MCRA Volume 2

The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium Vol. 2

Cnidarians in the coral reef and for the coral reef aquarium

The second volume in the book series is a sensational new book, covering the cnidarians of the coral reef in a way never before seen in the aquarium literature. Corals, like stony corals, soft corals, leather corals, horny corals etc., and many other cnidarians - hydroids, sea jellies, sea anemones, disc anemones and colonial anemones - are all thoroughly covered in this volume. The book is based on an earlier German book, but thoroughly updated and in part also rewritten for the English speaking audience. Leading scientists from all over the world have contributed to make the book up-to-date with the latest research results in taxonomy, ecology, anatomy, physiology and reproduction. Several of the researchers have also supplied fascinating photo material hitherto unseen in aquarium literature.

Hardcover, ISBN 3-928819-23-2.
Birgit Schmettkamp Verlag, Bornheim, Germany.

The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium, Vol. 2, a book with...
  • 480 pages in large format (17 x 24 cm)
  • hardcover
  • more than 100 detailed summaries discussing particularly important aquarium animals
  • description and photographs of more than 40 species of Acropora alone
  • more than 250 photographs of other stony corals
  • more than 150 photographs of various soft and leather corals
  • nearly 1.000 high-quality colour photographs from nature and aquaria
  • numerous highly useful diagrams and tables
  • discussion of more than 500 species of cnidarians from the coral reef
  • the most up-to-date knowledge on cnidarians and their aquarium husbandry


'The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium, Volume 2' explains whatever you - as an aquarist - need to know on the biology of the cnidarians. What do you know about e.g. amoeboid cells, anthocauli, autotrophic feeding, autozooids, bleaching, brooders, calcareous needles, coenenchyme, dorsal directives, egg-sperm bundles, extra-tentacular budding, interstitial cells, mass spawning, planula larvae, polyp bail-out, septo-costae, spawning triggering mechanisms, or zooxanthellae?
Evolution, anatomy, physiology, feeding behaviour, metabolism, reproduction, ecology etc. — 'The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium, Volume 2' covers it all in-depth, and illustrates it in stunning colour photography.

Taxonomy and nomenclature
As we were writing 'The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium, Volume 2', it was of utmost importance to us to determine the identity of the animals as accurately as possible. We have gathered material from all over the world. We photographed the majority of individual species or colonies available in pet stores, and, at the same time, took tissue and skeleton samples for examination. Consequently, it has been possible for us to have the majority of the animals identified by the foremost specialists within the animal groups in question.


Aqarium husbandry
The main point of 'The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium, Volume 2' is the husbandry and propagation of cnidarians in aquaria. Hundreds of varieties, species, genera and families of cnidarians are described and illustrated in magnificent colour photos from the natural reef as well as from aquaria.

The most important species, from an aquarist’s point of view, are given particularly thorough coverage, often in the form of full page or double page summaries, with several photos and detailed "at-a-glance" information on distribution, growth forms, food, general aquarium husbandry, light and water circulation requirements, as well as propagation potential.


Fact sheets
Like in the rest of the series, the major genera and species are treated in seperate "fact sheets" outlingin the most important characteristics for the taxon.  Two examples are given to the right.

Among species covered in this book, you'll find e.g. Acropora cervicornis, Acropora elseyi, Acropora formosa, Acropora latistella, Briareum asbestinum, Capnella spp., Catalaphyllia jardinei, Cirrhipathes anguina, Cladiella spp., Euphyllia ancora, Euphyllia glabrescens, Favites abdita, Galaxea fascicularis, Heliofungia actiniformis, Lobophyllia hemprichii, Millepora dichotoma, Montastrea curta, Pavona cactus, Phymanthus spp., Plerogyra sinuosa, Plexaura flexuosa, Pocillopora damicornis, Pocillopora verrucosa, Protopalythoa spp., Pterogorgia spp., Ricordea florida, Rumphella spp., Sarchophyton glaucum, Sarcophyton ehrenbergi, Sinularia brassica, Sinularia dura, Sinularia flexibilis, Sinularia mollis, Stylophora pistillata, Swiftia exserta, Turbinaria mesenterina, Turbinaria peltata, Zoanthus spp., and many, many more.

The total number of cnidarian species discussed and illustrated in 'The Modern Coral Reef Aquarium, Vol. 2' is in the area of 500!