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on 21 February 2013
For a book written in 1987 it is still remarkably useful. Mostly for seeing specious thta I didn't know before. If you have NEVER had fish before I'd recommend some more basic books however. This one has lots of species, but.... a lot more now commonly available aquarium fish have appeared since 1987 and therefore aren't listed in this book. Also, unless you are already a fish nerd, due to the evolution of science some of the fish have changed genus names. Not too much hassle as it is still possible to do internet searches on their old names. Beautiful fish pictures and lots of them.
The book gives a description of the basic husbandry principles: What type of food, water pH and hardness, type of habitat, friendliness towards other fish, adult size of the fish, and minimum tank size. However, in my mind, again, opinions have changed on this last point and I would add at least 30% to the recommended tank sizes in this book.
The book also has a section on breeding a few of these fish, a section about common aquarium plants (with pictures) and a section about common and less common fish diseases (also with pictures).
All in all pretty useful as a basic source of information, and inspiration. If you want more detailed info about each species you need to search for more specific literature.