Book of Coral Propagation

Updated August 12, 2019
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Reef Gardening for Aquarists, Volume 1, Edition 2
By Anthony Calfo
Publisher: Reading Trees Publications (2007)

Book of Coral Propagation

The Book of Coral Propagation is pretty popular and if you are a reef tank keeper you've probably already heard about this book. It's been through multiple printings and is now on it's second edition. The first edition was great but lacked some important features. The second edition comes with a hard cover, tons of high quality photos and diagrams. It weighs in at almost 4 pounds! Needless to say we have been itching to get a copy of this book for some time now after reading and hearing glowing reviews from friends and fellow hobbyists. The previous printing was quickly snatched up and the prices for a used copy on quickly soared in the $100 plus price range. I believe that you can now get the new, second edition for about $60 on Amazon. If you're in a hurry I'll save you some time and simply say "Go get this book now if you don't have it".


The author is Anthony Calfo. A well respected author, marine hobbyist and coral farmer that has a unique and to the point writing style. He doesn't try to lose the reader in a flurry of scientific words to impress. It's hard to explain, but it's sort of like a conversational style of writing, kind of like he's talking to you or walking you through the topics being presented. I find this style of writing refreshing and much needed in the growing hobby of reef keeping.

Who is the Book of Coral Propagation for? I'd say that if you have a reef tank setup and you're interested in keeping and growing corals for fun, profit or both then you'd be very interested in the info this books gives you. If you have a regular saltwater aquarium setup and you are a fish only or fowlr type of guy or gal with no interest in corals you can most likely pass over this one, but you don't know what you're missing. Actually, lets show the topics covered in this book:

Topics and Chapters in this book:

The Book of Coral Propagation is an outstanding guide for marine hobbyists interested in gaining knowledge in the keeping, growing, selling and shipping of corals. This book covers a lot of ground and covers it well. This book is a great resource that should be in every serious reef keepers library, we give this book five stars. 5 stars

Rating Information
Review Title: Book of Coral Propagation
Reviewed by: Mike FishLore
Summary: Reef gardening for aquarists.
Description: The author is Anthony Calfo. A well respected author, marine hobbyist and coral farmer that has a unique and to the point writing style.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
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Book of Coral Propagation Reviews and Comments

From: Jason K.
A "must have book" sums it up nicely. The coral propagation techniques introduced to the reader in this tome are enlightening and very important for those wanting to grow their own corals for profit or trade with their friends. Although I don't have a coral business at the moment, I can dream, and maybe the business plans presented in this book will be of some use to me in the future. Great book.

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