Prospective tropical aquarium hobbyists will find vital information on many fish varieties--cichlids, swordtails, and many others. Readers will find tips on species identification, feeding, behavior, approximate and purchase prices. Quick-check data requirements are given regarding aquarium size, water temperature, food, compatibility with other fish, and much more. This title is one in Barron's new series of pet buyer's guides, all of them filled with practical information and approximately 250 vivid color illustrations.
I'm new to keeping tropical freshwater fish, but despite having larger and more comprehensive books on the subject, this is the one I use most often. It covers most (by no means all) of the fish readily available to amateur hobbyists (at least here in Australia).
Its value is the detailed information, for each of about 160 species, on: their maximum size; best food; minimum tank size; water requirements (especially temperature and pH); how many in one tank ("1 male per 2 females", "no more than 1 male", "best in groups of 5 or more", etc.); how well (or badly) it behaves in a community ("very peaceful", "generally peaceful but will eat small tank mates", "behaves disgracefully, often murderously aggressive", etc.); how to sex it; and if it will reproduce in the tank, useful breeding tips. So far the information have proved to be both accurate and extremely useful. An excellent book especially for new fish keepers.
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