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Goldfish Books Recommendation

Discussion in 'Goldfish Conversation' started by Auryn, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Auryn

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    bettasngoldfish and SimplyDez like this.
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  3. bigbettadan

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    Well that is the best one. Next step would be to read thru the posts on this site.

    Dan
     
  4. Auryn

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    Which? The one I already have? Or the one that is being recommended to me.


    Thank you so much xavier. I agree, some books have bad advice or just not helpful. I will be picking this book up right now! But is it just a picture book? Or is it informational too? Thanks!
     
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  7. bigbettadan

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    Fancy Goldfish by Johnson and Hess.... The best gf book in the business. My second choice would be the Pet Libary GF book written by a Japanese author. It is a old book but fantastic. I don't know if its still in print. I will look at it when I get home, but Steve knows the one I am talking about.

    Dan
     
  8. bigbettadan

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    Oh yea the Smart book is great too.

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  9. xavier

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    It is both. Loads of pictures of every Japanese Goldfish, a lot of pictures of goldfish art, i.e. bowls, tables, paintings, jewelry, etc. It also has a short story, a diagram of the breeds of goldfish. A brief history of each breed, etc. Mainly though, it is a book to show friends how beautiful goldfish are.
     
  10. Ichthius

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    And very academic. This one by the same author is an easier read and will cover most of what you need:
    https://www.amazon.com/Goldfish-Breeding-Genetics-J-Smartt/dp/0793800900/

    This is also one of my favorites:
    https://www.amazon.com/Goldfish-Guide-Yoshiichi-Matsui/dp/0866226052

    I've got both first and second editions. The second has more info than the first but the third editions just has more adds that Axelrod is notorious for cramming into his later editions but should still have most of the good stuff in it.
     
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  11. bigbettadan

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    Does the third edition still have the ranchu breeding info and drawings?

    Dan
     
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    Not sure. I haven't compared them side by side but when looking through the 3rd edition it didn't seem worth the space in my full library.
     
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    Fancy Goldfish Culture by Frank W Orme (amazon link)
    The Goldfish by Hervey & Hems (amazon link)
    Cult of the Goldfish by T.C.Roughley (Australian) (amazon link)
    All great books but so out-dated.....all got on e-bay at good prices!!!
    Some up to date books would be nice!!
     
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    Innes

    His section on goldfish really didn't change hardly at all over the years. The book you mention is a very early addition but unless you are collecting, probably not worth the money if you already have a later edition.
    Most don't realize that the goldfish section of Innes's books did not originate with him but came from the 1908 book "Goldfish Breeds and Other Aquarium Fishes" by Herman Wolf of which I have a copy. This material was drawn in part from meetings of the Philadelphia Aquarium Society, only 1000 copies were printed. Innes and his father, printers, handset the book for Wolf, and published. Later Innes wanted Wolf to expand the book to include tropicals. Wolf an old goldfish man to the core, refused and ultimately sold his rights to the book to Innes. Many goldfish hobbyists over the years gave Innes credit for the goldfish section in his books but in fact the material came from Wolf. He did many of the drawings which later appeared in his and subsequently in Innes's publications. Originals of the drawings were displayed on the walls of the meeting room of the Philadelphia Aquarium Society, per Klee, but were later stolen.
    Some of the material is out of date but much is not. Klee, the author of several publications re. the history of the aquarium hobby in America states that other than out of date nomenclature, Wolf's section on plants is one of the best ever written
     
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    Complete guide

    I really like this book too but the format is a bit strange. It's more like three or four different books bound together. It would be good to have the information in this book compiled into a more orthodox structure. On the other hand It's usefull to compare the different contributions within 1 book. Also the pictures don't do justice to the subject.

    Thanks for starting a great thread
     
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    !! missed this. I asked the same thing. sweet.
     

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