- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd (15 August 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554071674
- ISBN-13: 978-1554071678
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4.1 x 16.5 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,05,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
500 Freshwater Aquarium Fish: A Visual Reference to the Most Popular Species Hardcover – 15 Aug 2006
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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" (01/27/2007)
Packed with in-depth detail perfect for setting up an aquarium.--Diane C.Donovan"The Midwest Book Review" (03/01/2007)
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" (01/01/2007)
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" (01/27/2007)
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" (03/01/2007)
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.See all Product description
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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.
I am still a beginner aquarist, and on my first attempt at an aquarium, many of my fish died. The problem was that I mixed different types of fish together. For example, I had Angelfish, Discus, and Gold fish, together with three other types, all in one tank. That was not very wise. The Gold fish were eating the smaller fish (though the pet shop told me they wouldn't), and many who were not eaten died of bite wounds.
I removed the Gold fish and kept the other fish together. Still, six out of the eight Discus died. I couldn't figure out why. There were no fish bigger than them in the aquarium. On further reading, I realized that the water temperature was the culprit. Discus like warm water, anywhere from 26 to 30 Celsius, even slightly warmer for breeding. Angelfish, however, prefer temperatures up to 28 Celsius, and not higher. The other types of fish had their water temperature requirements as well. The water temperature in my aquarium was too low for the Discus.
I removed the Discus fish and put them in an aquarium on their own with a water temperature of 30 Celsius. They seem to be very happy! It is to be hoped that I'll get little baby Discus soon!
This book gave me details about the fish I have and how to create their specific habitat. Water temperature, as mentioned above, is very important, but there are other important factors as well. For example, Discus fish like water that is soft and acid. I put driftwood in my tank to achieve this water quality. I also heavily planted (with real plants) the back and sides of my aquarium. Discus like a densely planted environment. They like to lay their eggs vertically on plants or rocks. So I added natural rocks as well. Discus also like to be within their species. Putting one or two discus in an aquarium is not wise. The Discus might survive, but they won't be happy, and this will show on their body color (usually faint colors). Put a minimum of eight Discus together and they will manifest beautiful skin colors.
Where do I get all this information? From this book of course! This book should be in every aquarist's library.
Some picture and name aren't match.
A page of Green Puffer has picture of Figure 8 Puffer.
A page of Red Arowana has picture of Spotted Barramundi.
I like concept of this book such as various fishes in a handy book.
But pictures are not very beautiful.