Practical Information About Keeping, Breeding and Buying Dwarf Cichlids
American Cichlids I Dwarf Cichlids
Author: Horst Linke & Dr. Wolfgang Staeck
Publisher: Tetra, Melle, Germany
ISBN # 1564651681
English Edition 1994
Binding: Hard Cover
Bibliography: 48 references
Since it first became available I have always considered this to be one of the best books on South American (SA) dwarfs. The first German edition was released in 1982 and it has seen a number of subsequent updates. This, the only English version, was published in 1994 and represents the 4th edition of the book in German. I have several of the earlier versions and each edition includes additional species and expanded information from the previous.
This book primarily takes the species known at the time and discusses them in a comprehensive fashion. The text is excellent in detail and accuracy. However, it is now more than 10 years since this book was published and there have been many new discoveries and naming clarifications in that time. The photos are generally quite good. Most of the species identifications are accurate, but, again we have learned much since publication.
The husbandry information is generally quite good. Information on care and breeding is provided for most species. The bibliography is good for the time and the index is good. One thing I really like about this book is the extensive use of maps. There are distribution maps for many of the species discussed and I like seeing their range visually depicted.
In summary, I recommend this book for anyone looking for a good primer on dwarfs. Recognizing the limitations from its age, I believe that most hobbyists would benefit from owning a copy of this book. It is a standard reference for me and I often consult it despite having a shelf full of other books. Note that a separate English translation of an earlier edition was produced by the American Cichlid Association (ACA). This was a godsend at the time but this edition of the book is seriously outdated. Additionally the translation without the German text is of little value. If you want this book make sure to get the 1994 edition. This book is normally only available through used book dealers so you might have to look around to find it. You can usually find multiple used copies through Amazon. If you would like to search Amazon for this book click here and Buy It Now