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Fundamentals of Ornamental Fish Health

Helen E. Roberts (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-813-81401-8 November 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 244 Pages


Fundamentals of Ornamental Fish Health is a complete guide to managing the health and well-being of ornamental aquatic animals. Grounded in the foundations of fish medical care, the book summarizes nonlethal aquatic diagnostics and medicine, putting the information within a clinical context. Providing a comprehensive overview of the subject, Fundamentals of Ornamental Fish Health equips aquatic animal health professionals with all the information needed to competently and effectively treat these patients, from transporting and examining fish to diagnostic techniques and the identification and treatment of specific diseases and syndromes.

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Contributor List.


1.   Anatomy and physiology (Richard J. Strange).

2.   A brief overview of the ornamental fish industry and hobby (Timothy Miller-Morgan).

3.   Stress in fish (David J. Pasnik, Joyce J. Evans, and Phillip H. Klesius).

4.   Water quality (James L. Shelton).

5.   Environment and husbandry: Ponds and aquaria (Scott Weber III, Helen E. Roberts, and James L. Shelton).


6.   Biosecurity and ornamental fish (Timothy J. Miller-Morgan and Jerry R. Heidel).

7.   Nutrition (Richard Strange).

8.   Parasites of fish (Stephen A. Smith and Helen E. Roberts).

9.   Viral pathogens of fish (Brian Palmeiro and E. Scott Weber III).

10.   Bacterial diseases of fish (Brian Palmeiro).

11.   Fungal diseases in fish (Helen E. Roberts).

12.   Zoonotic diseases of fish (Stephen A. Smith).


13. Transport and hospitalization of the fish patient (Helen E. Roberts).

14.   History (Helen E. Roberts).

15.   Physical examination of fish (Helen E. Roberts).

16.   Anesthesia, analgesia, and euthanasia (Helen E. Roberts).

17.   Nonlethal diagnostic techniques (Helen E. Roberts, E. Scott Weber III, and Stephen A. Smith).

18. Surgery and wound management in fish (Helen E. Roberts).

19.   Necropsy of fish (Drury Reavill).

20.   Neoplasia in fish (Drury Reavill).

21.   Specific syndromes and diseases (William H. Wildgoose and Brian Palmeiro).



"Each chapter while short in length covers a lot of ground (or rather "water") with a surprisingly large number of references in support of each chapter. The book reads like a textbook with short, concise and yet interestingly informative chapters. By far, the most favored section for the reviewer was the section of Fish Medicine... chapters are supplemented with beautiful pictures... suitable for the practicing veterinary technician as well as veterinary technician students." (Veterinary Information Network, February 2010)
  • Complete guide to managing the health and well-being of ornamental aquatic animals including discussion on disease prevention through effective biosecurity practices
  • Summarizes the knowledge base of nonlethal aquatic diagnostics, medicine, and surgery
  • Emphasizes a clinical perspective on fish medicine
  • Equips animal health professionals to competently and effectively treat fish patients
  • Provides a tool for providing ornamental fish and invertebrate medical care and advice