Today's Essential Guide to Keeping Goldfishby Bernice Brewster
Lavishly illustrated with nearly 350 full-color photographs, the Aquamaster guide to keeping goldfish by Bernice Brewster and Nick Flecther is the ideal introduction for all newcomers to goldfish keeping. The book is divided into two sections: the first part presents background information about goldfish, including their history, anatomical components, their
Lavishly illustrated with nearly 350 full-color photographs, the Aquamaster guide to keeping goldfish by Bernice Brewster and Nick Flecther is the ideal introduction for all newcomers to goldfish keeping. The book is divided into two sections: the first part presents background information about goldfish, including their history, anatomical components, their requirements, and setting up an aquarium; the second part discusses sixteen varieties of goldfish. The combination of expert information and abundant photography makes this guide indispensable for all goldfish aficionados.
In the first part, the discussion of goldfish anatomy includes swimming ability, coloration, scaling, vital systems, and sensory systems. The authors offer concrete details about setting up an aquarium, including placement in the home, tank size considerations, substrates, cleaning, filtration, temperature, décor, lighting, plants, and routine maintenance. There are excellent overviews of feeding goldfish, health care, and breeding goldfish.
In the second part, the following varieties of goldfish are discussed and illustrated: Common, Comet, Shubunkin, Fantail, Veil Tail, Ryukin, Oranda, Globe-eye and Moor, Butterfly, Ranchu and Chinese Lionhead, Pompon, Hama Niskihi and Pearlscale, Celestial and Bubble-eye.
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I picked this book up before investing in my goldfish. I was confident with what the book was telling me and I dove head first into goldfish ownership. I must say, however, that the book only scratched the surface as to what I expected. The book didn't go in depth with the different species of goldfish(though it did provide some), nor did it give personality traits. It lacked information on breeding conditions, breeding times, and breeding age. I also found it lacked the proper methods of sexing mature goldish. The book also didn't cover water conditions and ph levels as I would have liked. Though the book covered all the major points of goldfish ownership, I still feel a lacking in the book that only comes with experience and ownership. There weren't any true accouts of experience in the book, no personal tips to the reader, nothing that told me what to expect. I did enjoy all the diagrams and pictures of the fish, and it did give me a little baby step into the goldfish world, but I think the book could have been a little better.