My name is Albert B. Ulrich. My friends call me Al or Big Al. I have been an aquarium hobbyist for almost 30 years and my articles have been published in the hobby magazines Aquarium Fish International and Aquariums USA . I was on the board of directors of a local aquarium club, and I read and write about the hobby as much as I can. I have successfully bred the banggai cardinalfish, common clownfish and the neon goby.
I am a jokester at heart and I don’t like to take myself too seriously. I hope a little bit of that personality shows in my writing. I’m not really sure if it translates well to the written word–but I’m generally trying to joke around and have a good time. This hobby shouldn’t be a mystery–and newcomers to the hobby shouldn’t be surprised by preventable, predictable problems. My goal is to help others avoid making the same mistakes I made. If you like my books you should come check out my blog at:
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've been in the saltwater aquarium hobby for a number of years now, but I set out to write a book that would have helped me when I had first started out. A lot of the books out there are written with an academic tone--and I wanted to write something that everyone could benefit from.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's really easy to publish these days. I had no idea if what I wrote was any good or if it would even make it past an editor (I do have a quirky style)--so rather than send it out to be considered by traditional publishing I decided to go indie.
How to Frag Corals: A Simple Guide to Coral Propagation and Coral Fragging for the Marine Reef Aquarium Hobbyist is a great book for coral aquarium hobbyists interested in learning how to frag corals for fun or for profit.
The book will help you make important decisions like:
What type of tank is right for you?
What size should you buy?
What equipment is necessary and what equipment is optional?
What kind of testing is necessary and what science do you need to know?
What are the best corals and fish to start with?
How do you set up a tank?
What can you expect to happen once you do?
Avoid the 5 Most Common Saltwater Aquarium Mistakes
Are you thinking about setting up a saltwater aquarium but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you already have a reef aquarium and you are wondering if you have already made one of these mistakes? I have been an aquarium hobbyist (freshwater and saltwater) for over 25 years and have made every mistake in the book (well at least this book).