Herbert R. Axelrod.

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19 May 2017 12:33 #1 by JohnH
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I read this morning of the passing of Herbert R. Axelrod and it made me very sad. It was his book - The Handbook Of Tropical Fishes and William T. Innes' Exotic Aquarium Fish which really stoked the enthusiasm of a young teenager in my early fishkeeping days. As I could afford neither these were on almost permanent loan to me from the Hornchurch Library.

A true pioneer in my eyes it was always a treat to read his articles in the monthly copies of the original Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine.

Modern fishkeeping owes a great debt to the exploits and enterprise of this man. Although his personal life wasn't free of controversy his legacy must be the above-mentioned debt we owe to him and his memory.

A true legend.

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John

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19 May 2017 17:02 #2 by robert
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Sad to here this i have read his books , reckon he could be called the father of our hobby

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20 May 2017 13:19 #3 by igmillichip
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THe TFH publishing company brought us many books in the early days that accelerated the hooby into what it is today.

I would suggest that Innes's book was the original bible of the hooby, but Axelrod took that seed and grew it into a tree upon which so many general and specific publications could be hung upon.

I would still see The Handbook of Tropical Fish from 1955 (and subsequent editions) as beign a great source of information that is still contemporary and, in some cases, is quite an advanced piece of text.

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07 Jun 2017 17:54 #4 by JohnH
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Just to round off the subject here's the obituary from Practical Fishkeeping.

www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/news/fish...170607-NEWSL-ENG-NEW

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08 Jun 2017 15:34 #5 by robert
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Very interesting article

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