American Aquarium Fishes
Natural History
8.5 x 11, 448 pp.
118 color photos., 260 b&w photos., 24 line drawings.
Pub Date: 07/01/2000
W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series
Price:        $40.00


Published by Texas A&M University Press

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American Aquarium Fishes

By Robert J. Goldstein, Rodney W. Harper and Richard Edwards

For many aquarists, information on their hobby is limited to goldfish and exotic tropical fishes commonly available in local pet stores. Existing guides ignore native American species simply because few people have collected, kept, and successfully propagated them, and reliable information is difficult to find. In American Aquarium Fishes, Robert J. Goldstein and other serious aquarists, applying their specialized expertise on North American fishes, have compiled a comprehensive guide to hundreds of native fishes suitable for the home aquarium. American Aquarium Fishes corrects misconceptions about minnows and suckers, pygmy sunfishes and dwarf catfishes, perches and their tiny relatives, the darters, and even the mysterious blind cave fishes. This first-of-its-kind guide provides step-by-step instructions on where to find, how to identify, how to catch, and how to keep and even breed myriad backyard fishes. Goldstein explains why fishes occur where they do and warns against putting fishes where they do not belong. He discusses protected species and offers guidance on the rules for collecting in each state. He also gives detailed instructions on how to transport and ship native fishes across the country and around the world.A chapter on aquarium plants by Richard Edwards, accompanied by 24 line drawings, provides details on collecting and propagating the most adaptable and beautiful aquatic plants likely to be encountered by fish collectors everywhere. The work is enhanced by over 350 spectacular photographs by Goldstein, William F. Roston, Richard Bryant, Fred C. Rohde, and Garold Sneegas, featuring vivid underwater images of spawners in full nuptial coloration. Goldstein has provided a unique tool for American naturalists and a new dimension to the international hobby of breeding aquarium fishes. Destined to become the standard guide for housing and breeding American fishes, American Aquarium Fishes will be equally useful both to aquarists and biologists.

Robert J. Goldstein, whose Ph.D. is in microbiology and parasitology, is an environmental consultant in Raleigh, North Carolina, and serves on the Habitat and Environmental Protection Advisory Panel of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. He is a member of several organizations, including the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists and the American Fisheries Society.

What Readers Are Saying:

“. . . Goldstein and colleagues have undoubtedly produced a volume that is destined to remain the standard reference work on native North American aquarium fish for decades to come. As such, American Aquarium Fishes definitely belongs on the bookshelves of every aquarist keeping or contemplating keeping North American natives.”“. . . Goldstein’s volume represents an excellent investment as well.” --Aquarium Hobbyist

“Chapters on collecting and transporting native fishes, plants in the aquarium, and foods and feeling and a limitation to native U. S. fishes suitable for aquaria are what make this book unique.” --American Fisheries Society

“Bob Goldstein has done it again. American Aquarium Fishes now graces the literature treating a facet of fishes that most authors ignore: how to care for, collect, and breed common American fishes for the aquarium.” --The ASB Bulletin

“The depth and detail and the vivid photos are impressive.” --The Midwest Book Review

“The heart of the book is the detailed descriptions and illustrations. . . . The color plates really allow you to appreciate the beauty and variety of the dace, shiner, and darters. This book has valuable information that will be of interest to researchers as well as aquarists who are interested in these fish species.” --E-Streams

“With many of our institutions exhibiting fish, good reference works can be hard to find. This is especially true when trying to find references on the care of North American fish. This work is a start to providing fish fanciers with just such a reference. . . . I commend the authors for providing this information under one cover.” --Library News for Zoos and Aquariums

“. . . a definitive volume on an interesting niche in aquarium collections. . . this is the first serious and comprehensive work on the freshwater fishes of the United States of interest to aquarists. . . For those who are interested in native fishes with aquarium potential it presents all that is currently known on the subject and is an invaluable reference.” --Advanced Aquarists’s Online Magazine


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