Books Reviewed - Recommended Marine Titles IV

23. RODNEY JONKLAAS "COLLECTING MARINE TROPICALS" by TFH, Published in 1998, 68 pages, Hardcover. A very useful guide which will help you to collect your marine specimens yourself. It goes without saying that you must have the bare minimum of equipment, know how to swim (scuba diving is highly recommended) and have read this book very carefully. There is a lot of information as far as many species are concerned (fish and invertebrates) and many simple ideas that can be used by almost everybody. Issues like packing and transporting them are also discussed. If you plan to collect your marine specimens yourself then this book is highly recommended.

24. RODNEY JONKLAAS "COLLECTING MARINE TROPICALS" by TFH, 68 pages, Hardcover. This book is exactly the same as $ 23 only in a different format. Since this was not mentioned anywhere I acquired it thinking it is an updated version of the book above. Avoid this pitfall. 

25. ERIC H. BORNEMAN "AQUARIUM CORALS - SELECTION, HUSBANDRY AND NATURAL HISTORY" by MICROCOSM-TFH Publications Ltd., Published in 2001, 466 pages, Hardcover. Microcosm is regarded as the publisher of the “high end”  series of books for TFH and this particular book confirms just that. An excellent book for anybody interested in corals, it covers almost every aspect of their husbandry in the aquarium and is written in a way that makes sense. Despite the complexity of the issue it manages to provide clear solutions, nice photographs all the way and first class information as to what to do in the aquarium. This information is always given with an eye open at their natural habitat with special notes where they are due. In the general section the author discusses some really important aspects which should make everyone a better hobbyist and increase the species of corals he can keep in his tank. Highly recommended.

26. VARIOUS AUTHORS, EDITED BY JERRY G. WALLS ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MARINE INVERTEBRATES, TFH, 1982, 740 pp, Hard cover. Probably very few of us realize that there are 20.000 fish species and more than 500.000 species of invertebrates out there. Yet, if you search for information you will realize that 90% of the books are written with fish in mind while invertebrates are sqeezed in the final chapters. However, some of the most colorful, bizarre and interesting species belong to invertebrates. Thus, this marine book written by some of the most knowledgeable people and edited by Dr. Jerry G. Walls is a must for every hobbyist interested in invertebrates. The book can serve both as an identification Atlas and as a book for those who are interested to know almost everything there is to know about them. Packed with detailed diagrams this book offers information about the anatomy of invertebrates which is very important if you want to know "how it works". Highly recommended, although a new edition is a must.

27. H. ERHARDT & H.MOOSLEITNER "BAENSCH MARINE ATLAS" VOLUME 2, MERGUS-Verlag GmbH, 1998, 738 pp, Hard cover. This nice book is written with the serious marine hobbyist in mind. The 2nd volume covers invertebrates and more specifically sponges, corals, jellyfishes, flat worm, tentacled animals and mollusks. It does so with the dedication, accuracy, high photo quality and complete coverage one would expect from an Atlas bearing the “Baensch” name. Indeed, apart from a species by species listing, with short information and at least one photo for every species, it also had an extended introduction article before each chapter which includes far more than the basics. A book which could complement or even replace #25 above. Highly recommended.

28. P. LOUISY “GUIDE D’ INDENTIFICATION DES POISSONS MARINS EUROPE ET MEDITERRANEE”, Les Editions Eugen Ulmer, 2002, 432 p. Hardcover. A really nice book which will help most temperate marine hobbyists to identify their fishes correctly. Each species has at least one photo accompanied by information including adult weight and size, distinct criteria for classification, a description of the species, information about its natural life and ways to approach it in its natural habitat. The photos ar of good quality and the information (at least as far as I cross checked it) accurate. This book, as  #20 and #21 reviewed in previous pages are really essential for the correct classification and offer a valuable help to the hobbyist. Unfortunately, it is written in French although the information is easily understood. Highly recommended.


