Literally hundreds of different tropical freshwater fish are shown in vivid color photos and described for aquarium hobbyists. Readers will also find information on general aquarium maintenance. More than 300 color photos. Titles in the Compass Guides series are handsome and practical quick-reference sources for pet owners, pet fanciers, and aquarium and terrarium hobbyists. Books feature brief descriptive profiles of their subject animals, each profile consisting of a color photo, the animal’s place of origin, its basic housing and feeding needs, and its physical traits and temperament. In addition to the profiles, each Compass Guide also contains general information on animal species and their families. 200-to-300 color photos and index.
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from A to Z
Full-page profiles describe literally hundreds of tropical freshwater fish. Descriptions are arranged alphabetically for fast, easy reference, and feature a color photo for each fish. You’ll also find a wealth of useful information on setting up and maintaining an aquarium.
This attractive and useful series of pocket-sized handbooks serve as quick-reference sources for pet owners, pet fanciers, and aquarium and terrarium hobbyists. Books offer brief descriptive profiles of their subject animals and feature 200-to-400 handsome and informative color photos.
Compass Books Available from Barrons:
Dogs from A to Z
Terrarium Animals from A to Z
Tropical Freshwater Aquarium Fish from A to Z
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful.
Very helpful for the new aquarist
As someone new to the hobby, this book helped me tremendously in selecting not only what fish I could and should put in my new fish tank, but helpful tips as to how I should care for them (Ph levels, water temps, compatible types, etc.). I reviewed this book and read "The Essential Freshwater Aquarium" guide; both books help ensure that my first try as an aquarist results in a healthy environment for my fish. I was so impressed by the A to Z Guide that I bought one for a friend who has kept fish for over a year but was mixing fish indiscriminately without regard to the size of her tank or the type of fish already in the tank. We both now have a high enthusiasm for our aquariums and consult the guide before any new fish purchase. Highly recommended for new and experienced aquarists.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Good General Fish Guide
By Cathleen P.
I'm not an expert on fish. I bought this to have a better understanding of the two types of fish i have in my tank, but also what other fish will be well suited for them as well. Almost all Fish guides are broken down in the categories that are provided: Name, Characteristics (sexing), Tank/Water, Car, Habits, and Compatibility. I bought this book along with the "What Fish? A buyer's guide to tropical fish".
The Good: I like the fact that there is a picture for each fish. It gave me an idea what they looked like and I was able to know instantly if I would actually considering putting the fish in my tank. I also like that this book has certain comments about the fish, that other general guides do not have. Most books, pet stores, and even online forum will tell you it's okay to keep several guppies together. This books says that it should be only kept with catfish and bottom dwellers. I learned this the hard way. I wish I bought this book before that happened!
The Bad: The only part I struggled with was the layout. It is smaller than normal text, they should have spaced out the sections a little more. I'm a little particular of layouts. This is the only reason I am giving it a 4 star rating. Also, I knew what I was getting into because I saw this book in the store.
Overall, this is a great reference book!
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I am happy with the condition it arrived in
By Mike Credeur
I purchased this book to replace my worn out copy. I am happy with the condition it arrived in.