The Complete Illustrated Breeder's Guide to Marine Aquarium Fishes

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Mating, Spawning & Rearing Methods for Over 90 Species
Marine breeding for home aquarists.

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Pages: 304

List price: $44.95

Publisher: Microcosm/TFH

Series: Microcosm/TFH Professional Series

Year published: 2007

ISBN: 1890087718

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Once considered an impossible dream, the breeding of marine fish species by home aquarium hobbyists is becoming an enticing reality. As pressures mount to develop sustainable sources of aquacultured livestock for the aquarium hobby, reproduction mysteries of captive reef fishes are fast unraveling. The All-New & Complete Breeder's Guide to Marine Aquarium Fishes is the first detailed guide to amateur marine fish breeding, and reveals the techniques and for successfully spawning and rearing more than 90 species marine fishes. This hands-on resource provides comprehensive coverage of the following species:

  • jawfish
  • grammas
  • marine bettas
  • assessors
  • gobies
  • blennies
  • cardinals
  • dottybacks
  • damsels
  • chromis
  • clownfishes
  • angelfishes

It also includes all the essential breeding steps for each family:

  • securing breeding stock
  • pair formation
  • breeder conditioning
  • spawning
  • larval feeding
  • juvenile husbandry and growth

Beautiful color photographs and diagrams help illustrate the species, equipment, and techniques described in the text.

An essential for both the amateur and aspiring small-scale commercial breeder, The All-New & Complete Breeder's Guide to Marine Aquarium Fishes is expected to open the door to many thousands of new home breeders--a major step in the evolution of the marine aquarium hobby.


Foreword: Breeder's Guide to Marine Aquarium Fishes, by Martin A. Moe, Jr. Chapter 1: Breeder's Guide to Marine Aquarium Fishes


"Matt Wittenrich's book The Complete Illustrated Breeder's Guide to Marine Aquarium Fishes is aptly titled. The book discusses comprehensively the details of marine ornamental captive culture, from broodstock rearing, breeding to larval rearing of up to 90+ species.

This work distilled the author's decade-long experience in ornamental fish culture, making the hobby more accessible to beginners and adding new insights to the repertoire of professional hobbyist. The breadth, meticulous detail, scientific precision and excellent photography show the expertise and dedication of the author in the field of marine ornamental culture--not just as a hobbyist but as a scientific researcher in the field.

While this book will undoubtedly become an indispensable guidebook for the hobbyist, I believe that the book will also become very useful as a reference for colleges and universities teaching ornamental fish culture and to researchers in the field.

This book advances both the art and the science of ornamental fish culture!"
--Ronald Melaio, Amazon Reviews

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