Ah, you mean the looseleaf Exotic Tropical Fish. I have the hardcover edition but never got the looseleaf edition. Now, I do have the 12 volume looseleaf german book that ETF was modeled after -- Aquarium Fish In Words and Pictures by Holly, Meinken and Rachow. It was published from the mid 1930's to the late 1950's and is simply amazing -- 1000's of entries.
Today I like TFH more than FAMA bit back in the early 80's FAMA was the better magazine. FAMA was recently sold to Aquarium Fish Magazine and had a makeover. It is better now but has lost its leadership role. TFH is on a roll. I remember watching Guppies to Groupers on TV every week and reading the articles. I think FAMA still runs the column or did until very recently. I loved TFH's Mail Call and even sent in a few questions as a kid. I was not a fan of Axelrod after a while as the killie hobby revealed to me other authors who had made a greater contribution although they were not as rich and powerful as Herbie. If you ever get a chance to buy copies of the Aquarium Magazine from 1932 until 1956 when Innes was the editor you will see what a great fish magazine was. The same goes for the Aquarium Journal from 1955 to 1965 -- incredible. They did not have the color photos but they had the best hobbyist authors. Another little magazine that was incredible was Aquatic Life out of Baltimore. The editor Augie Roth was pretty much a one man team and he published the magazine from the 1930's until 1968. He would translate the best stuff from the superior German magazines -- especially pre-WWII stuff -- and the articles were the best.
Tropical Fish Enthusiast
Yup, that be the one! I cherished that book as a kid. In the Mail Call section of TFH a kid wrote in (probably our age) about "Sea Monkeys". It was like something from the Saturday Night Live character, the one that goes into a long politcial comment, only to find out she misread or misinterpreted the topic and we heard the inevitable, "Never mind". Anyways, this kid had ordered Sea Monkeys and wante to know all baout them, what they ate and their breeding habits, etc... The reply was, "They're brine shrimp".
I grew up reading TFH magazine, so when FAMA started publishing, I was a little jealous for them. But it was great reading about saltwater fish & inverts, while TFH only dealt with fresh. They did a good job.