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When you first start out in this hobby one of the best investments you can make is to learn everything you can about your particular fish or setup.

A good book is one piece of essential aquarium equipment that might not be that obvious but play a critical role in your success.

Below are just a few of the most popular tropical fish books and many of them are available in a Kindle format so you can download them instantly and get answers to your questions fast.

Be sure to check out two of our very own fish care books available on Kindle.

  1. Beginners Guide To Freshwater Fish Tank Maintenance: How To Set Up an Aquarium & Keep it Clean. Complete 30 Day Instruction Guide & Equipment List
  2. Breeding Betta Fish Step by Step at Home: Learn How To Breed Betta Fish In 11 Easy Steps

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My Favorite Tropical Fish Books For Successful Fishkeepers

1. Fancy Goldfish: Complete Guide To Care And Collecting

Goldfish are great for beginners and this is a great book if you are thinking of keeping Goldfish. It is a very thorough book with lots of pictures, details about each variety and lots of instructions.

This is definitely one of the best aquarium books and it will teach you everything you need to know about keeping happy healthy Goldfish.

2. What Fish? A Buyer’s Guide To Tropical Fish

This is a great book when your first starting out becuase it’s a buyer’s guide with all the essential information you need to choose the best fish for your tropical fish tank.

This book has information on the most popular fish species like cichlids, goldfish, bettas & tetras.

The book even has quick-check sections to help with selecting aquarium size, water temperature, food, and fish compatibility.

Overall this is an awesome aquarium book.

3. Aquascaping: Aquarium Landscaping Like a Pro

One of the best ways to make your aquarium look amazing is to learn the art of aquascaping.

This book has lots of pictures with design layouts, styles, and information about the best lighting, substrate, and best planting techniques.

If you want your aquarium to look one level above the rest this aquarium book should be on your shelf.

4. Manual of Fish Health

This aquarium book has everything you’ll need to know about aquarium fish, their environment and most imporantly disease prevention.

Think of this book as your go to guide when something goes wrong, it is a wonderful guide on keeping fish healthy through prevention and good fish keeping practice.

5. The Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums

This book is probably best for kids or for someone who knows nothing about aquarium fish keeping.

This book provides you with a complete plan from choosing your aquarium, equipment, plants, fish from A-Z.

The book is presented in a completely straightforward text that’s easy to read, easy to understand and easy to put to use.

Manual of Fish Health






Ease Of Use





  • Everything you need
  • Go to guide when something goes wrong


  • Expensive