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What Fish?: A Buyer's Guide to Tropical Fish [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Interpet Publishing (Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842861190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842861196
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 15.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Buying fish for your aquarium can be a lottery unless you know exactly what you are doing. You may buy a fish that will disrupt your existing collection or you may be sold two males instead of the breeding pair you were seeking. This new series of buying guides provides the information and reassurance you need before you even step into the shop. Here, you will find details about a wide range of tropical freshwater fishes so that you can make the right buying decision with complete confidence. The text delivers the answers to a series of vital questions, from 'What size?' to 'How does it behave?'. The information given is accurate, concise and relevant. The clear page design makes retrieving answers quick and easy. A crucial part of each entry is a fish profile, a brief "firsthand" summary so that you can judge at a glance if this particular species or variety will suit you and your system. Clear guidance is given on how to distinguish between male and female fish and whether they will breed in the aquarium. All the fish featured are shown in high-quality colour photographs, including males and females, plus many of the colour forms or varieties commonly available in aquarium shops.

The result is a unique reference point for would-be buyers the world over.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By FussyMissus TOP 100 REVIEWER
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We used to have a fish tank many years ago, then stopped when we moved, and recently got back into fish keeping, so we wanted a book that was neither too technical to be unintelligible, nor too simple to be plain silly, as most of the books we looked at seem to be.

This book is superb, the writer has a clear knowledge of tanks and fish, appeals to the beginner and the expert alike, and his humorous descriptions of some of the fish attributes really take the seriousness out of fishkeeping, making the specific fish more memorable when you go get them from the shop - one fish has the word BADLY listed under 'how does this fish behave', giving you an idea of the humour and truth of the writer! It's practical and down to earth, and gives you pretty much all the info you need for your new tank, and some of the pictures are amazing.

This book kept us busy for many an hour and is small enough to be portable and take with you to annoy shopkeepers with! Highly reccomended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Guide To Tropical Fish 4 May 2009
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Excellent guide to what fish will live together happily and what type of tank they prefer , Each fish in the guide is covered by a one page simple profile eg What size they grow to, What do they eat, What size tank should be kept in, What kind of water & how warm, How does it behave. Book doesn't cover every fish you may see down your local aquatics store but this is still and excellent book to have with a nice simple layout and very good photos of each fish covered.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect tropical fish selection book 16 Nov 2009
By D. Mann
This is a really first class little book and I highly recommend it.
Each page has a different species with an excellent photograph and outlines exactly what you need to know about that species in order to keep it in your aquarium.
You learn where it is from, how it behaves, what it eats, ideal temperature, cost, the size it will grow to and crucially, what other tankmates it should or shouldn't be kept with. This all comes across in a very user friendly fashion.
It is spot on for any beginner or the more expierienced fishkeeper.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good - but not excellent 31 Jan 2009
By Torkijo
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THe only fault with this book is its not big enough - it has 85% of the fish that our local store stocks, but could be improved it it had just a few more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying! 23 Aug 2014
By Sian
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One of the best fish books out there if you are new to the hobby or knowledgeable on the subject. It tells you all about the fish; from how much they cost to how you breed them. It has many species from basic to advanced and unusual, and the book will tell you all you will need to do to setup a perfect environment for your fish to live in!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 11 May 2014
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Has been a great book to refer to whilst out stocking up on fish. Would recommend for any fish keeper
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4.0 out of 5 stars Main Referance 5 May 2014
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I like this book, it has become my main reference when I am looking at fish, with some really good information, where they are from how to breed them, ideal conditions and general information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 3 April 2014
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Great book - beautiful photos, great, clear information and advice. An interesting read. Seems like a fairly extensive list of fish species too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to have.
Well set out, easy to read and full of really good tips. I bought it after reading everyone else's comments on it and have to say that I was not disappointed.
Published 17 days ago by Celiasplace
5.0 out of 5 stars good clear
helped hubby to choose which fish live with what fish, good clear guide
Published 1 month ago by K. Hilderley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
It is a very good book. It tells you the name, the size, the price and the type of fish it is. I would recommend this book to anyone who is going to buy a fish and wants to know... Read more
Published 5 months ago by nikki caplin
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Christmas gift.
Useful, handy book to have. Full of lovely pictures and descriptions of the fish, and useful tips for stocking the tank.
Published 7 months ago by val caffyn
4.0 out of 5 stars What Fish - Buyers Guide to Tropical Fish
Useful book describing (with colour photos) lots of the more common tropical fish generally available for purchase. Read more
Published 7 months ago by trevor reed
5.0 out of 5 stars great layout
A great book well laid out with a high level of information presented in a clear manner - I especially liked the groupings. The illustration are clear.
Published 9 months ago by Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars great little book
i have kept fish for many years and never bought a book to find out what to keep and what best to do
if you are in this situ please treat yourself to this book can really... Read more
Published 10 months ago by grandmama
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Comprehensive
This book is a really useful thing to have when deciding what fish to buy. It does not include coldwater fish, only tropical. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. T. Kenning
5.0 out of 5 stars What Fish.
This book was extremely helpful for me in choosing just which fish would be compatible with each other and what their requirements would be as regards the tank..... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dale Land
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