Cover image for A-Z of tropical fish : diseases & health problems : signs, diagnoses, causes, treatment for tropical freshwater fish
A-Z of tropical fish : diseases & health problems : signs, diagnoses, causes, treatment for tropical freshwater fish
Burgess, Peter, 1953-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Howell Book House, [1998]

Physical Description:
392 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
SF458.5 .B87 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

On Order



The aim of this book is to help aquarists recognize signs of illness so they can identify and resolve problems. Divided into three sections, the first focuses on health and husbandry, describing the signs of a healthy fish, anatomy and general care; the second provides signs of diseases and health problems and is cross-referenced to section three, which covers the treatment of diseases and health problems. Illustrated throughout with top-quality color photos, the book is an invaluable reference for novice to experienced fishkeepers.

Author Notes

Peter Burgess Mphil PhD is a qualified fish health scientist with 25 years experience as an aquarist. He is a visiting lecturer in aquarium sciences at Plymouth University and Brooksby College in England. Peter is an international consultant to the aquarium fish industry, specialising in fish health and aquarium management, and he runs fish husbandry courses for aquarists, scientists and veterinarians, both in the UK and abroad. He has written over 80 articlesand scientific papers on fish, and is editor of the international journal Aquarium Sciences and Conservation.
Mary Bailey BA is known internationally as an expert on the cichlid family and has kept tropical fish for over 25 years. She writes regularly for fishkeeping magazines, as well as being a contributor to and co-editor of the Cichlids Yearbook series and English editor of aqua geographia magazine.
Adrian Exell BSc (Hons) trained in fisheries science, and has spent the last ten years as the head of research, development and marketing for one of the world's leading aquarium product manufacturers. He is the author of several books and magazine articles, and is widely regarded as an expert in the field of fish health.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
How to use this bookp. 8
Section I Health and Husbandry
Chapter 1 The Welfare of Fishp. 10
Chapter 2 Biology and Anatomyp. 16
Chapter 3 Signs of a Healthy Fishp. 44
Chapter 4 The Correct Environmentp. 52
Chapter 5 Fish Compatibilityp. 87
Chapter 6 Purchasing, Transporting and Introducing Stockp. 92
Chapter 7 Nutritionp. 100
Chapter 8 Breedingp. 111
Chapter 9 Treating Fish Diseasesp. 126
Section II Signs of Tropical Fish Diseases and Health Problemsp. 144
Section III Treatment of Diseases and Health Problems A-Zp. 195