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Old 05-27-2011, 02:39 PM   #1
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Good book for somebody interested in learning more?

Can anybody recommend a good book for somebody who wants to know about reef aquariums?

I am thinking I want to start learning about them so I can determine if I want to start setting aside some money for one, so the wife can't object so easy...

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i've had good luck with Saltwater Aquariums for Dummies, The New Marine Aquarium, Marine Chemistry.

The first two are a step by step guide to setting up a tank.

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The Conscientious Marine Aquarist by Bob Fenner.
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:02 PM   #4
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H2, I am in the same boat and I agree with both Flake and Maya. The New Marine Aquarium is a very good starter book because it keeps things simple and takes the time to give a layman's explanation of what each piece of equipment does and what the major differences are between the different "flavors" of equipment out there.

I also bought The Conscientious Marine Aquarist and so far I am finding it to be a great resource as well. It is significantly more detailed (and expensive) than New Marine Aquarium.

The first book helped me decide whether I could handle a marine tank, and the second will influence how I go about it in the long run.
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:58 PM   #5
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Thanks Everyone for the help! Definitely be making a trip to the bookstore!
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I wouldn't bother with "Saltwater Aquariums for Dummies". I wanted to get a saltwater book last year, when I got into the saltwater side, and I skimmed over this one at a bookstore and it wasn't spectacular. If this is your first "serious" tank (testing, proper cycle, research, time, more money than goldfish), then it's helpful.

If you've kept tanks before, than you'll find a lot of the information redundant. There are parts in there that are helpful in explaining RO/DI, water parameters such as Cal. Alk. Copper. Phos. etc, buffers, and a few other more advanced components, but since it's written for beginners, you'll read a lot about the most common topics talked about on this site. Save the $25 for another book or reef supplies.


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