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There is a wonderful new book available that might be of real help to
people experiencing sex ratio problems with killies. The book deals with
Apistos, but its author has conducted a series of tests on sex ratio and the
effect temperature and pH have on the determination of sex in fry. The author
is Uwe Romer and the book is the new Mergus/Baensch Cichlid Atlas Vol. 1,
which deals with SA dwarf cichlids. It is an amazing book and is a must for
anyone involved in keeping SA fish. The photos are excellent and extensive.
It really shows the value of "leaf litter" in the aquarium. (BTW, has anyone
been using the almond tree leaves in tanks? They do not last long but boy do
they drop pH and soften water -- if it is rather soft and neutral to begin
with. They also leak tannins much faster than peat and supposedly have
medical properties.) Anyway, check it out -- along with Goldstein's new Betta
book put out by Barron's with it's great chapter on diseases and medicines.
Romer even has a couple of Rivulus pictures -- WooHoo. Now if Baensch will do
a killifish atlas. Imagine a 1500 page killie book with color pictures of
males and females and of most known populations and TEXT!
Speaking of killie books, in the October issue of the DKG Journal on
page 138 there is a color photo of a book sales/information table at the
DKG's last convention and on this table is a huge blue book with color photos
of killies on the cover. Does anyone know what book this is. I have never
seen it. It looks great.
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