Producing a book of this type relies on the skills of many people, and I have been fortunate to be working with two very talented teams at cobalt id and Dorling Kindersley. Many thanks to everyone involved, for your enthusiasm, commitment, and hospitality, which helped to make it such an enjoyable experience. I’d also like to thank the illustrators, as well as all the photographers, especially Max Gibbs and his team at PhotoMax, and Nigel Caddock of Nishikigoi International for their essential input, and the unsung enthusiasts who so readily provided various fish for photographic purposes. They included the late Derek Lambert, who did much to promote the study of livebearers and will be sadly missed. I’d also like to express my gratitude to Marshall Meyers and his colleagues; Michael Kokoscha, editor of the German aquarium magazine Datz; my agent, Sheila Watson; and my daughters Isabel and Lucinda for their help
Cobalt id would like to thank the following for their assistance with this book: Aadithyan Mohan and Vatsal Verma for editorial assistance; Hilary Bird for indexing; Kate Humby for proofreading; Christine Heilman for Americanization; Max Gibbs and Craig Wardrop for their wonderful pictures and invaluable help and advice; Barry Allday at the Goldfish Bowl; the late Derek Lambert for providing hard-to-find fish species to be photographed; Bill Zarnick at Animal Graphics; Nigel Caddock at Nishikigoi International; and Chris Clarke and Kevin Webb of the Anabantoids Association of Great Britain. Thanks also to Neal Cross at Aquadesign; Nicholas Stantiford at Aquarium Technology; Richard Goldberg at Aquarium Design, NY (www.aquariumdesign.com); Tim Gallantree at BiOrb (www.bi-orb.com); Paul Trott and Clair Fitton at Rolf C. Hagen UK Ltd (www.hagen.com); David Zoltowski and Sabine Schulz at Eheim (www.eheim.com); Kylie Arthur at Pet-Mate (www.pet-mate.com); Maryja Johnson at Dransfield Owens de Silva, for kindly providing a picture of their indoor pond (Project architect: Richard Truscott; Interior designer: Marjorie Abéla; Photographer: Rupert Truman); the Press Office, London Aquarium (www.londonaquarium. co.uk); and Chermayeff, Sollogub and Poole, Inc.
- PhotoMax/Max Gibbs and Craig Wardrop
- Debbie Maizels, John Plumer
- is a widely respected expert when it comes to the care and breeding of aquarium and pond fish, and he shares his knowledge in this field widely, both as a writer and a broadcaster. Based in the UK, he has worked with various organizations in this field, including the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) headquartered in Washington, DC. His interest in fish and their care began in childhood with a pet goldfish, and he has retained a lifelong fascination with members of this group and koi, even traveling to parts of China and Japan to view them there. David’s broad experience also extends to tropical fish—he has kept and bred many species—and in the area of aquatic plants, he is particularly fascinated by water lilies.
- the principal photographer for this book, first kept fish at the age of 11. The pastime became a business when he started a retail aquarium in the mid-1950s, which grew to become The Goldfish Bowl of Oxford. He took up photography in 1990 and has built one of the world’s largest collections of high-quality marine and freshwater fish photographs, the Photomax Picture Library
- is the Senior Advisor and former CEO of PIJAC in Washington, DC. He has very extensive knowledge of the aquatic industry, both personally and through his board members, who represent a number of the most significant companies operating in the supply of fish of all types, as well as of fishkeeping equipment.
Timothy Hovanec, PhD,
- is the president of DrTim’s Aquatics, a company that provides natural products for aquariums and ponds. He was the Chief Science Officer for Marineland Laboratories, Moorpark, California. A keen fishkeeper himself, his expertise also extends to the fields of public aquariums and aquaculture, and he is the author of numerous scientific and popular articles on microbial ecology and fishkeeping topics.
- was actively involved in fishkeeping for more than 55 years, initially as a hobbyist breeding rare species. He was a founding partner of Aquarium Pharmaceuticals, an international manufacturer of fish medicines and aquarium and pond treatments. Toward the end of his career, he was engaged both in the field of pond and aquarium design, and as a koi consultant in the US and Japan