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Freshwater Tropical Barbs
Mike Dewar

Freshwater Tropical Barbs by Mke Dewar

Mike Dewar has been keeping and breeding barbs for thirty years. This self-published book may have taken Mike “just” three years to write but it contains the wit and wisdom of every one of those thirty years. This is a book written by an enthusiast, for enthusiasts. (more…)


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Balitorid family & Botiid family

Mark J Duffill

Loaches by Mark J Duffill

Well-known enthusiast Mark Duffill has produced two colourful and informative books about his passion – loaches. There is renewed interest in this somewhat neglected group of fishes as more species of loaches, and Asian fish in general, appear in the trade. One book is devoted to the Balitorid family (the river loaches) and the other to the Botiid family (true loaches).

Both books are slim – running to 24 and 36 pages respectively. They are however jam-packed with information on loach biology and husbandry and both books are profusely illustrated with colour photographs. The decision to publish in paperback rather than hard cover has kept the costs down and both can be had for a combined price of just £16.

If loaches are your thing, or you just want to find out more about these lovely fish, then I heartily recommend these books.

Available from The International Loach Association website.

4 stars.

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The Catfishes of Africa
A handbook for identification and maintenance
Dr. Lothar Seegers, English translation by Mary Bailey
English edition – 2008

The sucker-mouth and corydoras catfishes from South America dominate the catfish tanks in any pet fish store. Hundreds of varieties of these fish are available and many are familiar to even beginner aquarists. Other parts of the world are sorely under-represented with only a few Asian species routinely offered and (Synodontis excepted) almost nothing from Africa.

Synodontis njassae

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However the huge continent of Africa has much to offer the catfish fan and this book aims to throw some light on this fascinating group and at the same time promote them as a viable alternative.


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female Apistogramma nijsseni in mating colors

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Mergus Cichlid Atlas – Volume 1 (Dr. Uwe Romer, English translation by Dr. Gero W. Fischer, Dr. Uwe Romer and Thomas Ulber)
English edition – 2001/2002

Cichlids have long been a favourite group of fish amongst aquarists and the smaller species, collectively known as “dwarf cichlids”, have a dedicated following all of their own. This book is regarded as a classic and an absolute essential item in any serious dwarf cichlid fan’s library. (more…)

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Back to Nature Guide to L-Catfishes (Ingo Seidel, English translation by Mary Bailey)
First edition – 2008

Catfish have enjoyed a huge increase in popularity during the last 20 years. Only cichlids command similar levels of dedication and both catfishes and cichlids have a devoted and loyal following. Many new books have been written to cater to this growing audience and while some take a wide but shallow approach, the catfish family is large and varied enough to allow for more specialist titles. (more…)

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Baensch Aquarium Atlas Volume 1 (Hans A. Baensch, Rudiger Riehl, Hans A. Smith, Eberh Schulze)
Sixth edition – 1997

At almost 1000 pages, Baensch Aquarium Atlas Volume 1 is a real heavyweight and is clearly aimed at those who are serious about their fish. Comprehensive sections on tank maintenance, equipment, water chemistry, fish anatomy, feeding, diseases and others, ensure that all the major areas of the hobby are covered in some depth. There is even a large, beautifully illustrated chapter on aquarium plants that would put many dedicated plant books to shame. (more…)

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