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The Marine Fish Health and Feeding Handbook Hardcover – Illustrated, 3 Jun 2008
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This TFH Publication book by Bob Goemans and Lance Ichinotsubo focuses on what it takes to keep a marine fish vibrant and healthy by creating and maintaining the right environment. It teaches how to pick healthy stock and introduce them safely into a new environment. It also covers feeding secrets for brilliant colour and vitality, first response to warning signs and treating common diseases. Bob Goemans is a contributor to many specialist titles in the US and UK, including Practical Fishkeeping, UltraMarine and Marine World. Lance Ichinotsubo has been an aquarium hobbyist and professional for over 30 years. --Pet Product Marketing
The essential guide to keeping saltwater species alive and thriving. The Marine Fish Health & Feeding Handbook, this book focuses on what it takes to keep a marine fish vibrant and healthy by creating and maintaining the right environment. It teaches how to pick healthy stock and introduce them safely into a new environment. The book moves on to give an abundance of specialist and detailed advice. The Marine Fish Health & Feeding Handbook contains three main chapters, 'The Healthy Marine Aquarium', 'Foods & Feeding' and 'Diseases & Conditions'. For beginners to expert this is a must have new reference for every marine aquarium owner. From first aid to feeding for long-term success, this guide offers easy-to-follow, state-of-the-art advice to keeping a saltwater aquarium healthy, well fed and free of common diseases. --Pet Trade World
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I bought this book, read it carefully, and then sold it on.
Lots of demand when I bought it, so check before you buy, as you still have a good resale value.
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Dr. Paul Carpenter
I picked up this book when I decided to get back into aquarium keeping, I had experience in the past with a 200 gallon FOWLR (Fish only with live rock) system keeping sharks that are generally very easy to tend and make it simple to spot signs of sickness. I decided to get both my feet wet with a reef system keeping "aggressive" fish. I currently have a delightful Snowflake Eel, a Leaf Scorpionfish, a colored Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish, and a Sea Goblin. I knew nothing about their dietary needs, what diseases might affect them, how best to prepare their food and keep them happy, healthy, and beautiful. I did a lot of research before purchasing each fish and spent a lot of time looking for answers this book was there for all of that process and still is. This will always be the very first tome in my collection of aquaria books.
I picked up a handful of books before The Marine Fish Health & Feeding Handbook but all of them covered very common parasites and illnesses that anyone with a few days experience in marine aquariums will know of. Most of the books didn't have pictures, and they weren't illustrated to show differences between scale types of how a disease might manifest between species. A few had feeding recommendations but they weren't anything more than a parroting of the basic information given by a pet store as opposed to an experienced friend or LFS (live fish store). In other words they were practically useless if you had access to Google.
In this book I found the knowledge of people who really love aquarium keeping and are dedicated to the habitats they create. There was a wealth of information that didn't necessarily apply to me because of the fish I keep but it was still relevant and appropriate because it gave me the necessary knowledge to help my friends and a broader understanding of marine life as a whole.
When you foray into the world of reef keeping or any form of the marine aquarium hobby you are bombarded with information and a lot of it is friend-of-a-friend's-friend-said nature. The books you pick up are full of complicated terms that may leave you boggled, searching high and low for a clear and concise answer to your question for hours. The Marine Fish Health & Feeding Handbook is written in plain and clear English, it has just enough brevity and plenty of clarity.
The information contained on feeding and dietary requirements was yet another bonus to this already fantastic book. I will never hesitate to reach for it, and I will always put it at the top of the list for any hobbyist: advanced or novice. You simply cannot go wrong buying this.