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Old 05-21-2002, 08:44 PM   #1
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Suggested Reading List

Suggested Reading for all saltwater hobbiests

The best resource asside from this website and other websites simular to AquariumAdvice.Com is a set of good reference books. This list has been constructed for your reference. We will structure this list in seperate categories. In these categories books that focus on this sub-topic's of the hobby will be listed.


Aquarium Fish Magizine
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  • This is a very nice magizine that is published monthly. There are seperate sections dedicated for Saltwater, Reef, Freshwater and Ponds. Another nice part about this magizine is that there are Q&A sections where readers post questions to the "experts" that write for the magizine.

Beginer's Guides

The New Marine Aquarium by Michael S Paletta
ISBN # 1-890087-52-1

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  • This is an excellent book for the saltwater "newbie". Michael discuss several classic methods of setting up a saltwater aquarium, different methods of cycling a tank. Methods of cycling Live Rock, stocking suggestions and some basic disease diagnosis.

Reference Books

Dr Burgess's ATLAS of Marine Aquarium Fishes by Dr Warren E Burgess, Dr Herbert R Axelrod and Raymond E Hunziker III
ISBN # 0-7928-0575-9

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  • This book contains over 4000 color photos of common and not so common marine species. Including photos basic care requriements are included. These requirments include feeding habits, lighting, reef compatibliy, swimming habits and temperament. Other information includes suggested temperature, specific gravity, approx maximum length that an adult species can acheve and the minimum suggested tank size.

The Reef Aquarium Vol. 1 and 2 by Julian Sprung and J. Charles Delbeek
ISBN # 1-883693-12-8 and 1-883693-13-6

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  • Volume #1
    Items covered in Volume 1 include the biology of corals and clams, lighting measuring methods and types of lighting fit for reef systems. Methods of aquascaping, water quality, methods to control nurients and undesirable algae, in addition this volume discusses diseases and parasites that affect corals and clams. There is also a good sized appendix that has many species of corals and clams listing care requriements and other useful information.
  • Volume #2
    This volume starts off where volume one left off. Soft corals, Zoanthids, Anemones are covered in both their biology, care and identification. Methods of coral propagation, collection and transportation are also included. Finally predators, pests and benifical "critters" are discussed.

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I'll add a few to the list. Book descriptions taken from the Marine Depot Website.

Aquarium Corals by Eric H. Borneman
ISBN 1890087475

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  • KEEPING LIVE CORALS has been likened to "bonsai for the Cousteau generation" and "the ultimate underwater gardening experience." Beautiful, bizarre, and among nature's most colorful creations, living corals are now being successfully kept and grown in tens of thousands of home saltwater aquariums.

    For the first time, master aquarist Eric Borneman offers an authoritative, comprehensive, and fully illustrated guide to appropriate aquarium species, including a diversity of soft corals, as well as popular and rare large-polyp and small-polyp stony corals. More than 700 world-class photographs and text reviewed by leading coral biologists and coral keepers guides the reader through the selection and husbandry of hundreds of species. Includes a foreword by the preeminent coral biologist Dr. J.E.N. Veron, author of Corals in Space & Timeand Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific.

Conscientious Marine Aquarist by Robert Fenner
ISBN 1890087025

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  • Bringing the ethics and curiosity of a marine ecologist to the home aquarium field, Robert Fenner provides new standards and fresh insights into the intelligent selection and care of captive saltwater fishes and invertebrates. As a pragmatic, hands-on guide for beginning to intermediate hobbyists, The Conscientious Marine Aquarist demystifies the process of planning, setting up, stocking, and managing a beautiful, thriving slice of the tropical ocean.

Clown Fishes by Joyce Wilkerson
ISBN 1890087041

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  • Perhaps the most endearing of all reef creatures, the droll and exotically pigmented clownfish is a favorite of marine aquarists, divers, and amateur naturalists the world over. Now, one of the pioneers in the captive breeding of clownfishes in home aquaria has written the first popular handbook on the husbandry of these fascinating marine species.

