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on 4 June 2004
We have been looking for a book to identify Marine Fish for some time and, had we found this one first, we would have looked no further and saved a fortune.
This book gives a one fish per page detailed coloured photo, max length, min aquarium size, foods and feeding tips, compataility and captive care guide. The text is easy to read and understand, the suitability index is simple to use and an index for both scientific name and common name can be found at the back of the book.
The 500 species included are of the more readily available variety and are listed within the book under main species type ie; Angel, Blennies,Surgeonfishes.
Excellent value for money and a must for any new or established marine fish enthusiast.
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on 26 July 2017
This book is designed to aid and enhance the readers knowledge and understanding of the variety of warm water tropical marine fishes there are out there to consider when setting up a fish only, fish only with live rock or reef tank. The book lists the types of fish, their feeding habits, and compatibility issues. By reading this book the user can plan better what they are looking for in variety better and are not limited to whatever their local aquarist has in stock because they can ask them to source for more exotic species for their tanks. I would recommend this to all hobbyist's from beginner to breeders.
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on 16 October 2015
Easy to understand, in colour, separates the different species and difficulties in keeping, nice little book to carry in to a shop when selecting fish, also advise what fish are compatible.
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on 18 September 2015
Really good book
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on 12 June 2007
This book is a godsend for all those looking to learn the compatibility about a given species of marine fish in a reef or fish only setup.

Every species that you could possibly put into a marine aquarium (including a nurse shark)is listed, with a short and informative summary across a full page.

The fish are easy to find, and give; a picture of the species, latin and common names, and almost everything you need to pick and keep fish for your aquarium.

My only reservation with this guide is that the aquarium suitibility colour code is vague and inaccurate, e.g. it would suggest that it is just as easy to keep a dragon moray as it is to keep a percula clownfish. Perhaps this is why the colour coded aquarium suitibilty was scrapped for the book "Marine Inverts" which is the same in layout and format.

Overall, it's the best quick guide for aquarium hobbiests, that includes such a large range of fish. (freshwater included)
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on 21 July 2000
I was looking for some basic marine aquarium books and as a species catalog/fish guide I decided on this one.
The book is structured in a one page - one fish style. Has good and well sized (for a pocket book) colour pictures on most of the not so rare marine fishes.
Also included is basic information about the fishes - great for finding suitable and mixable species and to become aware about special needs and difficulties. Has recommendations about aquarium sizes and types for particular fishes.
Great and simple book of pictures of fishes and their basic data. Great to be couple with a more technical/fundamental marine/reef aquarium book.
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on 23 December 2009
This is the bible for anyone buying marine fish. If you adhere to the advice contained in this book you cannot go wrong.
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on 30 September 2014
This book could do with icons for quick compatability reference similar to the reef book in the series. Handy to have and written by an authority, not some muppet on a forum. Definitely recommended for anyone new to the hobby to help you get started. Great reference book as you get started as it gives a great starting point for deciding which fish interest you and some basic information on what each critter is all about.
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on 30 October 2010
definatly worth a read regardless if you just starting out in marines or been doing it for years ....fantastic
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on 26 December 2011
hi every one, this marine book, is excellent ,when going to a shop that sells marine fish ,and i might add there are not many good ones about, but thts another story.This book is good to take to the fish shop with you good pictures,and excellent information about the fish colour what size tanks what other fish they go with,what they eat all in all a good round book.very happy ith it
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