Description: The armoured catfish family (Loricariidae), with more than 700 described species, is one of the largest and most varied groups of fishes known to Man. Until a few years ago these catfishes played only an insignificant role in our aquaria, but nowadays they have become the height of fashion. Since the latter part of 1988, when a number of new and sometimes exceptionally colourful loricariid catfish species were first imported, a real catfish boom has sprung into life. Around 500 species new to the aquarium hobby have been imported, and these sometimes vary quite significantly in their requirements. The object of this book is to provide both beginner and more experienced aquarist with an introduction to not only the maintenance but also the breeding of these fishes. It covers some 390 of the most important and most interesting Ã¬L-number catfishesÃ¬, listed alphabetically by genus and species, and illustrated in full colour. The book uses easily understood symbols to provide details of eventual size and maintenance for each species, and is illustrated with more than 640 colour photos.