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on 27 August 2003
At almost 1000 pages this is a serious book for the serious fish-keeper. Sections on tank maintenance and equipment, water chemistry, plant care, fish anatomy, feeding, diseases and others, ensure that all the major areas of the hobby are covered in some depth.
The highlight of this book is the section with 600 colour photographs of fish. Accompanying each photograph is valuable information including sexual differences, social behaviour, breeding information and environmental needs. The quality of the photographs is first rate and at two to a page they are large enough to see even small details clearly.
Almost all of the more commonly available fish are listed with the less well known fish reserved for later volumes. Killifish appear to be overly represented with 64 species, more than some killifish books, while with more rainbow fish in the hobby these days, their section could perhaps be expanded.
The book is well indexed with common names, scientific names and synonyms each having their own listing.
Any reference book of this scope is unlikely to be error free and the photograph claimed to be of Crossocheilus siamensis is probably one of the Epalzeorhynchus species. I occasionally disagreed with some of the species information, Gymnocorymbus ternetzi for instance, is listed as peaceful and suitable for any community tank. This is at odds with my experience of these fish as aggressive fin nippers. The technology and accessories section also needs updating.
These are minor points however, and do not detract from the overall value of this book. If you can only have one book on fish-keeping, buy this one.
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on 28 February 1999
A thoroughly detailed book of information on plants and fishes for the tropical home aquarium. This is a weighty tome whose quality is reflected in its bulk. Covering all aspects of aquarium keeping from the basics of choosing a tank to details of over 600 fish and 100 plants this book can take you from novice to expert.The information is presented in a consistent manner, not only allowing the reader to collate information on which fish and plants are compatible but allowing you to set up precise conditions for particular specimens. Equipment and maintenance are described in a practical way, while there is more detailed information there for those who are interested.
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on 25 March 1999
Everything about this book is complete, concise, and colorful. All volumes contain useful information. Vol 1 is the more common aquarium fish, Vol 2 is rarer fish (cichlids and brackish) and Vol 3 is exotics and also more common fish. Each one contains both plants, fish, diseases, tank set-up and more. Each fish is discussed, not just some pictorial symbols as to their care. Pictures are large and colorful (great quality!). The layout is superb and the information is quite accurate. I highly recommend all of these books, but #1 is best for beginning aquarists.
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on 6 November 2006
I have kept fish for over 25 years and have yet to find a more concise & comprehensive book around. This beats the pants off the Axelrod books for clarity. I also appreciate the fact that there is no extra 'flowery' language in the descriptions and comes across as a serious scientific tome and not as a hobbyist 'fanzine'. The photos are also fantastic. Anyone serious about keeping fish should have this book, full stop!
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on 24 July 2004
Quite simply the best on the market, from both a hobbyist, retailer's and breeder's point of view. Can be used both by the beginner and the experienced.
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on 27 October 2011
Aquarium Atlas (Hardcover) by Ruediger Riehl. A good book with almost every fish in the river. The newest books have the newest information on new spices and change off name and family. this book is missing a lot off the newest spices. But all in all a Good book
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on 11 August 2001
An excellent series of books, unparalled by any other. Just bear this in mind - any half decent aquarium shop will use these books for reference. If yours doesn't, find a new shop!
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on 11 February 2011
This book is a must for any keen fresh water tropical enthusiast it tell you all the the different types of species and plants and also the decease's that fish can get it is fairly old but i have got plants in my tank that i got recently and it was able to tell me about them, with over 1000 pages of information and all the pictures is in full colour it would be the best book to buy by far. It tells you all the different details of your fish were they come from what they like to eat and how to breed them and most importantly how to keep them.
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on 30 November 1998
As a College biology teacher I used this book recently to put together a presentation to accompnay a unit I was presenting to the classes. This was the only book I neded and was able to find more than adequate and more than needed information. I was left to discern which information I should use and which I should toss; the book was so to the point and full of good info I canceled the other activity and used all the information. The class, usually half asleep was amazed and inspired.
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on 16 June 1998
Having seen a number of books on aquarium topics, this books clearly stands out as the best. It is easy to reference and presents a reader with very useful information about all the aspects of fish keeping. The section on plants, feeding and other aspects of this wonderful hobby will be of interest for both inexperienced keepers and conneiseurs. I strongly recommend the book as great value and pleasure to read.
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