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The Conscientious Marine Aquarist (Microcosm/T.F.H. Professional) Hardcover – September 1, 2008
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ROBERT M. FENNER is a lifelong aquarist with an active and continuing involvement in the academic, journalistic, trade, and hobbyist sides of aquarium keeping. He is a former marine science and aquariology instructor at the University of California and in the California State University system. Bob lives in San Diego, California.
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The reviews of species you might consider as additions to your biotope are both in-depth and concise. They stay away from "Don't you dare try to keep this..." and lean more towards "If you're going to try this, here's what you're getting in to with life form such and such, so please make an educated decision."
I've had the book for a day, and have already gleaned a wealth of knowledge. I sincerely look forward to everything else I can get from this book and can't recommend it highly enough.
Did I mention that this book is HUGE?? Its the most in-depth marine book I've read so far- and very very well written. Don't let the title fool you- this isn't some hippy-dippy lets save the environment book- although the author does mention ways you can be a smart consumer like stay away from cyanide poisoned fishes. Its mostly, heres the deal with marine tanks and how to keep them alive and well. I would recommend this book for saltwater newbies and old salts alike- I am definitely proud to have this book on my shelf and I'm sure will come back to reference it for years to come.
Now, you probably don't have to read this book cover-to-cover as I did, as it has separate chapters for setting up tanks, care, and chapters on specific fish and inverts. I read it through because, well, I'm a nerd, and I love learning about new things.
All and all, if there was one book for a saltwater fishkeeper to invest their money into, this book would be it. Also, it is a great companion with the New Marine Aquarium book.
Please check out my other book reviews and tips for the beginning marine aquarium at: [...]
I like to think of this book as the "Scared Straight" edition of "So You Want to Have a Pretty Saltwater Tank with Lots of Pretty Fishies, Coral and Sea Horses?" =)
Although I ultimately decided not to go down the path of setting up a saltwater tank, had I decided to go through with it, I know the second half of this book would have been invaluable, too.
- I like how it shows a 55 gallon in 3 setups: FISH ONLY, FOWLR, REEF.
- Cites most expensive costs are consumables like water, frozen food, selcon additive, electric.
- Cites wide/shallow tanks are better than tall/narrow tanks.
- Doesn't compare LED lights to flourescent. I was looking for an answer as to how much LED is needed be equivalent to a flourescent light that I currently have.
- Why waste pages about underground filters and in-tank box filters when noone uses it anymore? This is not a 1970s book!
- I disagree that Heniochus and long-nose butterfly are hardy fish...maybe they are if they were in a tank where no other fish bothers them.
- I only found the first 83 pages useful out of a 425 pages book.
- Does not mention inline heaters.
I recommend the book "The Marine Reef Aquarium" as the better book.
So I bought this book, read it, and feel much better equipped for the hobby. I still refer heavily to internet sources for more granular knowledge, but at least I now have a solid, reliable source for a foundation on which to build.
This book gave me more confidence, and left me eager to learn and do more in this hobby. It is beautifully illustrated, well composed, and the author conveys his own passion of the hobby and eagerness to educate responsible marine hobbyists.
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There are some omissions for today's newer equipment , and details about dated methods which aren't
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