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500 Freshwater Aquarium Fish: A Visual Reference to the Most Popular Species

Field / Identification Guide
Expert advice on freshwater aquarium fish

By: Greg Jennings (Editor)

528 pages, colour photos

Firefly Books

Hardback | Apr 2006 | #209538 | ISBN: 1554071674
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About this book

Illustrated in full color, this comprehensive reference includes 500 of the most popular freshwater aquarium fish. It provides concise at-a-glance information on their behavior, diet and breeding, along with a recommended aquarium setup. Practical and well organized, 500 Freshwater Aquarium Fish is tailored to the needs of a wide range of freshwater-aquarium hobbyists.

A key decision for the aquarium owner, and also one of the most fun to make, is choosing the fish for a tank. 500 Freshwater Aquarium Fish is a "window shopping" trip, with an expert alongside to offer crucial advice. This thorough directory details every appropriate species. While most of the fish featured require a heated aquarium, there are other popular varieties, such as goldfish, that can be kept in an unheated one.

With more than 500 color photographs, 500 Freshwater Aquarium Fish is organized by major fish groups, among them:
- Cichlids, including angelfish and discus
- Catfish
- Cyprinids, including barbs, danios, koi and goldfish
- Characoids, including tetras, neons and piranhas
- Oaches and suckers
- Gouramis, including bettas, paradise fish and snakeheads
- Rainbow fish and blue-eyes
- Livebearers, including mollies and platies

This comprehensive and useful reference, edited by a highly respected expert, will be welcomed by amateur fishkeepers of any age and expertise.

"This is a beautiful book, lovingly written and illustrated, carefully compiled with information suitable for the beginner or the longtime enthusiast."
- Linda Turk, Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal (2007-01-27)

"Any home or library collection strong in aquarium references – and many a fish store – will find this packed with in-depth detail perfect for setting up an aquarium."
- Diane C.Donovan, The Midwest Book Review (2007-03)

"For users looking for specific information on freshwater aquarium fish this will be a useful and interesting resource."
- Shannon Graff Hysell, American Reference Books Annual (2007)


Contents

What is a Fish?

CICHLIDS

Blue Acara
Green Terror
Pearly Compressiceps
Midas Cichlid
Red Devil
Blood Parrot
African Butterfly Cichlid
Agassiz's Dwarf Cichlid
Borelli's Dwarf Cichlid
Macmaster's Dwarf Cichlid
Panda Dwarf Cichlid
Convict Cichlid
T-bar Cichlid
Burton's Mouthbrooder
Oscar
Yellow Peacock
Butterfly Peacock
Pastel Cichlid
Peacock Cichlid
Brown Cichlid
Haplochromis Quads
Nicaragua Cichlid
Two-spot Cichlid
Striped Pike Cichlid
Blue Flash
Malawi Blue Dolphin
Malawi Eye-biter .
Orange Chromide .
Green Chromide
Pearl Cichlid .
Jewel Cichlid .
Texas Cichlid
Severum Cichlid
Rusty Cichlid
Dickfeld's Julie
Fuelleborn's Cichlid
Labidochromis Electric Yellow
Ocellated Shelldweller
Auratus Cichlid
Pearl of Likoma
Festive Cichlid
Zebra Cichlid
Altispinosa Ram
Ram
Red Terror
Friedrichsthal's Cichlid
Jaguar Cichlid
Jack Dempsey
Salvin's Cichlid
Golden Dwarf Acara
Congo Dwarf Cichlid
Brevis
Fairy Cichlid
Lemon Cichlid
Five-barred Lamprologus
Livingstoni
Mozambique Mouthbrooder
Yellow Krib
Krib
Peten Cichlid
Deepwater Hap
Fenestratus
Egyptian Mouthbrooder
South African Mouthbrooder
Aurora Cichlid
Bumblebee Cichlid
Kennyi Mbuna
Eduard's Mbuna
Altum Angel
Angel
Three-spot Geophagus
Jurupari
African Buffalohead
Green and Blue Discus
Heckel Discus
Aureum Cichlid
Firemouth
Five-spot Tilapia
Elongatus Mbuna
Duboisi
Moorii
Uaru Cichlid
Black-belt Cichlid
Quetzal
Yellow-finned Xenotilapia

