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An Bollenessor

Hi all,

 

to the best of my knowledge no general (saltwater) aquarium book is on the market. I am not talking a 'how to set up your tank' or fish/coral ID book, but a book with beautiful photos for inspiration and background on biology, technology, different types of aquariums (NPS, pico, coldwater etc), aquaculture vs wild caught, history, the aquarium 'scene' etc etc. On one hand I think there is a huge market for such a book (as it is such a big hobby), on the other hand internet forums and social media have a lot of info and people might not be in to books much anymore?

 

Any thoughts, would you be interested in such a book? I might write it!

 

cheers Mick

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seabass

Sometimes it's hard to get a lot of feed back on a forum.  Writing a book is a big undertaking, and the rewards might not be as great as you'd hope.  But if this your passion and you're offering something unique, then go for it.

 

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It's an aquarium book, that turns into a pico tank stand.

 

On 4/12/2019 at 6:14 PM, An Bollenessor said:

internet forums and social media have a lot of info and people might not be in to books much anymore?

Certainly true for a segment of the population.

 
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An Bollenessor

thanks Seabass, it is a tricky one! (the lack of enthusiastic responses is not encouraging in any case!) cheers mick

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Ratvan

In all honesty I would prefer the book and with today's technology could also be published as an ebook. 

 

One of the most fun parts of the hobby for me is aquascaping, I tend to see a lot of the same things repeated time and time again. While obviously some things work and are worth repeating there are only so many "island scapes" that I can build before I start thinking of "floating reefs", "avatar scapes" and other out there themes. I'd want more of these in the book. I mean @ChristopherDidohas set up an amazing theme in the pico contest, check that out if you'd like.

 

Social media is difficult because of the tendency to only report on the good and ignore or cover up the bad. Also a lot of varying opinions about care, maintenance, even ethics of fish keeping. With added pressure of livestock involved. I think an honest view of what will happen to a tank would be great as well

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ChristopherDido

@Ratvan thanks for the compliment, really hoping I can pull it off! 

I'm honestly not sure what I think of something like a book for the purpose you seem to be thinking. I only say this because as of right now, as said above, there is not a lot of agreement on things and the hobby is changing so fast right now as technology expands. I've only been in the hobby a little over two years and I've already seen practices change. 

In any event if you're really passionate about the idea go for it! Good luck!

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An Bollenessor

Thanks @ChristopherDido and @Ratvan,

 

social media (instagram), forums (especially good ones like this one with TOTM features) and magazines (Practical Fishkeeping in the UK is very good) have loads of info, but somehow there seems to be a gap for a proper book. Marine + Fresh would probably be the way to go, even though they are quite separate scenes.....

 

I will keep on mulling this over!

 

cheers, Mick

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