Cichlids of Africa Volume 2: Haplochromines
Greg Steeves, Anton Lamboj & Hans van Heusden
Publisher: Granda, 2016
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The great continent of Africa contains an amazing assemblage of cichlid fishes known as haplochromines. As we continue to explore some of the lesser known waterways, beautiful creatures are being discovered. Additionally, as recent travels have shown, the great lakes are also full of aquatic animals that are yet to be described. As man continues to pillage his environment, it would seem that the fate for many of these fishes is bleak. In many cases we are in a race against time to discover fish before man destroys their very environment and eventual existence.
Here we bring together field notes with captive rearing techniques. We are well aware that many cichlids have become extinct in their native waters and populations exist only in captivity; in the hands of both professional and amateur aquarists. It is a great tragedy that this trend will only continue. As man puts more and more pressure on wild habitats, we will continue to lose species at an alarming rate. Many species will be gone before we are even aware of their existence.
This second volume in the series tries to find a comfortable medium of wild Haplochromine species not common to the aquarist, and haplochromine cichlids in the hobby, with notes on husbandry.
As time wears on the aquarist will play an increasingly important role in species survival. Whether being displayed in a public institution or in the hobbyists home aquarium, species will rely on a captive environment for their very survival. This book brings information together with species photography designed to assist with identification. It is a hard thought to fathom when you consider that this generation may be the last to see many of these beautiful fish alive.