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The Reef Aquarium: A Comprehensive Guide to the Identification and Care of Tropical Marine Invertebrates, Volume Two: 2 Hardcover – Jun 1997

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 546 pages
  • Publisher: SOS Free Stock; 1 edition (Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883693136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883693138
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18.5 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 612,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This second volume in the series features the anemones and soft corals associated with reefs, detailing their biology and husbandry requirements, and featuring numerous species descriptions, with the benefit of wonderful color photographs. Also featured is new information regarding parasites in reef aquariums, and captive culture of anemones and soft corals. The book finishes with another section featuring more stunning images of reef aquariums around the world.

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Format: Hardcover
If you want more or less this book is great. If you are starting out with a full on aquarium it's got all you need to get you going without spending your hard cash on things that you don't need or cheap versions that you'll regret later. Or if having got it all and running it's a great reference book to refresh or check your knowlegde
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Have been trying to get this book for some time. Excellent condition and fast delivery. Will go well with Vol 1 which we already have.
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By A Customer on 22 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
The second volume of the BEST books out there for reefkeeping. a definate MUST HAVE.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9db99738) out of 5 stars Vol 2 is good, Vol 1 is better? 26 Mar. 2001
By Jay G Thompson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a beginning reef aquarist (but not at all new to the hobby), I ordered Volume 2 of this series because that's the volume that contains information on soft corals--which was what I wanted to start with. But I was also looking for other, "introductory" type information on reef keeping.
What I found in Volume 2 was a complete wealth of information on the soft corals (as well as anemones, and other inverts). When I looked for the more introductory information, what I found were several references to Volume 1 of the series. At first, I found this quite irritating, as it seemed that for the price (and based on the publisher reviews) that I should also get the intro material.
When I stopped and thought about it though, it made more sense. Imagine the irritation if I had bought Volume 1, only to have much of that information repeated in Volume 2. Volume 1 is now on order, and I'm sure that if it is half as well written and informative as Volume 2 was, then between the two works, I'll have all the answers I need to continue my exploration of this fascinating hobby.
Buy Volume 2 if there's anything you need to know about soft corals. It is well written, well researched, and well documented. My copy had none of the "fuzzy" pictures mentioned by some. The language is a bit technical, but the glossary is *outstanding* and almost worth the price of the book! Buy Volume 1 for reef system and setup, and information on hard corals. Better yet, buy them both for a complete reference set. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9db997bc) out of 5 stars Worth it's weight in corals 15 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for what you're supposed to be reading it for.It tells the important facts about most non-scleractinian corals,which include requirements for general placement in the aquarium ,lighting needs,water flow,feeding requirements,if any at all,aggresiveness,and what the animal should look like.It is very informative on keeping ,and requirements of sea anemones.It all so dives into equipment and husbandry of a marine habitat. This book and the Vol#1 book are two great volumes to have, if you have,or are planning to start a tropical reef aquarium.
37 of 47 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d7616e4) out of 5 stars Good book, too much hype! 9 Dec. 1999
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Format: Hardcover
Volume 1's better. This book is all about Soft Corals. Irrelevant to non soft coral keepers. Covers too many species, resulting in brief coverage of most species. Good to skim through for reference, bad for indepth study. Pictures are sometimes fuzzy. Price too steep for such a book that makes me feel as though I am reading a magazine.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e6efd98) out of 5 stars Simply The Best!!!!! 16 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Delbeek and Sprung have not only given us valuable information on the classification of coral reef inhabitants, they have done it in an easy-to-understand format which is useful on the most basic level. Whether you are a beginner or expert, Vol. II is a definate worth-while read!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e6ef2d0) out of 5 stars One of the best of the best vol.2 15 May 2005
By Hallstatt Prince - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This volume of the series covers the soft corals and sea anemones; very important topics indeed for reef aquarium. The two books together are still not complete as  there are many organisms found in a reef aquaria still not covered. In this series. A fine glossary accompanies this book. Much of what I had to gleen by trial and error and by reading arcane publications over the years is covered in this book. Approachable to the beginner yet  a lot of substance for the expert.
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