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The Complete Illustrated Breeder's Guide to Marine Aquarium Fishes Hardcover – September 1, 2007
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From the Back Cover
A landmark in the history of marine aquarium keeping, this long-awaited book opens the door to a new era in which home aquarists can succeed in spawning and raising beautiful coral reef fishes--clownfishes, dottybacks, cardinals, seahorses and more.
The Complete Illustrated Breeder's Guide to Marine Aquarium Fishes includes:
* Step-by-Step Procedures for Beginners
* How to Establish Broodstock Pairs
* Breeding Room Set-up
* How to Trigger Spawning
* Feeding & Rearing Larvae
* Detailed Family & Species Guides
With a foreword by marine breeding pioneer Martin A. Moe, Jr.
About the Author
Matthew L. Wittenrich is a marine biologist who has been deeply involved with the aquarium world since age 15. He has studied coral reef fishes throughout the world, working as a researcher, consultant, and hobbyist. He has a bachelor's degree in Marine Biology from Long Island University, Southampton College, and is currently pursuing his doctorate at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, with research projects centered in the Philippines.
Nilsen lives on the island of Hidra off the south coast of Norway, where he is part owner of a Salmon farm. He is a middle school teacher with a degree from the teaching academy of Stavanger, 1979, & a Cand. mag. in biology from the University of Bergen.
SCOTT W. MICHAEL is a lifelong marine fishkeeper who has become one of the world's leading underwater reef photographers as well as a renowned coral fish researcher. A former aquarium store owner, he has personally kept many of the species he covers in his books and has also observed them in their native habitats. In addition to the four volumes of the Reef Fishes series, he is the author of the bestselling PocketExpert Guide: Marine Fishes and PocketExpert Guide: Reef Aquarium Fishes.He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Top Customer Reviews
There are typos and omissions throughout the book. The most annoying omission was the detailed protocol for breeding the Orchid Dottyback. For every species of Dottyback, and for other unrelated species, the author refers the reader to see the "detailed protocol of breeding P. fridmani" on page 186. This detailed protocol seems to be one of the most important sections in the book; and it isn't there. I read the book cover to cover and never found the "detailed protocol of breeding P. fridmani." Considering that this section is referred to so often and for so many species the omission of this section is either extremely sloppy editing or it was purposefully left out. Perhaps some of the commercial breeders associated with the author didn't want these details released...
The photos in the book are very good, and help to redeem the overall poor editing.
However it could have been a little more detailed in a few sections.
It is the best Marine Breeders reference I have came accross to date.
Great book, specially if you're starting at small or home-scale. It brings you from the general approach to a common and not so common marine species details. It covers jawfish, grammas, bettas, gobies, blennies, cardinals, dottybacks and many more... even pelagic spawners, providing insight into how future acheivements might be reached. The book is very useful as a reference for hobbyists, but also for researchers in the field. This book is a must.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the book. It's loaded with information and gets down to the point. It's also easy to read especially considering it's a non-fiction book.Published 7 months ago by Brian Alan Carlson
excellent well thought out book for any aspiring breeder.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
That is the detailed breeding book I am looking for.
Thank you, Matthew.
A fantastic guide for anyone who is interested in breeding marine fishes. A very well written book with a step by step guide. Read morePublished 13 months ago by M. T.
Details in this book are what is missing on the web and magazine articles.Published 20 months ago by dreinert