Corals: A Quick Reference Guide by J. Sprung
ISBN 1883693098

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  • The most practical and accurate reference in a single affordable volume. What corals require, aquarium placement, food chart & more. 240 pages. Hardcover.

Invertebrates: A Quick Reference Guide by J. Sprung
ISBN 1883693004

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  • A comprehensive field guide for aquarists, divers and naturalists, with detailed full color photographs of hundreds of species, encompassing many of the invertebrates one is likely to encounter in and near reefs around the world. This book defines the invertebrate groups and gives brief information abou their structure and natural history. Hundreds of species of invertebrates are described. Hardcover; 240 pages.

The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium Vol.1 by Svein A. Fossa and Alf J.Nilsen
ISBN 3928819291

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  • From natural coral reefs to the latest filtration techniques, lighting, decoration possibilities, and more. Germany's best-selling reef aquarium advice is now available in English. Hard cover with detailed illustrations, diagrams, 600 color photos. Approximately 400 pages

The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium Vol.2 by Svein A. Fossa and Alf J.Nilsen
ISBN 3928819232

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  • This volume deals exclusively with the phylum Cnidaria, the group of animals that, among others, contains corals, anemones and jellyfishes. All three classes in the phylum - the Hydrozoa, Scyphozoa, and Anthozoa - are discussed in details. Chapters on evolution and reproduction biology of the cnidarians are also included. Several scientists, all experts in their individual fields, have contributed to this volume. 800 high quality photographs showing different groups of animals in their natural habitat and illustrating details of their biology, as well as their growth and survival.

The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium Vol.3 by Svein A. Fossa and Alf J.Nilsen
ISBN 3928819283

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  • The book starts out with a small chapter putting the animals we keep into an evolutionary perspective. Chapter 2 contents microscopic single-celled animals that are so important for the biological balance of any aquarium. Chapter 3 takes a look at the sponges, true filter feeders among the invertebrates. Chapter 4 deals with many small invertebrate phyla - such as the sea spiders and the water bears - most of which are rarely described in other aquarium books.

    The huge chapter 5 covers all the phyla commonly called "Marine Worms". Here you will find scientifically updated information on all sorts of marine worms as well as unique photos and comments on those species and groups frequently found in your reef aquarium. Do not miss the chance to view and learn about these interesting groups of animals! Chapter 6 tells you a lot on the Crustaceans, a group of invertebrates that have been popular among aquarists since the beginning of the marine hobby. You will find a well of new information on the most common species seen in the trade as well as presentations of more uncommon, but never-the-less highly interesting species for the reef enthusiasts.

    The most important species, from an aquaristís point of view, are given particularly thorough coverage, often in the form of full page or double page summaries, with several photos and detailed "at-a-glance" information on e.g. distribution, size, food, and general aquarium husbandry, as well as reproduction potential. The sample page to the right (click image for a larger, high-resolution photo), shows such a summary page for the beautiful Debelius' Reef Lobster, Enoplometopus debelius.

    Last, but certainly not least, chapter 7 presents 43 private reef aquaria from all over the world. Here you will find interesting photos, technical descriptions as well as a lot of information on the animals inhabiting the different tanks. Buy this book and see how other aquarists have chosen to build their coral reef aquaria!

Giant Clams by Daniel Knop
ISBN 3921684234

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  • Daniel Knop introduces all nine known species of tridacnid clams. They have become popular in home aquariums because of the beautiful colors and patterns of their fleshy mantles, which they face upward to gather light for the symbiotic algae they harbor. Special emphasis is given toward the creation of the reef aquariums for cultivating giant clams, corals and other marine life.

The Marine Aquarium Handbook by Martin A. Moe
ISBN 0939960079

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  • This book has sold over 144,000 copies in its first edition printing. The newest edition includes a section on new reef technology, an enlarged disease and treatment chapter, a detailed trouble-shooting guide, breeding information and much more.

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