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Lake Victoria Rock Cichlids Hardcover – June 30, 1996

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Verduyn Cichlids; 1 edition (June 30, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9080018163
  • ISBN-13: 978-9080018167
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,911,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very detail oriented book when it comes to where the rock cichlids of lake Victoria come from and their identifying characteristics. I wouldn't recommend it for the average hobbyist because it leans toward the more scientific aspects of identification and has less on aquarium husbandry. However, if you're "into" Lake Victoria cichlids and want to see where they come from and the many different varieties, then I would recommend purchasing this book. Overall, I enjoyed it, but it's not a beginner book. There is also some interesting reading on the history of lake Victoria included.
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Overall, this is a very good book and well worth having. It is out of print, so used copies are hard to come by and expensive. There are lots of photos of species, with lengthy descriptions of the fishes' appearance, collection locations, and habitats. Though there is a chapter on keeping and breeding Victorian cichlids in the aquarium, this is a book about cichlids in the wild, not in the aquarium. And that is the true value of this book.

I did not give a 5-star rating for a couple of reasons. First, most photos are much too dark. I cannot say if this is a printer's error or the result of the quality of the original photos themselves. I suspect that expert use of Photoshop would have, and should have, fixed these issues before publication. Second, the index is grossly insufficient. There is no subject index, only a species index-- and much of it is grouped into various complexes, instead of listing actual species. Granted, a lot of this is due to the fact that species names had not yet been assigned to the various fishes at the time of the writing, but it does make it harder to find information on a species you know.

Finally, I wish there was a companion volume that discussed the non-rock-dwelling cichlids of Lake Victoria.
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Good book!!!
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