Aquarium Corals: Selection,Husbandry,and Natural History

Aquarium Corals: Selection,Husbandry,and Natural History

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Overview

Once Considered A Farfetched Fantasy, the successful keeping of live corals in home aquariums is now an exciting reality. Selecting among a bewildering array of soft and stony corals is the primary focus of master aquarist Eric Borneman's text, which gives both novice and expert coral keepers clear and vital information on coral biology, natural history, and care requirements.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781890087470
Publisher: TFH Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword8
Introduction: Aquarium Corals: Selection, Husbandry, and Natural History13
Chapter 1Reef Worlds: Beauty, Biodiversity, and Scientific Wonders of the Coral Realm19
Chapter 2Anatomy Lessons: Polyps That Rule--and Build--the Reefs35
Chapter 3Zooxanthellae: The Symbiotic Algae of Corals47
Chapter 4Foods & Feeding: Nutrition on the Reef and in the Aquarium57
Chapter 5Secret Lives: Competition and Reproduction69
Chapter 6Taxonomy: Coral Classification--and Its Limitations89
Chapter 7The Corals: Families, Genera, and Species of Special Interest to Aquarists95
Class Hydrozoa: Fire Corals and Lace Corals99
Subclass Octocorallia: Soft Corals, Stoloniferans, Gorgonians, Sea Pens107
Order Zoanthidea: Colonial Anemones and Button Polyps177
Order Corallimorpharia: Mushroom Corals193
Order Scleractinia: Stony Corals211
Chapter 8Husbandry: Captive Reef-keeping Approaches and Essentials323
Chapter 9Water Chemistry: Parameters to Know and Maintain for Success with Corals343
Chapter 10Care & Handling: Selecting, Acclimating, and Siting Corals in the Reef Aquarium359
Chapter 11Coral Health: Recognizing, Preventing, and Treating Diseases, Worrisome Conditions, and Pests367
Chapter 12Conservation: Endangered Reefs and the Ethical Coral Keeper399
Contacts406
Glossary409
References418
Photography Credits449
Special Thanks451
Index453
About The Author464

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Aquarium Corals: Selection,Husbandry,and Natural History 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a must have book for any reef hobbyist only because it's the best of the worst. The author is certainly knowledgable and writes well. However, he's also needlessly verbose and goes on and on about things that the average hobbyist doesn't need to know or care about. The text is poorly organized making the most useful information often frustrating to find. Common names of corals are not listed in the index making it difficult for someone who only knows the common names of corals to find the proper names. The book is also quickly becoming outdated. Various 'facts' and suggestions are sadly out of step with modern knowledge and recent developments in the hobby. All in all, it's a decent book that's just well overdue for a second edition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It just doesn't get any better than this. I would have liked it even if I didn't have an aquarium. The photos are gorgeous. The writing style is honest and direct. I get that this guy knows what he's talking about.
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