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Ultimate Marine Aquariums: Saltwater Dream Systems and How They Are Created Hardcover – September 1, 2004
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"Ultimate Marine Aquariums" shows what a number of excellent aquarists have done to achieve their success. However, as Mr. Paletta points out, there is no single best approach, and you may find some of your assumptions overturned. Every tank shown in this compendium has excellent water quality, lighting, and circulation. But is it absolutely necessary to have undetectable phosphates or nitrates? Apparently not. Is it essential to have a system circulate all of it's water many times each hour, or to have 10+ watts of light per gallon overhead? Again, apparently not. Is it imperative to add special food for your corals? Actually, no.
What the book does clearly show is trends -- you are more likely to have success if you have more space, more circulation, more light, pristine water quality, and careful maintenance of certain parameters such as calcium levels and pH. You certainly don't need "Ultimate Marine Aquariums" to tell you that. Truly, the reason this book is so interesting is that it shows many approaches that can be used to achieve an excellent result.
The photography, as others have noted, is not first class. But it is adequate to show the scale of these breathtaking tanks, and many times there are also pictures of the equipment set-ups that hobbyists will find very interesting.Read more ›
If you need a resource to help you plan or gather ideas on a reef tank, this should be the first stop. A hobbyist could spend thousands of dollars experimenting in search for the right equipment, or use this book.
The book is elaborate enough for a novice to understand the concepts and technical requirements for a marine tank.
The only warning I would have is to the hobbyist who is looking for instructions on how to build a reef tank or details about equipment. This book does not elaborate on construction. But regardless, if you are already in the hobby its superb, if you've just started it will prove valuable. I consider this the back bone aiding in a comparative analysis of my own aquarium.
On top of that, the price of this book is really inexpensive for what you get.
Each section of the book is dedicated to a particular aquarium and provides a comprehensive list of critical data: volume, pump types and flow rates, filtration types employed, lighting types and wattage, dosers, chemical levels, etc. Discussions with each owner then flush out the unquantifiable; exposing past failures or special techniques employed, or simply the owner's achieving moment or favorite feature. And amidst it all, there are photos, photos and more photos, both behind the tank and in front of it.
How did this book turn my success with aquaria around? After two years of mixed success (read, "mixed failure") with my 230-gallon reef aquarium, I picked up Michael Paletta's book (only days after its release) and was immediately intrigued by some obvious trends among the described systems. It appeared that successful aquariums were pumping ten times the water volume recommended by others. Invigorated, I replaced our plumbing and, in a few months, realized drastic improvements. Corals that had not grown noticeably in nearly three years were budding! A year or two later, many have quadrupled in size.
Mr. Paletta's book fills a void for those of us who aren't aquarium pros and who might not have anyone to turn to for regular hands-on advice.Read more ›
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This book is a who's who of the salt water world and tells you every technical aspect of there tanks. It's awesome.Published 12 months ago by M. J. Roach
This book provides great detail of the components in each system and the pictures are wonderful.Published 19 months ago by Manne
Photo quality is very poor and a lot of the info is outdated with much better technology and methodology now current. My fault for not checking the publication date. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jawfish
Pleasant Volume covering 200-500-700+ gallon tanks in detailed Good Photos;.
It does list how each owner resolves pollution/ water challenges, indicating that
these... Read more
Gave this as a gift to someone who is knowledgeable in Salt Water Aquariums. Very appreciated and excited to receive the book.Published on March 18, 2014 by Dean P Carl
I have a 300 gallon reef tank with many fish and corals. I got this book to increase my knowledge and ability to properly care for my fish. Its well written and did the job.Published on February 4, 2012 by Steve
Excellent detail on many different types of systems along with photos, techniques and set up. If you are interested in marine aquariums then this is an excellent book.Published on October 11, 2011 by Rob
As a new marine aquarist, I have been reading everything I can get my hands on. This has given me great ideas on what a marine aquarium should/could look like. Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by Marine Nubee