New Encyclopedia of the Saltwater Aquarium

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A comprehensive guide to creating a reef environment in the home aquarium.

Designed with the beginning hobbyist in mind, this richly illustrated reference introduces the hobby of marine aquariums in a practical way. Explaining the technology and terminology clearly, Greg Jennings relates the aquarium setting to that of the natural saltwater environment and offers fascinating insights into the biology and the behavior of the most popular marine ...

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Overview

A comprehensive guide to creating a reef environment in the home aquarium.

Designed with the beginning hobbyist in mind, this richly illustrated reference introduces the hobby of marine aquariums in a practical way. Explaining the technology and terminology clearly, Greg Jennings relates the aquarium setting to that of the natural saltwater environment and offers fascinating insights into the biology and the behavior of the most popular marine fish.

Over 150 species of reef fish, invertebrates and algae are described: their distribution in the wild, size, behavior, diet, aquarium requirements and compatibility. A large, full color photograph appears for each featured species, with personal recommendations on the fish considered best for the beginner.

The New Encyclopedia of the Saltwater Aquarium covers:

  • The natural history of saltwater fish
  • The pros and cons of the latest in equipment and technology
  • Saltwater aquarium setup and maintenance - starting out, water quality and temperature, tank decor, lighting and filters
  • Feeding, general care and health matters
  • An extensive illustrated selection of saltwater fish, invertebrates and algae.

A glossary, suggestions for further reading and a list of useful websites round out this complete reference.

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Editorial Reviews

The Globe and Mail
A wonderful project book for those creating a small marine world in the home.
American Reference Books Annual 2008 - Mark A. Wilson
This extraordinary book will give anyone with the proper equipment the opportunity to enjoy his or her own beautiful marine ecosystem in an aquarium.... Illustrated with stunning color photographs and useful color diagrams... This book is attractive enough to sit on the coffee table. Although probably not a typical selection in an academic library, public libraries everywhere can make good use of it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554071821
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/16/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 950,277
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Jennings is the consulting editor of 500 Freshwater Aquarium Fish. He has been actively involved in fish-keeping for more than 40 years and has visited many of the locations around the world where popular hobbyist species originate.

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Table of Contents

Introduction THE NATURAL HISTORY OF SALTWATER FISH What is a Saltwater Fish? Naming Fish

  • 3 entries
Coral Reefs
  • 4 entries
SALTWATER AQUARIUM SETUP AND MAINTENANCE Early Beginnings and Modern Technology Starting Out
  • 4 entries
Maintaining Water Quality
  • 6 entries
Aquarium Lighting
  • 2 entries
Tank Decor
  • 3 entries
Setting Up
  • 7 entries
Feeding and
General Care
  • 4 entries
Health Matters
  • 5 entries
TROPICAL SALTWATER FISH Moray and Snake Eels
  • 7 entries
Squirrelfish and Soldier Fish
  • 3 entries
Seahorses
  • 3 entries
Lionfish and Scorpionfish
  • 7 entries
Anthias and Gropers
  • 27 entries
Cardinalfish
  • 7 entries
Butterflyfish
  • 61 entries
Angelfish
  • 35 entries
Hawkfish
  • 8 entries
Fairy Basslets and Rammas
  • 1 entry
Anemonefish and Damselfish
  • 36 entries
Dragonets and Mandarinfish
  • 2 entries
Wrasses
  • 19 entries
Blennies
  • 3 entries
Gobies
  • 22 entries
Dartfish
  • 2 entries
Surgeonfish, Tangs, and Unicornfish
  • 27 entries
Moorish Idol
Rabbitfish
  • 6 entries
Batfish and Spadefish
  • 3 entries
Triggerfish
  • 14 entries
Filefish
  • 7 entries
Boxfish and Their Relatives
  • 6 entries
Pufferfish
  • 10 entries
Porcupinefish
  • 2 entries
Miscellaneous Fish
  • 30 entries
INVERTEBRATES AND ALGAE Corals, Sea Anemones, Sponges
  • 5 entries
Segmented Worms
Crustaceans
  • 3 entries
Mollusks
  • 5 entries
Echinoderms
  • 3 entries
Sea Squirts Marine Algae
  • 5 entries
Invertebrate Pests

Glossary
Further Reading/Useful Websites
Index

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Preface

INTRODUCTION

Interest in saltwater aquaria has grown greatly over recent years for a number of reasons. Firstly, there is the obvious fact that these fish are interesting to keep and, even if they are not especially colorful in all cases, they are frequently bizarre in appearance.

There is also tremendous scope within the hobby. You may decide to opt for a species-only setup, perhaps containing just an individual fish, which you can tame to the extent that it will come to recognize you and take food from your fingers, or a group that will live together in harmony. Alternatively, you may prefer to build a mixed community aquarium, where a number of different species can be housed together.

The other possibility is to keep not just fish but also a range of invertebrates in what is often described as a reef tank. This can be a microcosm of reef life and can have a similar structure, since the tank is decorated with natural rock. Although this type of aquarium places more demands on the fishkeeper, the end result can be very striking. Colorful crustaceans and fish create movement here in the company of live corals, sea anemones, starfish, and sponges, not overlooking other reef invertebrates such as clams.

As nature programs on television have brought the beauty and fascination of the reef directly into people's homes, it is not very surprising that there has been a growth of interest in recreating this environment in miniature. It is perhaps also not entirely unexpected that some of the keenest saltwater aquarium enthusiasts are also enthusiastic divers who have experienced the world's reefs at first hand.

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