Review by: Jim E. Quarles
Tittle: Brand New Discus
Author: Hiroshi Yamada and Fumitoshi Mori.
224 pages with large number of full color photographs and charts
Publisher: T.F.H. TS 171
I feel this is the only worthwhile book that has come out of the Far
East printed in English and is a good source of information about how
discus are produced in Asia.
The value of this book resides in the detailed information it provides
in a readable manner. It starts out by inviting the reader to understand
the wild species as the current discus craze. After that far too short
section, it takes you into the hybrids of Asia a few years ago, at this
writing the book is slightly dated with regard to the newest color forms
or hybrids. That is a short coming that can not be helped since the colors
and styles of the hybrids are change far faster than any publication can
keep current with.
Another feature of this book I like is how the authors refer to
non-wild discus as artificial varieties. This clearly states the condition
of hybrids as being an un-natural manifestation.
The book gives details about how to pair up discus for spawning, how to
know the signs of a pre-spawning condition with discus.( Mating behavior )
On page eighty three the author's give a very good narration about
spawning the wild brown discus, with excellent photographs for detail.
The book is not big on discus diseases but what is given is very
informative and I think far more detailed than will be found in most other
The authors do a good job covering the basics of discus keeping
starting on page 114 with nice photographs thorough-out that section.
I found the book to be full of little useful tidbits of information and
tips to help in the art of keeping healthy productive discus.
Well worth the money but this book may be out of print, but you should
be able to obtain a copy with a little extra effort.
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