The Complete Idiot's Guide to Saltwater Aquariums

By Mark W. Martin   |   Published On: Sep 1, 2009
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Saltwater Aquariums lets you build an undersea kingdom in the comfort of your own home! Presented in straightforward, readable text focused on the best species to consider, compatibility guidelines, general care recommendations, and what to do if things go wrong, this indispensable volume answers questions for both the novice and the experienced saltwater aquarium enthusiast.

The book also offers bonus online content with nearly 1,000 descriptions and pictures of marine fishes, corals, plants, and invertebrates among sixty family groupings. It’s loaded with easy to follow tips, like how to acclimatize to avoid harming your fish, and practical advice on treating diseases and solving common problems. Plus, you’ll find plenty of helpful information about filters, sumps, fugiums, calcium reactors, sterilizers, ozoniers, plumbing, lighting, and water.

About the Author

Ret Talbot is an award-winning freelance journalist who covers fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. His work can be found in publications such as Discover Magazine, National Geographic, Mongabay, Ocean Geographic and Coral Magazine.

Karen Talbot is an award-winning scientific illustrator and conservation artist known primarily for her work with fishes, birds and botanicals. Living on the rocky coast of midcoast Maine, Karen takes her inspiration from oceans, streams, canyons, and mountains where she regularly dives, fishes and climbs.

Mark W. Martin is director of marine ornamental research and the founder and co-owner of Blue Zoo Aquatics in Los Angeles.

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    9 x 6 x 0.67 inches
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    11 ounces
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    Penguin Random House

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  • Author

    Mark W. Martin, Ret Talbot

  • Publication Date

    Sep 1, 2009

  • Publisher

    Penguin Random House

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