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The Conscientious Marine Aquarist

A Commonsense Handbook for Successful Saltwater Hobbyists
By Robert Fenner
Publisher: TFH Publications (1997)

Conscientious Marine Aquarist

The Conscientious Marine Aquarist by Robert Fenner is a fantastic read. Mr. Fenner has been in the trade for many years and knows how to educate the inexperienced and experienced alike. When I first recieved this book I couldn't put it down. I also find myself returning to it to refresh my memory on certain topics. If you're a saltwater aquarium beginner Get your hands on this book before you start your marine system and you will reap the benefits. It's always a good idea to have in mind the fish you want to keep before getting your tank and this book helps you. The author will tell you which fish will do well in captivity and those that won't. Compatibility among the various species is discussed along with how to care for them. Awesome pictures are presented throughout the book that will help in identification of the many marine species.

Invertebrates and marine algae are also covered in The Conscientious Marine Aquarist which will surely interest you. Especially if you have live rock in your tank. You'll see something appear on your live rock and wonder what the heck it is and then you'll reach for this book.

Topics covered in the Conscientious Marine Aquarist:

  • Demystifying the marine aquarium - discusses all of the components of a marine aquarium and how to set one up

  • Equipment needed - covers every aspect of equipment choices

  • Marine foods and how to feed your fish

  • Aquarium maintenance

  • The various types of marine algae

  • Excellent section on many marine fishes (in depth coverage)

  • Excellent section on many marine invertebrates (in depth coverage)

  • Great information on saltwater fish disease and ways to treat them

  • Information on how fish are collected and how you can help the aquarium trade by not buying cyanide collected specimens

The Conscientious Marine Aquarist is an excellent resource for any saltwater aquarium hobbyist. You will probably reach for it first when problems arise or something appears in your marine tank. Our current favorite, we give this book 5 stars.

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Rating Information
Review Title: The Conscientious Marine Aquarist
Reviewed by: Mike FishLore
Summary: A Commonsense Handbook for Successful Saltwater Hobbyists
Description: Compatibility among the various species is discussed along with how to care for them. Awesome pictures are presented throughout the book that will help in identification of the many marine species
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

The Conscientious Marine Aquarist Reviews and Comments

From: Samantha
I was really intimidated by saltwater tanks before reading this book. This book gave me the knowledge to succeed and I think prevented me from making some really stupid mistakes. I wanted to keep a clown trigger in a 29 gallon. Yikes, I know. But not after reading this book. I now have 3 saltwater tanks running and will have more if I can talk my husband into it! I love it, I love it, I love it!


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