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Aquarium Corals: Selection, Husbandry, and Natural History

 
A comprehensive reference guide full of insight on many different coral types and husbandry practices.


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One of My Favorite Books

Comments If I were ever exiled to a desert island, preferably in the middle of a coral reef, 'Aquarium Corals, Selection, Husbandry, and Natural History' by Eric Borneman is the book I would take with me. The book does indeed cover the selection, husbandry, and natural history of corals and it does so in a masterly fashion.

Mr. Borrneman starts with a lengthy biology lesson, describing reefs, coral anatomy, physiology, reproduction, and taxonomy. The book continues with detailed descriptions of corals and their care in reef aquaria and concludes with several chapters and marine aquaria management.

The heart of the book contains the descriptions of the corals grown and imported for use in marine aquaria. The descriptions are divided taxonomically and groups corals by family and genus. The genus level contains detailed descriptions of species including common and scientific names, tips for identification, natural occurrence, captive care, and any special notes. Individual species whose care is significantly different from the rest of the genus are identified and specific care is noted. Warnings are given for corals that require specialized care and may not suitable for the average aquarist. Each description includes with a short summary of the impact to the reef of collection. The pictures associated with each section of the book are well chosen and illustrate the main points of the text.

The concluding chapters of the book contain an overview of coral husbandry and marine aquarium maintenance. The descriptions are clear, concise, and while not as detailed as other texts, will lead the reader to ask the right questions.


Liked about it Mr. Borneman clearly separates anecdotal information from proven fact. For example, with respect to the use of iodine for good maintenance of xenias, Mr. Borneman says "I have not found the use of iodine to play a role in success of xenia, nor is its need or uptake documented". In a hobby in which a lot of anecodotal information is touted as fact, I find Mr. Borneman's approach very helpful.


Didn't like The section on soft corals could have been longer, although I admit that "softies" are my particular interest. Actually, the whole book could have been longer!


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By CebakaLaika
May 15, 2010
 
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Aquarium Corals the book a must have reference guide to the proper husbandry of them

Comments This book you can sit down and read cover to cover (if your a nerd like me) and have a great understanding of the requirements and needs of keeping different types of corals in an aquarium. After reading once the book will be a great reference tool during your tenure as a reef keeper.


Liked about it The author breaks things down for the beginner to understand and yet explains things well enough to keep the seasoned reefers attention. he provides both the common name(s) and the scientific names for the many corals covered. he also explains the basic needs of each coral type in both on the reef and in the aquarium.


Didn't like the author spent a lot of time covering the different types of reefs. nothing else.


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