Item description for DK Handbooks: Aquarium Fish by Dick Mills...
Authoritative text crystal-clear photography and a systematic approach make the "Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Aquarium Fish" the most comprehensive guide to all kinds of marine and freshwater aquarium fish. Packed with over 700 full-colour photographs of more than 500 varieties it is designed to cut through the complicated identification process and enable you to recognize a species instantly. Eeach entry combines a precise description with annotated photographs to highlight the chief characteristics and distinguishing features of each fish. Colour maps indicate the natural range of the species while colour-coded bands provide at-a-glance information on size diet and temperament. For beginners and enthusiasts alike the "Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Aquarium Fish" explains what a fish is how aquarium fish are grouped and classified and how the many different underwater environments have affected body shape markings and coloration. There is practical advice on choosing fish and managing an aquarium and a concise glossary gives instant understanding of technical and scientific terms used in the book.
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Studio: DK ADULT
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2000
Publisher DK Adult
ISBN 1564582930 ISBN13 9781564582935 UPC 790778829353
Availability 0 units.
More About Dick Mills
Dave Garratt has been keeping saltwater fish for more than 25 years. He is a regular contributor to hobbyist magazines such as "Tropical World" and "Tropical Fish," and specializes in articles aimed at beginners.
Tim Hayes writes extensively on reefkeeping for a variety of aquatic magazines. He is a regular contributor to "Practical Fishkeeping," where he has a monthly column and is a key member of an expert advisory team.
Tristan Lougher is a qualified zoologist with a passion for saltwater aquariums. His role in the retail side of the ornamental fish industry enables him to give and receive vital fishkeeping advice. He is a regular contributor to "Marine World" magazine.
Dick Mills' abiding interest in aquarium fish has lasted at least 40 years. He writes for monthly hobbyist magazines, lectures frequently and has written many fishkeeping books. He was invited to judge at Singapore's Aquarama in 2005.
Reviews - What do customers think about DK Handbooks: Aquarium Fish?
Sensational little book, beautifully done Jun 16, 2004
Really a little gem of a book. It's small enough to fit comfortably in your hands and it's just stuffed with information and tasty graphics. The Art Director must have been giggling with delight, the book is really a showpiece. The colorful photos jump off the page and the text is handled in the usual effortless DK manner. Even if you have zero interest in fish, this book is a joy to page through. Beautifully put together.
Good Refference Jun 15, 2004
This is a good quick reference guide & has has a good collection of species & varieties. You couldn't raise any fish from the information in this book - but it certainly makes choosing those right for you aquarium a little easier.
Ok for the price or a - - 3 stars Dec 14, 2003
Like all DK books this little (72 page) book is very pretty and well organized. Unfortunately it provides little info and also misleads the buyer. At first glance it appears to cover 101 fish ("101 Aquarium Fish" is in large print) but only 40 fish are covered and 5 of these are just different types of goldfish. Of the remaining 61 "Essential Tips" included are: Tip #61-Clubs, discusing joining a club, and tip #45 Choosing Prepacked Food, showing photos of different food types ie flakes (2 types shown), pellets, tablets etc.
Needs a companion book Jun 8, 2003
While this is a good quick reference guide, I have found that I have needed another book for most things. This would probably be good for kids as long as parents have another source for more detailed reference.
Beautiful photos, not enough info Nov 5, 2002
This is a handy little guidebook that features very high-quality photographs (it's another DK book) of just about every aquarium fish you are likely to encounter. It is useful primarily for those looking to distinguish their Five-Banded Barbs from their Checker Barbs or their Madagascar Rainbowfish from their Siamese Tigerfish - i.e. it is a book for fish nerds. I do recommend this book for the enthusiast and the beginner alike, however the beginner should not rely on this book alone as it does not provide nearly enough information on setting up the aquarium, choosing compatible fishes, and trouble-shooting. My main criticism is that while the design and layout of the book, and the large, clear color photos of the fish, makes it a pleasure to read, it provides only very basic information about each fish. For some unknown reason, the critically important subject of water chemistry and temperature is practically ignored. I also find it disturbing that the author does not really indicate which fishes are good for the beginner, and which are more fragile, and suitable only for more advanced aquarists. This is an unfortunate exclusion given the fact that so many fish languish and die in tanks owned by inexperienced people who lack the knowledge to properly choose and care for them. If you're looking for information you can really use, there is not much point in learning to distinguish between 500 different varieties of fishes, but not knowing which of those fishes you would be most likely to be able to keep successfully (taking into account such factors as your level of skill/experience, local water chemistry, the size of the tank etc.). Still, it's worth a look.