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Old 02-11-2009, 08:30 PM   #11
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The New Marina Aquarium by Michael S. Paletta
Best book and great info BEST ONE FOR BEGINNERS!
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Here's a whole list for you. Hope it helps.


Conscientious Reef Aquarist
by Robert Fenner

Natural Reef Aquariums
by John H. Tullock

Aquarium Corals; Selection, Husbandry, and Natural History
by Eric Borneman

Corals a Quick Reference Guide
by Julian Sprung

Reef Aquarium Vol I, II, and III
by Sprung/Delbeck

Reef Invertebrates
by Calfo/Fenner

Reef Fish Identification
by Allen/Steene

Reef Secrets
by Alf Jacob Nilsen and Svein A. Fossa

Three excellent PocketExpert Guides are;
Marine Invertebrates: 500+ Essential-To-Know Aquarium Species
by Ronald L Shimek

Marine Fishes: 500+ Essential-To-Know Aquarium Species
by Scott W. Michael

Reef Aquarium Fishes: 500+ Essential-To-Know-Species
by Scott W. Michael[/QUOTE]
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Geez that's a Lot!
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True, and I don't suggest running out and buying them all at once either - some are rather expensive. But it is a good list
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I have this, and while it's a *nice* book, I'd recommend putting it on the bottom of your priority list.

It has nice pictures for ID purposes, but doesn't really give you any good ideas of how to care for the coral. The lighting/feeding/placement charts are kind of funny, as their recommendations are so broad that they're useless.

Don't get me wrong... it's a nice book to have in your library, but don't make it your "go to" book on corals. If you have only one shot at getting a basic coral book, get Borneman's "Aquarium Corals" book.
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I have this, and while it's a *nice* book, I'd recommend putting it on the bottom of your priority list.

It has nice pictures for ID purposes, but doesn't really give you any good ideas of how to care for the coral. The lighting/feeding/placement charts are kind of funny, as their recommendations are so broad that they're useless.

Don't get me wrong... it's a nice book to have in your library, but don't make it your "go to" book on corals. If you have only one shot at getting a basic coral book, get Borneman's "Aquarium Corals" book.
Agreed. The nice thing about Sprung's book however, is you can I.D. the corals by common name, whereas in Borneman's book, he uses primarily scientific names. I often have to find the coral in Sprung's, then reference Borneman's - for those without the scientific naming knowledge, Sprungs is a handy reference guide - as stated however, not much good for coral care references.
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I agree with Kurt and the problem with many books is the common name usage, which just tends to confuse people in what coral they are trying to describe. If one can take the time to learn and use scientific terminology (not really that difficult with repetition) I think the hobby would be better off...imo.
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I agree with Kurt and the problem with many books is the common name usage, which just tends to confuse people in what coral they are trying to describe. If one can take the time to learn and use scientific terminology (not really that difficult with repetition) I think the hobby would be better off...imo.
While I don't disagree with you, until such time as you can convince suppliers to use this practice, the hobby will never change. Too many LFS purchase and list corals solely based on common names, and they themselves have no clue on the scientific name or even what coral/fish/invert it truly is. I've asked my LFS numerous times to get corals, fish, or inverts based on scientific names, and neither they nor the supplier have any idea what I'm talking about. I would be willing to bet there isn't a LFS within five hundred miles where I could walk in and order a Paracheilinus mccoskeri female and they would have a clue what I was talking about. Until such times as things change, Sprung's book for all its faults, is a necessary evil
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I got The New Marine Aquarium by Paletta when I was first starting my reef tank and it's a great getting started guide.

Borneman's book is great too, you can ID and get to know almost anything about any coral ever.

Check Half.com for cheap books.
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