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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Florida Aqua Farms Inc (August 20, 1996)
  • ISBN-10: 096629601X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966296013
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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frank has distilled his considerable expertise over the last 30 years of marine fish culture into the pages... -- martin a. moe

very informative book, covers about everything you need to know about fish culture in closed systems. -- freshwater and marine aquaium magazine

we use this book as a supplimental text in our aquaculture classes at hillsbourgh junior college -- dr. bill falls, hillsbourgh junior college

About the Author

frank h. hoff is a graduate marine biologist who has been active in the culture or fish and livefeed products since 1966. he is considered one of the original pioneers in the development of spawning and rearing techniques of tropical marine food fish including pompano, seabass and ornamental clownfish. for eight years he served as director of the aquaculture division of the florida marine research laboratory. in 1974 he founded instant ocean hatcheries, the first marine tropical fish farm located 30 miles inshore which used artificial seawater. in 1984 he founded florida aqua farms and aquaculture supply. currently he is the chief consultant to ora (ocean reefs and aquariums) which is the largest marine torpical fish farm in the world. he has over 17 professional publications, numerious popular articles and author of two books; plankton culture manual and conditioning and rearing of fish with emphasis on marine clownfish.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "zanzibi" on January 24, 2001
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For information on maintaining and rearing clownfish, this book is unbeatable. Every aspect of culturing and rearing marine fish, from hobbyist's tanks to large commercial operations, is described in detail. His opinions are supported by actual data, either from the records of his years in aquaculture or from the scientific literature. Thus, when he writes about the importance of a given parameter, it is more than just a casual observation or repetition of lore. The focus of the book is the production of healthy baby fish, which requires healthy adults, eggs, and larvae. In a systmatic way, Hoff describes the effects of filtration, light, water conditions and food on all life stages, providing an integrated view of the process. Although this is not the "only book you will ever need", it is a valuable addition to the collection of the experienced aquarist, and would help to eliminate much mystery for the beginner. The prose is not helped by the grammatical and typographical errors, but is generally straightforward and clear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "snan" on May 7, 2002
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When I bought my first mated pair of clownfish (maroons) last month, the folks at the store said, "There is only one book you need to understand them completely...." this one, and they were sure right. This book is simultaneously comprehensive and specific, and it is delightfully readable -- filled with very instructive information about breeding of all clownfish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim F. Merriman on August 29, 2007
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If you're trying to breed clownfish at home and like the technical scientific background on commercial breeding, this is your book. It's not written for easy reading, and it's a bit too detailed in places and lacking in others. It makes a great place to look up data when you're having problems but tough to just sit down and read.

T.M.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JHC on May 19, 2008
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I really couldn't read this entire book. Actually, it borred the isht out of me early on and I put it down. This book is much more geared toward the 'semi-pro' fish breeders or marine biologists. This isn't for the casual reef keeper who just wants to have a pair of clownfish in the display that breed and then raise the spawn in a seperate smaller tank. Really way too technical of a read for casual hobbiests. Its 3 stars b/c I didn't read all of it and can't comment on the quality of the information provided (neutral review) - this book just isn't for the hobby market.
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As a final year marine biologist with a passion in ornamental fish rearing I've been keeping freshwater fish for about 8 years - 5 actively breeding and selling to shops on a small scale. I bought this book to advance my knowledge and extend it so that I could understand a more commercial based breeding approach for saltwater fish.

Frank Hoff is no doubt very scientifically oriented. But as a fellow scientist myself, one thing we are taught is to be-able to convey information in a clear and concise way to the reader so that processes can be replicated easily. Frank's knowledge is strong, but it is not easy to grasp the ideas discussed. As you tend to find with high end professors or masters of the field, what they find simple to understand, others may say: "what on earth is going on." This is not helped by grammatical issues and sections that seem somewhat fragmented - which is what makes it difficult to interpret.

Overall the book is still the most detailed I've come across but a revision will do everyone a favour. There is only so much you can obtain from a book and when you try to fit in so much information it really requires good editing to make it "flow" and be-able to sink in.
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This one is different than any other aquaculture books around, since it has more academic and scientific approach to the subjects.

Everything(and years of experience)explained in straight formal way with scientific charts, graphs and results.

So it is not an "easy reading" or "read and forget" book.

IMO a hobbyist should not try to finish the volume at once, but refer through different chapters when needed.

A must have if you are really really want to get educated about aquaculture as a hobbyist, or a student.
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