Reef Secrets: Starting Right, Selecting Fishes & Invertebrates, Advanced Biotope Techniques [Alf Jacob "This is a daring, delightful, and transformative book. Reef Secrets: Starting Right, Selecting Fishes & Invertebrates, Advanced Biotope This book is about thinking out of the box in aquarium keeping and planning. Reef Secrets book. Read reviews from world's largest community for readers. A fresh easy to follow approach to setting up and stocking a reef.
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Reef Secrets by A. J. Nilsen, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Reef Secrets is an ideal book for hobbyists currently keeping saltwater tanks that may be considering taking the plunge into a full fledged reef tank setup. download Reef Secrets (): NHBS - Alf Jacob Nilsen and Svein A Fossa , Microcosm.
Modeling Aquariums on Ecological Niches on and Around the Reef, concerns an issue dear to these authors' hearts. In their Modern Coral Reef series Nilsen and Fossa advocated the creation of specialized reef tanks that physically mimic naturally occurring ecosystems and are populated by appropriate organisms, rather than the hodgepodge "garden" of the usual tank, occupied by inhabitants the reef keeper obtained in various ways and for various reasons.
They come back to that approach here, presenting notes on the construction of seagrass, reef gorge, rubble zone and small cave zone habitats and, based on a micro ecosystem observed on a trip to southern Thailand, even a "Pizza anemone aquarium" featuring the anemone Cryptodendrum adhaesivum , its symbionts and associated organisms.
In each case a description of the natural habitat is followed by suggestions for tank design and construction and a list of appropriate inhabitants. These authors and others have advocated this approach, usually to audiences of experienced aquarists.
It will be interesting to see if the concept takes hold among the beginning aquarists addressed here. The next two chapters form the bulk of the book and are devoted to stocking the aquarium.
Issues of aquarium size, population density, hardiness and compatibility are discussed. Two important tables are provided; a three page compatibility list stressing specific considerations for many major taxonomic groups and a four page listing of organisms that are potentially injurious to the aquarist, with symptoms and treatments for each, as well as precautions to take to guard against injury.
Chapter 6, the authors' Stocking Guide, contains more than pages of photographs, text and coded color keys, describing potential tank specimens, four to a page. Covered organisms include sponges, hard and soft corals, anemones, molluscs, annelids, crustaceans, echinoderms and fishes. Among the more than species included you will find almost every available organism you may come across either as intentional or unintentional introductions to your aquarium or even as those you observe diving or snorkeling over reefs.
Each entry has an excellent identification photograph many by Scott Michael , area of origin, full taxonomy, common name, adult or mature colony size, appropriate aquascaping, circulation and feeding requirements and compatibility with other organisms.
Color codes indicate levels of ease or difficulty in providing essential requirements. Chapter 7 deals with algae. Nilsen and Fossa take a nuanced position on the role of algae on the reef and in the aquarium. After discussing the importance of algae in the ecology of the tropical coral reef, the authors state, "As algae are such an important biological component of coral reefs, it is strange that they are usually not seen to be vital to the biology of the coral reef aquarium as well Indeed, they must be there if the system is alive and well.
This is the first time I have seen that term, usually used in reference to heavily planted freshwater tanks, as a label for a reef aquarium. Of course the problem is primarily with filamentous algae and Valonia. Most good aquarium shops have a set of reference books and will be happy to let you look or even join you in the search for more information.
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The general purpose of this book is to present—in a simplified and understandable way—the key elements in a modern coral reef aquarium, relating them to the conditions in nature that we are trying to replicate or replace: water conditions, circulation, lighting, substrates, aquascaping, and feeding. We are increasingly interested in the notion of creating marine biotope aquariums and have offered some ideas that we hope will spark your interest and creativity.
We will also attempt to help you as a marine hobbyist to choose desirable and appropriate invertebrates and fishes for your aquarium. We have included almost all of the organisms most commonly offered for sale to marine hobbyists, and have dealt with them in a manner that will help you in selecting the correct animals for your personal aquarium—and avoiding the ones that are hard to keep alive or that will not fit into your particular system. The matter of keeping our animals alive and healthy relates to the last chapter, which is a discussion of the role of marine aquarists in the health of coral reef ecosystems—a subject that no intelligent and involved hobbyist can afford to ignore.
Reviews "I wish I had found this book before planning my current aquarium, but it has certainly gotten me thinking about the next one. I recommend this as an additional starter book perhaps to accompany Paletta's New Marine Aquarium or for anyone who knows the simple basics and wants interesting new ideas to rehash the passion.
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Reef Secrets by Alf Jacob Nilsen ,. Svein A. A fresh easy to follow approach to setting up and stocking a reef aquarium, filled with simple but authoritative advice from two of the most respected pioneers of the modern marine hobby.
Readers will learn how to select fish, coral and other invertebrates; suggestions for unique biotopreef systems; and much more. There are over pages of encylopedic listings of fishes A fresh easy to follow approach to setting up and stocking a reef aquarium, filled with simple but authoritative advice from two of the most respected pioneers of the modern marine hobby.
There are over pages of encylopedic listings of fishes and invertebrates commonly available to the marine aquarist-all in full color. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages.
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