Scott W. Michael has written a number of books entirely on saltwater fish. In his collection there are two great, inexpensive reference books. Hobbyists would be wise to keep a copy of one or both on hand. A Pocket Expert Guide to Marine Fishes: 500+ Essential-To-Know Aquarium Species and A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes: 500+ Essential-to-Know Species are quick reference guides on particular species of fish.
Their compact size allows them to be carried to fish stores where you can look up fish you are thinking about purchasing. You will quickly discover if a fish is right for your aquarium. Both books have more than 500 color photos. Scott includes scientific and common names, maximum length, range, minimum aquarium size, foods & feeding, aquarium suitability index, reef aquarium compatibility, and captive care advice.
Color photos make it easy to identify the fish. The author, Scott, chose fish that are most often seen and kept by saltwater hobbyists. The information in these books will help you choose great fish that will do well in your aquarium. These books are a great beginning or addition to your aquatic library.