". . . How you managed to persuade 14 people to
interview amazes me but I am glad that you
managed to do so. I was also pleased to see how
much emphasis each aquarist placed upon research
- this is an area which is often overlooked but
it can save so much time and money by doing it
at the outset."
Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say what a wonderful
book you have created.
When I opened the book I was pleasantly surprised how easy it
was to read and navigate. Being able to read it on my computer
rather than being a physical book is a great idea (if it had
been a physical book with all the information it contains it
would probably have been a foot thick!)
Potential aquarists who are interested in starting
a reef tank are quite often inundated with the amount of information that
they believe they need
to learn. This is quite often why a lot
of people believe that reef tanks are impossible to keep which
in turn means a lot of people unfortunately do not start a reef
Being able to see into the mindsets of successful aquarists
gives people the ability to be able to ascertain where they
should be focusing on. Being able to also see the stunning
pictures which have been provided also provides inspiration. I
think that this book is a wonderful idea, an idea which will
help the entire reefing community and allow
for more people to
be successful at keeping a reef tank.
The amount of information which you have provided
second to none. How you
managed to persuade 14 people to interview amazes me but I am glad that you managed to do so.
I was also pleased to
see how much emphasis each aquarist placed upon research - this
is an area which is often overlooked but it can save so much time and money by doing it at the outset.
A great book - a credit to the author and a book which any
aquarist be they beginner or advanced
Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England
". . . I have found your book to be unlike any
other I have found on the internet or
I have found your book to be unlike any other I have found on
the internet or bookstore.
Questions that I have been seeking answers for were answered
within the first hour of reading
your book. I love the fact that as a reader I am given multiple opions on topics and not just the
authors. I find in other books I'm only reading about the
authors experiences and opinions.
I highly recommend this book to either the beginner or
experienced reef keeper. You will be intrigued by how much information is packed into the book."
East Meadow, New York
"There is nothing "Basic" about this book, it
is in fact truly unique and will take you from
the basics to the very advanced."
Reef Keeping Basics is a bit of a misleading title.
There is nothing "Basic" about this book, it is in
fact truly unique and will take you from the basics
to the very advanced.
I have never read an e-book before and was looking
forward to see how one worked. I can see now why it
has not been made into a standard book, the ammount
of information and pictures in the book is simply
amazing. You would need a trolley to move it around
if it were your standard paper book!
14 reef keeping hobbyists, each divulging their
own secrets and techniques, many going in different directions
but all reaching the same ending -
beautiful and successful reef aquariums. Whether
you are thinking about keeping a reef tank, a beginer already
starting out, or a professional,
you will find this book truly outstanding and one
that you will keep coming back to time and time
Reef Keeping Basics a 4.5 star review!
(read more here)
reading this book before embarking on your reef
keeping adventure, you could potentially save
yourself a lot of money and prevent many
headaches. Don't just read this book, STUDY it."
"This is not your normal aquarium book. This is an e-book
(printable for personal use) that contains a ton of vital
information for anyone interested in starting a reef type
saltwater tank. Starting a reef tank can be very expensive and
with so much money tied up in equipment it's critical that we
get it right the first time.
By reading this book before embarking on your reef keeping adventure, you could potentially
save yourself a lot of money and prevent many headaches. Don't
just read this book, STUDY it.
Here's the premise: Eric Van Der Hope interviewed 14 successful
reef tank keepers and asked them really good questions on nearly
all of the possible reef keeping topics and you get to read
their detailed responses. This book provides you with a quick
way to learn from those more experienced in this hobby. Learn
from their mistakes, experiences and knowledge.
What's really interesting is to read the different approaches to
the various aspects of reef keeping. It shows you how no two
setups are exactly alike but they achieve the same end result -
a thriving miniature reef in a home aquarium.
This book covers a lot of ground and covers it well. After
reading these interviews you should be armed with the confidence
and, more importantly, the knowledge needed to get started right
in the reef keeping hobby."
"It would take months to compile this level of detail from
other books or online resources (if it were even
available), . . ."
