Practical Information About Keeping, Breeding and Buying Dwarf Cichlids
South American Dwarf Cichlids
Author: Hans J. Mayland & Dieter Bork
Publisher: Landbuch-Verlag GmbH, Hamburg Germany
English Edition 1997
Binding: Hard Cover
Bibliography: 149 references
This is a very good basic text that gives identification and basic husbandry information for many of the dwarf cichlids that were known to the hobby when the book was published. However, it has been more than a decade since this book was completed and there have been many new discoveries and reassignments of undescribed fishes. This, of course, is a continual problem with any book that focuses on identification. New discoveries are occurring with greater frequency. At the same time name confusion exists among a number of fishes that appear only occasionally in the hobby. We can hope that the use of the Internet to quickly exchange photos and other descriptive materials will lead to a future with at least slightly less confusion.
Despite the inevitable errors that time has brought, this remains a very good book. The Apistogramma section is very strong and most of the photos are outstanding. It is odd that a book titled South American Dwarf Cichlids would exclude Laetacara and Nannacara yet neither Genus is discussed in this book. However, the material presented is of excellent quality.
In all I consider this to be a valuable book in my collection. Any time I acquire a new species or think about one I am sure to check this reference for the valuable insights it provides. This book is rarely available from pet or book stores. However, it can be ordered from some specialty book dealers and you can Buy It Now at Amazon.com
Special Note Fall 2007: Since the excellent book by Romer is no longer available this is probably the first book I would recommend you buy on South American Dwarfs. It is dated but it is probably the best there is for both identification and aquarium care. There is continued talk that the Romer book will be reprinted in English but until it is or some other new book comes out this is probably the best bet for most hobbyists.