A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Fishes

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500+ Essential-to-Know Aquarium Species
"Absolutely indispensible. Don't buy a fish without it."
—Dennis Reynolds,
Aqua Marines

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Pages: 448

List price: $29.95

Publisher: Microcosm/TFH

Year published: 1998

ISBN: 1890087386

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LIKE A FIELD GUIDE to marine aquarium fishes, this bestseller offers a quick reference for identifying, buying, and keeping more than 500 popular species.

Designed as a compact but authoritative handbook on the fishes most often seen and kept by marine aquarists, this widely acclaimed PocketExpert is a must-have reference for all saltwater hobbyists and professionals.

  • Comprehensive: 500+ species photographs, covering all popular and commonly available aquarium species
  • Authoritative: expert advice on feeding and captive care
  • Informative: aquarium suitability ratings for every species
  • Easy to use: complete species name and common name indexes


Species Account: Spiny Devilfish


This book is a great start when trying to decide what marine fish to buy. It is handy to take with you to the fish store. There are certainly other great sources of more comprehensive & definitive information about specific fish, but anyone looking to buy saltwater fish should start here.

The author, Scott W. Michael, is a renowned expert in this field. He has more than 25 years experience as an aquarist and diver. He has written several other books and contributes regularly to Aquarium Fish Magazine.

Ron Shimek's PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates is finally available and is an excellent companion to this on. Also, Michael's Reef Fishes series offers a far more comprehensive coverage of fish for those who seek more. — Amazon Reviews