30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
A different kind of aquarium book,
This review is from: Natural Reef Aquariums: Simplified Approaches to Creating Living Saltwater Microcosms (Paperback)
The book is incredibly comprehensive on not only the technical aspects of mini-reef keeping, but also delves into the ecology of the coral reefs. While strictly speaking these ecological discussions are "off-topic", I found them to be extremely entertaining and they also helped me to understand more about the animals I am keeping.
The grouping of various livestock into ecological zones is also unusual. I would have much preferred grouping animals of a similar class (i.e, butterflys, angels) into one section rather than spreading them over each ecological zone.
As might be expected from the title of the book, the author is a strong proponent of the live rock system of reef keeping. The reader is asked to accept that minnimal intervention from the aquarist is the best method. Therefore, some of the more technical aspects of reefkeeping are not discussed in detail and the pros and cons of various technical gadgets such as UV sterilizers and ononers. By the absence of these discussions, I would then assume that the author is against the use of these devices , but I would have liked to hear his views on why they are not needed. The discussions on various necessary equipment such as skimmers, lighting, chemical additives, etc, while present, could have been more comprehensive.
But all in all, this is a very excellent starter book on reef keeping. You definately can't go wrong buying it.