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The Reef Aquarium Vol.2 by Delbeek & Sprung

 
The Reef Aquarium: Volume Two by Two Little Fishies. By Julian Sprung and J. Charles DelbeekHardcover - 1994


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Great Series! featured

General The series of books by Delbeek and Sprung is an incredible tome of knowledge. There are three books in the series, each focusing on a different area of reef keeping.

I refer to the series as my bible of reef keeping. I keep these by my bedside table and peruse them nightly. There is so much information it can be somewhat overwhelming, take your time, enjoy.

It can be quite technical at times but it is not too much for the beginner.

For the beginner I would recommend starting with Volume 3. This deals with the setup of a new tank, including aquascaping, lifts, plenum, plumbing, skimmers, pumps, powerheads. There is also a great discussion on nitrate reduction methods. I wish I had this book when I first started. It's still great now that I have a couple of years of experience under my belt.

Volume 1 centers around Stony corals and Clams, including the propagation of the coral. There is also a valuable section on disease and treatment. There is a wealth of information on clams and their care.

Volume 2 focuses on the softies and anemones. Being a ricordea freak I really enjoyed the cultivation topic on ricordeas. Again it delves into the diseases and treatments of soft corals along with parasites and other nasties.

The pictures in all three are very disappointing for the most part, often fuzzy or using a flash that blows out the color.


Liked about it Stock full of useful info for the advanced aquarist or the humble beginner.
Volume 3 is a must have for a beginner!





Didn't like

Expensive
some areas in the books are somewhat dated but still very relevant.
I wish some of the pictures were more colorful.
Volume 2 does not go as far in depth on the softies as I would have liked.


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By Kyuss
Jun 10, 2009
 
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great second book picks up where the first left of

Comments There is only so much room to identify species and required conditions but don't we want it all.


Liked about it a great second volume in the series.


Didn't like after reading book three you would think that would be the first book in the series, strange order.
The layout for the animal requirements could be better.


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By ANGRY JOHN
Jul 28, 2009
 
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great books

General These are the must have books. If you can only afford one get volume 3. It is by far the best. Money no object get all three. Only thing I would change is use more of the common names of the corals not the scientific.


Liked about it Has it all


Didn't like Steep price


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By Timmy
Jul 07, 2009
 
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