Review by: Walter Soestbergen
Title: Asian Discus volume 2
Author: Johnny Yip
Publisher: Ad Asia Pacific (HK) Ltd.
Pages: 220 Photos: 800
This is the follow-up book first volume of ASIAN DISCUS. Incidentally, the first ASIAN DISCUS was
years ago (1997). This time, the style and
format of the book is very different. It focus mainly on the discus
varieties that is currently available in the market. In fact, those
fifteen varieties are more or less the whole catalogue of major discus
varieties that have been developed up-to-date. The coverage is very
comprehensive and it serves well as a guide or reference to many people
in the trade. Ever since many exotic names are invented by exporters and
importers alike, much confusions are created amongst hobbyists due to
these creative names naming. This book clearly cuts out all the
Basically, the book is divided into three sections. The first is the
pictorial highlight of some of the best discus in Asia followed by
fifteen chapters devoted to each individual variety. Here, Johnny Yip did a nice job of presenting the morphology and color pattern of each
variety. It provides a brief description of what each type should look
like; how they should be distinguished and a short history of how each
came into existence. The third section are some very useful knowledge
provided by top breeders on their techniques in breeding, rearing and
growing discus. Unlike, most western publication, here the perspectives
are from the producers in the far east.
What so special about this book is that it helps to pacify the negative
press given to the discus from Asia. The photos
in the book are very original and of superb quality. According to the
author, it was his intention to capture the beautiful discus in their
home environment in order to provide an accurate and genuine color to
the readers. And I believe he had succeed in this regard. For those of
us who do not have the opportunity to visit the production facilities in
the far east; this is probably a chance where we could learn how advance
the Asian are in the development of discus varieties. It also kept us abreast
of their latest development.
The size of the book is 8.25" X 11" and weigh about one kilo. A
duty book containing about 800 brand new photos in superior printing
quality. For the price, this is an excellent reference book whether you
are an advanced hobbyists or just a beginner. It surely shows how
colorful and beautiful a discus could be.
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