Review by: Jim E. Quarles
Title: Fish Pathology
Author: Heinz-Herman & Reichenback-Klinke
Subject: General principles of fish pathology.
Published by T.F.H. ps-204
While this book is not written for the beginning fish
keeper it can provide a great deal of information that makes this task
much more understandable.
It is 212 pages including the index. It offers fifteen chapters.
- Chapter I. General Fish Pathology, it gives an over all view of the
subject fish pathology and the characteristics that will be covered in
- Chapter II. This is a chapter on Infectious Diseases. Reading this
chapter will provide the reader with a basic to advanced understanding
of what they will perhaps see happening in their own tanks over time.
- Chapter III. Fungi and Algae as fish parasites. A must read
for those who are trying to breed egg spawning fish.
- Chapter IV. Protozoans As Fish Parasites. While very informative for
those reader who have studied basic biology or bacteriology it
requires a bit of re-reading on those subjects to fully understand
this chapter. It is just my suggestion but the book Essentials of
Microbiology by Raul J.Cano makes great co-reading for this book.
- Chapter V. This chapter covers Parasitic Coelenterates in
- Chapter VI. Worms as parasitic factors in fish. This chapter
alone is worth the price of the book for those who keep and
breed discus fish.
Covered are, turbellarians, Monogenetic Trematodes, Monoopisthocotylea,
Gyrodactylidae, Polyopisthoctylea, Diclybothriidae and Hexabothriidae.
Digenetic trematodes, Cestoda, Nematodes. Internal parasites are
perhaps the number one problem of discus, this chapter explains in detail
what they are and how to treat for them in fish.
- Chapter VII. Crustacea, Linguatulids, and Mites as fish
- Chapter VIII. Vertebrates as Fish parasites.
- Chapter IX. Tumors, benigh Tumors, Malignant Tumors, Cyst
formations, Cystomas and other forms of tumors.
- Chapters X. Fish Disorders of Non-Parasitic Origin. Deficiency
Diseases, Metabolic disorders, a good deal of information about the
diseases that effect the livers of fishes, Dropsy. It covers the
effects of Ammonia, Detergents, phenols Chlorine, cyanide, carbon
dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, pesticides, the effects of herbicides,
algicides, and fungicides. This in deed is a very interesting and
- Chapter XI. The healing of wounds and regeneration. Gives detailed
advice on what to do and when to do it.
- Chapter XII. Abnormalities in fish.
- Chapter XIII. Fish as Vectors of organisms pathogentic to man. A
must read chapter if you want to be safe in handling fish on a daily
- Chapter XIV. Drugs used in the control and treatment of fish
I found this chapter interesting but slightly dated.
- Chapter XV. Fishes and Parasites. Mostly deals with commercial
fishes used as food. But still insightful for the hobbyist.
This book far exceeds the information provided about diseases and
parasites found in most of the tropical fish hobby books on the market
today. It is detailed, it is factual, and most important of all it is
extremely useful to all who would be more then a hobbyist who just wants
to kind of float along with little understanding of the nature of fish and
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