reefkeeping books

A Pocket Expert Guide to Marine Fishes
500+ Essential-To-Know Aquarium SpeciesBy: Scott W. Micheal

Filled with colorful pictures of 500+ fishes. Use it to get ideas of what fish you may like, their compatibility with other species you may want to have, and their aquarium suitability. (447 pages, November 1999)

Aquarium Corals
Selection, Husbandry, and Natural Historyby Eric Borneman

Covers soft corals, hard corals, and coral-like such as mushrooms. Provides technical, but easily understood information on the husbandry and care in the home aquarium. Covers identification, propagation, lighting, and techniques needed to keep these creatures thriving in your tank. (464 pages, March 2001)

Aquarium Sharks & Rays
An Essential Guide to Their Selection, Keeping, and Natural Historyby Scott W. Michael

Expert aquarist and elasmobranch enthusiast Scott Michael provides the definitive introduction to the biology and behavior of home-aquarium-scale sharks and rays. Topics include species selection & identification, buyer’s guide, shark aquarium setup and maintenance, feeding, health, breeding, behaviors and natural history, and stocking recommendations for the shark or ray tank. (216 pages; 1st Edition, February 2003)

Baensch Marine Atlas Volume I
The Joint Aquarium Care of Invertebrates and Tropical Marine Fishesby Helmut Debelius, Hans A. Baensch, & Horst Moosleitner

Translated from German. For the advanced hobbyist. Volume one covers filtration, set-up, chemistry and some fish families covering shrimps, surgeon fishes, and algae. (1,216 pages; December 1997)

Baensch Marine Atlas Volume II
The Joint Aquarium Care of Invertebrates and Tropical Marine Fishesby Hans A. Baensch, & Horst Moosleitner

Translated from German. For the advanced hobbyist. Volume Two covers sponges, soft corals, hard corals, and mollusks. Due to the scope of the subject, only a representative number of invertebrates can be presented, even though Volumes 2 and 3 together consist of more than 1.300 pages. The invertebrates in the two volumes were selected on the basis of their abundance in nature, the depths at which the organisms occur (to 120 feet, corresponding to the diving range of novices), and on the possibility of actually maintaining most of these species in an aquarium. We have chosen representatives from every class to give readers interested in marine biology an overview of the multitude of organisms in our seas. (736 pages; November 2005)

Baensch Marine Atlas Volume III
The Joint Aquarium Care of Invertebrates and Tropical Marine Fishesby Helmut Debelius, Hans A. Baensch, & Horst Moosleitner

Translated from German. For the advanced hobbyist. The Marine Atlas Volume 3 begins on page 737. Beside its photographs and accompanying information, this book contains a glossary and a comprehensive index for both volumes. This volume contains a number of unusual and beautiful reef creatures, including giant clams, starfishes, urchins, sea cucumbers, octopuses, crinoids, fan-worms, feather dusters, tunicates, and other invertebrates of interest to aquarists and underwater naturalists. (590 pages; revised September 1998)

Book of Coral Propagation, Volume 1 Edition 2
Reef Gardening for Aquaristsby Anthony Calfo & Christine Williams

This new edition was rewritten to include even more information From aquarium design to spawning clams this book will tech you everything and more than you will ever need to know about corals, water quality, lighting, propagation, etc. Many pictures, updated techniques, and the section on how to propagate corals is extremely useful. (416 pages; November 2007)

Corals of the World, Volumes I, II, and III
(in slipcover)by J.E.N. Vernon

Probably the most complete taxonomic encyclopedia of stony corals of the order scleractinia. (Does not cover zoanthids, corallimorphs or the various other soft corals). As a reference series it contains classification and taxonomy with information on each specimen restricted to character, color, similar species, habitat and abundance. (1382 total pages; December 2002)

A Guide to Their Captive Care, Breeding & Natural Historyby Joyce D. Wilkerson and Thomas A. Frakes

Written by one of the pioneers in the captive breeding of clownfishes in home aquariums. This in-depth book has sections on individual species of Clownfishes and Anemones. Has simple, step-by-step procedures for doing just about everything with minimum fuss and cost: culturing algae, culturing rotifers, setting up various tanks, preparing your own foods, tricks of the trade, hints on how to sell the fish you raise. (240 pages; 1998)

The Conscientious Marine Aquarist
A Commonsense Handbook for Successful Saltwater Hobbyistsby Robert M Fenner

