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Water Chemistry for the Marine Aquarium 1st Ed.

 
Written by an expert on marine biology, this title is must reading for the marine aquarium hobbyist. Keeping ocean-dwelling fish and other marine life forms thriving in the synthetic environment of an aquarium requires special knowledge and care, especially in regard to water quality. The author discusses the properties of natural seawater, then gives details on how...


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Worth buying but not the best book featured

Comments I'm not sorry I purchased this book, it's a good book, but just not a great book. First off, in the edition I have there are random photos of fish, corals and inverts. One gets the impression these were put in just to fill pages so they could sell this as a book rather than a pamphlet.

The first couple of chapters should actually be the last couple of chapters. The author states that they set the foundation for what comes after, but really I didn't feel that they did. I thought they would be better as appendixes for those wanting to know more about chemistry in general. For an aquarist, they really just want to get down to the business of what's going on in their tank.

Once the book does finally get into this information it's well presented. The information is not dumbed down but also not so complex that people aren't going to understand it.

I wouldn't say this is THE book for beginner reef keepers to learn about water chemistry, but it certainly is a useful tool and the reader will learn. Just the information on pH is worth the purchase price.


Liked about it 1. Easy to understand information.
2. Affordable.
3. Covers the topic well enough for most needs.


Didn't like 1. Pages are wasted on photos that aren't related to water chemistry.
2. First two chapters should be at end or not included at all.


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By tcamos
Aug 02, 2011
 
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Good stuff, but a lot of typos

Comments I have all of my new staff members read this book. They get a lot of good information from it, but there are several bad typos. Many of the graphs have the X & Y axis labels switched! HA, I couldn't believe it!


Liked about it Great pictures and explanations of all standard aquarium chemistry processes.


Didn't like Could focus for on the inter-connectivity between different chemical values.


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By hawaii4485
Aug 28, 2009
 
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