Book Reviews * Latest Book Reviews

This page shows all reviews in alphabetical order of the books title. Alternatively, list in book title order. There are many books available to the aquarist and it is beyond the scope (and ken) of this site to cover them all. What you will find here is a range of general aquarium books and catfish only publications. We provide personal reviews on each; nobody should judge a book by its cover! We hope this information will help if you are unable to browse through a book before purchase. On the review pages, prices quoted are in UK pounds sterling (£) and are included to provide value for money comparisons only. The edition column states the edition of the book reviewed and may not be the latest edition available.

General Book Reviews

Fishes of the Greater Mekong Ecosystem with Species List and Photographic Atlas

Fishes of the Greater Mekong Ecosystem with Species List and Photographic Atlas
Walter J. Rainboth, Chavalit Vidthayanon, and Mai Dinh Yen (Miscellaneous Publications of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology).
Subject: All fishes (freshwater, brackish and marine) found in the geographic area influenced by the mighty Mekong river.
1st edition published 2012 - Read review.

Freshwater Fishes of Suriname, The

Freshwater Fishes of Suriname, The
Mol, Jan H. A. (Brill).
Subject: All freshwater fishes of the country
1st edition published 2012 - Read review.

The Fishes of Zimbabwe and their Biology

The Fishes of Zimbabwe and their Biology
Marshall, Brian (South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity).
Subject: A guide to Zimbabwean fishes.
1st edition published 2012 - Read review.

The Amazon below water

The Amazon below water
Lucanus, Oliver (Panta Rhei, Germany).
Subject: Under(fresh)water photography in South American rivers
1st edition published 2009 - Read review.

Culturing Live Foods

Culturing Live Foods
Hellweg, Michael R. (TFH Publications).
Subject: A Step-by-Step Guide to Culturing One’s Own Food for the Aquarium
1st edition published 2008 - Read review.

The Fishes of the Lake Rukwa Drainage

The Fishes of the Lake Rukwa Drainage
Dr. Lothar Seegers (Drukkerij Orientaliste, Herent, Belgium).
Subject: As titled
1st edition published 1996 - Read review.

Spotter

Spotter's Guide to Aquarium Fishes
David Ford (Usborne Pocketbooks).
Subject: Common freshwater aquarium fishes
1st edition published 1984 - Read review.

The Freshwater Fishes of Mata Atlântica

The Freshwater Fishes of Mata Atlântica
Menezes, N. A., S. H. Weitzman, O. T. Oyakawa, C. T. de Lima, R. M. C. Castro, & M. J. Weitzman (Museu de Zoologia, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil).
Subject: As titled, the Mata Atlântica is a strip of endangered forest on Brazil's East Coast.
1st edition published 2007 - Read review.

Freshwater Fishes of Mexico

Freshwater Fishes of Mexico
Robert Rush Miller, W. L. Minckley & Steven Mark Norris (University Of Chicago Press).
Subject: As titled.
1st edition published 2006 - Read review.

Brackish Water Fishes: An Aquarist

Brackish Water Fishes: An Aquarist's Guide to Identification, Care & Husbandry
Neale Monks (TFH Publications).
Subject: General fishkeeping info on species that live in brackish water.
1st edition published 2006 - Read review.

Creating a Natural Aquarium

Creating a Natural Aquarium
Hiscock, P. (Howell Bookhouse).
Subject: Aquascaping
1st edition published 2000 - Read review.

Adventures with Discus

Adventures with Discus
Mayland, H.J. (TFH Publications1994 (English Translation)).
Subject: Collecting Discus in South America
1st edition published 1994 - Read review.

Aquariumvissen Encyclopedie

Aquariumvissen Encyclopedie
Hoedeman, J.J. (Elsevier).
Subject: In English, the title means "Aquarium fish encyclopedia".
1st edition published 1968 - Read review.

Freshwater Fishes of Southern Africa, A Complete Guide to

Freshwater Fishes of Southern Africa, A Complete Guide to
Skelton, Paul (Struik).
Subject: As titled.
2nd edition published 2001 - Read review.

Inland Fishes of Myanmar

Inland Fishes of Myanmar
Chavalit Vidthayanon, Apichart Termvidchakorn, Myint Pe (SEAFDEC).
Subject: As titled.
1st edition published 2006 - Read review.

