Mergus Cichlid Atlas – Volume 1 (Dr. Uwe Romer, English translation by Dr. Gero W. Fischer, Dr. Uwe Romer and Thomas Ulber)
English edition – 2001/2002
Cichlids have long been a favourite group of fish amongst aquarists and the smaller species, collectively known as “dwarf cichlids”, have a dedicated following all of their own. This book is regarded as a classic and an absolute essential item in any serious dwarf cichlid fan’s library.
The book roughly follows the format and style of those published by Mergus such as The Baensch Aquarium AtlasVolume 1. With over 1300 pages and quite small type there is a great deal of information here. It really is a fabulous reference. Almost 1500 beautiful photographs and informative drawings make it very easy on the eye also. A rather small index is balanced by a huge bibliography.
The book cover only the South American dwarf cichlid genera:
There is in-depth data on type specimens and original description, specific traits, identification, systematics, ecology, husbandry and breeding. Several photographs of each species (both male and female) are provided. There is also a very comprehensive key running to many pages to assist with the correct identification of this tricky group of fish.
Since publication there have been several species described and existing descriptions revised, nevertheless this does not detract from the value of this stunning book. If you can get hold of a copy, buy it. They do not come on the market very often. A resounding 5 stars.