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shrimpinator123
09/26/2017, 08:03 AM
As I have learned on the freshwater side of the fish keeping hobby, one of the most important things is research. I was looking for books on fish and inverts, any recommendations? Hoping for books on specific species of fish (for example, books on puffers , clownfish, triggers, lionfish, other scorpion fish, etc) I am looking for any species, not just fowlr species. :rollface:

shrimpinator123
09/26/2017, 10:25 AM
Sorry, meant families when I said species.

reefwiser
09/26/2017, 10:41 AM
Scott W Michael's books (http://en.microcosmaquariumexplorer.com/wiki/Scott_W._Michael)on Saltwater fish is perhaps the best series of books on marine animals.Like most books it is hard to find new books as the internet has really cut into the whole hobby book industry. Very few books come out any more. I remember years ago there was always 4 or 6 new books a year on the hobby.

tjm9331
09/26/2017, 01:42 PM
what is this thing you call book? ;)

SAT
09/26/2017, 03:18 PM
Scott W Michael's books (http://en.microcosmaquariumexplorer.com/wiki/Scott_W._Michael)on Saltwater fish is perhaps the best series of books on marine animals.Like most books it is hard to find new books as the internet has really cut into the whole hobby book industry. Very few books come out any more. I remember years ago there was always 4 or 6 new books a year on the hobby.

+1. I would start with his Marine Fishes paperback and go for the Reef Fishes series if you want more depth. Unfortunately, some of the volumes have never been published, so the series is incomplete.

For invertebrates, Ron Shimek's Marine Invertebrates is a good start.

Pslreefer
09/26/2017, 03:48 PM
Books?

Most saltwater reefing books are pretty much outdated. Just read through this forum for more accurate info and ask questions. Do research online as well.


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nereefpat
09/26/2017, 03:50 PM
I agree on Scott Michael's reef fishes series.

Surgeonfishes of the world by John E. Randall is good, complete, and the only tang book I'm aware of.

shrimpinator123
09/27/2017, 06:13 AM
Thanks guys! I will check those out. Does the Reef Fishes series cover fowlr species as well?

homer1475
09/27/2017, 06:59 AM
Books?

Most saltwater reefing books are pretty much outdated. Just read through this forum for more accurate info and ask questions. Do research online as well.

I would mostly agree with this.

shrimpinator123
09/27/2017, 07:51 AM
I agree that this forum is a good wealth of information, I just would like to also have some reference books.

ca1ore
09/27/2017, 10:23 AM
Most good reef books are long-in-the-tooth, but they're not necessarily outdated. Water quality principles are the same, as are the physical parameters necessary to be successful. OK, equipment and approaches evolve, but that's just a small part of what a good book can impart.

shrimpinator123
10/08/2017, 01:46 PM
Thanks for all your help!

Dmorty217
10/09/2017, 09:34 AM
Most good reef books are long-in-the-tooth, but they're not necessarily outdated. Water quality principles are the same, as are the physical parameters necessary to be successful. OK, equipment and approaches evolve, but that's just a small part of what a good book can impart.

+1

In addition to this I would recommend books on fish diseases since this is the number 1 killer of fish in the hobby and huge factor in why people leave the hobby.