The Conscientious Marine Aquarist

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Revised and Updated Second Edition



Pages: 456

List price: $69.95

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

Series: Microcosm/TFH Professional Series

Year published: 2008

ISBN: 1890087998

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BRINGING THE ETHICS and curiosity of a marine ecologist to the home aquarium field, Robert Fenner provides new standards and fresh insights into the intelligent selection and care of captive saltwater fishes and invertebrates.

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..."


Foreword: The Conscientious Marine Aquarist by Christopher Turk.


"Most hobbyists know of Bob from his book The Conscientious Marine Aquarist, a book that I consider a candidate for the best book on the marine hobby ever written. I am not alone in my praise for this book. It is typical Fenner, bristling with information in easy-to-understand terminology.
—Richard F. Stratton

"This is far and away the best book about hobbyist fishkeeping I have EVER read - that includes everything for freshwater, as well. Probably little here for the very experienced marine aquarist, but for the beginner, there is NO BETTER BOOK. It's worth every penny I spent on it. The author even points out silly errors and terrible misinformation present in OTHER books I also own! It is the ultimate reference, with enough information to take the complete newbie from a simple fish-only setup to a reasonably advanced reef system, avoiding the many, MANY possible pitfalls in between, from equipment and feeding, to which fish will eat your invertebrates (and vice-versa). Highly opinionated, and incredibly experienced, the author also demonstrates a rare talent in this typically dry genre: His prose is actually FUN to read, and his points are highly memorable because of it.

"I might repeat the cliche' "If you read only one book about marine fishkeeping..." But the fact is, until you get to really exotic reefs and invertebrates, you only NEED to read one book - This one." —Lorenzo Gonzales, Amazon Reviews

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The Conscientious Marine Aquarist includes:

  • Honest Advice for Beginners
  • Great Fishes & Invertebrates for the Home Aquarium
  • Foolproof Setup Techniques
  • Species to Avoid

The Revised & Updated Second Edition, just published, comes 10 years after the first appearance of The Conscientious Marine Aquarist, one the bestselling marine aquarium titles of all time.

This edition is thoroughly updated by the author, with hundreds of new images and a new design.

This edition is current a quality hardcover with dustjacket and water-resistent laminated full-color cover for years of use.