Reef Keeping Basics
is a practical, unique, and timeless
addition to any reef keeper's bookshelf. The book covers 14
different styles of reef keeping, from the perspectives of 14
very successful reef keepers.
It's really like having 14 close friends tell all their secrets
of success, in that these stories and questionnaires communicate
all their strategies for success, challenges, things they wish
they had known when they started, and more.
It would take months to
compile this level of detail from other books or online
resources (if it were even available), and Eric has
creatively packaged this expertise in a easy to read,
information packed volume!
I thoroughly recommend it for any reef keeper that wants to
expand their knowledge in the hobby!"
frags.org (Online Coral
". . . compiling the information leading to
the success of these 14 different hobbyists into
a book is a fantastic idea! The interviews with
these hobbyists was well thought out, leading to
valuable, practical information covering
everything . . . The investment in this book is
worth ever penny!"
Scientists don't usually bother studying how to
keep a species alive in captivity till it nears extinc-tion. As such, much of the known
information about reef aquariums has been
learned thru trial and error of reef keeping
That said . . .
compiling the information leading to the success
of these 14 different hobbyists into a book is a
fantastic idea! The interviews with these hobbyists was well thought out, leading to
valuable, practical information covering
everything from what they would do
different from the start to everything that was
done, resulting in the beautiful thriving tanks
pictured in this book.
My family and friends tell me that I seem to be successful when attempting ventures in which I
had no prior experience. I credit that to
researching my topic and learning everything I
can from the success and/or mistakes of others
prior to jumping into un-explored territory.
This book will assist you in doing the same,
learning what has or hasn't worked for these
experienced reef hobbyists will save you time
Whether you are considering entering the reef aquarium hobby or have already embarked on your
reef keeping venture you will find this book
essential to your collection.
investment in this book is worth ever penny!"
"My fish tank is doing incredibly well after I followed
some of the tips in your book . . ."
wonderful, wonderful book! I couldn't help but quickly browse
through through it before starting with the first page. After I
started reading, I realized it was exactly the type of
information I needed to be successful in this hobby.
My fish tank is doing
incredibly well after I followed some of the tips in your book .
I'm really impressed how extensive your book, 'Reef Keeping
Basics' is. The information contained within is overwhelming and
the images are gorgeous!
Your idea to pull together a group of successful hobbyists is
excellent. There is no better way to learn - than doing it from
those who 'walk the
It's simply impressive!
Thank you so much for this wonderful book!"
Timothy R. Hutton
". . . filled with an abundance of information, tips and
guidelines that will help the novice saltwater
aquarists as well as the more experienced reef
keeper to create beautiful and long lasting reef
Don’t be fooled by the name
‘Reef Keeping Basics’, it is not only beginners that will find this book highly useful!
Reef Keeping Basics
is filled with an
abundance of information, tips and guidelines that will help the
novice saltwater aquarists as well as the more ex- perienced reef keeper to create
beautiful and long lasting reef setups.
Eric has chosen to interview no less than 14 different
successful reef keeping aquarists about their marine endeavours,
which makes this book a great no-nonsense compilation of the
real world of reef keeping.
The information and terminology in this book is
understand even for the less experienced aquarist and is
accompanied by beautiful pictures that high-lights the various
aspects of reef keeping.
I can truly recommend this book to all current and prospecting
reef keepers that want to own a reef keeping book that is
brimming with practical information, inspiration and ideas."
AC Tropical Fish
"You are told exactly what you need so that
you aren't spending money on things you don't
need and are able to start out with minimal
I downloaded your book and read a lot of it. You know what is going to happen? I'm going to get hooked on reef keeping. I have always been
strictly freshwater but I think that is going to
change. I must say, I am impressed! The
instructions are so clear and the pictures alone
(with their vibrant colors) are enough to
persuade me to put together my own tank.
told exactly what you need so that you aren't
spending money on things you don't need and are
able to start out with minimal expense.
This book is so good that I have added a link to
it on my HOME PAGE! It just didn't seem to fit
on the "Links" page. Please check it out and let
me know what you think."
