Marine Aquarium Handbook: Beginner to Breeder

Marine Aquarium Handbook: Beginner to Breeder
By Martin A. Moe

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The Marine Aquarium Handbook is the bestselling saltwater aquarium book of all time, selling more than 250,000 copies since first published in 1982 and launching aspiring aquarists into the marine aquarium hobby. Out of print since 2006, this indispensable resource is now available in a completely updated and redesigned third edition that includes world-class color photography to help guide the reader through setup of their first marine aquarium and then progresses to reefkeeping and breeding of marine fishes. Written by an acclaimed marine biologist and pioneering fish and invertebrate breeder, the book provides sound advice in a clear, readable, and engaging voice. New content exclusive to this edition includes recent advances in biofiltration and energy-efficient lighting, brand new chapters on marine foods and refugia, greatly expanded coverage of fish species and hardy invertebrate species, and information about those species best suited for breeding. Each featured fish has a species profile, behavior notes, native range, maximum size, and essential feeding and husbandry advice. The Marine Aquarium Handbook covers everything a marine hobbyist needs to know to get started and be successful, including aquarium choices, water chemistry, filtration, biological filtration and live rock, setup and maintenance, fish selection, and identification and treatment of common diseases.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #62742 in Books
  • Brand: T.F.H. Publications
  • Published on: 2009-09-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.75" h x 5.75" w x .75" l, 1.47 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 352 pages


  • Used Book in Good Condition

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About the Author
MARTIN MOE began breeding marine fish in 1969 and has since reared over 35 species of saltwater tropical species. He was the first to breed Indo-Pacific clownfish commercially and the first to breed Atlantic marine angelfish. For his service to the hobby, Martin has been recognized by the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America with their coveted Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in Florida.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful.
5The Old Testament gets an update
By Bass Cadet
Before The Reef Aquarium (the New Testament) and The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium (the European New Testament), the Marine Aquarium Handbook was the go to book, well regarded by marine aquarists. It is subtitled: From Beginner to Breeder. This is an accurate assessment as it contains all the information needed to take a person from complete novice to experienced breeder.

I bought my tank used, originally planning to keep freshwater fish. The seller encouraged me to try saltwater and threw in a copy of this book. It really opened my eyes and I quickly progressed from saltwater tank to full reef tank. Along the way a pair of fish spawned and I raised their offspring to maturity and even sold some. From there I spawned several other fishes and was really into the hobby, even going to the local coastline and collecting wild plankton. This book was the main reference for anything fish related. I did refer more to the two other series for coral and invertebrates information.

What is updated? There is information about live rock, live sand beds, and macroalgae. The fish selection section has been enhanced, especially about compatibility. He includes Scott Michael's recommended fishes for small, medium, and large aquariums. And his marine fish breeding section has been expanded and updated significantly. He kept the undergravel filter chapter. I like this for two reasons: it is useful to have this information even if for background only and these filters are still applicable for breeding systems. The troubleshooting charts have also been kept intact (even the floating cookie) but many full color pictures have been included throughout the text. The ones in the breeding section are particularly informative and impressive. For saltwater fish, this is still the best book.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5I bought this book with hesitation bud now im glad i have it in my library
By Richard M. Watcher
I bought this book with hesitation bud now im glad i have it in my library,,its very easty to read and give u a weatlh of into on maintaince, setup, paramaters of water quailty, and brief descriptionsof some fish species,, its a very good beginner book to have on hand for reference,,
I def wulnt buy this book new for what some are asking for it, chek for used copies,, my book was used and was in fair condition but im satisfied with it,, when starting a reef/fish aquarium, alwasy research yur items intersted in ,, are they compatable, venemious,, carnivor,, community, etc etc, always prorvid the best for yur marine fish, take care of gods creatures and you will have years of enjoyment off ot thme,,

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4About the Best ... a Few Years Ancient
By David C. Delany
One of the best available books on Marine Aquaria. It loses a star because it's nearly out of date already, and would have to be three times as big to cover the real heart of the matter. That said, I doubt anyone will write a real 5 star book until the hobby slows down for a few years. My one serious objection is lack of any substance in principles of filtration, lighting, supplements, or anything else critical to meaningful understanding. Mr. Moe gets a good review because it is the best currently (still?) out there.

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