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.
|Publisher:||TFH Publications, Inc.|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Aquarium Corals: Selection, Husbandry, and Natural History||13|
|Chapter 1||Reef Worlds: Beauty, Biodiversity, and Scientific Wonders of the Coral Realm||19|
|Chapter 2||Anatomy Lessons: Polyps That Rule--and Build--the Reefs||35|
|Chapter 3||Zooxanthellae: The Symbiotic Algae of Corals||47|
|Chapter 4||Foods & Feeding: Nutrition on the Reef and in the Aquarium||57|
|Chapter 5||Secret Lives: Competition and Reproduction||69|
|Chapter 6||Taxonomy: Coral Classification--and Its Limitations||89|
|Chapter 7||The Corals: Families, Genera, and Species of Special Interest to Aquarists||95|
|Class Hydrozoa: Fire Corals and Lace Corals||99|
|Subclass Octocorallia: Soft Corals, Stoloniferans, Gorgonians, Sea Pens||107|
|Order Zoanthidea: Colonial Anemones and Button Polyps||177|
|Order Corallimorpharia: Mushroom Corals||193|
|Order Scleractinia: Stony Corals||211|
|Chapter 8||Husbandry: Captive Reef-keeping Approaches and Essentials||323|
|Chapter 9||Water Chemistry: Parameters to Know and Maintain for Success with Corals||343|
|Chapter 10||Care & Handling: Selecting, Acclimating, and Siting Corals in the Reef Aquarium||359|
|Chapter 11||Coral Health: Recognizing, Preventing, and Treating Diseases, Worrisome Conditions, and Pests||367|
|Chapter 12||Conservation: Endangered Reefs and the Ethical Coral Keeper||399|
|About The Author||464|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Aquarium Corals: Selection,Husbandry,and Natural History based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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.
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.