and change.

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Hanging Baskets Using Straw by Alastair Agutter


Gardening For Beginners Going Audio

This year I had planned to take things a little easier, and take a slight sabbatical regarding publishing. But technology is gathering such momentum, its time to jump back into the technology story of the World Wide Web, and start developing and coding again at the highest level, to deliver more dynamic content for the multitude of devices now used in this age of technology, a project beginning with Gardening! 

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Taking Up Tropical Fish Keeping by Alastair Agutter


Taking Up Tropical Fish Keeping

It was in fact back in 1967 when I first took up Tropical Fish Keeping, after visiting a very close friends home after School, and being greeted in the hallway entrance of his home, with a magnificent bow fronted gold angle ironed aquarium. The grand view was of an illuminated underwater world, full of life and vibrant colours.  Such an impression then, and with fond memories, has now lasted over 50 years.

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More Fish Keeping News

My First Aquarium Book by Alastair R Agutter

Tropical Fish Keeping News

Over the course of time, I hope to publish far more articles, including a marine fish species and aquatic plants identification directory, in conjunction with the Tropical Fish Keeping Journals. I have some articles for this new section, I plan to launch in the coming days, with updates hopefully on a regular basis. Tropical Fish Keeping Journals >


50 Years of Marine Life Experience Counts for Something

If you get things right when it comes to tropical fish keeping, you will have your fish eating out of your hands. My First Aquarium is a book based on the author's 50 years  experience as an Ichthyologist and Marine Life expert. Super Foods Tropical Fish and Discus Book here >


My First Aquarium – The Joy of Tropical Fish Keeping is a book for all new and existing aquarists participating in the noble and time honoured traditional pastime of tropical fish keeping. The Best Selling Author of Tropical Fish Keeping shares his knowledge of five decades since taking up the hobby in 1967 with you, for keeping healthy thriving tropical fish, and as one of the World's select few to successfully breed Wild Discus in captivity over 25 years ago, the King of the Tropical Fish Aquarium. Inside this book are over 390 pages of valuable information, containing over 93,000 plus words and over 250 plus photographs, reference tables, diagrams and illustrations, to ensure every aquarist is successful in their lifers journey of tropical fish keeping. Full details of the book and where to buy traditional print editions or digital ebook formats here >


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The Discus Book Tropical Fish Keeping Special Edition by Alastair Agutter


The Discus Book Tropical Fish Keeping Special Edition

The Discus Book Tropical Fish Keeping Special Edition Celebrates 25 years since the very first discus book was written back in 1989. One of Amazon's Best Sellers and Biggest Selling tropical fish books for Natural Discus Aquariums, Breeding, Community Species, suitable plants and healthy disease free diets. 

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My First Aquarium Book by Alastair Agutter

My First Aquarium Book

This is a book I have always wanted to write for the Tropical Fish Hobbyist and Dedicated Aquarist, as it goes into great detail on keeping healthy, thriving, happy, disease free tropical fish, based on my experience, as I celebrate 50 years as an Ichthyologist from 1967 to 2017. 

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The Discus Book Second Edition by Alastair Agutter

The Discus Book Second Edition Book

The Discus Book Second Edition, I believe to be the most comprehensive book to date ever written on The King of the Aquarium, Discus (symphysodon). The downside is, if Folk are looking for a silver bullet, or some form of miracle methods of keeping these complex species, they will be disappointed. 

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Tropical Fish Keeping Journal Book Edition Four by Alastair Agutter


Tropical Fish Keeping Journal Book Edition Four

The Tropical Fish Keeping Journals build into a series of informative tropical fish books covering the entire subject of our pastime. Each edition has special features and also introduces aquarists and hobbyists to more diverse marine fish species with profiles, including plant species and products. 

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