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Angelfish [Paperback]

Robert J. Ph.D. Goldstein
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Oct. 1 2001 Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals
These tropical reef-dwellers make beautiful additions to any tank, but many are aggressive to other species. Here is detailed advice on keeping active, healthy Angelfish. Barron's comprehensive Pet Owner's Manuals are heavily illustrated and filled with useful information. They instruct owners on how to care for their dogs, cats, birds, fish, and other animals. Books give advice on purchasing and acquiring, health care, feeding, and much more. Clear, straightforward texts are accompanied by high-quality full-color photos and anatomically accurate line art, as well as helpful tables and charts.


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The past 50 years of commercial and hobby breeding of Pterophyllum scalare have produced a hardy fish tolerant of common tap water conditions, a great range of temperatures, and resistant to diseases. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book on keeping and breeding angelfish Jan. 7 2004
Format:Paperback
As a previous reviewer noted, the editorial review is incorrect -- this is a book about freshwater angelfish, not reef-dwelling saltwater angelfish. Whoever submitted the editorial review is a doofus, but that shouldn't be held against the book or its author.
For a small, inexpensive book Angelfish: Everything About... provides a tremendous amount of information.
The sections I found most valuable were those on selecting and purchasing angelfish (appropriate size and age, how to maximize chances of a breeding pair), genetic traits of fancy angelfish (veiltail, black, black lace, marble, new gold, commercial darks and marbles, non-allelic gold, smokey, chocolate, ghost, blushing, zebra, half-black, and pearly), breeding angelfish, and raising fry.
While I'm not interested in angelfish genetics per se, the descriptions of the fancy traits are very helpful when browsing the sites of angel breeders like Angels Plus. It also explains why some fish are so much more expensive than others.
History, tank selection (for show or breeding), feeding (the section on live food is better and more comprehensive than most I've seen in general aquarium books), diseases and treatment, and water quality are all well covered. The book has an index, glossary, and dozens of color photographs.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Review of the review Sept. 19 2003
Format:Paperback
I have not read this book, and based on the book description I would not buy it:
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These tropical reef-dwellers make beautiful additions to any tank, "
The fish pictured on the cover is a freshwater angelfish, pterophyllum scalare. "Reef-dweller" refers to the marine angelfish, a completely unrelated species. Freshwater and marine aquaria are wholly different fields, and whoever wrote this blurb had clearly not even looked at the book. It doesn't bode well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book on keeping and breeding angelfish Jan. 7 2004
By "john_simpson" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a previous reviewer noted, the editorial review is incorrect -- this is a book about freshwater angelfish, not reef-dwelling saltwater angelfish. Whoever submitted the editorial review is a doofus, but that shouldn't be held against the book or its author.
For a small, inexpensive book Angelfish: Everything About... provides a tremendous amount of information.
The sections I found most valuable were those on selecting and purchasing angelfish (appropriate size and age, how to maximize chances of a breeding pair), genetic traits of fancy angelfish (veiltail, black, black lace, marble, new gold, commercial darks and marbles, non-allelic gold, smokey, chocolate, ghost, blushing, zebra, half-black, and pearly), breeding angelfish, and raising fry.
While I'm not interested in angelfish genetics per se, the descriptions of the fancy traits are very helpful when browsing the sites of angel breeders like Angels Plus. It also explains why some fish are so much more expensive than others.
History, tank selection (for show or breeding), feeding (the section on live food is better and more comprehensive than most I've seen in general aquarium books), diseases and treatment, and water quality are all well covered. The book has an index, glossary, and dozens of color photographs.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not everything about Angelfish, nor the Complete Owner's Manual. July 6 2005
By Lady H - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is totally not for those who aren't into breeding Angelfish. It is not in basic termonology in some areas. Very brief in areas you want more information on. If you want a book about Angelfish that is helpful to anyone wanting to know more than how to breed them and worth your time, look beyond this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars angelfish book not for dummies April 18 2012
By cherylhorselady - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a nice book with good photos, but it is not all that easy to read. In other words, it is not dumbed down. It goes into great lengths about where the fish come from and genetics, etc... I guess I was looking for more insight about what other fish are compatible, how to introduce a new fish, yada, yada, yada.
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent book, but first paragraph destroys credibility Feb. 5 2011
By J. Hutchin - Published on Amazon.com
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Perhaps I misinterpreted the first paragraph, but the Angelfish we've had routinely snack on neon tetras. They are not especially good community fish, which is typical of ciclids in my experience. Nice pictures.
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed Oct. 24 2009
By Diane Longhauser - Published on Amazon.com
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i purchased this book thinking it would be more informative (like the discus book) but was let down. it was hard to get the information about keeping angel fish in the aquarium. too much else in it that did not help me at all.
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