Review by: Jim E. Quarles
Title: The Manual Of Fish Health.
Authors: Dr. Chris Andrews, Adrian Exell and
Dr. Neville Carrington.
Published by Tetra Press.
While this book maybe a little dated now it is still packed full of
great and useful information, in enjoyable readable form. This book may
also be out of print now but I am sure with a little effort a copy can be
The book contains 208 pages which includes the index. It also provides
a good number of color photographs and diagrams that explain the points
The contents are divided into 7 chapters.
The balance of health. In this chapter it points out that you, as a
tropical fish hobbyis,t are totally responsible for the care and health of
your fish and starts to explain some of the pathogens you will experience.
Living In Water. This is really a basic statement of the general shape
and conditions of fish and how that relates to their native environment.
But it builds a background of information that broadens your perception of
the way fish live.
Understanding Water Chemistry. This chapter alone is worth the price of
the book. Once you really understand the basics of water chemistry for
discus fish your fish keeping chores become more fruitful and far less
Water chemistry is the backbone of successful discus keepers, yet few
really understand it fully. This subject is explained in simple terms yet
covers the subject fully.
Planning For Health. This chapter covers such topics as compatibility
of fish in your tanks, sensible stocking levels per tank. Filtration and
aeration, waste management generated by the fish. The difference between
high and low circulation of the water in the tank and the filter turn over
rate. It also provides information about the oxygen requirements, and
Quarantine procedures for new fish. Some information is provided as well
about plants in the aquarium.
Recognizing Ill-Health. After reading this chapter you will understand
the difference between Acute health problems and chronic problems. How to
examine your fish to note health or disease problems. The environmental
influence on fish health. How to make a diagnosis. One of the great
features of this chapter is how to use laboratory procedures in examining
fish. It covers both external examination and basic post-mortem
techniques. Chapter five also contains lots of useful photos of the
disease factors it speaks to.
This chapter gives you information from A-Z on common fish diseases and
how to be sure you know the difference between them. I consider this a
great chapter and the information given will certainly enlighten those who
are just becoming fish keepers.
Here you will find suggested treatment methods for different disease
victors and these are extremely helpful to reduce your losses should your
fish come down with a disease. This chapter is a must read for any new
comer to the fish hobby and it certainly will not hurt the more advanced
hobbyist to review the information given.
So there you have my review of this book. I think it is a storehouse of
good information at a reasonable price.
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