CATFISH

AMPHILIIDAE
Red Whiptail Catfish
ARIIDAE
Silver Shark 1
ASPREDINIDAE
Banjo Catfish
AUCHENIPTERIDAE
Zamora Woodcat
Snowflake Woodcat
BAGRIDAE
Giraffe Catfish
Mottled Catfish
Asian Bumblebee Catfish
Bar-tailed Bagrid
Banded Mystus
CALLICHTHYIDAE
False Corydoras
Giant Brochis
Hog-nosed Brochis
Common Brochis
Armored Catfish
Skunk Corydoras
Bronze Corydoras
Banded Corydoras
Delphax Corydoras
Elegant Corydoras
Salt-and-pepper Corydoras
Dwarf Corydoras
Bandit Corydoras
Peppered Corydoras
Panda Corydoras
Sterba's Corydoras
Porthole Catfish
Flag-tailed Catfish
Cascudo Hoplo
Port Hoplo
CHACIDAE
Frogmouth Catfish
CLARIIDAE
Walking Catfish
DORADIDAE
Painted Talking Catfish
Spotted Doradid
Hancocks Catfish
Star-gazing Doradid
Striped Raphael Catfish
Black Doradid
ICTALURIDAE
Black Bullhead
Channel Catfish
LORICARIIDAE
Adonis Catfish
Spotted Bristlenose
Stick Catfish
Sailfin Pleco
Zebra Pleco
Pleco
Spotted Hypostomus
Snow King Plec
Emperor Panaque
Redfin Otocinclus
Spiny Plec
MALAPTERURIDAE
Electric Catfish
MOCHOKIDAE
Moustache Synodontis
Payne's Synodontis
Angel Catfish
Featherfin Synodontis
Black-spotted Upside-down Catfish
One-spot Synodontis
PANGASIIDAE
Iridescent Shark
PIMELODIDAE
Spotted Shovelnosed Catfish
Sailfin Marbled Catfish
Red-tailed Catfish
Angelicus Pim
Sturgeon Catfish
SILURIDAE
Glass Catfish
SISORIDAE
Clown Catfish
Butterfly Catfish

CYPRINIDS

Bala Shark (Tri-color Shark)
Arulius Barb
Rosy Barb
Cumings Barb
Clown Barb
Black-spot Barb
Golden Dwarf Barb
T-barb
Ruby Barb
Tinfoil Barb
Golden Barb
Tiger Barb
Cherry Barb
Pearl Danio
Kerr's Danio
Spotted Danio
Zebra Danio
Goldfish
Indian Glass Barb
Siamese Flying Fox
Koi
Red Shiner
Giant Danio
Bengal Danio
Barred Danio
Red-tailed Black Shark
Rainbow Shark
Flying Barb
Siamese Stone-lapping
Sucker
Gudgeon
Black Shark
Golden Orfe
European Minnow
Fathead Minnow
Red-tailed Rasbora
Greater Scissortail
Elegant Rasbora
Slim Harlequin
Harlequin
Glowlight Rasbora
Scissortail
Fire Rasbora
Bitterling
Rudd
White Cloud Mountain Minnow
Tench

CHARACOIDS

ANOSTOMIDAE
Marbled Headstander
Striped Anostomus
Ternetz's Anostomus
Many-banded Leporinus
CHARACIDAE
Spotted Cachorro
Bloodfin
Rathbun's Bloodfin
Red-eyed Tetra
Blind Cavefish
Long-finned Characin
Pink-tailed Chalceus
Blue Tetra
Black-finned Pacu
Exodon
Black Widow
Silver-tipped Tetra
Brilliant Rummy-nosed
Tetra
Buenos Aires Tetra
Glowlight Tetra
Head-and-tail Light Tetra
Pretty Tetra
Ulrey's Tetra
Rosy Tetra
Bleeding Heart Tetra
Flame Tetra
Black Neon
Flag Tetra
Lemon Tetra
Slender Tetra
Blue Emperor
Jelly Bean Tetra
Red Phantom Tetra
Silver Dollar
Plain Metynnis
Diamond Tetra
Red-eyed Tetra
Redhook Pacu
Silver Mylossoma
Emperor Tetra
Cardinal Tetra
Neon Tetra
False Neon Tetra
Congo Tetra
Glass Bloodfin
X-ray Tetra
Red-bellied Piranha
Swordtail Characin
Boehike'S Penguin Fish
Penguin Fish
Narrow Hatchetfish
CITHARINIDAE
Lined Citharinid
Silver Distichodus
Long-nosed Distichodus
One-striped African Characin
Ansorge's Neolebias
African Pike Characin
CURIMATIDAE
Silver Prochilodus
ERYTHRINIDAE
Golden Trahira
Wolf Fish
GASTEROPELECIDAE
Marbled Hatchetfish
Common Hatchetfish
Silver Hatchetfish
HEMIODONTIDAE
Slender Hemiodus
One-spot Hemiodus
HEPSETIDAE
African Pike Characin
LEBIASINIDAE
Red-spotted Copeina
Splashing Tetra Characin
MetaTetra
Colombian Dwarf Predatory Tetra
Beckford's Pencilfish
Two-lined Pencilfish
Harrisons Pencilfish
Dwarf Pencilfish
One-lined Pencilfish
Short-lined Pyrrhulina
Red-spotted Rachow's Pyrrhulina

