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Complete Encyclopedia of the Freshwater Aquarium

This 288 page, illustration-packed encyclopedia covers a wide range of the fish species information and technical hints needed to easily and successfully maintain a freshwater aquarium at home. Several books in one, it features hundreds of species and offers advice on the latest equipment, foods, remedies, water treatments, test kits, and aquarium management techniques.

The Complete Encyclopedia of the Freshwater Aquarium includes an A-Z listing of aquarium fish species, plus:

  • fish biology

  • fish in nature

  • fish conservation

  • commercial breeding

  • aquarium selection, set-up, maintenance, and troubleshooting

  • fish nutrition and feeding

  • fish breeding in the aquarium

  • fish health and diseases

  • aquarium plant species

  • planting and maintenance of aquarium plants

  • species of aquarium animals, such as frogs, snails, crayfish, and more

The book includes the latest information on koi and other coldwater species, one of today’s fastest-growing aquarium sectors. Rounded out with a glossary and further reading, The Complete Encyclopedia of the Freshwater Aquarium is a beautiful, colorful and comprehensive guide suitable for both beginning as well as seasoned aquarium hobbyists.

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  1. Navigator says:

    Good, has needed info on rarer species, with updated names I found information on fish that I could not find in other basic bread and butter books. While it does not have pictures of the more common species, those can be found in less expensive books. This is a book for the more advanced hobbyist, yet can be a great help for anyone with it’s broad coverage. If you want a book covering basic species, go somewhere else. If you have been finding some of the rarer fishes in your pet shop that most books do not cover, then you will find this book helpfull. I do wish it covered more of the Corydoras, and included pictures for all the fish it describes however. All and all, it is nice to see current latin names used, and advice on keeping the rarer fish that seem to be showing up in greater numbers these days.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Neither complete nor encyclopedic, but still a nice work… I was really hesitant to give this book only three stars, because it actually is very well-written and quite nicely illustrated. My main objection to the book is its scope, reflected in its slightly misleading title. In a well-intentioned effort to write a comprehensive one-volume reference, the author glosses over too many principles which a beginner should learn in detail, and skims over (or omits) some essential information on advanced topics.As a broad overview of home aquarium science, the book is great; as a reference for either the beginning or the advanced aquarist, it will likely prove to be of limited practical use. Someone who is just starting out would do far better to purchase one or two of the many good beginner’s books offered on this site. (If you’re reading this, it means that you’re checking the readers’ reviews, which is probably the best way to find the most suitable books for your needs.)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Complete Encyclopedia of the Freshwater Aquarium I found this book disappointing. Photographs of some of the more common species that are available at local stores were not shown. If there was a photograph of a species somewhere in the book the description segment did not give a reference page for the photograph. Knowing what rare fish look like is nice but not helpful for most novice collectors. In most pet stores these exotic fish are not available.

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