David Alderton's books have sold more than 6 million copies worldwide and have won multiple awards, including the Maxwell Medallion from the Dog Writers Association of America. A popular columnist and contributor to newspapers and magazines, as well as the editor for Practical Reptile Keeping magazine, he frequently appears on television and radio. Books he has written include Horses, a Smithsonian Handbook; The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Birds of the World; and The Dog Selector: How to Choose the Right Dog for You.
In this large and colorful encyclopedia, curious patrons will find answers to every possible question about indoor fish tanks or outdoor ponds. One of the few works to address both types of recreational fish keeping in one comprehensive volume, this reference by Alderton, a respected expert in the care and breeding of aquarium and pond fish, is both informative and beautiful. Starting with a detailed table of contents, moving to an extremely helpful "How To Use This Book" section, and then offering specific advice for setting up freshwater and saltwater aquariums and selecting from the myriad available species (a directory lists over 800 of the most popular freshwater, saltwater, cold water, and tropical fish), Alderton deftly deals with the tricky science of creating a stable aquarium environment. He then covers ponds, pond fish, and pond plants for those who wish to take their aquatic interests outdoors. A comprehensive glossary, list of useful web sites, index of common and scientific names, and general index finish off the work. Bottom Line Alderton has created the definitive work on the subject, with photos to match. What differentiates Max Gibbs's images from the typical static side-view photos found in other guides is that they are extremely dynamic, giving users a more accurate idea of what the fish and plants look like in real life. Highly recommended for all public libraries and academic libraries supporting marine science and animal husbandry courses.-Susan E. Brazer, Salisbury Univ. Lib., MD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.