This book is very expensive. It is a TFH (Tropical Fish Hobbyist) publication printed on very high quality stock.
This book contains many photographs by the famed fish photographer Fred Rozenzweig.
The book is not just about breeding. The authors start with an in-depth study of the domestication and evolution of the Goldfish, followed by a chapter describing 15 varieties in detail, but also including photographs of seldom seen varieties.
The book also covers in-depth the ideal "aqueous environment" for Goldfish before moving on to the breeding process, starting with brood stock management.
The book is aimed at those wanting to improve the quality of their fish through selective breeding and not breed their Goldfish just for the sake of it.
I wish this book had been available when I started breeding Goldfish seriously. It would have saved a lot of failures and disappointments.
Print length: 256 pages
Available as: Hard cover only
Publication date: 1996
Size: 10.5x7.25x1 inches
All the essential information for successfully breeding Goldfish is brought together:
After spawning the importance of water temperature in the development of the larvae in the egg is explained, and after hatching, what foods are best and what are potential pollution hazards.
Diseases, parasites and predators of fry and how to avoid them is described, as is the last stage of rearing, the selection process of the best examples to keep for the next generation.
This book has been written by experts in their fields. It is the only one I know of that describes Goldfish genetics to the level it does. Only scientific publications would delve deeper into the subject.
The number of quality color photographs throughout the book, almost one on every page, makes it a delight to just browse through the chapters.
One of the authors has a PhD in genetics, so it is little wonder so much of the book is dedicated to this subject.
This section of the book highlights the difficulty the breeder has in producing quality fish, even when both parents may exhibit excellent characteristics of a particular variety. It also highlights the dangers of inbreeding, and ways to avoid them.
The step by step breeding process, starting with brood stock management, right through to the selection process of different scale, fin, eye and body conformation types is all explained in detail.
To give a balanced opinion of the book, I have to include a couple of dislikes.
This book is rated at 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The main complaint from the 10% that gave it a 4 star was the amount of detail concerning genetics and how novices may struggle to understand the information. Most purchasers appear to be experienced Goldfish keepers or breeders.
I agree that chapters on genetics are much
too detailed for most breeders, but the chapters on varieties, the ideal water conditions and breeding are all easily understood.
My rating of this publication is 4.75 stars – a must have for serious Goldfish breeders.