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  • #299593

    dunc
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    Anyone got any recommendations for general fishkeeping books? Not particularly interested in tank setup and diseases etc, but would love to know more about natural habitats, wild environments, breeding, simulating natural water conditions and so on. I have a book on Dwarf Cichlids which has 10 excellent pages of introduction, discussing the natural habitats of the various dwarf species. It’s fascinating, but only 10 pages

    #307493

    Matt
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    Dude bloody hell! What species do you want to read about and from what region?? Otherwise the only ones I would recommend for general stuff are Aqualog/Datz or Baensch if you’re talking about fish only but there are a good few more specific books out there. I suspect our more “mature” members (like a fine wine, not a boring ***k*r

    #307503

    dunc
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    Well.. I kinda am talking about fish only I suppose. Not really interested in the general fishkeeping books – I can pour water in to tanks by myself now (occasionally, depending on how much of a cripple I’m feeling that day /biggrin.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:D” border=”0″ alt=”biggrin.gif” />

    #307506

    mickthefish
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    if you want a good book on L’s get back to nature by ingo seidel iv’e had a read of my mate’s book and it’s full of very good info on habitat and water conditions.
    and ditto to Matts choice of books.

    mick

    #307521

    Eyrie
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    If we’re talking specialist rather than general books then I like the LOL one.

    #307533

    Matt
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    Yeah Mark I have a copy of that too and it’s pretty good!

    #307538

    keith565
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    i tend to use the baensch for info purposes and the Internet for more indepth info.
    i do have a lot of old books that i’ve collected over the last ???? years,lol. some do make good reading. many have species in we no longer see. but i’ve no idea what books will cover everything you are after Dunc.

    #307540

    ndc
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    best book on the market is the discus vol 1 by heiko bleher – even if your not as interested in discus the info on history, the amazon region and the other fish found there is fantastic – its a bit expensive – i think i paid about £80 ish and a little hard to get a hold of now but if you can get it its excellant, theres hundreds of pages and hundreds of fotos and obviously the info is written by the person who took all of the fotos not by someone who has collated info for a book and never been there. its not a book for identifying fish – id say the baensch atlas are the best for that but for info on an area its the best

    #307542

    ndc
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    ive just had a look at the book – its actually called blehers discus and is also available from where i got mine – discus south at £70 (if its from here it will probably be a signed copy as well) discus vol 1 is a different book by the same author which is more of an id book

    #307576

    Bluedave
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    Baensch’s Dwarf Cichlids is fantastic if you want to know about south american dwarf cichlids and amazonian habitats.

    #307580

    dunc
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    Cheers Neill, that sounds perfect. Shame about the price tag!

    #307585

    Matt
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    I agree with Dave actually dood. The Baensch/Mergus cichlid atlases would be a really good place to start; they’re much more detailed than the “normal” Baensch atlases and cheaper than that (admittedly amazing-looking) Bleher book.

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    Jarcave
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    WOW – Where do you start?

    If anyone has any interest in Tanganyikan cichlids (The fish and their natural biotope, not their care in the aquarium), then I can highly recomend Tanganyika Cichlids by Ad Konings. It has a huge amount of in depth information about the lake. It also has some stunning pictures of the fish in their natural habitat. To be honest, it’s almost a must for any wannabee Tanganyikan keeper.

    I also like Discus. A reference book by Bernd Degen. It’s invaluable for the new discus keeper as it covers just about every aspect of their care. It also includes details of their natural habitat, the history of the fish within the hobby, keeping, breeding, disease etc and is packed full of usefull info for both beginner and seasoned discus keeper also. Thankfully it also talks about what makes a quality discus. There are far too many inbred poor quality fish within the hobby today, so it’s good that books like this warn potential hobbyists about what to look for, and what to avoid.

    And then of course you have the Aqualog range. Very expensive, but so comprehensive. I have the killi books by Dr Lothar Seegers. They’re fantastic as they cover such a huge range of species including pics of all regional variants which can be very usefull when it comes to fish ID.

    #307591

    ndc
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    QUOTE (dunc @ Jul 24 2008, 11:07 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Cheers Neill, that sounds perfect. Shame about the price tag!

    i was a little unsure as well about the cost but when i saw a copy i definately thought it was worth it – i read most of it almost straight away – the history and info it has is great – also if your interested in biotopes (which i know you are) it has detailed info on individual areas/river systems/rivers/lakes so is excellant for that as well, also the pictures are top notch, its more than just an aquatics book and thats what makes it so good, theres a lot of info on the history of the areas and the people as well. i think the other thing about this book is that in most books the info is outdated or available on the internet, with this book it isnt so you will learn something new. if youve seen recent issues of pfk youll have read about blehers trip (to peru??? was it?) the book is like this but a thousand times better

    #307593

    dunc
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    I’ve gone and bought it Neill

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