The two books that used to be available are both out of print so any book
you can find would be a good start. The book titles I have forgotten but one
was by Gerald Allen and covered all of Australia. I think it was published
in 89. I heard a rumour that there was a new edition coming out. The other
is a book about SE Australian Fishes and was by McDowell. Another good
information source is to purchase/borrow/steal back issues of Fishes of
Other useful books are... Well I can't actually remember all the names as
they are sitting at home in my book shelf. That is my excuse for misspelling
all the fish names. I'm sure someone else will be able to remember what the
GA Rainbow fish books are called, and all the others.
The real answer to your question is that there is no definitive work on
Rainbowfish or most groups of our fish. That is what makes Rainbows and
other Australian fishes so interesting. You have a very good chance of
observing something new.
I don't currently have any fish for sale. I moved house this summer and gave
away loads of fish before I moved.
I can't recommend too strongly that you get along to an ANGFA meeting. I've
never been to a Brisbane(?) meeting but I'm sure they would have them
monthly and that they would be packed with knowledgeable fish heads. They
probably have an Auction of fish each month where you could get great fish
for the best price and they probably have a library that you can borrow fish
books from. At least that is what NSW meetings are like. We even have
interesting speakers occasionally.
Actually, Much later. I think I am going to unsubscribe until after the
Olympics. I am taking 5.5 months leave and I am too cheap to pay for my own
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dennis Holmes [SMTP:dhdesign at onthenet.com.au]
> Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2000 12:45 PM
> To: rainbowfish at pcug.org.au
> Subject: Re: [RML]Mr Mathew Anybody
> Can you recommend THE best illustrated book on Natives so I can #1 look up
> the scientific name that members use & #2 when I visit Aquarium Shops I
> find what your talking about ( most don't know which end of a Rainbow is
> do you have fish you'd like to sell?
> > From: Matthew Stanton <matthews at sf.nsw.gov.au>
> > Reply-To: rainbowfish at pcug.org.au
> > Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 11:36:12 +1000
> > To: "'rainbowfish at pcug.org.au'" <rainbowfish at pcug.org.au>
> > Subject: RE: [RML] Peter- Barry - Doug - Anybody
> > Dennis,
> > It's "Anybody" here.
> > I wouldn't attempt to keep Blue-eyes or even Rhads with the larger
> > Melanotania unless you are using a very large (>400L) tank that is very
> > planted. The stress on the Blue-eyes can be too much, even if the
> > are not acting aggressively. Rhads usually look their best when they are
> > largest fish in the tank.
> > Also I wouldn't keep Pacific Blue-eyes and Rhads together. Their water
> > quality requirements are too different for the long term health of both
> > though they may do well together for a year or so.
> > If you still wish to have multiple local species together then I would
> > suggest the following.
> > * Rhads with Honey Blue-eye.
> > * Pacific Blue-eye with Marjories Hardyhead and/or Large-mouth Goby.
> > * M. duboulayi with Empire gudgeon.
> > These combinations will live peacefully together even in reasonably
> > tanks and there is no risk of cross breeding if you manage to get some
> > from the fish.
> > M. trifasciata are far too large and intimidating to keep with most of
> > species you have suggested (unless you have those huge tanks with lots
> > plants).
> > If you don't just want to keep local things together then you could try
> > maccullochi with Rhads.
> > Most serious hobbyists have at least some tanks that house just a single
> > species and if you are really serious then you have multiple tanks/ponds
> > the one species.
> > Good luck
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Dennis Holmes [SMTP:dhdesign at onthenet.com.au]
> >> Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2000 10:37 PM
> >> To: rainbowfish at pcug.org.au
> >> Subject: Re: [RML] Peter- Barry - Doug - Anybody
> >> What I wish to do is have tanks set up with fish from varios areas EG-
> >> tank #1 Gold Coast: Redcheek bows, pacific blue eyes, redfin rads,
> >> gudgeons
> >> tank #2 Sunshine Coast: Tincanbay duboulayi and blue fin Rads
> >> Tank #3 Cairns: M.s.splendida M. maccullochi, M. trifasciata,
> >> Cairnsichthys
> >> rhombosomoides, and Pseudomugil spp.
> >> Tank #4 M.Fluviatilis and ?
> >> Tank #5 Archers, scats (Smaller sp) (are the smaller Archers easy to
> >> obtain?
> >> Maybe one for NT another for the Cape and one for NG
> >> Where do the other Pseudomugils' come from?
> >> Also will Melanotaeniidae cross breed even if there are eg male &
> >> duboulayi and male & female M.Fluviatilis in the same tank?
> >> Who can I get to help?
> >> Do many mambers sell fish or tanks?
> >> Will fish breed in mixed spec tanks
> >> Dennis