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Giant Clams in the Sea and the Aquarium Hardcover – September 21, 2006
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While an excellent resource, text books can be outdated quickly.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.Read more ›
I bought my copy at MACNA 2006 (Houston), from James himself.
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
-- 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.
-- 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.Read more ›
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well written and great pics. A keeper for your library, reference shelf.Published 7 months ago by paul c
Fantastic book! The author is an authority on clams and his writing style is informative and entertaining. Buy this book!Published 19 months ago by Mr. Adam S. Langman
If you are into saltwater, and really into saltwater clams, then this is a book worth having on your shelf.Published on February 10, 2014 by Daniel Gonzales
I've only had a chance to read a bit, but so far it's every bit as good as the articles that James writes for Tropical Fish Hobbyist of which I have been reading and enjoying for... Read morePublished on November 11, 2010 by Joshua W Alswager
I have met James personally and had the pleasure of having him speak for our marine club (DFWMAS). James knows Tridacnids and his book offers the most comprehensive up-to-date... Read morePublished on February 11, 2009 by Matthew Little