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post #91 of 99 (permalink) Old 03-19-2013, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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Anybody interested in writing a book?

I've drafted a quick list of chapters and a super brief summary of what they'd contain.

This is a project that could take over a year, and while things could change while writing, I could always adapt things.

So does anybody have additional information which they think would be beneficial to add? Or any suggestions on the structure of it.

Thanks for the interest and support.



Invert book

1. Introduction to aquatic invertebrates
- Hobby, about it.
- Misinformation, reliable sources
- Growth, popularity and distribution

2. Inverts in the hobby
- Snails
- Types and distribution
- Shrimp
- Types and distribution
- Crabs
- Types and distribution
- Crayfish
- Types and distribution
- Tank critters

3. Goals and planning
- How do you plan the tank of your dreams?
- Budget, requirements, ect.
- Selection of stock, goals
-Laws
- Selection of an appropriate tank
- Selection of appropriate plants
-Laws
- Selection of appropriate tankmates

4. Necessary tools, investments
- Testing tools
- Feeding tools
- Lighting
- Add ons

5. Filtration
- How to
- Lo-down on:
-HOB/Canister
-UGF/Sump/internal/Sponge

6. After selection, chemistry lesson
- Water parameters
- Stability
- Cycling

7. Setting up your aquarium
- Slow and steady
- Purchase of the appropriate tools first
- Cycling, plant adding

8. Aquascaping
- How to approach it

9. introduction of Inverts
- Snails
- Shrimp
- Acclimation

10. Feeding
- When/how much
- What
- Dishes
- Cleanup crew for the cleanup crew

11. Sustainability
- Water quality
- When to test
- How to keep stable

12. Shrimp pitfalls
- Contaminants
- Focus
- Predators

13. Breeding
- Tricks to breeding,
- Baby life, life cycle and how long it takes to grow
- What kills babies

14. Hobby secrets
- Where to find info
- Shrimp black market
- Reputable sellers
- Forums
- LFS

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Looks pretty thorough. Let me know if you need help with editing when you're ready. Be a great way for me to give back to the hobby.

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Are you going to be writing this book all by yourself or would you want people to contribute to your book as well?

Just curious, because if so I would be willing to help out lol. Looks like it would be a bit of fun.
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Anybody interested in writing a book?

I will be compiling a list of people who are willing to consult or contribute.

It just has taken longer than originally planned to get to that point. If you're interested I'll add ya to the list.

I've added shrimp behavior and shrimp illnesses to the breakdown.

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I'm definitely in! Just lemme know if you want me to write any. I'm down for writing anything
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post #96 of 99 (permalink) Old 03-20-2013, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Anybody interested in writing a book?

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I'm definitely in! Just lemme know if you want me to write any. I'm down for writing anything
Sounds good, my man. It'll be easy communicating with you lol. I'll just go see you in person :p

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I'm willing to pay for this kind of info... I've never kept anything harder than PFRs, but the CRS are coming soon!

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Anybody interested in writing a book?

Thanks for the support! I think Jake is right, the market is very small for a book like this, but I'd be willing to lose money to publish a book, even if just to have my work published.

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Anybody interested in writing a book?

Just do it!


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