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    Getting Started book recommendations?

    Hi All,

    Just joined a few weeks ago (thanks Liv), mostly lurking around reading and gathering information on building an artificial reef.

    I currently have a 30G fresh water aquarium with about 20 something tetras and I would like to adventure myself into salt water.

    This information I find here and other forums is gold but I am still hoping someone could suggest a book or books about starting a reef aquarium.

    My goal is to mostly enjoy watching the fish swimming around than growing corals.

    Looking forward to hear your suggestions!

    -Mike

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    check out our book section
    http://aquariacanada.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=68

    http://aquariacanada.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12459

    http://aquariacanada.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12460

    here are a few.
    There is another book, but I can't find the title yet.. .. gimme 2minutes.

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

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    as for the type of setup you want.. if its to watch fish swim around..
    then a FOLR ( fish only with Live Rock ) would be great for you.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
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    That's FOWLR :b15: And most books are way out of date. You really need to be careful when purchasing books that are too old. Which most are. So many new methods and changes take place annually, even monthly. A lot of saltwater books go on about how to set up your undergravel filters/canister filter, antique skimmer designs, etc...
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    Just thought I'd provide an update..

    I went ahead and purchased the Natural Reef Aquariums book by Tullock

    I picked it up at a LFS because it was mentionned here and the guy at the store also gave it great praise.

    So far I am really enjoying the read, very informative yet simple enough to understand.

    I'm dying to get started but budget constraints as well as space constraints are getting the better of me right now ..

    I am starting to think that maybe I will start with a very small thank (10G) with no fish and only have some easy/hardy corals. At least until I can start a bigger project when my budget will permit.

    Thoughts?

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    the thing to remember like puffer said above is that books are a snapshot taken in time. I still value all the books I have and still continue to purchase more. the thing to remember is that there may be better technologies out that are not mentionned in the book. ( thats when we ( the forum ) come in
    so read all you can, ask questions.
    but the basics about chemistry and basic principals are the same.

    I enjoyed this book very much. It was recommended to my by Marinescape when i started into saltwater and they were right on the money.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMike View Post
    Thoughts?
    sounds like you're thinking ahead and willing to do the research, you're off on the right foot. nano's actually are a little tougher because of the small water volume but with a little care and loads of research i think you'll be successful.

    good luck :b2:
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    hey....I`m new around....everything is very useful but I have lots of infos to read....

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    Welcome to Aquaria Canada Mary Jones.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
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    updated: 2011/05/30

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