What's your favorite aquarium book?

friendlytoanimals

Member
Hello everyone,
I've been scanning through the book reviews and found that there aren't a lot of recent ones. If you could give one essential book to a new-ish freshwater tank owner, what book would it be?
 

Aquarist

Member
Bump!

Thanks!

Ken
 

Fishguy11

Member
Encyclopedia of aquarium and pond fish.

Have it and I love it


Animals are my life. If there weren't animals I wouldn't exist.
 

Jomolager

Member
I find Mike's eBook helpful.
 

Junne

Member
Jomolager said:
I find Mike's eBook helpful.
I agree with that one too! I've looked in library's and book stores and most have info that is really outdated and nonsense stuff ( betta's in fishbowls, fish in fish bowls, etc )
It doesn't seem like there is a whole lot of authors I find reliable on the market - most of the info and stuff dated in the 70's - 90's..........
 

Jomolager

Member
Junne, Fishlorians, do you have any opinions on Shirlie Sharpe? I've never heard of her until last night, but apparently she is a prolific writer and considered an authority. Amazon has the paperback version of her Aquatium book on preorder now.

I read several of her articles on line, but.....
One example, she says White Clouds can be kept in a bowl....
 

Junne

Member
Jomolager said:
Junne, Fishlorians, do you have any opinions on Sherlie Sharpe? I've never heard of her until last night, but apparently she is a prolific writer and considered an authority. Amazon has the paperback version of her Aquatium book on preorder now.

I read several of her articles on line, but.....
One example, she says White Clouds can be kept in a bowl....
Unfortunately I don't. I do like what I have seen so far in Encyclopedia of aquarium and pond fish but haven't really read through that one either. I find its easier just to come on here and read...

Funny about the marketing - my Fluval edge which is a 6.6 gallon shows tiger barbs, and all kinds of other inappropriate fish listed on the outside of the box. White cloud in a fish bowl? WOW!
 
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friendlytoanimals

Member
Thanks everyone! I'm ordering the encyclopedia book, and I'll look at the e-book. I prefer to have a hard copy reference book around, as I spend too much time staring at screens for other purposes - plus I like to dog ear and highlight I'll check back here to see if anyone else comes along with more book recommends.
 

DoubleDutch

Member
I've a small book from 1923 !!!
Things changed "a bit" since. It's my favorite, but in another sense than meand in this topic I think hahaha.
 
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friendlytoanimals

Member
oh my gosh, I just found a used (in "very good" condition it says) copy of The Natural Aquarium Handbook on Amazon for a penny. Plus $3.99 shipping. So, four bucks for the book. yay! - and thanks for the recommend.
 

Anders247

Member
Yeah, nice find! I got it for the exact same price. There's a lot of cheap aquarium books for that price on Amazon/eBay.
 

btnhtillidie

Member
Just picked up the Encyclopedia of aquarium and pond fish (before this thread) found it on sale for $10. Seems like a good read. It seems to list most fish, their water requirements etc.... It also has a saltwater section if I ever want to go that route.
 

Anders247

Member
btnhtillidie said:
Just picked up the Encyclopedia of aquarium and pond fish (before this thread) found it on sale for $10. Seems like a good read. It seems to list most fish, their water requirements etc.... It also has a saltwater section if I ever want to go that route.
I've read that book, it's a pretty good read. Not completely accurate, which is to be expected when it comes to aquarium books though....
 
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friendlytoanimals

Member
I keep seeing people say this about aquarium books. Why so much inaccuracy?
 

Anders247

Member
Because..... people make mistakes. It's all based on opinion, and most are out of date.
 

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