- Description: The first of three books in the series, this 1,216 page atlas contains reef aquarium set up, maintenance care, and stocking information, more than 1,000 full-color photographs, and profiles on 450 invertebrates and plants, and 600 marine fishes.
- Price: Moderate range.
- Publishers: Tetra Press (1995), Aqua Medic Inc. (1997), and Microcosm Books (1997)
Table of Contents
- The Aquarium
- Water (Seawater & Water Treatment)
- Technology (Biological Filtration and Filtration Methods)
- Chemistry (Nitrification, Denitrification, Phosphate, Trace Elements, pH, etc.)
- Setting Up and Stocking, Acclimating Fishes, If Fishes Do NOT Eat, Feeding Techniques, Foods, Maintenance, Unwanted Guests, Fish Diseases, and much more.
- The Algae Chapter is the place to go if you want to learn about algae such as Blue-Green, Yellow-Green, Golden-Brown, Brown, Red, Green, Diatoms, and Dinoflagellates. For Caulerpa lovers, it includes a very extensive section on everything from the morphology and taxonomy, to the propagation and identification on these species.
- The Invertebrates Chapter profiles Anemones: Sea, Host, Rock, Tube, Disc, Coral and Colonial Anemone species; Crustacea: Shrimps, Lobsters, Crabs, and Stomatopods (Mantis Shrimps)
- The final section profiles 600 of the following marine fish species:
- Perches, Surgeonfishes, Rabbitfishes, Moorish Idols, Wrasses, Parrotfishes, Sea Basses & Groupers, Rock Basslets, Fairy Basslets, Longfins, Tilefishes, Hawkfishes, Gobies, Convict Blennies, Dragonet or Mandarinfishes, and Jawfishes.
This book should be purchased along with "Baensch Marine Atlas 2" and "Baensch Marine Atlas 3" in this series, because these three publications go hand-in-hand. Designed to work in conjunction with one another, these books continue from one into the next.