Tanganyika Cichlids in their Natural Habitat (3rd edition)
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Tanganyika Cichlids in their Natural Habitat (3rd edition)

The newest information about Tanganyikan Cichlids
Author: Konings, Ad, 2015
ISBN: 978-932892-18-5

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by Juan Miguel Artigas Azas, 08-Apr-2015.

The book is in my opinion the best and most comprehensive book ever written on Lake Tanganyika cichlids. The text is absorbing, in contrast to many other cichlid books where a brief guide on where the fish lives, the water parameters they need and related information is provided, this book is a true natural history book, as it guides you through the natural history of the different groups of very interesting cichlids in the lake and make you appreciate them and nature a lot more. The many years of experience of the author Ad Konings diving in Lake Tanganyika and the overwhelming reference literature serve as foundation for the history. Don’t be misguided, the 1,200 pictures on the book pages are the best there are on Lake Tanganyika cichlids, but yes there is the thing of the matte paper. In any case, I got this book for the content and I am not disappointed at all, it seems that nowadays people buy cichlid books just to browse the pictures on the pages, and ignore the content.


The newest information about Tanganyikan Cichlids.


For more than a century the cichlids of Lake Tanganyika have been a focus of scientific attention, and many interesting facts regarding fish behavior have been learned from study of this complex fish community. During the last five decades almost all of the 219 known species have become available in the aquarium hobby, and most of them have proved to be excellent aquarium residents, allowing aquarists to make a considerable contribution to our knowledge of these fishes through observations in captivity.

This third, revised, edition of the definitive study of Lake Tanganyika cichlids discusses and illustrates more species than any previous publication. Basing his study on more than 750 hours of underwater observations all over the lake, the author characterizes the species by their habitat preferences, distribution, feeding and breeding behavior, and coloration.

The more than 1200 photos illustrate all known Tanganyika cichlids, and the majority were taken in the lake, portraying the fish in their natural habitat. And the wealth of information on the natural environment this book contains will render it increasingly possible to maintain each species in the most natural way, allowing it to behave as if it were in the lake. Only by thus duplicating their normal environment can we expect to be treated to the natural behavior of these cichlids


The lake and its cichlids
Map of the lake
Taxonomy and phylogeny
The wave-washed upper rocky habitat
The shallow rocky habitat
The deep rocky habitat
The shallow intermediate habitat
The intermediate habitat
The sand
Empty shells
Muddy bottoms
The unknown depths


408 pages, 1200+ color photos, hardcover, non-glossy paper, and size: 8.