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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: TFH Publications, Inc. (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890087718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890087715
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"A breakthrough book: everything you need to know to breed marine fishes successfully at home."

A landmark in the history of marine aquarium keeping, this long-awaited book opens the door to a new era in which home aquarists can succeed in spawning and raising beautiful coral reef fishes--clownfishes, dottybacks, cardinals, seahorses and more.

The Complete Illustrated Breeder's Guide to Marine Aquarium Fishes includes:
* Step-by-Step Procedures for Beginners
* How to Establish Broodstock Pairs
* Breeding Room Set-up
* How to Trigger Spawning
* Feeding & Rearing Larvae
* Detailed Family & Species Guides

With a foreword by marine breeding pioneer Martin A. Moe, Jr.

About the Author

Matthew L. Wittenrich is a marine biologist who has been deeply involved with the aquarium world since age 15. He has studied coral reef fishes throughout the world, working as a researcher, consultant, and hobbyist. He has a bachelor's degree in Marine Biology from Long Island University, Southampton College, and is currently pursuing his doctorate at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, with research projects centered in the Philippines.

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A definite must!
A. Didoha
In the better part of twenty years since Martin Moe Jr.'s benchmark references, there has scarcely been a book so useful and inspiring as this work.
Anthony R. Calfo
I love the Genus section who display a specie specific caracteristi for breeding easy al aquarium fish.
Davide Mascazzini

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Didoha on August 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Whether you're a hobbyist, enthusiast, or entrepreneur of saltwater fish this book is necessary collection for your library. This book covers everything from setting up tanks properly, to choosing and spawning your broodstock and most importantly larval care. The secret steps of larval care and diet are described for 90+ species and accompanied with easy to follow fabulous photos. After reading through the steps in the book I was able to successfully, spawn and rear Neon Dottybacks to metamorphisis. A definite must!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jsampson on November 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is such a fascinating subject; and the author clearly possesses a great deal of knowledge about it. However, it seemed like the book was rushed to printing without thorough editing.

There are typos and omissions throughout the book. The most annoying omission was the detailed protocol for breeding the Orchid Dottyback. For every species of Dottyback, and for other unrelated species, the author refers the reader to see the "detailed protocol of breeding P. fridmani" on page 186. This detailed protocol seems to be one of the most important sections in the book; and it isn't there. I read the book cover to cover and never found the "detailed protocol of breeding P. fridmani." Considering that this section is referred to so often and for so many species the omission of this section is either extremely sloppy editing or it was purposefully left out. Perhaps some of the commercial breeders associated with the author didn't want these details released...

The photos in the book are very good, and help to redeem the overall poor editing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matt Pedersen on February 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Let me put it short and sweet - if you are considering the cutting edge of the aquarium hobby, you're talking Marine Fish Breeding, and this book will literally bring you up to speed on the last 40 years of marine ornamental fish breeding right up to 2007. Matthew Wittenrich continues to be on the cutting edge, having raised more than one new species since the publication of this all-encompassing review of hobbyist-level marine fish propagation. This book, covering over 50 successfully reared marine fish species, is enough to give the average hobbyist decades of "projects" to reattempt, as well as providing current insight into how future breakthroughs and acheivements might be reached. Easily worth 4-5 times the price you'll pay. Simply a book that will floor you.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Sweeney on June 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Author Matt Wittenrich is gifted with the patience and rational powers of observation that enable him to capture the important details the need to be reproduced in order for the various species of marine fishes to reproduce themselves. Breeding marine fishes is obviously the author's life's work, and it is truly to his credit that he shares step-by-step instructions from his immense store of knowledge about these fishes that for so long had been considered impossible to breed in the home. Fantastic photography of larvae, breeding sequences, sexual dimorphism, equipment, and more.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Maliao on October 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Matt Witterich's book `The Complete Illustrated Breeder's Guide to Marine Aquarium Fishes' is aptly titled. The book discusses comprehensively the details of marine ornamental captive culture, from broodstock rearing, breeding to larval rearing of up to 90+ species. This work distilled the author's decade-long experience in ornamental fish culture, making the hobby more accessible to beginners and adding new insights to the repertoire of professional hobbyist. The breadth, meticulous detail, scientific precision and excellent photography show the expertise and dedication of the author in the field of marine ornamental culture- not just as a hobbyist but as a scientific researcher in the field. While this book will undoubtedly become an indispensable `guidebook' for the hobbyist, I believe that the book will become very useful as a reference for colleges and universities teaching in ornamental fish culture and to researchers in the field. This book advances both the art and the science of ornamental fish culture!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Ambler on January 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book is exceptional reference for the home breeder.

However it could have been a little more detailed in a few sections.

It is the best Marine Breeders reference I have came accross to date.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jose Fernando Perez-vigo Fdez on September 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Complete, full of ideas, easy to read, well structured.
Great book, specially if you're starting at small or home-scale. It brings you from the general approach to a common and not so common marine species details. It covers jawfish, grammas, bettas, gobies, blennies, cardinals, dottybacks and many more... even pelagic spawners, providing insight into how future acheivements might be reached. The book is very useful as a reference for hobbyists, but also for researchers in the field. This book is a must.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Adam S. Langman on January 31, 2010
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Marine husbandry was once considered impossible but the last 40 years has proven this wrong. I found it difficult to get good information on this subject and I'm very glad I bought this book. Even if you don't plan to breed fish, it is amazing to read about (and see in the beautiful pictures) the breeding habits of some fish. For example, if you had 100+ babies, how long would you keep them in your mouth for? A great buy.
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