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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Liquid Medium (September 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978619404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978619404
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...James Fatherree has brought together the most up-to-date literature and anecdotal information on the biology and care of tridacnid clams for the hobbyist available, along with his stunning photos. Using his distinctive, conversational and light-hearted writing style, James has written a book for every hobbyist, be they absolute beginners or seasoned veterans. --From the Foreword by J. Charles Delbeek, co-author of The Reef Aquarium: Volumes 1-3.

About the Author

James Fatherree has been an aquarium hobbyist since childhood, has been keeping marine aquariums for well over a decade, and has spent many days diving in Florida, Hawaii, the Bahamas, Japan, and Indonesia. He also managed a large retail aquarium store, owned and operated an aquarium design, installation, and maintenance business for several years, and spent a summer working as a diver/collector for an aquarium livestock wholesaler in Florida. James has also published over 125 articles in various aquarium magazines in the U.S. and Europe, and has written and illustrated five books on the topics of reef organisms and marine aquariums, too.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James N. Perlman on July 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Put simply, if you are interested in purchasing a clam, buy and read this book first. You will more than likely save money in the long-run. In any event, you will have the go-to book on hand when problems and questions arise. The book is written in clear language and with a wry sense of humor. Recommended without qualification.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GoVoltronForce on July 6, 2011
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As someone who finds the online reef aquarium forums a bit troll-ish, and a potluck type of information source, this book is a refreshing find. Mr. Fatherree reminds me of one of my "cool" teachers from grad school (which were few and far between.) He has a down to earth writing style and is an excellent teacher. Important concepts are stated and re-stated, in order to reinforce long term memory. There are many beautiful, full color, full page photos in this book as well. It looks like and is setup like a textbook, but reads very quickly. All the information is relevant and due to the writing style, I finished it in 2 days. Plus you will never find a textbook that has this type of voice to it.

While an excellent resource, text books can be outdated quickly. This book was written around 5 years ago, and therefore I'm sure the author would have things he would like to add or change. One specific example for me was LED based lighting. As would've been everyone's opinion circa 2006, metal halide was the "go to" lighting setup for reef tanks or any creatures with high lighting demands, with additional PC bulbs as accessory lighting. My crocea seems to be doing great under my retro fitted LED hood in my 24 g reeftank, but LED based lighting systems were probably experimental (at best) at the time of publishing. Also, the author tends to discourage keeping tridachnids in smaller tanks, due to the high difficulty level. I believe there have been enough breakthroughs in "nano reef" technology since this book was written, that tridachnid care in a 24 gallon nano or larger, should be no problem for an experienced reefer.

Those are nitpicky things that can't be helped due to the age of the text.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joaco on June 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is the best and most updated book about tridacnid clams you can get today, including excellent photos as well.

I bought my copy at MACNA 2006 (Houston), from James himself.

Chapters are:

1. Tridacnid Biology Basics

2. Tridacnid Nutrition

3. The Tridacnid Species

4. Collecting, Farming, and Shipping Tridacnids

5. The Acquisition and Care of Tridacnids

6. Tridacnid Troubles
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Fantastic book! The author is an authority on clams and his writing style is informative and entertaining. Buy this book!
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A very comprehensive and informative guide to marine clams and good information on how they can be cared for in the aquarium. Beautifully illustrated.
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I enjoyed this book. It presents basic important information with great comparison photographs. The light information is good for the year it was written as LED's had not been as well developed. The informal manner is relaxed reading as well.
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By Daniel Gonzales on February 10, 2014
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If you are into saltwater, and really into saltwater clams, then this is a book worth having on your shelf.
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