FH Magazine has been a constant in my aquarium
hobby since the early 1970s. I’ve been reading this magazine
almost since I got my first real aquarium, “with filter and
everything,” in 1970.
One of the highlights for me every month was reading the
articles about collecting fish in places all over the world, which
started a desire to visit a few specific places—so far, I have a
Peru excursion under my belt, and Borneo is next. But reading
an article in TFH about collecting fish in the Pine Barrens of
New Jersey made me realize that I didn’t have to travel the
world to see exotic species, and it piqued an interest in our
native species that has continued to this day.
I’ve spent numerous very pleasant days collecting fish in the
Pine Barrens, as well as a similar habitat in North Carolina and
some more traditional stream and lake habitats throughout the
eastern United States. One of my great joys in life is to simply
sit in a stream and observe the fishes and invertebrates as they
go about their lives.
I also looked forward every month to getting the new
additions to the loose-leaf edition of Exotic Tropical Fishes,
which was the most up-to-date collection on freshwater fish
available to us at the time. For those who are not familiar with
it, there were two new pages for this loose-leaf book in every
issue of TFH back in the 1970s and into the early 1980s.
A school of discus.