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 Guide to Community Fishes (Fishkeeper's Guides)?
A list of community fish, bulked out. Dec 12, 2001
More than half this book says absolutely nothing about community fishes.
The first section of this book repeats much of the same information one might find in any aquarium book -- heating, lighting and filtration, plants and layout, maintenance of equipment, feeding, etc. -- at a fairly general level. The main section of the book lists and describes sixty freshwater tropical fish that can be kept together in tropical tanks. There's nothing about compatibility between specific species, or how to include fish that are marginally community-oriented. There's nothing about water conditions for different fish, so a reader depending on this book might not even realize that some fish will do poorly in the same water that other fish thrive in. The last section of the book is about breeding -- again, nothing about "community."
For those who are interested in the "community" aspect of a community aquarium, this book is simply a list of sixty fish to choose from. For those who are setting up an aquarium for the first time, who want a random mix of fish, and who want to buy only one book, this could be the book.