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This is a beautiful book, lovingly written and illustrated, carefully compiled with information suitable for the beginner or the longtime enthusiast. (Linda Turk Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal 2007-01-27)

Any home or library collection strong in aquarium references -- and many a fish store -- will find this packed with in-depth detail perfect for setting up an aquarium. (Diane C.Donovan The Midwest Book Review 2007-03-00)

For users looking for specific information on freshwater aquarium fish this will be a useful and interesting resource. (Shannon Graff Hysell American Reference Books Annual 2007-01-00)

About the Author

Greg Jennings has been actively involved in fish-keeping for more than 40 years. He has visited many of the locations around the world where popular hobbyist species originate and, through fellow enthusiasts in the international community, keeps up with the very latest developments and techniques.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (August 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554071674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554071678
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.6 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 20, 2006
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This is a great reference text for some common species as well as the unknown ones; especially if you want a quick reference of a variety of species to create a "species" or "community" tank this book will be helpful in decision making. The book gives good details regarding the expected size of the fish, general behavior and environment just to name a few. The photos contained within the text are well detailed. I would recommend this book to beginners and intermediate aquarists.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Got Twins on May 9, 2008
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Yes, there's probably every bit of 500 fish in this book, but it still lacks on a few of the more common species. It is also a little too vague on descriptions. There is a 4 page spread on Discus and Oscars, but that's not really necessary when all the other fish are given one page with one sentence descriptions.
It's still nifty to have at home, but if you want to see how the fish are going to cohabitate with your other tank mates, this is not your book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 4, 2007
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The same format graces Greg Jennings' 500 FRESHWATER AQUARIUM FISH: A VISUAL REFERENCE TO THE MOST POPULAR SPECIES. Over 500 species and varieties are covered with basic facts on size, behavior, diet, aquarium and breeding conditions accompanying a full-color, full-page facing photo. Any home or library collection strong in aquarium references - and many a fish store - will find this packed with in-depth detail perfect for setting up an aquarium.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Stieger on February 28, 2008
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This book is very compact and the images of good quality. It is a lot smaller than I expected, though. Each page features one fish variety, with a photo and some basic info. The amount of information that fits onto such a tiny page is very limited. Despite the small size, the book is hardcover, thick and heavy and does not qualify as a pocket guide. I don't quite get what the idea was here : it is neither pocketguide, nor large glossy reference/ coffee table book. If I had actually seen the book before purchase, I would not have bought it...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By natalie on February 8, 2008
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I have been searching high and low for a book on only freshwater fish, and here it is! the information is valuable, the pictures are great, and they have a ton of fish in it!

I havent found a book in any store that even compares to this.

I highly reccomend it to anyone that owns, or wants to own, freshwater fish!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tengazako on November 27, 2010
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This book has 500 of the most common freshwater aquarium fish species. It provides a basic description of each species and than care parameters.

Pros:

Pictures are good.
Enough information to get by with keeping fish.

Cons:

The most clunky feeling book I have ever had/read, 7"x7"x2".
Parameters are repeating and not very individualized.
All the information in this book can be easily found by browsing a few online stock lists.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TOO MANY HOBBIES on March 22, 2009
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Good quick reference for the fresh water aquarist looking for a portable guide. This is mainly a guide to fish species and has very little information concerning tanks, filtration, etc... Information on temperment and other important traits is sufficient to help the aquarist make intelligent choices for tankmates. I would have given it 5 stars but the book was not exactly what I was expecting in the way of the amount of information, but again, as a portable quick reference it is very good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Williams on March 18, 2010
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This is a beautiful little volume. I only gave it 4 stars because of its diminutive size (6x6) which makes it hard to hold while reading. Otherwise, it is a very concise atlas of the more common species of aquarium fishes along with a description of temperment and a brief summation of the proper conditions under which they must be kept. There is a small 3x4 photo of each species included. All in all, it's a very beautiful albiet small book that any fish hobbiest would enjoy owning.
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