Aquarium Corals BookCoral Selection, Husbandry and Natural History
Author: Eric H. Borneman, T.F.H. Publications (2001, 2004)
If you've been keeping saltwater tanks for some time and have been thinking about transforming your fish only tank into a full blown reef tank, Aquarium Corals should be on your list of must reads.
A saltwater fish tank can be quite expensive and a reef tank even more expensive. Soft corals and hard corals can be hardy under the right conditions and they can quickly die under the wrong conditions causing heartbreak for the inexperienced aquarist. The requirements for successfully keeping aquarium corals in the home aquarium remains largely unknown. There are many second hand accounts from hobbyists about what they are doing and how they are achieving success. But for the most part, we are still in the early stages of discovery for the exact requirements for most commonly available corals.
The author reminds us of this fact and gives us an educational lesson on corals such as coral anatomy and the habitats or reef zones these corals are found in. The astute aquarist can use this knowledge along with the information found in the book's coral profiles to increase their understanding of the requirements of the various corals.
Aquarium Corals covers alot of ground and the amount of useable information is extensive. Here is what this book covers:
Chapter 1: Reef Worlds - Beauty, Biodiversity and Scientific Wonders of the Coral Realm
Chapter 2: Anatomy Lessons - Polyps That Rule and Build the Reef
Chapter 3: Zooxanthellae - The Symbiotic Algae of Corals
Chapter 4: Foods and Feeding - Nutrition on the Reef and in the Aquarium
Chapter 5: Secret Lives - Competition and Reproduction
Behavioral (sweeper tentacles, nematocysts),
Morphological (overgrowth and movement),
Chemical (releasing chemical compounds affecting other aquarium corals)
Energetic-physiological (energy is either gained or lost)
You'll learn all the nitty-gritty about these different forms of competition among corals. This chapter also explains the asexual and sexual reproductive techniques with thoughts on asexual and sexual captive reproduction.
Chapter 6: Taxonomy - Coral Classification and Its Limitations
Chapter 7: The Corals - Families, Genera and Species of Special Interest
- The Hydrocorals (Fire Corals and Lace Corals)
- The Octocorals (Soft corals, Stoloniferans, Gorgonians and Sea Pens)
- The Zoanthids (Colonial Anemones and Button Polyps)
- The Corallimorpharians (Mushroom Corals)
- The Scleractinians (Stony Corals)
Chapter 8: Husbandry - Captive Reef-Keeping Approaches and Essentials
Chapter 9: Water Chemistry - Parameters to Know and Maintain for Success with Corals
Chapter 10: Care and Handling - Selecting, Acclimating and Siting Corals in the Reef Aquarium
Chapter 11: Coral Health - Recognizing, Preventing and Treating Diseases and Conditions
Chapter 12: Reef Conservation - Endangered Reefs and the Ethical Coral Keeper
The amount of coral species information and general coral information in Aquarium Corals will knock your socks off. It can be dry and overly scientific at times, but let's face it, it has to be in order to deliver the information efficiently and correctly. Thank you Mr. Borneman for this fantastic contribution to the reef aquarium keeping hobby. This is a resource you'll turn to time and time again when researching potential corals for your reef tank setup. We give Aquarium Corals five stars.
Author : Mike FishLore
Reviewed by: Mike FishLore
Summary: Book review of Aquarium Corals.
Description: If you've been keeping saltwater tanks for some time and have been thinking about transforming your fish only tank into a full blown reef tank, Aquarium Corals should be on your list of must reads.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
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|From: Tim S.|
Aquarium Corals is another fantastic coral book for the reefers out there. Everything from the various areas on the reef to the corals that reside in those areas, this book has it all. I always consult this book before any coral purchase to get a general idea of it's requirements and whether or not I can meet those requirements. I agree with the 5 stars on this book.
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