Tropical Fish Hobbyist

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Tropical Fish Hobbyist
Former editors Herbert Axelrod
CategoriesTropical aquarium fish
First issueSeptember 1952
CompanyTFH Publications
CountryUnited States
Based in Neptune City, New Jersey
ISSN 0041-3259
OCLC 796074055

Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine (abbreviated as TFH Magazine) is a bimonthly magazine geared to hobbyist keepers of tropical fish, with news and information on a variety of topics concerning freshwater and marine aquariums. The magazine was first published in September 1952. [1] The magazine is based in Neptune City, New Jersey. [1] It is published by TFH Publications, [1] which publishes books relating to the care aquarium fish and pets.


Significant Publications

Significant articles published in Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine include the 1956 scientific description of the cardinal tetra by Leonard Peter Schultz.

Noted Authors

Several established and well known ichthyologists, hobbyists, and experts have published works in TFH Magazine, including:
Herbert Axelrod
Leonard Peter Schultz
William T. Innes
George S. Myers
Wayne Leibel
Paul Loiselle
Robert M. Fenner

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