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Giant Clams in the Sea and the Aquarium Hardcover – September 21, 2006

4.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Liquid Medium (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978619404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978619404
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,380,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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My impressions of Fatherree's book:

Pros --

-- The photos are almost without exception beautiful and help to explain and illustrate points the author is trying to make.

-- Chapter 6 ("Tridacnid troubles) sets out a good amount of information on diseases that I have never seen in any other place.

-- The third chapter, on identification of the various species, is very useful, clear and well done overall. The photos in this chapter are invaluable and beautiful.

Cons --

-- The "conversational style" is something a reader may like, or may not. I did not. I want a clear explanation of a topic, not a conversation with someone who is trying to be casual, witty and amusing for reasons that don't help the explanation along. The author is apparently trying, in part, to make the book entertaining enough so that the reader wants to learn about the subject; virtually anyone who buys this book, though, already has enough interest in the subject to sustain them through the reading of the book.

-- The text on pages 130 and 131 is juxtaposed one with the other.

-- The chapter that many readers would want to be the most complete and cutting-edge (that on care of clams in the aquarium, Chapter 5) is the least informational of the book. The worst section in that chapter is probably the section on lighting. This section includes absolutely no mention of lighting intensity in any usably objective terms (PAR or even lux), and wastes five paragraphs with a repetitive monologue of his subjective opinions on the 'looks' of various color temperature bulbs.
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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 mike on December 19, 2012
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very good book for thoose wanting or thinking about keeping clams. lots of detailed info and good pictures. would recommed to all clam keeper and or wantabes
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Excelent book! Simple, complete and very professional. Indispensable for designers and hobbyists. Do a full analysis on key issues. Great acquisition !
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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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