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Good Books for Beginners: Marine Aquaria


© Neale Monks, Bob Fenner 2008


Do books have value in the age of the Internet? Here are WetWebMedia we'd definitely answer that in the affirmative. Every aquarist should at least own a book that outlines the basics of water chemistry, water quality, livestock selection, diet and healthcare. It's also a good idea to own a fish encyclopaedia as well so that when you go shopping you'll have a book that will tell you the environmental, social and dietary needs of any fish that you're not familiar with.

Fortunately the range of aquarium books is enormous. There are books aimed at every part of the hobby, from beginners to experts. The tricky bit is choosing the book that's right for you. On this page you'll find books that the WetWebMedia crew have found particularly useful. We're recommending them here as being reliable and good value. Books that are still in print or available from stock are listed with their US dollar prices; some books that are out of print are also listed, being well worth tracking down used. Amazon has good access to many used titles, often at very low prices (under $10).

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Saltwater For Beginners


The New Marine Aquarium: Step-By-Step Setup & Stocking Guide

Michael S. Paletta

TFH 1999

ISBN 1890087521


The Conscientious Marine Aquarist: A Commonsense Handbook for Successful Saltwater Hobbyists

Robert M. Fenner

TFH 1997

ISBN 1890087025


Marine Atlas: The Joint Aquarium Care of Invertebrates and Tropical Marine Fishes

Helmut Debelius

Voyageur 1995


Saltwater for Intermediate to Advanced Hobbyists


Natural Reef Aquariums: Simplified Approaches to Creating Living Saltwater Microcosms

John H. Tullock

TFH 1997

ISBN 1890087009



The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium, Vol. 1

Svein A. Fossa

Birgit Schmettkamp 1996

ISBN 3928819291


Reef Secrets: Starting Right, Selecting Fishes & Invertebrates, Advanced Biotope Techniques

Alf Jacob Nilsen and Svein A. Fossa

TFH 2003

ISBN 189008767X


Fish Encyclopaedias


A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Aquarium Fishes: 500+ Essential-to-Know Species

Scott W. Michael

TFH 1999

ISBN 1890087386



A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes: 500+ Essential-to-Know Species

Scott W. Michael

Microcosm 2006

ISBN 1890087890


What Fish? A Buyer's Guide to Marine Fish: Essential Information to Help You Choose the Right Fish for Your Marine Aquarium

Tristan Lougher

Barron's 2006

ISBN 0764132563


Invertebrate Guides


Baensch Marine Atlas, Vol. 2

Harry Erhardt, Horst Moosleitner, Hans A Baensch, and Gero W. Fisher

Mergus 1998

ISBN 081382558X



Baensch Marine Atlas, Vol. 3

Harry Erhardt and Horst Moosleitner

Microcosm 1998

ISBN 1890087203


Reef Invertebrates: An Essential Guide to Selection, Care and Compatibility

Anthony Calfo and Robert Fenner

Reading Trees 2003

ISBN 0967263034


Livestock Health

Fish Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment

Edward J. Noga

Wiley-Blackwell 2000

ISBN 081382558X


The Marine Fish Health & Feeding Handbook: The Essential Guide to Keeping Saltwater Species Alive and Thriving

Bob Goemans, Lance Ichinotsubo, Martin A. Moe, and Matthew L. Wittenrich

TFH 2008

ISBN 1890087955


Invertebrate Medicine

Gregory A. Lewbart

Blackwell 2006

ISBN 0813818443


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