Aquarien Atlas, Vol. 6

Aquarien Atlas, Vol. 6
Hans A. Baensch and Hans-Georg Evers (Mergus).
Subject: All freshwater aquarium fish
1st edition published 2002 - Read review.

Aquarium Atlas, Photo Index 1-5

Aquarium Atlas, Photo Index 1-5
Hans A. Baensch & Dr. Gero W. Fischer (Mergus).
Subject: All freshwater aquarium fish
1st edition published 1998 - Read review.

Cichlids and all other fishes of Lake Malawi

Cichlids and all other fishes of Lake Malawi
Ad Konings (TFH publications).
Subject: As title
1st edition published 1990 - Read review.

Jurassic Fishes

Jurassic Fishes
Haruto Kodera & Others (TFH Publications).
Subject: Evolutionarily primitive freshwater fishes
1st edition published 1994 - Read review.

Nature Aquarium World

Nature Aquarium World
Takashi Amano (TFH Publications).
Subject: Planted freshwater aquaria
1st edition published 1994 - Read review.

North American Native Fishes For The Home Aquarium

North American Native Fishes For The Home Aquarium
Dr David M. Schleser (Barron's).
Subject: As title
1st edition published 1998 - Read review.

Ornamental Aquarium Fish of India

Ornamental Aquarium Fish of India
K. L. Tekriwal & A. A. Rao (TFH Publications).
Subject: As title
1st edition published 1999 - Read review.

The Interpet Manual Of Tank Busters

The Interpet Manual Of Tank Busters
Gina Sandford and Richard Crow (Salamander Books).
Subject: Large or aggressive aquarium fish
1st edition published 1991 - Read review.

American Aquarium Fishes

American Aquarium Fishes
Goldstein, Robert J. with Harper,Rodney W. and Edwards, Richard (Texas A&M University Press).
Subject: North American freshwater aquarium fish
1st edition published 2000 - Read review.

Aquarium Atlas, Vol. 1

Aquarium Atlas, Vol. 1
Dr Rudiger Riehl & Hans A. Baensh (Mergus).
Subject: All freshwater aquarium fish
3rd edition published 1991 - Read review.

Aquarium Atlas, Vol. 3

Aquarium Atlas, Vol. 3
Dr Rudiger Riehl & Hans A. Baensh (Mergus).
Subject: All freshwater aquarium fish
1st edition published 1996 - Read review.

Aquarium Atlas, Vol. 2

Aquarium Atlas, Vol. 2
Dr Rudiger Riehl & Hans A. Baensh (Mergus).
Subject: All freshwater aquarium fish
1st edition published 1993 - Read review.

Aquarien Atlas, Vol. 5

Aquarien Atlas, Vol. 5
Baensch & Riehl (Mergus).
Subject: All freshwater aquarium fish
1st edition published 1997 - Read review.

Aquarium Atlas, Vol. 4

Aquarium Atlas, Vol. 4
Baensch & Riehl (Megus).
Subject: All freshwater aquarium fish
1st edition published 1995 - Read review.

Catfish Book Reviews

Breeding Corydoradinae Catfish, Second Edition

Breeding Corydoradinae Catfish, Second Edition
Ian A. M. Fuller (Ian Fuller Enterprises).
Subject: As titled.
2nd edition published 2012 - Read review.

Precursor of the Fishes of the (East) Indian Archipelago - Part 1 Siluri

Precursor of the Fishes of the (East) Indian Archipelago - Part 1 Siluri
Bleeker P., M. J. P. van Oijen, G. M. P. Loots, F. J. G. van Limburg (Naturalis Biodiversity Center).
Subject: English translation of this classic work on East Asian fishes - part one deals with catfishes
1st edition published 2012 - Read review.

Identifying Corydoradinae Catfish Supplement 1

Identifying Corydoradinae Catfish Supplement 1
Ian A. M. Fuller & Hans-Georg Evers (Ian Fuller Enterprises).
Subject: Additional described species, C and CW numbers not discussed in the first book
1st edition published 2011 - Read review.

Aquarium Success Catfishes

Aquarium Success Catfishes
Finley, Lee (TFH Publications).
Subject: All aquarium catfishes
1st edition published 2009 - Read review.

Welse, Faszination Aquarienfischzucht

Welse, Faszination Aquarienfischzucht
Harro Hieronimus (Bede).
Subject: Breeding aquarium catfishes
1st edition published 2000 - Read review.