A book for beginner and intermediate marine aquarists. It covers the fundamentals of setting up, stocking and successfully maintaining a saltwater aquarium and does so in a common sense, easy to understand fashion. A bit dated on equipment now, but still a nice addition to the the Palletta book for beginner / intermediate hobbyists. (456 pages; 2 Edition, July 2008)

The Coral Reef Aquarium
An Owner’s Guide to a Happy Healthy Fishby Ron Shimek

Written for the new hobbyist by an expert reef-keeper. It is a key-fact oriented primer on modern reef system dynamics. It concentrates on equipping the aquarist with a conceptual framework from which to base their pursuit rather than the more typical emphasis on equipment. You’ll learn how to recreate a marine reef environment with a minimum of fuss, what equipment is essential (and what is not), how to make your own seawater and how to maintain the right water chemistry simply and accurately. You’ll also learn about many types of corals, their needs and how to design your tank so that all of its inhabitants live in harmony. (128 pages; 1st Edition, August 1999)

A Quick Reference Guide (Oceanographic Series)by Julian Sprung

A comprehensive field guide for aquarists, divers and naturalists, with detailed full color photographs of hundreds of species, encompassing the majority of coral genera one is likely to encounter on reefs around the world, This book defines corals and distinguishes them form similar hydrozoans. The corals are described and compared to similar looking species, and their range and the correct pronunciation of the Latin name is given. In addition, for aquarists who grow corals in reef aquariums, information is provided in quick reference charts concerning each coral’s requirements for light, water movement, and food, hardiness in captivity, aggressiveness toward other corals, and proper positioning in the aquarium. (240 pages; September 1999)

Dr. Burgess’s Atlas of Marine Aquarium Fishes
by Warren E. Burgess, Herbert R. Axelrod, and Raymond E. Hunziker

Seeks to satisfy the need for a comprehensive identification guide to marine fishes. Shows in full color popular aquarium fishes, the odd and weird, large seaquarium-type fishes, both warm water and cold water fishes, as well as both foreign and domestic fishes. The fishes are grouped family by family in phylogenetic order. Book has photos with up-to-date scientific names and almost all of the captions indicate the family, range, size, and optimum aquarium conditions as well. (736 pages; February 2000)

Giant Clams
A Comprehensive Guide to the Identification and Care of Tridacnid Clamsby Daniel Knop

Translated from German, the English may be a bit difficult to read through at times but it contains everything you need to know regarding the Tridacnid clams; from natural distribution to anatomy to reproduction to ecology. (255 pages; July 1996)

The Marine Aquarium Handbook
Beginner to BreederBy Martin A. Moe.

For beginners and intermediate level aquarists. New content exclusive to this edition includes recent advances in biofiltration and energy-efficient lighting, brand new chapters on marine foods and refugia, greatly expanded coverage of fish species and hardy invertebrate species, and information about those species best suited for breeding. Each featured fish has a species profile, behavior notes, native range, maximum size, and essential feeding and husbandry advice. Covers everything a marine hobbyist needs to know to get started and be successful, including aquarium choices, water chemistry, filtration, biological filtration and live rock, setup and maintenance, fish selection, and identification and treatment of common diseases. (351 pages; 3rd Edition, October 2009)

The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium Volume I
By Svein A. Fossa & Alf Jacob Nilsen

This book provides a look at the natural history and evolution of coral reefs that forms the foundation for understanding reef ecology and its practical application in closed system aquaria. Special emphasis on reef construction, zoogeography, marine algae, and microbiology affords and invaluable tool for designing an ecologically responsible system. 650 high quality color photographs, numerous maps, tables, drawings, and diagrams. (368 pages; October 1996)

The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium Volume II
By Svein A. Fossa & Alf Jacob Nilsen

This volume deals exclusively with the phylum Cnidaria, the group of animals that includes corals, anemones and jellyfishes. All three classes in the phylum – the Hydrozoa, Scyphozoa, and Anthozoa are discussed in details. Chapters on evolution and reproduction biology of the cnidarians are also included. The text is focused, both on the biology of the group, as well as on how to keep cnidarians successfully in aquaria. The book also contains more than 960 high-quality photographs showing different groups of animals in their natural habitat and illustrating details of their biology, as well as their growth. (480 pages; July 1998)

