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On the FAQ page, one of the first questions is whether there is a good book to recommend for beginners. I'd like to suggest one for you to review and possibly recommend.
My 12 year old son is wanting to set up his first aquarium and I went looking for a beginner book for him. I didn't really find one that was both written for a young person and also complete and accurate. I did find and buy one that was written for adult beginners that I actually think is the best I've ever seen.
I heartily recommend "The Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums" by David E. Boruchowitz (2001, T.F.H.) The author's recommendations are in line with the recommendations given on your site. I actually didn't expect to learn anything from the book (as a 25 year veteran, I thought I knew it all, right?) but I've actually enjoyed reading this book and have learned a few things along the way.
The author does a great job in organizing material in the proper order (even advising that it is okay to skip ahead to the fourth section (about fish selection) early (since that's what everybody wants first) but then to return to the beginning and read through the rest of the material in order and then to read the final section again with the proper background to actually make fish selection decisions.
His sample suggestions for community tank stocking all seem very reasonable (though I've certainly not tried all of them). He does a great job of telling the beginner what they need to know without letting the discussion go off onto non-critical topics and gadgets that easily distract both beginner and experienced fish keepers.
I really do love this book! I probably would never have ordered it from Amazon but after actually thumbing through it on the Barnes & Noble shelf, I am glad I bought it even at full price. (The Amazon price was under $13 when I checked and left them a review.)
I've recommended that my favorite local fish store start carrying it along with all of the other "advanced" and specialty books. (Actually I've tried to talk her into bundling it with each "setup" she sells.)
I hope you'll take a look at this book and, if you agree, recommend it to your visitors. I have no financial interest in the book, don't know the author, don't own stock in T.F.H. or have any other connection except really believing that if every beginner read and followed these guidelines, there'd be a lot fewer failures in our wonderful hobby! ...
Gary D.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
Reply. Hello Gary. Thank you very much for your advice. You talked me into ordering a copy from, and I added a link to this book just below. Thanks again.
Books for Beginners
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Click on this image to go to, where you can learn more about this book.   The Simple Guide to Fresh Water  Aquariums
By David E. Boruchowitz
256 pages

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I am really interested in having a tankful of Cardinal Tetras.  I have some now, but not enough. Whenever I purchase from the local pet store I end up with disease or I just put them in a temporary tank and they all die.
I bought 50 and lost all but 3.  I also ordered 50 and lost them all due to shipping. I am in HB and could drive down there if you have some and pick them up.
Please let me know if you have them and what the cost would be. I would love 50, but that is only if I could afford it. (I have a 150-gallon planted tank that is in mint condition with gentle fish)
Reply. Hello Carolyn. We do not import or sell Cardinal Tetras. Click here to read our explanation about why we have decided not to import and sell Cardinal Tetras.

Your experiences with Cardinals are worse than ours, but your experiences reinforce our decision not to import and resell Cardinals. They are very beautiful fish and so very tempting, but the losses are too high. Perhaps Cardinal Tetras should be left to live their lives in their natural habitats.

I suggest you consider Neon Tetras. Our Neon Tetras are raised by very skillful fish farmers, and Neons have a lifespan of about ten years in a good aquarium like yours. Click here for more information about Neon Tetras.


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 ... My comment is that I like the fact that most of the fish you sell are hatchery-raised. I understand that there is a demand for some fish that are not easily bred in captivity, and therefore you do offer some caught specimens, but I think it's great that you are forwarding conservation by breeding as many kinds of fish as you do.
I would always rather buy from a place that breeds fish in captivity than one that goes out and snags as many wild ones as they can to avoid the work of breeding.
Your tips and information are also extremely helpful!
Carly P.
Reply. Hello Carly. Thank you for your email comments and for agreeing with us that captive bred fish are preferable to wild caught fish. We are glad that our tips and information are helping you and your fish.
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