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Dr. Axelrod's Atlas of Fresh-Water Aquarium Fishes
The latest edition of the most comprehensive reference to aquarium fishes. The book contains full color photos of warmwater as well as coldwater, popular as well as rare, domestic as well as foreign aquarium fishes, and also includes valuable information on maintenance in captivity -- including feeding and spawning.
Hardcover, 1152 pages
Published October 31st 2004 by TFH Publications
(first published 1985)
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Before Google we had Axelrod. You could kill a man with a blow to the head with this heavy tome. And I have. If you are the sort to stare a neon tetra and notice a variation in the hue or an unusual tail marking this book is for you. Because that is not a neon tetra. It is a cardinal tetra or a Paracheirodon axelrodi. Did you see what I did there? Yes. That is how amazing this Dr. Axelrod and his book are. Never mind the tax fraud or lying to the Smithsonian about antiques. Or even the time spen ...more
Feb 03, 2010 David Ward rated it really liked it
Dr. Axelrod's Atlas of Fresh-Water Aquarium Fishes by Herbert R. Axelrod (TFH Publications 1985) (639.34). This massive tome is the best extant encyclopedia of freshwater fishes. I've kept aquariums for close to forty years; this is an indispensable resource. My rating: 7.5/10, finished 1986.