Keystone's Aquarium Books

Discussion in 'Fish and Aquarium Books' started by Keystone, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. KeystoneWell Known MemberMember


    Just stumbled across this section of the forums. I bought and moved into a house 2 years ago. The attic and cellar have have been full of unpacked boxes ever since. Finally got serious about organizing it all last week. Yesterday I opened a box full of aquarium books. Thought I would post one here every week or so. Here's first out of the box:

    Simon & Schuster's Complete Guide To Freshwater and Marine Aquarium Fishes

    Original Italian version copyright 1976
    English version copyright 1977

    295 pages plus index. Price tag still on back cover - paid $9.95 where ever I bought it

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  2. KeystoneWell Known MemberMember

    Here is book #2:

    Catfish by Drs. C.W. Emmens & Herbert R. Axelrod

    Copyright 1968 TFH Publications, 96 pages

    I can't find a price, but there is an ad to subscribe to TFH magazine - 3 years for $20.

    Only briefly touches most catfish families except for Callichthydae and then mostly focuses on Corydoras. Well illustrated with photographs and drawings.

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  3. KeystoneWell Known MemberMember

    Book #3

    Tropical Fish by Mervin Roberts

    Copyright 1970 TFH Publications

    128 pages - price tag is still on, paid $2.99

    First 32 pages are dedicated to setting up an aquarium. Remainder of book is roughly one page per species. The header gives the scientific & common names, explains the meaning of the scientific name, where the fish occurs naturally and what size it will reach. Below the header a description of the fish is given with sections on temperament, breeding, sex differences & temperature requirements. At least one photo for every species...about a 50/50 split between color & B&W pics

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  4. KeystoneWell Known MemberMember

    Book #4:

    Enjoy the Tetras by Rosario S. La Corte

    Copyright The Pet Library, no year given

    32 pages

    A basic beginners guide to keeping and breeding Tetras. Ton of great photos for such a small book

    For some reason I can't attach the photo of the book's cover - will try again when I figure out what is wrong
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  5. KeystoneWell Known MemberMember

    Looks okay now - here is cover photo for book #4

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  6. SkiValued MemberMember

    You will find a big change in the what, how and why of fish keeping recommended in those old books and current thought.
    I've been in and out of this hobby for over 55 years and I've found that it is best to look at both points of view. Then use some common sense, and temper current advice with what has worked for you in keeping your fish happy and healthy.
    Oh yeah, don't off hand believe every opinion (and, in most cases that is that this info is, opinions) you read on internet sites as the gospel.
  7. KeystoneWell Known MemberMember

    Oh - I know - that's part of the fun of seeing these books for the time in years - been keeping aquariums for over 40 years myself
  8. KeystoneWell Known MemberMember

    Book #5

    Enjoy Your Tropical Fish Picture Book

    Copyright The Pet Library, no year listed

    No author listed

    32 pages, price unknown

    A photo ID book listed 50+ species. Color photo, scientific & common names. Notes whether a livebearer or egglayer. Notes size and where occurs naturally followed by a few descriptive sentences.

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  9. KeystoneWell Known MemberMember

    Book #6:

    Cowries - Second Revised Edition

    Copyright 1975 & 1979 TFH Publications

    Written by Jerry G. Walls

    286 pages

    There is a small section on live cowries, but this book is primarily a photo ID guide for shell collectors. The military sent me to Okinawa in 1984 - I bought this and had it shipped over when I stated diving off Maeda Point. Book is full of high quality color photos and also has an identification key.

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  10. KeystoneWell Known MemberMember

    Book #7

    The Piranha Book

    Edited by Dr. George S. Myers

    Copyright 1972 TFH Publications

    128 pages

    This book is an attempt to dispel anecdotal tales of piranhas and present accurate information about them from scientists in a non-scientific format. It is a collection of 6 earlier works from Drs. Myers, Herbert Axelrod & Harald Schultz ranging from 1949 - 1971.

    Lavishly illustrated with quality color, B&W photos and drawings.

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