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The Conscientious Marine Aquarist the long-awaited Revised & Updated Second Edition, by Robert M. Fenner.

The Conscientious Marine Aquarist

As a pragmatic, hands-on guide for beginning to intermediate hobbyists, The Conscientious Marine Aquarist demystifies the process of planning, setting up, stocking, and managing a beautiful, thriving slice of the tropical ocean. A leading advocate for the responsible collection and care of wild-caught specimens, Fenner starts with the basics -- "What is a fish?" -- and proceeds to give the reader the scientific background and expert-level secrets to being a smarter consumer, better steward, and more successful marine aquarium keeper.

"A new bible for the new marine aquarist..."

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Reef Fishes Volume 4 by Scott W. Michael.

Damselfishes & Anemonefishes

The much-anticipated fourth volume in Scott Michael’s landmark Reef Fishes Series brilliantly profiles hundreds of the species that are among the most popular among marine aquarists of all skill levels.

Covers the sprawling Family Pomacentridae—the brilliant damsels, chromis, sergeants, demoiselles, and gregories in all their amazing colors and diversity, as well as the many species of alluring anemonefishes (clownfishes) and their host anemones. Learn more...


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The Marine Fish Health and Feeding Handbook by Bob Goemans and Lance Ichinotsubo.

The most-complete, up-to-date, profusely illustrated marine fish health guide for home aquarists ever published. It includes hands-on advice for preventing, recognizing and treating all common marine diseases, conditions and maladies. Learn more...


Highly Recommended

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The Reef Aquarium (Vol. 3) by J. Charles Delbeek and Julian Sprung.

This third volume in The Reef Aquarium series, Science, Art, and Technology, is the essential manual for all reef aquarium hobbyists, professional aquarists, and coral reef researchers who study, create, and enjoy coral reef ecosystems in the confines of an aquarium. While science and technology afford the blank canvas, the plants, animals, and the aquarist provide the essential aesthetics. Learn more...


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The Complete Illustrated Breeder's Guide to Marine Aquarium Fishes by Matthew L. Wittenrich.

As pressures mount to develop sustainable sources of aquacultured livestock for the aquarium hobby, the breeding of marine fish species by hobbyists is becoming an exciting reality. Matt Wittenrich has written the first detailed guide to amateur marine fish breeding that details techniques for successfully spawning and rearing more than 90 species of marine fishes. Learn more...


About the Authors

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Matthew L. Wittenrich Ph.D., author of The Complete Illustrated Breeder's Guide to Marine Aquarium Fishes.


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Author Interview

The Blue Zoo

Bestselling author Michael S. Paletta (The New Marine Aquarium, Ultimate Marine Aquariums) can be heard on The Blue Zoo online radio show with host Frank Reece. Read more...


Book Updates & Corrections

Errata and downloadable corrected replacement pages.


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