The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium Volume III
By Svein A. Fossa & Alf Jacob Nilsen

The book contains chapters on evolution or species kept in reef aquariums; microscopic single-celled animals that important for the biological balance of the aquarium; sponges; small invertebrate phyla, phyla commonly termed “marine worms” and crustaceans. (448 pages; April 2000)

The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium, Volume IV
By Svein A. Fossa & Alf Jacob Nilsen

This volume of Modern Coral Reef Aquarium encyclopedia covers invertebrate groups: Mollusks, such as snails, slugs and bivalves, commonly found in the trade plus more obscure and rare members of the phylum are covered to the extent that this can be of value to the marine aquarist. This book also discusses the interesting group of sea squirts, or tunicates. (444 pages; May 2002)

The Nano-Reef Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Reef Systems Under 15 Gallons
by Christopher Brightwell

Any reef aquarium containing less than 15 gallons of water is considered a nano-reef aquarium. With the proper information and tools, they can be set up and maintained by aquarists at any level of the hobby. Topics covered in this guide include the importance of water quality and tips on maintaining stable water parameters; components of a nano-reef and how to choose the appropriate aquarium, lighting, and accessories for a tank; which fish and invertebrates are best for these types of tanks; and much more. (192 pages; 1st Edition, March 2006)

Natural Reef Aquariums
Simplified Approaches to Creating Living Saltwater MicrocosmsBy: John H. Tullock

A nice balance between overwhelming amounts of technical info and just pictures with no explanations; just informative content in clear writing. (336 pages; 1st Edition, January 2001)

The New Marine Aquarium
Step-By-Step Setup & Stocking GuideBy: Michael S. Paletta

This is an excellent beginner book. The first half has detailed information on on setting up a fish-only tank from start to finish. The second half covers selecting fish and taking care of them. Includes a photographic guide to selecting fishes, with dozens of hardy choices that are highly recommended for beginning hobbyists or others wanting beautiful, interesting, and long-lived marine species.(144 pages; May 1999)

The Reef Aquarium Volume I
A Comprehensive Guide to the Identification and Care of Tropical Marine Invertebratesby Charles Delbeek and Julian Sprung

Good intermediate level books. Volume I covers clams and stony corals; volume II covers soft corals. The basics of reef keeping are explained, as well as coral biology and aquarium nutrient regulation. They describe various methods of filtration and lighting and their benefits/drawbacks. They explain how to construct and attach live rock and coral aquascapes in the aquarium. (544 pages; 1st Edition, July 1994)

The Reef Aquarium Volume II
A Comprehensive Guide to the Identification and Care of Tropical Marine Invertebratesby Charles Delbeek and Julian Sprung

Good intermediate level books. Volume II covers soft corals including anemones and invertebrates. The basics of reef keeping are explained, as well as coral biology; aquarium nutrient regulation and a comprehensive glossary accompanies this book. They describe various methods of filtration and lighting and their benefits/drawbacks. They explain how to construct and attach live rock and coral aquascapes in the aquarium. (546 pages; 1st Edition, June 1997)

The Reef Aquarium Volume III

Science, Art, and Technologyby Charles Delbeek and Julian Sprung

This volume provides the most thorough description of the science behind the creation of a captive reef. It critically reviews and explains the different philosophical approaches to reef aquarium design; describes and illustrates the existing as well as emerging technology for building reef aquariums; provides a wealth of information regarding aquascaping techniques, which combine art, biology, and physics; and invaluable information regarding plumbing, electrical, and other aspects of the aquarium design that combine art and engineering. It also discusses the benefits and potential environmental impacts of the marine aquarium hobby, the challenges for its future, and possible new directions. (680 pages; 1st Edition, Nov 2005)

Reef Fishes Volume 1
This is part of a series of books on reef fishesby Scott Michael

Contains an overview of the ecology and natural history of coral reefs and their inhabitants; requirements of fish for keeping in aquariums, and where they come from. A good companion for any reef hobbyist, scuba diver, or anyone else interested in life on coral reefs. Covering 68 families and thousands of species. (624 pages; June 2001)

Simplified Reefkeeping – 4th Edition
by Robert Metelsky

Detailing the direct approach to a rewarding, successful reef tank. The book contains all the tips and techniques that every reef hobbyist is looking for. It explains the pitfalls and gives solutions to most common problems. (306 pages; 4th Edition)

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