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Curtswearing

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In my quest for knowledge on reefing issues, I have purchased many, many books.

My first book purchase was the "Book of Coral Propagation, Volume One" by Anthony Calfo. It COMPLETELY FREAKED ME OUT!!! However after 6 months, I considered it a "must have" but maybe it shouldn't have been my first book. In my mind at the time, I should have been keeping my pH at 400 to 450 and my calcium at 8.2 to 8.3 (yes, I was really that confused).

Many dollars later and many months later, I find that my needs have changed when it comes to books. In the last 30 days, I have pulled the following books out of my bookshelf....

Corals of the World----3 part set by Jen Veron.
Ultimate Marine Aquariums by Michael Paletta.
Aquarium Corals by Eric Borneman.
Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific by Terrence Goslinger, David Behrens and Gary Williams.
Marine Reef Aquarium Handbook by Dr. Robert Goldstein.

What books do you like and why?
 

NaH2O

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The Conscientious Marine Aquarist by Robert Fenner is an outstanding book for beginners. It covers many areas and is a must have if you are new in the hobby.

Giant Clams by Daniel Knop is another book that is really good for clam keepers and future keepers alike. Loads of great info.
 

Montanarocknreefer

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I have Aquarium Corals by Eric Borneman. This is an excellent book as it covers all the corals we may have in our tank. Well written and easy for most of us to understand. I won this book in a contest on another board and very happy that I have it.:)
 

NaH2O

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Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific by Terrence Goslinger, David Behrens and Gary Williams.
I wanted to add that this book is great for identification - another favorite of mine. Great pictures and covers many species (no fish), including stomatopods, worms, corals, sponges, nudis, sea squirts....etc.
 

jks1

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I have the above but also find myself pulling out Sprung and Delbeek's Reef Aquarium and The Modern Coral Reef Vols 1-4 by Fossa and Nilsen
 

CTurtleGirl

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I second the Giant Clams by knop recommendation. I also like Natural Reef Aquariums by John Tullock because it has good ideas for aquascaping. Also if you ever want to keep clownfishes and anemones Joyce Wilkerson's book Clownfishes is a great one. Oh yeah, and Sprung's quick reference guides (inverts and corals) are good ID books.

Erica:cool:
 

NaH2O

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GADS! How could I forget Reef Invertebrates by Calfo & Fenner- excellent book.
 

Scooterman

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If you read "The New Marine Aquarium by Michal S. Paletta, his set-up is as close to Mikes as you can get. That was my very first, I've read quite a few since then, Julian Sprung also his coral reference guide and Dick Mills/John Tullock encyclopedia of fish and a few others mentioned. I also read Mikes (MoJo) ongoing book but I just can't seem to find where I last placed it???
 

spooda420

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Nikki is right any book by Fenner or Calfo is great two outstanding books if you dont have those yet buy them and you'll read them and then use them for for you SW bible.

the web site is a great tool as well stop by and see them all at wetwebmedia.com

C
 

Witfull

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you can find it all over the Web...great info but highly fragmented...the main problem is that the chapters are never in order,,,true Einstien mentality,,,,brilliant but chaotic at the same time,,,,,LOL

dont worry Mike,,,,ill never give your @$$ one of these
 

mojoreef

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If you read "The New Marine Aquarium by Michal S. Paletta, his set-up is as close to Mikes as you can get.
Your momma it does, lol

I also read Mikes (MoJo) ongoing book but I just can't seem to find where I last placed it???
They printed it, its called "The never Ending Story" lol

Hey Chris welcome aboard great to see ya.

Mike
 

Alice

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I love TRA 1 & 2 by Delbeek and Sprung, Borneman's book, Sprung's Coral book (though I don't find his invertebrate book very helpful) and I recommend the Tullock books all the time for newbies.

Good reading for history of wild reefs is "The Ecology of the Indonesian Seas" series by Tomas Tomascik.

For common aquarium fish species, you can't beat Scott Micheal's PocketExpert "Marine Fishes".

I have a bunch of older books too, that I've picked up here and there. They certainly aren't current, some of the info is now outdated and sometimes laughable but they are interesting. ;)

Alice
 

NaH2O

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Anyone know where I can get my hands on Sorokin's ecology text....I had been on Amazon's search list since May with no luck :(
 
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