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Dr. Axelrod's Atlas of Freshwater Aquarium Fishes Hardcover – October 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: TFH Publications; 10 edition (October 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793800331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793800339
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 2.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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GLEN S. AXELROD, M.Sc., F.Z.S., President and CEO of TFH Publications, Inc. and Nylabone Products and senior author of the Encyclopedia of Exotic Aquarium Fishes for Freshwater Aquariums, directed the revisions encompassed in the 11th Edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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First, it only names the fish in latin (scientific) name, which is a little frustrating to me.
Luis C. C
The pictures have excellent quality, and the variety of fish presented makes this book a must if you are a serious aquarist looking for rare species.
Alexande Lembcke (acid@amauta.rcp.net.pe)
I am a freshwater fish keeper myself,so when identifying some of the unusual fish species I have,this book is a great help for me.
Johannes Ehn Hellstrand

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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By G. Hoeppner on April 12, 2000
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When I ordered this book, my expectations were for lots of pictures and lots of info. on eating habits, breading habits, the differences between males and females, fish origins, etc. Basically, I was expecting the end-all-be-all of fishkeeping books. What the book actually turned out to be was a huge book full of nothing but pictures. Every single page is loaded with pictures. The pictures are great, and if that's all you want, then this book is right for you. There is a tiny (really tiny) bit of info. other than pictures. Each picture has a few symbols underneath which you can look up in a legend. These symbols tell you things like if the fish is an eggbearer or live bearer, and some general information. Not exactly what I was expecting. If you're expecting what I was you'd probably be better off getting a smaller book with more detail about the fish that are in it.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was disappointed in this book since I already had the Mini Atlas and expected the full sized atlas to have the same features (such as text, and helpful information) as the Mini Atlas, just more of them. Instead it is nothing but photos from cover to cover.
This book just sits on the bookshelf untouched since the Mini Atlas more than covers most of the fish available out there - for a much more reasonable cost.
There are also some inaccuracies in the fish species.
You could buy a few better books for the cost of just this one, or just spend one-fourth of the price and buy the Mini Atlas.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Hildman on May 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must. Yes it`s full of pictures, but the simple identification key tells you the basics of almost every fish avaliable on the market today and then some. This book is very helpfull in identifying fish that are sold and possibly mismarked by the wholesaler or the retailer. The joy of fish keeping is just like any other hobby, find the rare and hard to find. This book will help you in that search. Remember, common names are just that, common. This book will tell you what you are about to buy, or what you already have in your tank.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Pooh Guy on July 25, 2006
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NOTE: This review applies ot the 10th edition. Due to the cost, I have not been able to justify taking a chance on the new (11th) edition.

This book has changed a lot since the first edition. Mostly, it has removed information and added pictures. LOTS of pictures. It is more of a coffee-table book than any kind of aquarium guide. But even the pictures are of uneven quality. I was shocked that the only picture included for a couple of fairly common fish were of dead, poorly-preserved specimens. Yikes!

The authors' stated purpose for this book is "This book was created with the express purpose of making the identification of fishes easier for hobbyists, aquarists, and scientists alike."

Well, if that was the goal, it fails miserably. The book is organized based on geographic area where the fish originates. Think about it. If you saw a fish and wanted to know what it was, would you somehow instinctively know which continent it came from? Of course not. You might want to identify it based on its colors or shape or whatever. The book does not function as an identification guide.

Although most info has been removed, there is some very terse info below each picture as small text and icons. The text lists info such as pH, ideal water temperature (in Centigrade), maximum adult length (in cm), and minimum tank size (in litres). Although it does not tell you what these mean, any intermediate or higher fishhkeeper should be able to figure it out.

The icons are not particularly clear unless you already know the fish. For example, the icon for egg-scatterer versus livebearer is only obvious if you know what the fish is to begin with. More importantly, I can find nowhere in the book where it actually tells what the icons mean. This is very sloppy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Pires Salvestrini on February 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Axelrod's atlas is truly impressive in its scope to help the aquarist identify the numerous fish species available. Yet the book is more than just an illustrated compilation of fish; it is also a valuable reference resource on disease identification and prevention, as well as a useful pointer to the requirements of a particular species and an adequate if succint guide for the beginning aquarist. A must have for any aquarium aficionado.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Ehn Hellstrand on April 30, 2001
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There are a huge number of aquarium fish books out there,but none of them equal to this in size or number of photos. I own the 3rd edition of this book from 1990,and it has over 5000 beautifull photographs!The text is very short and easy to understand. I am a freshwater fish keeper myself,so when identifying some of the unusual fish species I have,this book is a great help for me. Something unusual with this book is that it covers many species that are not suitable for aquarium - that`s good,because when you see a 5-inch juvenile redfin catfish,can you imagine that it will grow to a 4-feet monster!Naw...So this book also keep you back from unsuitable species. Some species are especially treated in this book - for example,there are more than 30 species photos of the guppy!Over all,this book is a treasure for anyone interested in aquarium fish,and cannot be skipped,although the price is high. When I first received it for my 12th birthday,I was happier than ever!So go get it!
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