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Special thanks to all Tropical Fish Hobbyists acquiring the new "Tropical
Fish Keeping Journals" in traditional print, or now on digital
ebook format over the recent holiday. Current issues of 1 to 4 are
available and with issue 5 planned shortly for all Aquarists
In the last issue of the "Tropical Fish Keeping Journal Book Edition Number Four" there were a number of fabulous features including; super foods for keeping healthy, happy, thriving tropical fish, with high protein foods that you can make yourself from the recipes. Also aquarium filtration with the author's introduction to "Poly Atomic-ion Biological Reactors" for attaining crystal clear water and healthy aquatic plants, not stressed from damaged root systems caused from more conventional filter systems such as under gravel.
From 50 years experience as an Aquarist (Icthyologist and Marine Biologist), I discovered the greatest threat to the well being of all Tropical Fish related to stress and poor diet. I would say 90% of all tropical fish deaths are connected to poor diet, creating stress, leading to disease, and eventually death. This is why I wrote a book that is a world's first on super foods, and how to make your very own fish food.
One of my greatest fears in recent years has been retaining the
natural shape of Discus and their size. One thing I have learnt from
Marine Morphology, and this goes pretty much for all other life forms,
in genetics you only ever have a 100% to work from. So what I mean from
this is, if you develop for example greater colour in a species, there
will be another deficit in the DNA make up of the species!
The Discus Fish (symphysodon) is known as the King of the Aquarium,
and today after many decades of effort, Discus Fish are now tank bred
these days, with only a few exceptions of wild species still coming
from South America, namely Belém or Iquitos. Here you will find details
of Keeping Discus Fish Quick Guides, for new and experienced Aquarists
thinking about taking up Discus Keeping.
Today, even after 28 years from being first published in 1989, "The Discus
Book" still continues to be a Best Selling Book and is a timeless
capsule for information on successfully breeding and keeping the Discus
(symphysodon) King of the Aquarium.
At the end of 2013, I was invited to re-write the book for a digital
edition and when presented with such a proposition, I seriously
considered my actions. For some 25 years later, I was looking at a
publication that recorded those very early days of successfully
breeding discus in captivity and one of a select few world-wide at the
time to have done so and recorded events for prosperity.
I decided to keep the book in it's original form, and the only changes I made was to recover the old 35 mm original pictures, and convert them into digital images and with a successful outcome. In fact the new images appear to be far crisper. When the digital edition was first published, to compliment the printed edition, I never imagined the book would become a tropical fish hobbyists favourite again. But then in saying that, these days when we look at all the uncertainty, I can fully understand and appreciate folk wanting to reflect and look back on those Golden days of the past. I often find myself reminiscing more these days of times gone bye, and take greater joy in picking up an old publication and thumbing through to see historic images of the past. Such recorded times were far more innocent and generous, where the hobbyist shared ones exploits, especially at local Aquarist Club gatherings. The Discus Book is an honest account of my successes in the past, and with proven methods and techniques back then, and will work well today again, even more so, for the many discus species purchased today, are tank bred, and not from the wild.
The book provides an insight to the importance of routine and foods, two of the key elements to success in keeping and breeding discus. Also details on Foods prepared by myself in those early days, and where in the book recipes can be found, along with many other valuable methods and tips. The success surrounding water is not necessarily the investment of various gadgets and gizmos, but real success regarding water, lays with consistency of the water, and the acclimatization of the fish, all of which can be found in the book. Full details of the book and where to buy in traditional print and on digital ebook >
One of the biggest problems in tropical fish keeping over the
decades, has been successfully keeping tropical fish and aquatic
plants. The three key elements related is to this problem are; water
(filtration), the correct amount of light, and lastly temperature. Now
it may comes as a surprise to some tropical fish hobbyists, but
aquatics plants even in an aquarium, are aware of seasonal cycles and
This year I had planned to take things a little easier, and take a slight sabbatical regarding publishing. But technology is gathering such momentum, its time to jump back into the technology story of the World Wide Web, and start developing and coding again at the highest level, to deliver more dynamic content for the multitude of devices now used in this age of technology, a project beginning with Gardening!
It was in fact back in 1967 when I first took up Tropical Fish
Keeping, after visiting a very close friends home after School, and
being greeted in the hallway entrance of his home, with a magnificent
bow fronted gold angle ironed aquarium. The grand view was of an
illuminated underwater world, full of life and vibrant colours.
Such an impression then, and with fond memories, has now lasted over 50
Over the course of time, I hope to publish far more articles,
including a marine fish species and aquatic plants identification
directory, in conjunction with the Tropical Fish Keeping Journals. I
have some articles for this new section, I plan to launch in the coming
days, with updates hopefully on a regular basis. Tropical Fish
Keeping Journals >
If you get things right when it comes to tropical fish keeping, you
will have your fish eating out of your hands. My First Aquarium is a
book based on the author's 50 years experience as an
Ichthyologist and Marine Life expert. Super
Foods Tropical Fish and Discus Book here >
My First Aquarium – The Joy of Tropical Fish Keeping is a book for
all new and existing aquarists participating in the noble and time
honoured traditional pastime of tropical fish keeping.
The Best Selling Author of Tropical Fish Keeping shares his knowledge
of five decades since taking up the hobby in 1967 with you, for keeping
healthy thriving tropical fish, and as one of the World's select few to
successfully breed Wild Discus in captivity over 25 years ago, the King
of the Tropical Fish Aquarium.
Inside this book are over 390 pages of valuable information, containing
over 93,000 plus words and over 250 plus photographs, reference tables,
diagrams and illustrations, to ensure every aquarist is successful in
their lifers journey of tropical fish keeping. Full
details of the book and where to buy traditional print editions or
digital ebook formats here >
The Discus Book Tropical Fish Keeping Special Edition Celebrates 25
years since the very first discus book was written back in 1989. One of
Amazon's Best Sellers and Biggest Selling tropical fish books for
Natural Discus Aquariums, Breeding, Community Species, suitable plants
and healthy disease free diets.
This is a book I have always wanted to write for the Tropical Fish
Hobbyist and Dedicated Aquarist, as it goes into great detail on
keeping healthy, thriving, happy, disease free tropical fish, based on
my experience, as I celebrate 50 years as an Ichthyologist from 1967 to
The Discus Book Second Edition, I believe to be the most comprehensive book to date ever written on The King of the Aquarium, Discus (symphysodon). The downside is, if Folk are looking for a silver bullet, or some form of miracle methods of keeping these complex species, they will be disappointed.
The Tropical Fish Keeping Journals build into a series of informative tropical fish books covering the entire subject of our pastime. Each edition has special features and also introduces aquarists and hobbyists to more diverse marine fish species with profiles, including plant species and products.