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A good freshwater aquarium fish atlas is an invaluable reference for fish owners, from beginner to advanced. A good atlas contains photos, care and feeding information, and detailed profiles for popular species of freshwater fish. These books are listed in order of publication, with the most recently published books first. Although newer books will contain recent taxonomy changes, often older volumes are still among the best reference books. Atlases are generally more expensive than other fish books, so you may want to consider used copies.

Encyclopedia Of Aquarium and Pond Fish

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This is a good basic atlas with down to earth easy to understand information. Includes full color photos and information about all the popular species of freshwater fish.

Publish Date: June 2, 2008
Author(s): David Alderton
Publisher: DK Adult
Paperback: 400 pages
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Baensch Aquarium Atlas Volume 2

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Volume two of the Baencsh Atlas series covers fish not listed in the book one. Cichlids and brackish fish are more heavily covered in this volume. Well worth adding to your library.

Publish Date: Jun 1, 2008
Author(s): Hans A. Baensch and Rudiger Riehl
Publisher: Mergus Verlag GmbH.
Paperback: 1248 pages
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Baensch Aquarium Atlas Volume 1

Baensch Atlas Volume 1
The Baensch atlases are the top of the line. Only four of the five freshwater atlases have been published in English. I recommend purchasing all four, but this is the one to get if you can only afford one. It includes photos, and care and breeding information for most common freshwater fish. Also covered is setup, plant identification and care, as well as disease diagnosis and treatment

Publish Date: December 31, 2007
Author(s): Hans A. Baensch and Rudiger Riehl
Publisher: Mergus Verlag GmbH
Paperback: 1083 pages
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Baensch Aquarium Atlas Photo Index

Baensch Atlas Photo Index
One of the most common problems for beginner and expert alike, is putting their finger on the scenic name of the fish they want to look up. The photo index solves that problem by providing thumbnail photos that list common and scientific names of the fish, as well as the pages where a detailed profile can be found. Fish are grouped by groups, such as catfish, tetras, etc.

Publish Date: December 1, 2007
Author(s): Hans A. Baensch, Dr. Gero W. Fisher and Dr. Rudiger Riehl
Publisher: Mergus Verlag GmbH
Paperback: 1215 pages
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What Fish? A Buyer's Guide to Tropical Fish

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This is a great atlas for the beginner, as it covers more than just fish profiles. Includes care information, buying tips, even expected purchase price.

Publish Date: Oct 1, 2006
Author(s): Nick Fletcher
Publisher: arron's Educational Series
Paperback: 208 pages
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500 Freshwater Aquarium Fish

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Another good reference that is written in simple easy to understand terms. As titled, it contains illustrated profiles of 500 freshwater fish. This is probably the lowest priced atlas you can find.

Publish Date: August 15, 2006
Author(s): Greg Jennings
Publisher: Firefly Books
Hardcover: 528 pages
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Dr. Axelrod's Mini-Atlas of Freshwater Aquarium Fishes

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When it comes to a comprehensive atlas of freshwater fish, this one covers more fish in a single volume than any other. The information is very basic, but all the vital details are covered. The strong point of this atlas are the outstanding color photos.

Publish Date: 2005
Author(s): Dr Herbert Axelrod, Dr Warren Burgess, Dr Cliff Emmens
Publisher: TFH
Hardcover: 1152 pages
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Baensch Aquarium Atlas Volume 3

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The is the third Baensch Atlas to be translated into English, this has all of the strong points of the previous two books. Full color photos, and profiles complete with common and scientific names are included for the six hundred fish profiled. Catfishes, Killfishes and Cichlids are high on the list of fish covered in this volume.

Publish Date: Nov 30, 2004
Author(s): Hans A. Baensch and Rudiger Riehl
Publisher: Mergus Verlag GmbH.
Hardcover: 1132 pages
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Baensch Aquarium Atlas Volume 4

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The fourth and most recently published in English, this volume covers 700 of the newer imports not previously covered in volumes one through three. As with the other volumes, it's worth having if you want a good reference set.

Publish Date: Jun 30, 2004
Author(s): Hans A. Baensch and Rudiger Riehl
Publisher: Mergus Verlag GmbH.
Hardcover: 892 pages
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