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Jeff and Mike Senske's The Inspired Aquarium: Ideas and Instruction for Living with Aquariums
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Description: The Inspired Aquarium: Ideas and Instruction for Living with Aquariums written by Jeff and Mike Senske. The Inspired Aquarium is a key tool to use while searching for ideas to help inspire your own home-aquarium design. This complete handbook acts as both an inspirational and factual guide. It shows you the most compatible choices in aquatic creatures, plants, lighting, and more for your chosen setup.

In light of the recent popularity of such movies as Finding Nemo and Shark Tale, and aquariums as elements of interior decor, home aquariums have become all the rage. Since there are so many ways you can design an aquarium today, a little guidance is definitely needed. The Inspired Aquarium is a key tool to use while searching for ideas to help inspire your own home-aquarium design. This complete handbook acts as both an inspirational and factual guide. It shows you the most compatible choices in aquatic creatures, plants, lighting, and more for your chosen setup.


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Review Date: Tue July 10, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Awesome photography accompanied by more aquarium detail than Amano
Cons: Filler like explaining different filtration devices (undergravel, trickle, canister, etc) & fish species summaries

While searching for another Amano book to take on vacation with me, I stumbled upon The Inspired Aquarium (Ideas and Instructions for Living with Aquariums) by the Senske brothers. This book narrows the gap between Amano's glam shots and real aquariums with the plumbing intact.

The good: This is a very easy read (bathroom, vacation, plane, etc.) with stunning photographs of both freshwater and marine aquariums by Jeff Senske. In Amano books, all you get a is an aquarium shot - since everything else is blackened and gear ripped out, the reader gets absolutely no clue as to the surrounding or perspective of the tank. This book shows the same aquarium from multiple views and from afar - so you see the entire room where the aquarium is situated. Moreover, just like wanting to see how Saffron Burrows looks at 7AM without make-up after having just awoken, the Senske book also shows the innards of the aquarium filtration by opening the cabinet doors and photographing and explaining the plumbing.

The mildly boring: As with other aquarium books, this book also loses a little focus by trying to discuss different filtration, what Cichlids are, and summaries of other fish. Chances are, if you're getting this book, you're already hip to filters and various fish. So I'm not sure if this stuff is intended filler, or the publisher added this stuff to get better shelf placement. Since this book won't be replacing David Boruchowitz' at the PetSmart bookshelf anytime soon, I think the basic aquarium info in the book comes through as fluff.

Overall, this is a very cool book. And I'm glad the ADG brothers are taking Amano's work and kicking it up a notch.
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