Your Aquarium Center
". . . sort of like a "tank of the month"
compilation but in an organized format that
makes comparisons easy."
Reef Keeping Basics
shows us that there is no
single way to success. This unique e-Book
presents the reef keeping methods of different
people - sort of like a "tank of the month"
compilation but in an organized format that
makes comparisons easy. One learns through the
experiences of others, and see the great results
in detail. It's a great way to learn!"
(Marine Aquarium Society of Los Angeles County
"Those with little experience or those with tons
of experience will love this book!"
I'm pretty new to this hobby . . . and have been very confused
at exactly where to start and what kind of advice to follow . .
However, after purchasing this book I was totally blown away!
There is an incredible amount of information provided within
Eric's book and I was totally 'floored' after viewing the
awesome images! The individuals that have been interviewed are
just normal people with normal jobs, their experience speaks for
itself - just look at their tanks!
Those with little
experience or those with tons of experience will love this book!
After reading this book I'm sure I will not be making the same
mistakes as others have made before me. I now know what to
expect and this almost guarantees my chances of success!
You've managed to pull together a fantastic group of 'reefers'!
Thank you so much Eric for an excellent book!"
Annabelle E. Johnson
"I can recommend this book
without reser-vation to anyone who is interested
in this fascinating hobby. I am inspired to
build a new Reef tank, using all of the
knowledge that I have gained from this book and
confident of success!"
"Just imagine that you are about to embark on a
difficult undertaking and that you want to get
expert advice from people who have done what you
plan to do, with a proven record of success.
Then imagine that you can get several of these
people together and ask them a series of
questions so that you can compare their
responses in order to allow you to decide on the
exact course of action that you will take. You
would come away from the experience with a
wealth of knowledge and with the confidence that
you would be able to avoid the mistakes that
others have made.
That is how I feel after reading 'Reef Keeping
Basics', an eBook that is distinctly different
from anything that I have ever experienced.
The concept, as outlined above is absolutely
brilliant. What is so different about this book
is that it does not try to convince the reader
that one particular method is the "correct" one.
Rather, it allows the reader to compare the
responses to a series of questions from fourteen
(!) individuals and then come to a unique
conclusion, one that is "right" for them. The
book is well thought out and every important
topic is covered in detail.
The spectacularly beautiful photographs prove
beyond any doubt that the aquarists who are
providing the information know what they are
As a Mac user, when I first received the notice
for this book I was disappointed to see that it
was for a Windows only platform. The concept of
this book moved me to install Virtual PC on my
G4 Powerbook and I am happy to report that this
book works flawlessly. Now that the new
Intel-based Macs that can run Windows natively,
having a Mac should no longer be a problem.
I can recommend this book without reservation to
anyone who is interested in this fascinating
hobby. I am inspired to build a new Reef tank,
using all of the knowledge that I have gained
from this book and confident of success!"
Jim Macho, MD
Chief of Surgery
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital
& Reef Keeper
". . .besides being one of
most visually stunning books on salt water
I have ever seen, is a must have for any serious
being one of most visually stunning books on
salt water aquariums I have ever seen, is a must
have for any serious aquarist. The
articles are fascinating, there is so much
useful information here that I find myself
constantly reading it over and over again. There
is always something new to learn, or anew new
idea. But those pictures, wow!"
Port Washington, New York
"I think this is an
invaluable resource for anyone interested in
reefkeeping, . . ."
I'd love to give a testimonial for your book,
and feel free to post it on your website. Sorry
for the bit of a delay -- I wanted to think of
something good to write! Here it is:
I think that "Reef Keeping Basics" is absolutely
fabulous. I love everything about it.
this is an invaluable resource for anyone
interested in reefkeeping, and it
really inspired confidence in a beginner like me
just starting her journey into this wonderful
I found it fascinating reading all the different
opinions and ways of doing things from all the
interviewees, and I really like how you chose
people with all different levels of experience,
from beginner to experienced hobbyist. I
wholeheartedly recommend "Reef Keeping Basics" to
Old Bridge, New Jersey