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Natural Reef Aquariums: Simplified Approaches to Creating Living Saltwater Microcosms [Paperback]

John H. Tullock
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Microcosm (19 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890087009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890087005
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 17.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Debunking the myth that reef aquariums need to be wildly expensive and technologically complex, John Tullock offers a new, radically simple approach to producing beautiful captive microcosms. Using live rock and live sand as part of a natural filtration system, the home aquarist can now create vibrant reef tanks that are much more biologically stable and simple to maintain. With Tullock's suggestions, the reefkeeper can now mimic natural habitats such as a Florida Keys Lagoon, a Caribbean Turtle Grass Flat, an Indo-Pacific Deep Cave, or a Red Sea Patch Reef. With more than 200 colour photographs and illustrations, Natural Reef Aquariums provides inspiration for both beginning and expert marine reef hobbyists.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book will change your life! 16 May 2003
By C. Peacock VINE VOICE
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If you're a beginner, this book will give you a beautifully illustrated step-by-step guide to starting your first aquarium. If you're an intermediate, it will give you a detailed understanding of the wonderfully complex chemical, biochemical, and biological processes going on in your aquarium, and how to turn them to your advantage. It will also encourage you to create "biotope" aquaria, in which the species and the conditions are precisely suited to one another, as they are in nature. If you're an advanced fishkeeper, it will challenge you to throw away most of your expensive hi-tech appliances and work with nature! And, into the bargain, it will challenge you to become a conservation-minded aquarist. Quite simply the best aquarium book I've bought in twenty years. I only wish Tullock had gone all the way, and described mangrove and "Miracle Mud" systems, in which all filtration is entirely natural.
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I've kept freshwater fish off and on for a while but I never considered keeping a reef tank. I thought it would take too much time to take care of, that it would be much too complicated to learn, or that it would cost too much money to start and maintain. But after reading this book, I'm hooked! Mr. Tullock spells out everything a beginning reef aquarist needs to know about reef tank setups with each setup's pros/cons. He shows the reader the necessary nutrient requirments, light levels, maintanance/troubleshooting, diseases, and water quality/makeup that most reef inhabitants need to not only stay healthy but thrive. He shows you what to look for when purchasing live rock, corals and fishes as well as what to avoid. There's a nice section on what different reefs from different oceans look like and what you need to do to mimick those microcosms in your tank.
After reading this book, I now have the confidence to start a reef tank. I know what equipement I need and what sorts of creatures I can put together in the same tank. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has some freshwater aquarium experience and is on the fence about starting a reef tank. This book will push you over the fence and get you hooked for sure!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent step by step practical guide! 2 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
John Tullock has written several books in plain English before. This one is elegant, clear, and concise with beautiful photography. He explains the basics for beginners and intermediate reef aquarists. He spells out exactly what equipment is needed, and what fish and invertebrates will and will not work. I have read the other books recommended here. They are all enjoyable. But Tullock writes the books that every marine aqaurium store should sell with each live coral display tank.
After reading it, I bought a copy for my local Aquarium Society. No one will ever complain about this book. It is that good. I strongly recommend it.
It is not too complex or obtuse. Only Julian Sprung writes books that are more technical and advanced (good for the ardent stony coral keeper). A delightful and informative book that will put any hobbyist on solid ground. He will tell you what works and what doesn't.
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If you are a beginner to the wonderful world of reef keeping, then there is no better way to get a good grounding in the hobby that to read a few good books.
This book by Tullock gives a great overview of how to set up a reef system, what sort of lghting to use, what sort of filtration, why skimmers are good, why to use live rock and live sand.
There is a great section on buying safe and compatible fish and which do well in fish only systems, but are often prone to disease in a mixed reef.
Looking for soft corals or to go to SPS? Again this book will identify them for you and highlight some of the conditions they will require.
For less than 20 this book is an absolute must have essential guide to reef keeping
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent step by step practical guide! 2 Mar 1999
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Format:Hardcover
John Tullock has written several books in plain English before. This one is elegant, clear, and concise with beautiful photography. He explains the basics for beginners and intermediate reef aquarists. He spells out exactly what equipment is needed, and what fish and invertebrates will and will not work. I have read the other books recommended here. They are all enjoyable. But Tullock writes the books that every marine aqaurium store should sell with each live coral display tank.
After reading it, I bought a copy for my local Aquarium Society. No one will ever complain about this book. It is that good. I strongly recommend it.
It is not too complex or obtuse. Only Julian Sprung writes books that are more technical and advanced (good for the ardent stony coral keeper). A delightful and informative book that will put any hobbyist on solid ground. He will tell you what works and what doesn't.
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John Tullock has helped the beginning and intermediate aquarist through the hype and misinformation of the aquaium trade. He provides tips on setting up successful systems (which I followed with success). Mr. Tullock gives many suggestions on different themes to set up. He also reviews various pieces of equipment which are necessary and those that are not. Overall, he was able to greatly improve my knowledge and appreciation of this hobby, and save me some money as well. Lastly, his inclusion of places to purchase supplies, equipment, and livestock has been a great aid.
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