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    book review: The Reef Aquarium: A compr. Gde Indent./Care Marine Invrts VOL1

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    The Reef Aquarium: A comprehensive Guide to the Indentification and Care of Tropical Marine Invertebrates
    by J.Charles Delbeek and Julian Sprung ( Vol 1 )

    " These 2 authors are legendary in the industry and an absolute must have! "

    # Hardcover: 544 pages
    # Publisher: Ricordea Publishing (September 1994)
    # Language: English
    # ISBN-10: 1883693128
    # ISBN-13: 978-1883693121
    # Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.5 x 3 cm
    # Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg

    Information & details: 8
    Picture quality: 7
    Build quality: 8
    Overall satisfaction: 10

    Information & details: This book is the 1st of 3 published in that series.
    It was written in 1993 and does show its age even if it was reprinted and errors were corrected a number of times. This is one heavy book to read as there are very little pictures. I would say the first half of the book is on chemistry, lighting, filtration methods etc. And the other half is about the pests, fish, corals, invertebrates.

    Picture quality: The pictures are quite small, some could be improved. The sketches and drawings are good and really try to point out what you should be looking for. I wish they could have put more pics in, specially in the first half of the book.

    Build quality: HardCover book, Ok, but I wouldn't drop it on the sides it could tear apart... no kids on this one. Its not a pocket book, great size for home reading.

    Overall: Overwhelming amount of data once again, These books are another must have in the library and were a great success in their time. Some of the filtration methods are lighting setups are have been largely surpassed and I think it adds a bit to this books value. Some of the information in here was quite new and most basics still used today.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    This is really good, thanks

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