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post #11 of 12 Old 03-22-2012, 11:16 AM
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Double check fishbase.org for accurate information in the actual wild temp, pH, size, etc. for different species of fish. Most hobbyist sites just repeat the last hobbyist site but since fishbase.org is maintained and used by scientists it is a much more reliable source of information.
For the record, the data on Fishbase respecting habitat, environment, water parameters, etc. is used in our profiles. Having written most of them, I can vouch for this. I also use other equally-reliable sites including data from ichthyologists and biologists. If there is a significant discrepancy among the authorities, I point it out.

On the discus species, Jack Wattley was one reference; he has been collecting, maintaining and breeding discus most of his life. Another source is Heiko Bleher, a friend of mine, who has authored two books and numerous articles on discus, and collected hundreds of them. The eminent biologist Dr. Joseph Nelson reviewed Heiko's latest book and praised it for its scholarship.

A lot of work has gone into providing very accurate profiles on TFK, and the data in them is highly accurate and reliable. For the species included therein, there is little value in going elsewhere, only to read the same thing [if it is accurate] or to read inaccurate information.


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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]

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post #12 of 12 Old 03-24-2012, 10:08 PM
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I meant when trying to determine which species are compatible as far as temp and other factors it is best to go to fishbase.org to get truly accurate temp ranges.

That is great that the articles are based the info on fishbase.org, all the more reason to go to the source. I would never recommend people only go to one place, especially not a hobbyist site, no matter how well resourced that site is.

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