The Catfishes of Africa

The Catfishes of Africa
Dr. Lothar Seegers (Aqualog/Tetra Verlag GmbH).
Subject: As subtitled, "a handbook for identification & maintenance"
1st edition published 2008 - Read review.

Back to Nature Guide to L-Catfishes

Back to Nature Guide to L-Catfishes
Ingo Seidel (Fohrman Aquaristik).
Subject: L numbered catfish of the family Loricariidae
1st edition published 2008 - Read review.

The Auchenipteridae and Pimelodidae of Suriname

The Auchenipteridae and Pimelodidae of Suriname
G. F. Mees (Brill).
Subject: As titled.
1st edition published 1974 - Read review.

Meervallen (en andere zonderlingen)

Meervallen (en andere zonderlingen)
Frey, Hans (Thieme).
Subject: Catfishes and oddball species
1st edition published 1975 - Read review.

Votre hobby – Les poissons-chats

Votre hobby – Les poissons-chats
Dr. Jürgen Schmidt (Bede Verlag).
Subject: "Your Hobby" - all catfishes
1st edition published 2000 - Read review.

Wels Atlas Band 2

Wels Atlas Band 2
Hans-Georg Evers and Ingo Seidel (Mergus).
Subject: Loricarid subfamiles (Hypostominae (including Ancistrinae), Lithogeneinae and Neoplecostominae.
1st edition published 2005 - Read review.

Meervallen

Meervallen
Claus Schaefer (Tirion).
Subject: Aquarium catfishes
1st edition published 1999 - Read review.

The Gladiator in the Aquarium: South American Plecos I and II

The Gladiator in the Aquarium: South American Plecos I and II
Chien-nan Li & Guggi Gu (Wiser Publications).
Subject: As titled.
1st edition published 1994 - Read review.

Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes, Siluriformes) and catalogue of siluriform primary types

Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes, Siluriformes) and catalogue of siluriform primary types
Ferraris, C. J. Jr. (Magnolia Press).
Subject: As titled
1st edition published 2007 - Read review.

Faszination Welse

Faszination Welse
(Bede Verlag).
Subject: As titled, all catfishes.
1st edition published 1991 - Read review.

Welse

Welse
Dieter Vogt (Kernen Verlag).
Subject: Catfishes
1st-4th edition published 1962 - Read review.

Meervallen

Meervallen
Hoedeman, J.J. (Zuidgroep Best).
Subject: In English, the title means "Catfishes".
1st edition published 1980 - Read review.

Revision des Synodontis Africaines (Famille Mochocidae)

Revision des Synodontis Africaines (Famille Mochocidae)
M. Poll (Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale)).
Subject: A revision of the entire Synodontis genus.
1st edition published 1971 - Read review.

Meervallen in het Aquarium

Meervallen in het Aquarium
Weiss, Werner (Thieme).
Subject: As titled, "Catfishes in the Aquarium"
1st edition published 1980 - Read review.

Candiru, Life and Legend of the Bloodsucking Catfishes

Candiru, Life and Legend of the Bloodsucking Catfishes
Spotte, Stephen (Creative Arts Book Company).
Subject: Vandelline catfish
1st edition published 2002 - Read review.

Catfishes of India

Catfishes of India
K. C. Jayaram (Narendra Publishing House).
Subject: As titled.
1st edition published 2006 - Read review.

Emperor of the Amazon

Emperor of the Amazon
David Sands (drdavidsands@aol.com).
Subject: The SA red tailed catfish, Phractocephalus hemioliopterus
Special edition published 0 - Read review.

All About Corydoras

All About Corydoras
Keisuke Kobayashi (MPJ).
Subject: As titled
1st edition published 2005 - Read review.

Breeding Corydoradine Catfishes

Breeding Corydoradine Catfishes
Ian A. M. Fuller (Ian Fuller Enterprises).
Subject: As Title
1st edition published 2001 - Read review.

Aqualog Photo Collection 1, African Catfishes

Aqualog Photo Collection 1, African Catfishes
Ulrich Glaser sen. (Verlag A.C.S. GmbH).
Subject: As title
1st edition published 2000 - Read review.

Aqualog Loricariidae, The Most Beautiful L-Numbers

Aqualog Loricariidae, The Most Beautiful L-Numbers
Ulrich Glaser sen. (Aqualog - Verlag A.C.S. GmbH).
Subject: Newly imported Loricariids
1st edition published 1998 - Read review.

