Most books focusing on cichlids have a section devoted on Africans and a smaller section for cichlids from Lake Malawi. Depending on the author most books are biased to one side or the other, therefore a book entitled "cichlids" in not necessarily a good source of information for Malawi cichlids. The books listed below are either focusing on Malawi cichlids only or their Malawi section has enough information to get started. I have also included a magazine which offers an update on cichlids.
1. "AD KONINGS BOOK OF CICHLIDS AND ALL THE OTHER FISHES OF LAKE MALAWI" by T.F.H. Publications. Need I say more? This book is a collection of photographs of nearly every fish in Lake Malawi with as many possible color morphs included. Information on its natural habitat is available, too. Color morphs are very often encountered in these cichlids and such a book is absolutely essential if you want to verify that your cichlid is actually what you paid for. The info on the natural habitat of every cichlid will help you to add some elements to make it feel better in your tank and / or arrange its diet in a better way. Clearly, the best atlas on Malawi cichlids. A bit expensive but you have to take into account that it contains hundreds of photos - all in full color.
2. M. E. SWEENEY "MALAWI CICHLIDS : MBUNA" by T.F.H. Publications. The author was recently appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine. A book with lots of useful information on mbuna keeping - in an easy to read way. All topics are examined and there are many hints and tips on what to do with these beauties in order to establish a trouble - free tank. The photos included in this book are of the highest quality.
3. CICHLIDS NEWS - Published by Aquatic Promotions Inc. Issued four times a year, this journal is essential if you want to be informed of any new species entering the hobby. It also includes some great in depth articles and special scientific (but very well written) news on cichlids.
4. D. A. BORUCHOWITZ "MALAWI CICHLIDS - KEEPING AND BREEDING THEM IN CAPTIVITY" by T.F.H. Publications. The author is (what a coincidence) the previous Editor-in-Chief of the TFH journal. The book deals mainly with mbuna (and Aulonocara) species but is very well written and informative. Actually, it is my belief, that if a novice (in keeping African Cichlids) reads one of these books, 80% of his questions would be immediately answered. This book is an alternative to Book Nr. 2 (no reason to get both of them, either one will do).
5. AD KONINGS "ENJOYING CICHLIDS" by CICHLID PRESS. Can you imagine it? It was after reading this book, and especially its Malawi section, that I decided to keep these species only. Of course, the relevant section is written by Ad Konings himself and this explains a lot. A wealth of information for any cichlid - lover this book is highly recommended for keepers of Malawi cichlids. The introduction section of the book (referring to cichlids in general) is the best I have read up to now and puts things in their true dimensions.
6. S. MELKE "SUCCESS WITH CICHLIDS FROM LAKES MALAWI AND TANGANYIKA" by T.F.H. Publications. A very useful book, well written, with lots of information for the serious fishkeeper of these species. It can become your single source of information and the photos are great, too.
7. W. STAECK & H. LINKE "AFRICAN CICHLIDS II : CICHLIDS FROM EASTERN AFRICA" by TETRA PRESS. It seems that Tetra Press goes a long way to ensure that their books are going to become a success. This book doesn't contain every species of Lake Malawi, but it contains the most commonly found in the hobby. However, it contains everything you will ever need to know about keeping the species included.
8. P. V. LOISELLE "THE CICHLID AQUARIUM" by TETRA PRESS. A classic ! Along with Ad Konings books it must be the titles most found as references in all other books dealing with cichlids from Lake Malawi. A really great book to start with. After you read it through, I am sure you will only need a couple of books to complete your library.
9. D. SANDS "TETRA'S POPULAR GUIDE TO TROPICAL CICHLIDS" by TETRA PRESS. Lots of pictures of cichlids, among them the ones from Lake Malawi, with adequate information for most of them. The pictures are excellent and, believe it or not, in this book I found information not found elsewhere. For example, did you know that the Electric blue hap male takes almost a year to develop its blue color? I didn't - till I read this book (after reading many other books, the ones in the list included).
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