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Re: Old books
In a message dated 12/21/02 3:08:18 PM, timaddis at killifish_force9.co.uk
<< Just had a copy of 'Exotic Aquarium Fishes' by Innes. What a fantastic old
work. From 1935 these old works can still teach us new boys a thing or two.
I was very fortunate as a teenager to have learned most of my tropical fish
knowledge from William T. Innes, via his books, his magazine and from
personal letters we exchanged. He never failed to personally write a response
to my letters that included the usual beginners questions -- like why do my
mollies die? Not only was his book a treasure of information but his color
illustrations were fantastic. I still use my copy of "Exotic Aquarium Fishes"
more often than any other reference book. For example, how can you find fault
when you consider that in my 7th edition dated 1953 he suggests that perhaps
we could try to duplicate in an aquarium setting the drying of eggs that
annual fishes experience in nature.
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