Corydoras Catfish, An Aquarists Handbook

Corydoras Catfish, An Aquarists Handbook
Derek Lambourne (Blandford).
Subject: Corydoras ID, Maintenance and breeding
1st edition published 1995 - Read review.

Wels Atlas Band 1

Wels Atlas Band 1
Hans-Georg Evers and Ingo Seidel (Mergus).
Subject: South American catfish of the loricariid subfamilies Hypoptopomatinae and Loricariinae and the families Cetopsidae, Nematogeneidae, and Trichomycteridae
1st edition published 2002 - Read review.

Aqualog All Corydoras

Aqualog All Corydoras
Ulrich Glaser sen., Frank Schaefer, Wolfgang Glaser (Verlag A.C.S. GmbH).
Subject: The Callichthyidae family
1st edition published 1996 - Read review.

Aqualog Loricariidae, All L-Numbers

Aqualog Loricariidae, All L-Numbers
Ulrich Glaser sen. and Wolfgang Glaser (Verlag A.C.S. GmbH).
Subject: Newly imported Loricariids
1st edition published 1995 - Read review.

Colored Atlas of Miniature Catfish

Colored Atlas of Miniature Catfish
Dr Warren E. Burgess (TFH Publications).
Subject: Corydoras, Brochis & Aspidoras
1st edition published 1992 - Read review.

An Atlas of Freshwater & Marine Catfishes

An Atlas of Freshwater & Marine Catfishes
Dr Warren E. Burgess (TFH Publications).
Subject: All catfishes
1st edition published 1989 - Read review.

Corydoras, The most popular catfishes of South America

Corydoras, The most popular catfishes of South America
Werner Seuß (Dähne Verlag GmbH).
Subject: As titled
1st edition published 1993 - Read review.

Loricariidae, The Tricks of the Trade

Loricariidae, The Tricks of the Trade
Larry Vires (Vires Publishing).
Subject: Maintaining & Breeding Loricariidae
1st edition published 1999 - Read review.

Catfishes

Catfishes
Drs CW Emmens & Herbert R Axelrod (TFH Publications).
Subject: As titled
3rd edition published 1978 - Read review.

Bristlenoses Catfish with Character

Bristlenoses Catfish with Character
Kathy Jinkings (TFH Kingdom).
Subject: Bristlenose Catfish (Ancistrus spp.)
1st edition published 2000 - Read review.

Catfishes of the World Vol. 1

Catfishes of the World Vol. 1
Dr David Sands (Dunure Publications).
Subject: All Callichthyidae
1st edition published 1983 - Read review.

Aqualog Loricariidae All L-numbers

Aqualog Loricariidae All L-numbers
Erwin Schraml & Frank Schäfer (Verlag A.C.S. GmbH).
Subject: L and LDA numbered loricariids
2nd edition published 2004 - Read review.

The Catfish Connection, Ecology, Migration, and Conservation of Amazon Predators

The Catfish Connection, Ecology, Migration, and Conservation of Amazon Predators
Ronaldo Barthem and Michael Goulding (Colombia University Press).
Subject: Large Predatory Pimelodids
1st edition published 1997 - Read review.

African and Asian Catfishes, An Interpet Guide To

African and Asian Catfishes, An Interpet Guide To
Dr David Sands (Salamander Books).
Subject: As titled
1st edition published 1986 - Read review.

DATZ Special L-Numbers

DATZ Special L-Numbers
Rainer Stawikowski, André Werner & Ingo Seidel (DATZ).
Subject: All L-numbers: habitat, care & diet.
1st edition published 2004 - Read review.

The Catfish

The Catfish
Gian Padovani (FAMA).
Subject: All Catfish
1st edition published 1988 - Read review.

South American Catfishes, An Interpet Guide To

South American Catfishes, An Interpet Guide To
Dr David Sands (Salamander Books).
Subject: As titled
1st edition published 1988 - Read review.

Catfish in the Aquarium

Catfish in the Aquarium
Dr Carl Ferraris, Jr. (Tetra Press).
Subject: As titled
1st edition published 1991 - Read review.

Catfish, Keeping And Breeding Them In Captivity

Catfish, Keeping And Breeding Them In Captivity
Richard Geis (TFH Publications).
Subject: As titled
1st edition published 1996 - Read review.

Back to Nature Guide to Catfishes

Back to Nature Guide to Catfishes
Dr David Sands (Fohrman Aquaristik AB: Sweden).
Subject: All Catfishes
1st edition published 1997 - Read review.

