Aquarists are becoming more and more interested in aquaculture. This is evidenced by the large numbers of corals being cultured by hobbyists which are then swopped with other hobbyists or taken to the local retailer to exchange or get a credit. Then there are the increasing numbers of fish that are being home bred, though fish breeding is more difficult and requires more dedication.
All of this activity just goes to show how the marine hobby has advanced and is advancing. It really is good for both the hobby and the wild reefs. Even conservationists could find the good in it!
Whether the aquaculture effort involves ‘fragging’ one coral, or the hobbyist is more ambitious and has a dedicated aquarium for the purpose doesn’t matter – it is a very interesting and worthwhile pursuit. If just one or two corals are ‘fragged’ and brought on in the existing display aquarium it doesn’t cost a thing either.
I have to state that the book I have in mind here is not really for those who are not ‘into’ aquaculture. Indeed, it goes beyond this and looks at the much wider marine world, considering such things as international trade in reef life, the aquarium industry etc. It also includes such subjects as live rock cultivation, corals, ornamental shrimp, hatchery routines, feeding, seahorses etc. It should be interesting for just about any keen hobbyist, but is involved with future trends and methods in a serious way so a wider interest in the marine world is really required.
It is a hardback authored by James Cato and has contributions by many other authors. The book contains 444 pages and has 169 illustrations. It should be a good addition to any suitably keen aquarist’s library.
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