LOACHES AND SUCKERS

BALITORIDAE
Saddled Hillstream Loach
CATOSTOMIDAE
Chinese Sailfin Sucker
COBITIDAE
Horse-faced Loach
Banded Loach
Yo-yo Loach
Clown Loach
Orange-finned Loach
Dwarf Loach
Zebra Loach
Spined Weather Loach
Lesser Loach
Dojo
Kuhli Leach
Myers Loach
GYRINOCHEILIDAE
Chinese Algae Eater

GOURAMIS AND RELATIVES

ANABANTIDAE
Climbing Perch
Leopard Ctenopoma
Orange Bushfish
Thilspot Bushfish
Mottled Ctenopoma
BELONTIIDAE
Java Combtail
Combtail
Slender Betta
Wine Red Fighter
Crescent Betta
Penang Mouthbrooding Betta
Emerald Betta
Siamese Fighting Fish
Noble Gourami
Black Paradise Fish
Chinese Paradise Fish
Paradise Fish
Licorice Dwarf Gourami
Spike-tailed Paradise Fish
Day's Spike-tailed Paradise Fish
Dwarf Croaking Gourami
Sparkling Gourami
Croaking Gourami
Honey Gourami
Giant Gourami
Thick-lipped Gourami
Dwarf Gourami
False Chocolate Gourami
Chocolate Gourami
Vaillant's Chocolate Gourami
Pearl Gourami
Moonlight Gourami
Snakeskin Gourami
Blue Gourami
HELOSTOMATIDAE
Kissing Gourami
LUCIOCEPHALIDAE
Pikehead
OSPHRONEMIDAE
Giant Gourami
CHANNIDAE
Red Snakehead
Dark African Snakehead
NANDIDAE
Badis
South American Leaf Fish
Common Nandus
Schomburgk's Leaf Fish

RAINBOWS AND BLUE-EYES

BEDOTIIDAE
Madagascar Rainbowfish
MELANOTAENIIDAE
Salmon Red Rainbowfish
Threadfin Rainbowfish
Northern Rainbowfish
Boeseman's Rainbowfish
Lake Tebera Rainbowfish
Turquoise Rainbowfish
MacCulloch's Rainbowfish
Parkinson's Rainbowfish
Splendid Rainbowfish
PSEUDOMUGILIDAE
Furcata Rainbowfish
Australian Blue-eye
TELMATHERINIDAE
Celebes Rainbowfish

KILLIFISH

APLOCHEILIDAE
Lyretail
Red-seam Killifish
Blue Killifish
Blue Gularis
Clown Killifish
Chaper's Panchax
Blue Panchax
Six-barred Panchax
Gunther's Nothobranch
Palmqvist's Nothobranch
Argentine Pearl
Black-finned Argentine Pearl
White's Pearl
Lace-finned Killifish
Green Rivulus
Blue-striped Rivulus
FUNDILIDAE
Golden Top Minnow
CYPRINODONTIDAE
Arabian Killifish
Florida Flaglish

LIVEBEARERS

ANABLEP1DAE
Four-eyed Fish
POECILIIDAE
Lampeye Panchax
Tanganyika Lampeye
Tanganyika Pearl Killifish
Knife Livebearer
Pike Top Livebearer
The Bishop
Blackline Mosquitofist
Western Mosquitofish
Eastern Mosquitofish
Girardinus Topminnow
Mosquitofish
Black-bellied Limia
Humpbacked Limia
Cuban Limia
Merry Widow
One-spot Livebearer
Sailfin Molly
Guppy
Sphenops Molly
Yucatan Molly
Black-barred Livebearer
Swordtail Southern Platy
Slender Pygmy Swordtail
Sunset Platy
GOODEIDAE
Golden Bumblebee Goodeid
Ameca
Rainbow Goodeid
Black-finned Goodeid
Gold-breasted Ilyodon
Green Goodeid
Orange-tailed Goodeid
Crescent Goodeid
HEMIRAMPHIDAE
Wrestling Halfbeak
Long-snout Halfbeak
Celebes Halfbeak

MISCELLANEOUS FISH

Blue-spotted Sunfish
Redbreast Sunfish
Pumpkinseed
Everglades Pygmy Sunfish
Perch
Marbled Sleeper
Striped Sleeper Goby
Empire Goby
Purple-striped Sleeper Goby
Peacock Goby
Bumblebee Goby
Knight Goby
Blotched Mudskipper
Emerald River Goby
Japanese Medaka
Indian Glassfish
Archer Fish
Scat
Mono
Green Puffer
Butterflyfish
Elephantnose
Clown Knifefish
African Knifefish
Black Ghost Knifefish
Green Knifefish
Silver Arowana
Red Arowana
Lesser Spiny Eel
Fire Eel
African Lungfish
Ropefish
Ornate Birchir
Shovelnosed Sturgeon
Motoro Stingray

Glossary Further Reading
Useful Web Sites
Index


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Biography

Greg Jennings has been actively involved in fish-keeping for more than 40 years. He has visited many of the locations around the world where popular hobbyist species originate and, through fellow enthusiasts in the international community, keeps up with the very latest developments and techniques.

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