Marine Invertebrates

Discussion in 'Books & Magazines' started by ragc, Mar 25, 2006.

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  1. ragc

    ragc Bristle Worm

    Mar 23, 2006
    Atlanta, GA, USA
    Marine Invertebrates 500+Essential-to-Know Aquarium Species by Ronald L. Shimek, Ph.D. has been very helpful to me in identifying stuff I see at the LFS. It is a pocketbook size soft cover published by Microcosm and TFH and it's pretty inexpensive (under $20.00 US, if I remember correctly). It has good photos and concise information. Each animal entry has sections on Maximum Size, Range, Minimum Aquarium Size, Lighting, Foods and Feeding, Aquarium Suitability/Reef Aquarium Compatibility, and Captive Care.
    The information is brief, but complete and detailed enough for you to decide at the LFS if you should pass on that Percnon gibbesi Sally Lightfoot crab you like so much in the tank in front of you.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2006
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  3. Bruce

    Bruce Giant Squid

    Nov 13, 2004
    Los Angeles, California
    ya i love that book, im thinking of picking it up soon, im almost done with the Marine Fishes 500...I agree that although the info is limited, it is good enough for some of the tough decisions :)
  4. Boomer

    Boomer Feather Duster

    Nov 24, 2003
    Duluth, Minnesota
    For starts and then adding on down the list (important ones);

    Reef Invertebrates, Anthony Calfo
    Aquarium Corals, Eric Borneman
    Invertebrates, Julian Sprung
    Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific
    Baensch Marine Atlas, Vol 1,2 & 3
    Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Filed Guide, Gerald Allen
    Tropical Pacific Invetebrates, Patrick Colin
    Reef Fish, all volumes, Scott Michael
    Corals of the World, Vol, 1, 2 & 3, Jen Veron
    Filed Guide to Anemonefishes and their Host Sea Anemone, Daphne Fautin
    Soft Corals and Sea Fans, Katharina Fabricius
    Corals, Julian Sprung

    Then things start to go to more specifc groups, I'll just throw out a few of mine or I would be here all day

    Micronesian Reef Fish, Robert Myers
    Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, John Randall
    Corals of the World, Elizabeth Wood
    Invertebrates: Tube-, soft and Branching Corals, Peter Wilkens
    Invertebrates: Stone and False Corals, Coalonial Anemones, Peter Wilkens
    Nudibranchs and Sea Snails, Hlemut Debelius
    1001 Nudibranches, Neville Coleman
    Crustaceans of the World, Helmut Debelius
    Sea Stars, Sea Urchins and Allies , Gordon Hendler
    Coral Reef Ascidians of New Caledonia, Claude Monniot
    Marine Faltworms, Leslie Newman
    Caribbean Reef Plants, Diane Littler
    South Pacific Reef Plants, Diane Littler
    Filed Guide & Atlas of the Seaweed Resources of the Philipines, Gavino Trono

    If your are lucky enogh to find a copy without costing an arm and a leg

    Marine Life (inverts only) , David Geroge ( our first real ID book on invertebrates)
    Readers' Digest Book of the Great Barrier Reef (our first book brought into this hobby that explained things, it is our Father book of the hobby). The full sized one 385 pages

    I have a couple hundred ID books :D
  5. rickzter

    rickzter Torch Coral

    Sep 8, 2005
    ragc, you should write a detailed review. Talk to Matt about maybe featuring it on the site. Might look into it.
  6. mushroom_man

    mushroom_man Bubble Tip Anemone

    Jan 20, 2005
    miami,right near da beach BOYE!, FL,Florida
    ive been using the pockexpert guide marine fishes, for about 2 years. i love this book.
  7. acenia

    acenia Spaghetti Worm

    Jan 9, 2005
    montreal, QC,Quebec
    I have them both, fish and inverts. Love them both. Great for quick ID's and info.
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  9. mushroom_man

    mushroom_man Bubble Tip Anemone

    Jan 20, 2005
    miami,right near da beach BOYE!, FL,Florida
    yeah i just rebought the both of them. my boss loved it so much i gave it to him!
  10. coral reefer

    coral reefer Giant Squid

    Jan 9, 2006
    Don't forget the 3 volume set by Delbeek and Sprung>"The Reef Aqaurium" It is an awesome display of everything you always wanted to know to make you successful and make the hobby more enjoyable for you!