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Robb in Austin

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Howdy all!

I was just reading the Aiptasia/peppermint shrimp thread and got to thinking it might be nice to post a list of recommended books.

I think RC has something similar to this, but ours will be better!

Here is my starting list:

For brand new, never seen water beginners:

The New Marine Aquarium: Step-By-Step Setup... by Michael S. Paletta

For FW keepers moving to SW:

The Conscientious Marine Aquarist: A Commonsense Handbook for Successful Saltwater Hobbyists by Robert M. Fenner ISBN:1890087998

(New edition coming out in June!)

More specific/intermediate to advanced:

Aquarium Corals : Selection, Husbandry, and N... by Eric H. Borneman (A must for the reef tank.)

A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Fishes: 500+ E... by Scott W. Michael

A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes:... by Scott W. Michael (I like this even better than the one above because it focuses on reef safe-ish fish.)

A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates:... by Ronald L. Shimek (Gotta know which snails to buy!)

Clownfishes by Joyce D. Wilkerson (Because everyone wants a "Nemo".)

Giant Clams in the Sea and the Aquarium by James W. Fatherree

Anyone have input on some others?


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I'm reading Anthony Calfo's book, The Book of Coral Propogation. I'm only a 1/3 thru it and have already picked up a lot of great information, including things I never thought twice about that I have been doing wrong.


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I too have started to read Calfo's book too. Learning alot and being reminded of a lot.

I would also suggest for SW beginners:

The Simple Guide to Marine Aquariums by jeffery Kurtz found at half price books

Saltwater Aquariums for Dummies by Gregory Skomal found at half price books

For those that what to create Microcosms:

Natural Reef Aquariums:simplified approaches to living saltwater microsoms by John H. Tullock found at half price books

And most read as mentioned in the previous.

Book of Coral Progation: Reef Garddening for Aquarists Volume 1 Edition 2 by Anthony Calfo purchase at Amazon.com


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