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Aquarium Corals: Selection, Husbandry, and Natural History Paperback – April 1, 2001
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PS : English is not my mother tongue and yet I fully understand everything that is written in this book..
The pages are thick and heavy weight, the colors are bright and vivid which is invaluable when dealing with something as diverse as coral. It is easy to read, broken into understandable segments, and uses plain language to help out the beginner.
This is without a doubt one of the best purchases I have made for my home library of saltwater aquarium books.
- detailed scientific explanation in coral anatomy correlated with physiology
- well documented coral identification
- numerous pictures showing corals of the same species but of different varieties, colors and origins
- discussion on coral diseases and potential treatments
- brief discussion on aquarium system set-up, maintenance and chemistry.
- marine terminology might require some basics in biology
- corals discovered in the late 10 years might not be included
- note the publication date, some information might be out-dated
Conclusion: a coral bible for aquarists equipped with basics in biology
While it is sometimes a little more technical than makes for easy reading, it gives you everything you need to make decisions on selection, placement, feeding and care of corals. The section on healthcare helped me save a brown-jelly infected Duncan only a few days after the book arrived! A few weeks later I recognized boring worms in a favia while it was still in the quaranteen(sic) tank!
I would recommend this book to anyone that is serious about reef-keeping.
One of the best aspects of Aquarium Corals is its universal appeal. Those new to the hobby will find as much joy as experts. Charts help beginners learn orders, suborders, and families. Collection impact, symbiotic algae species listings, and natural location keeps advanced aquarists interested. This book even has a map with all common collection sites and recipes for making coral food!
The bulk of the book focuses on the various species of cnidarians, but also provides an excellent brief history of coral classification and research. There is an in-depth discussion of diseases as well. True to form, it provides a wealth of information about nitrogen cycles and common filtration practices, temperature and salinity, and the various trace elements, plus conservation threats and efforts. The real treat is the corals, however.
It's a great book. Buy it; you'll like it!
easy to read and full of information and the most beautiful pictures. My grandson just loves to look at it, and he is only 10. I was so glad I could find it again on Amazon. Thanks again.
I gaurentee you will learn pertinent info even for the seasoned reef keeper. This book got me to add an alternating wave machine to my tank and I already see a difference in my corals health. I also purchased a grounding probe per advice given. Similarly it tells what we DO NOT need and are wasting money on.
The text if on the scientific side and reads like an intro premed biology/ zoology text. For those not wishing for this level of info it may prove daunting.
Far and away the most comprehensive book I've read on the aquarium hobby. YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF AND YOUR CORALS TO READ THIS BOOK!!! Will more than pay for itself if it saves one coral or you decide not to purchase it because now you'll know what does and does not belong in your system.
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