The Bottom Dwellers (Catfishes and Loaches)

The Bottom Dwellers (Catfishes and Loaches)
Various (Tetra Press).
Subject: As titled
1st edition published 1994 - Read review.

Catfishes of the World Vol. 5

Catfishes of the World Vol. 5
Dr David Sands (Dunure Publications).
Subject: Catfish not in the previous 4 volumes
1st edition published 1985 - Read review.

Corydoras Catfishes

Corydoras Catfishes
Dr Warren E. Burgess (TFH Publications).
Subject: Not As Title, this book covers the family Callichthyidae
1st edition published 1997 - Read review.

Catfishes of the World Vol. 2

Catfishes of the World Vol. 2
Dr David Sands (Dunure Publications).
Subject: Mockokidae
1st edition published 1983 - Read review.

The World of Catfishes

The World of Catfishes
Midori Kobayagawa (TFH Publications).
Subject: All catfishes
1st edition published 1991 - Read review.

Catfishes of the World Vol. 3

Catfishes of the World Vol. 3
Dr David Sands (Dunure Publications).
Subject: Auchenipteridae & Pimelodidae
1st edition published 1984 - Read review.

Das Große Buch Der Welse

Das Große Buch Der Welse
Claus Schaefer (Bede Verlag).
Subject: All catfish
1st edition published 1996 - Read review.

Catfish A Complete Pet Owners Manual

Catfish A Complete Pet Owners Manual
Gary Elson & Oliver Lucanus (Barron's).
Subject: All aquarium catfish
1st edition published 2003 - Read review.

Catfishes of the World Vol. 4

Catfishes of the World Vol. 4
Dr David Sands (Dunure Publications).
Subject: Loricariidae & Doradidae - Aspredinidae
1st edition published 1984 - Read review.

Identifying Corydoradinae Catfish

Identifying Corydoradinae Catfish
Ian A. M. Fuller & Hans-Georg Evers (Verlag A.C.S. GmbH).
Subject: As title
1st edition published 2005 - Read review.

Catfish

Catfish
Drs CW Emmens & Herbert R Axelrod (TFH Publications).
Subject: As titled
1st edition published 1968 - Read review.

Handbuch der Welskunde

Handbuch der Welskunde
Franke, H.J. (Landbuch, GDR).
Subject: All aquarium catfishes
1st edition published 1985 - Read review.

Enjoy Your Catfish

Enjoy Your Catfish
Albert J. Klee (Pet Library Ltd.).
Subject: All aquarium catfish available in the 1960's
1st edition published 1967 - Read review.

Success with <em>Corydoras</em> Catfish

Success with Corydoras Catfish
Dow, Steven (ARCO publishing).
Subject: Keeping and breeding Corydoras catfish
1 edition published 1977 - Read review.

Aquaguide: Catfish

Aquaguide: Catfish
Schmidt, Dr. Jürgen (Interpet Publishing).
Subject: All aquarium catfishes
1st edition published 2003 - Read review.

Welse aus allen Erdteilen

Welse aus allen Erdteilen
Mayland, Hans J. (Landbuch Verlag).
Subject: Literally, Catfishes of the World
1 edition published 1991 - Read review.

Welse aus aller Welt

Welse aus aller Welt
Mayland, Hans J. (APV, Minden).
Subject: All aquarium catfishes
1st edition published 1987 - Read review.

Catfishes of the World

Catfishes of the World
Katsuyasu Ejima (MPJ).
Subject: As titled
1st edition published 1999 - Read review.

Morphological evolution, aptations,homoplasies,constraints&evolutionary trends

Morphological evolution, aptations,homoplasies,constraints&evolutionary trends
Rui Diogo (Science Publishers).
Subject: Catfishes as a case study on general phylogeny and macroevoolution
1st edition published 2005 - Read review.

My <em>Corydoras</em>

My Corydoras
Schäfer, Frank (Verlag A.C.S. GmbH (Aqualog)).
Subject: The genus Corydoras
1st edition published 2003 - Read review.

Catfishes

Catfishes
Editors: Gloria Arratia, B.G. Kapoor, michel Chardon & Rui Diogo (Science Publishers Inc.).
Subject: A melting pot of scientific articles covering current knowledge on varied aspects of catfish biology.
1st edition published 2003 - Read review.