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Catfish Atlas Volume 1

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by blueblue, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. blueblue

    blueblue Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Besides apistos, i also keep pleco, L46, L81, L134... :)

    I am searching around for good reference books for L46.
    i have got the books by Datz, the photo albums by Aqualog,
    and two books from Taiwan... i have also found two books,
    both by Mergus:

    Catfish Atlas Volume 1 (in English)
    http://www.mergus.com/catfish_atlas_i.html

    and Catfish Atlas Volume 2 (in German only).

    As the books are not available locally, i need to
    order them online. So, are there any
    comments on these two books, especially the first one
    (i could not read german...)? Please share. Thanks :)
  2. Rolo

    Rolo Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Hi Blueblue,

    I'm also a friend of catfishes and I know these books... AND I can read german!!! *g* So I can tell you a little...

    The Mergus Atlasas are very very good books!!! ...but they are not just to identify L-numbers. (I'm not sure, if all L-numbers are in there)
    But ... and that's most important for you ... you would need the second one for that! ;-)


    Catfish-Atlas 1 contains general information about catfishes, their habitates, systematics, keeping, breeding, etc. After that it contains descriptions to the species of the Loricariinae and Hypoptopomatinae.


    The Hypostominae and Ancistrinae (sensu Isbrücker), who includes the popular L-number-catfishes, are described in Catfish-Atlas 2.


    If you need a book to identify loricariid catfishes, it's good to have Datz plus Aqualog. The newest one!!! - the old Aqualog is a crime against aquarians *g* - But also the new Aqualog contains several misidentifications, so it's better to have Datz to compare. But Datz shows only one picture for any species, Aqualog shows variations. ...but anyway, it's often impossible to identfy catfishes by pictures, especially in the popular genus Hypancistrus ;-)

    But there a new book available here in germany, from André Werner (Transfish) and Walter Lechner, which is a good compromise. It contains the L-Numbers 1-400 and good pictures.
    But I don't think, it is available in english. (but L-Numbers are readable international for identifying!) ;-)

    Look at http://www.bede-verlag.de/book_1_4_2_289.html

    best regards,
    Rolo
  3. blueblue

    blueblue Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks Rolo for the kind advice. Just a further question:
    Does Catfish Atlas I includes some descriptions of zebra pleco L46
    and its natural habitates? I actually want to know as much as possible
    of this species. :)



  4. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Read fast because the Zebra Pleco's habitat is scheduled to be under 50+ meters of water (hydroelectric dam reservoir) within 10 years!
  5. Fatts

    Fatts New Member 5 Year Member

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    I thought that I read they were not going ahead (I will have to look for where I read that) with that project? Is that not correct? They are still building that dam?
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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    I hope you are right. But consider this:

    1) the Brazilian govenment passed a law that environmental impact statements have only 6 month before they must be submitted for review. It is impossible to evaluate such an area within 6 month.

    2) "A significant event was the 25 August 2001 assassination of Ademir Alfeu Federicci, known as “Dema,†a leader of resistance to the dam plans. Dema was head of the Movement for the Development of the Transamazon Highway and the Xingu (MPDTX). He is regarded in the area as a martyr who was killed for his outspoken criticism of the dams (ISA 2001). However, as is often the case in assassinations carried out by hired gunmen, sufficient evidence could not be gathered to bring the case to trial."

    3) More populated parts of Brazil have a periodic series of electrical brown-outs due to poor utilization of the present electrical infrastructure & adequate hydroelectric water storage.

    4) Brazil has negotiated with China to open the largest alumina plant in the world by 2010. The process of producing aluminum requires vast amounts of electricty. If they have electrical problems now, where are they going to get more?

    For those interested in this, you might want to read the following paper: http://philip.inpa.gov.br/publ_livres/Preprints/2006/Belo Monte dec making-EM-3.pdf
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    Fatts New Member 5 Year Member

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    So you are saying that there are not any plans YET! It is just a matter of time. I understand now, thanks.
  8. RiC

    RiC New Member 5 Year Member

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    Hey Blueblue,
    The Carfish Atlas 1 does not contain anything regarding the L46 :rolleyes:
  9. blueblue

    blueblue Active Member 5 Year Member

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    oh.... bad news!!
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    The reginator New Member 5 Year Member

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    for lots of info on catfish try www.planetcatfish.com they have some very helpful well informed peeps there:wink:
  11. blueblue

    blueblue Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks reginator.
    Yes, i did visit this website before and it's a very good website for pleco hobbyists :)
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    Andrew C New Member 5 Year Member

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    blueblue Active Member 5 Year Member

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