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Lake Tanganyika, situated in the heart of Africa, is one of the most fascinating bodies of water in the world. It is also one of the largest, as well as deepest, freshwater lakes to be found on Earth. In numerical terms the cichlids (family Cichlidae), dominate Lake Tanganyika, in regards of both, species and numbers. One of the peculiarities of the genus Tropheus, found only in Lake Tanganyika, is that these extremely specialized fishes are unable to cross large areas where there are no aggregations of rocks. These rock formations form their particular habitat. As a result, these cichlids have evolved in distinct variants, easily distinguished by their coloration, in practically every rocky zone. Because coloration plays a major role in the courtship of these cichlids, they are often incredibly colorful.
All the color variants known to date - more than 120, including the newest discoveries never before pictured in print ? are here for the first time portrayed in words and photos in a single book. In the course of more than 10 years of intensive involvement with these fishes, the author Peter Schupke has compiled all the information available on these spectacularly attractive Tropheus. The most recent research using the latest scientific methods, such as DNA analysis, has been included. The aquarist is provided with all the information required for the successful maintenance and breeding of these fishes in captivity. Aquarists and scientists alike will find in this Aqualog a unique work of reference, which like all Aqualog lexica, can be kept up to date over the years to come by means of the supplements. Hardcover, 190 pages, over 300 photos plus 150 drawings.
This book is by far the best book covering Tropheus than any other I've ever read. A must have for Tropheus lovers everywhere! Well worth the money. I've raised Tropheus for years and still turn to this book for help!
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