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

Field / Identification GuideNew Edition
Expert advice on freshwater aquarium fish

By: Greg Jennings(Editor)

528 pages, colour photos

Firefly Books

Paperback | Jun 2018 | Edition: 2 | #242873 | ISBN-13: 9781770859197
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NHBS Price: £16.95 $22/€19 approx

About this book

This comprehensive full-colour reference covers 500 of the most popular freshwater aquarium fish. It provides concise at-a-glance information on their behaviour, diet and breeding along with guidance and recommendations on setting up a freshwater aquarium. Substantive and well organized for easy navigation, 500 Freshwater Aquarium Fish satisfies a wide of needs. Beginners can start their hobby with confidence and experienced keepers can use the book as an authoritative reference.

The most important update of this edition is that species names have been changed in accordance with the latest international revisions, made to take into account recent DNA information. In all, about 120 names are updated.

Freshwater Aquarium Fish is a "window shopping" trip guided by an aquarium specialist ready to offer advice. The directory details every species appropriate for a freshwater aquarium. While most require a heated aquarium, other varieties can be kept in an unheated one (such as bloodfin tetras, white clouds and the beginner classic, goldfish). 500 Freshwater Aquarium Fish organizes the freshwater aquarium species in major groups, among them: Cichlids (such as angelfish and discus); Catfish; Cyprinids (such as barbs, danios, koi and goldfish); Characoids (such as tetras, neons and piranhas); Loaches and suckers; Gouramis (such as bettas, paradise fish and snakeheads); Rainbow fish and blue-eyes; and Livebearers (such as mollies and platies).

This comprehensive and useful reference is from a highly respected fish keeper with more than 50 years' experience. His advice and guidance will be welcomed by amateur fish keepers of any age and expertise.

Reviews of the first edition:

"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 50 years. He has visited many locations around the world where many of the hobbyist fish species originated. Through his travel and relationships with fellow enthusiasts in the international community, he keeps up with the very latest developments and techniques.

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