Natural Reef Aquariums

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Simplified Approaches to Creating Living Saltwater Microcosms
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Pages: 336

List price: $34.95

Publisher: T.F.H. Publications, Inc.

Series: Microcosm/TFH Professional Series

Year published: 2001

ISBN: 1890087017

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ONE OF THE most biologically rich environments on Earth, the coral reef dazzles our senses with its colors, shapes, and species diversity.

Recreating living reefs in miniature is a burgeoning avocation for serious home aquarium keepers, and John Tullock here offers a new, radically simple approach to producing beautiful captive microcosms.

Using live rock and live coral sand as part of a natural filtration system, the home aquarist can now mimic 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 100 color photographs and illustrations, Natural Reef Aquariums provides inspiration for both beginning and expert marine reef hobbyists.

"Fabulous marine biotopes made simple..."

"LESS TECHNOLOGY, more biology" is author John Tullock's theme song, and in this landmark book he provides step-by-step formulas for creating miniature reef aquaria that are simpler, cheaper, healthier, and truer to nature's own systems.

Natural Reef Aquariums includes:

  • Understanding Live Rock & Live Sand
  • The Biotope Approach
  • Simplified Filtration Techniques
  • Recommended Reef Species
  • Beginner Planning Guides
  • Authentic Aquascapes
  • World-Class Reef Habitat Photographs

Foreword by Martin A. Moe, Jr.


Introduction: The Natural Aquarium


"Many aquarium books seem to be targeted at 12 year old kids who need a picture to text ratio of at least 2 to 1 and no real explanations of what's going on. At the other end of the spectrum are a few written like graduate textbooks that are just too much effort to read for those of us who view aquariums as a relaxing hobby to enjoy. This book, in contrast, hits the perfect happy medium: the writing is only as technical as it needs to be to present salient information. It is a book with a very high information content, but the clarity of the writing makes it a fun read as well as a good example of what other aquarium books should be, but usually are not. I recommend it highly to any adult reader who is interested in marine aquaria.
—Philip C. Jones, Amazon