The number of corals imported into the U.S. rose 249 percent between 1995 and 1996, an indication the coral reef hobby is booming. Concerned hobbyists have begun growing corals domestically so that people can enjoy reef tanks without destroying natural reefs. This book combines information on setting up and maintaining a reef, as well as ecological concerns.
About the Author
Ron Shimek, Ph.D., teaches biology at Montana State University. He started keeping fish in 1960 and currently maintains three marine reef systems in his home. Dr. Shimek is a columnist for Aquarium.Net and Aquarium Frontiers.
Table of ContentsPART ONE: Understanding the Coral Reef.
1. An Artificial Ecosystem.
2. Chemical Considerations.
3. Material and Energy Flow.
PART TWO: The Environment.
4. Necessary Equipment.
5. Your Reef System.
PART THREE: The Organisms.
6. Invertebrates in Your Aquarium.
7. Fishes and Algae in Your Aquarium.
PART FOUR: Beyond the Basics.
8. Recommended Reading and Resources.