29. A.J. NILSEN & S.A. FOSSA “REEF SECRETS”, by MICROCOSM-TFH Publications Ltd., 2002, p. 244, Hardcover. It seems that people at Microcosm are doing their best to make us buy more of their publications. Another good book with excellent photos, clear and nicely organized text, lots of information (not to mention the tips every now and then), nice tables and some gorgeous tanks. Is this all ? I am afraid not. You will also read about the most common fish, corals and invertebrates, see some great compatibility tables, a stocking guide, aquascaping techniques and many more. Indeed a book every serious reef keeper should have in his library. The general introductory chapters about water quality and filtration might benefit by some additional in depth information but still it is enough to guarantee the creation of a successful reef tank. Highly recommended.


30. MICHAEL S. PALETTA “ULTIMATE MARINE AQUARIUMS”, by MICROCOSM-TFH Publications Ltd., 2003, p. 196, Hardcover. This is book addressed to the dreams of everybody who is involved in fish keeping. The author did a lot of travel to collect photos and detailed information from hobbyists all over the world with spectacular marine tanks. Ranging from tanks with humble sizes (quite a number of 55 gallon / 200 liters or less are presented) to a truly monstrous 1500 gallon (+ 1500 gallon sump) setup of David Sexby. The information accompanying each tank is truly amazing. Starting with water parameter, lighting information, species selection – in short, everything you would ask the owner of each tank if you had a chance to meet him. An excellent approach on this front. The only drawback of this book is the quality of some of the photos. When buying such a book you are definitely looking for visual pleasure therefore every picture should be of the highest possible quality. Thankfully, the vast majority of the pictures is really magnificent bringing out the beauty of those tanks. I wish there was a similar book about freshwater tanks. Highly recommended for your visual pleasure.

31. A. CALFO & R. FENNER “REEF INVERTEBRATES – AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO SELECTION, CARE AND COMPATIBILITY” by Reading Trees and Wet Web Media publications, 2003, p. 402, Paperback. An excellent book. The two authors have done a very good work which should satisfy every reader. Not only do they tell us almost everything we need to know about a broad range of invertebrates (with emphasis on their husbandry in the aquarium) but they do so in detail and with many photos. The usual tables (“selection tips” for example) are present in this book and they are invaluable when you are thinking of acquiring an invertebrate for your tank. The authors make sure that there is enough information to guarantee a successful aquarium with some additions which are really welcomed (for example, they extensively refer to the live filtration systems at the beginning of their book). Highly recommended.


32. THE REEF AQUARIUM, A comprehensive Guide to the Identification and Care of Tropical Marine Invertebrates, by J. Charles Delbeek (Honours Specialist degree in Biology, Master of Science degree in Zoology, Bachelors degree in Education Of the Toronto University) and Julian Sprung (Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology of the University of Florida) – Volume one. Published by Ricordea Publishing in 1994. Most of the text, illustrations and the photos are by J. Charles Delbeek, Julian Sprung and Daniel N, Ramirez. The edition comes as a hard cover book with 544 pages. 262 of them are dedicated to aquarium reef systems. Everything ones should know if he wants to keep tropical invertebrate animals in captivity, about equipment, water chemistry, health, even collection and transportation of corals and clams. The rest of the pages are dedicated to corals’ biology, natural reefs, biology of giant clams (Tridachna sp.) and identification and care of Tridachna and stony corals. On the last pages there are some photos of really breathtaking reef tanks. Highly recommended for any serious marine hobbyist.


33. THE REEF AQUARIUM, A comprehensive Guide to the Identification and Care of Tropical Marine Invertebrates, by J. Charles Delbeek (Honours Specialist degree in Biology, Master of Science degree in Zoology, Bachelors degree in Education Of the Toronto University) and Julian Sprung (Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology of the University of Florida) – Volume two. This volume is dedicated to he biology of the soft corals, zoanthids, corallimorpharians, sea “anemones”. It includes information on transportation of these animals as well as propagation techniques. The next four chapters are dedicated to identification, while the rest examines pests, predators and problems may occurred in a reef-tank, ending as the Volume one with beautiful photos of really amazing reef-tanks. Highly recommended for any serious marine hobbyist and especially the ones who want to run reef tanks and keep invertebrate animals in captivity.

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