- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: DK; First edition (February 28, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756609410
- ISBN-13: 978-0756609412
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,141,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Encyclopedia of Aquarium Fish Hardcover – February 28, 2005
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In the fine tradition of its excellent how-to guides for raising houseplants, DK here offers a practical and visually appealing manual for all who would keep fish. The author has written various natural history titles and is a consultant to the pet industry. More than 800 individual fish, invertebrate, and plant species are described.
The book begins with a short introduction to the natural history of fish, their classification, and the history of fish keeping. The first major section covers the most popular kind of fish, those that live in fresh water. It begins with the practicalities of setting up and maintaining a tank, including descriptions of common problems and how to address them. Next is a very rich directory of fish organized by family or genus, with commonly available strains (including a few well-known rarities) discussed in terms of their size, temperament, and required conditions for culture. A brief directory of freshwater plants rounds out this section.
For those who like more of a challenge, marine fish are treated next. Following the same general structure as the freshwater fish section, Alderton divides marine fish into parts on culture and fish by family or genus, then finishes with a section on marine invertebrates. A shorter but still very useful section on the basics of keeping pond fish, again with sections on setup, fish by family or genus, and plants, finishes up the body of this volume. A glossary of terms, a handy list of Web sites, and indexes (one by common and scientific names, the other of more general terms) round things out.
This book is a fun read for fish keepers and voyeurs alike. The well-organized and authoritative content lives happily next to beautiful photographs. School and public libraries should strongly consider this volume for their reference shelves. A few circulating copies are a good bet to get heavy circulation in recreational collections at all levels. Jeff Kosokoff
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About the Author
David Alderton is an international best-selling author with more than 5 million books sold worldwide and is currently a consultant for the American Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. His books include Looking After Aquarium Fish, Fish Care, and several other pet/pet care books written for DK.
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The freshwater plant section of the book has some helpful information but is lacking light guides, but if you find a plant that is in the book and are thinking about adding it to your tank 30 seconds with google will give you all the missing information.
I have been keeping fresh water fish since I was in grade school and now 20 something years later I am setting up my fist salt water tank. The book assumes that I know a lot of things that I don't and there are a number of items referenced but not explained that someone new to saltwater does not know often leaving me with more questions then answers, maybe when I have a little more experience with salt water the information will be handy.
I rely can not comment on the pond fish area of the book, I don't have any experience with ponds or any idea if the information is complete.
Such as in the plant section, it does not list the information for lighting or CO2 requirement, which I think it is critical for any plant care.
If the book can add some information such as easy/hard to care indicator for all fish and plants, that will be a great help too.
I also find that there are some very common fish missing, such as shovelnose cats, some rainbows, rams (it does not list the rams but has some information scattered all over the book).
On the plus side, the pictures are all good and I really enjoy them. Overall, it is an OK book. I just wish it has more information. Consider what I paid for this book, I guess it is not bad at all.
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. Great for my coffee table that is near my aquariam
Nice to know what type of fish I have.