A comprehensive guide to creating a reef environment in the home aquarium.
Designed with the beginning hobbyist in mind, this richly illustrated reference introduces the hobby of marine aquariums in a practical way. Explaining the technology and terminology clearly, Greg Jennings relates the aquarium setting to that of the natural saltwater environment and offers fascinating insights into the biology and the behavior of the most popular marine fish.
Over 150 species of reef fish, invertebrates and algae are described: their distribution in the wild, size, behavior, diet, aquarium requirements and compatibility. A large, full color photograph appears for each featured species, with personal recommendations on the fish considered best for the beginner.
The New Encyclopedia of the Saltwater Aquarium covers:
A glossary, suggestions for further reading and a list of useful websites round out this complete reference.
Greg Jennings is the consulting editor of 500 Freshwater Aquarium Fish. He has been actively involved in fish-keeping for more than 40 years and has visited many of the locations around the world where popular hobbyist species originate.
Interest in saltwater aquaria has grown greatly over recent years for a number of reasons. Firstly, there is the obvious fact that these fish are interesting to keep and, even if they are not especially colorful in all cases, they are frequently bizarre in appearance.
There is also tremendous scope within the hobby. You may decide to opt for a species-only setup, perhaps containing just an individual fish, which you can tame to the extent that it will come to recognize you and take food from your fingers, or a group that will live together in harmony. Alternatively, you may prefer to build a mixed community aquarium, where a number of different species can be housed together.
The other possibility is to keep not just fish but also a range of invertebrates in what is often described as a reef tank. This can be a microcosm of reef life and can have a similar structure, since the tank is decorated with natural rock. Although this type of aquarium places more demands on the fishkeeper, the end result can be very striking. Colorful crustaceans and fish create movement here in the company of live corals, sea anemones, starfish, and sponges, not overlooking other reef invertebrates such as clams.
As nature programs on television have brought the beauty and fascination of the reef directly into people's homes, it is not very surprising that there has been a growth of interest in recreating this environment in miniature. It is perhaps also not entirely unexpected that some of the keenest saltwater aquarium enthusiasts are also enthusiastic divers who have experienced the world's reefs at first hand.
THE NATURAL HISTORY OF SALTWATER FISH
What is a Saltwater Fish?
SALTWATER AQUARIUM SETUP AND MAINTENANCE
Early Beginnings and Modern Technology
Maintaining Water Quality
Feeding and General Care
TROPICAL SALTWATER FISH
Moray and Snake Eels
Squirrelfish and Soldier Fish
Lionfish and Scorpionfish
Anthias and Gropers
Fairy Basslets and Rammas
Anemonefish and Damselfish
Dragonets and Mandarinfish
Surgeonfish, Tangs, and Unicornfish
Batfish and Spadefish
Boxfish and Their Relatives
INVERTEBRATES AND ALGAE
Corals, Sea Anemones, Sponges