Well-said on all points. This is a great forum, and we mods try to ride herd on the worst misinformation, but it's a forum, not a peer-reviewed journal. Let the reader beware!The Innes book - I still have about 3-4 editions of it here - a few before Herbert Axelrod made changes. I think what we miss with Internet culture is that the books would expose you to possibilities you might not see, while the Internet tends to be a fantastic tool if you already know what you're looking for. Seriously Fish is a great source, as are Fishbase, ScotCat, Killifish of Western Africa and a few others. Forums like this aren't (I'll stir the pot) reliable. People can get on here and post nonsense, or get drunk at night and post to create trouble. An editor would cut those posts to pieces. I'm a great believer in the usefulness of those expert editors who would make you answer a million detailed questions before they'd let stuff through. It was a good process.
An unedited forum can push you in the direction of better sources, if you get into the hobby. You learn pretty quickly who is grounded and who isn't, if you get involved, So I quite like this forum, but I can see its limitations loudly.
I had a very old, backshed find of a book when I was a kid - colourized pictures and author forgotten. I have slowly kept almost every fish in it. It's been kind of a quest within the hobby - I read the pages on each species so many times when I was a kid that they are burned into my brain. When I see one of those fish, I find a place for it.
If you are a younger hobbyist reading the old farts, get yourself the Baensch Atlas books. The taxonomy is dated as science has developed the tools to dig deeper, but beyond the Latin names shifting with learning, there is a wealth of possibilities in that book series. The information on keeping doesn't change, and you'll see things that may push you to make demands on the boring stores and push them to bring this hobby back to life again. As a hobby based on curiosity, experimentation and new challenges, the fishkeeping hobby has gone backwards rapidly. The new tetras Oliver Lucanus has video of in his below water youtube page would have had people fighting over getting them 30 years ago, and now, the stores are barely curious because people only buy the very very familiar things, and fishbreeding as a hobby has really fallen away. We're a straight up, cut flower type consuming hobby now.
I have the first three, though volume one somehow got wet and isn't in the best of shape. I think of fish by volume - volume 1 fish are around, volume 2 is the harder stuff, at least to find, and a fish I think of as a volume 3 or beyond is a real rarity. But it also comes around to an earlier part of the thread, as the fish in the various volumes are often there because they were added as they arrived in the hobby.I also agree with the Baensch/Riehl atlasses as a source of inspiration. I have pretty much memorized volume 1, and I'm in the market for volume 2. (And I have a birthday coming up next month, everybody. Just saying.) Online sources are great for focused research when you just want to learn everything that's known about a certain subject or species. But thumbing through those old books is a great place to start when you're just looking for ideas.
Hehe, my hubbies Mum used to clean their fish out and once for some godforsaken reason put the fish in the toilet while she was cleaning the tank! Funnily enough dropping them in caused some to swim around the U-bend... poor things. She also managed to let their pet zebra finches out the window. Happily they gave up on pets after that.For my 5th birthday, my sister (godmother) bought me a 5G tank, clown puke gravel, and whatever fish we could find at KMart
It had one of those corner filters, with carbon on the bottom and fiberglass floss at the top (Hartz Mountain, yes)....she cleaned the tank every Saturday, and changed the carbon/fiberglass religiously...put the fish in the bathroom sink(!) during the cleaning
I wonder why my fish never lived for very long?
Hehe, my hubbies Mum used to clean their fish out and once for some godforsaken reason put the fish in the toilet while she was cleaning the tank! Funnily enough dropping them in caused some to swim around the U-bend... poor things. She also managed to let their pet zebra finches out the window. Happily they gave up on pets after tha