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Hi Ron,

I have kept Cichlids (mainly Convict/Zebra) for a few years now, and in the last year had quite a successful breeding season, and have restocked my 450 ltr tank from the offspring. I love these fish and really want to give them the best I can offer. My problem is that I have done research and read books all the time, but I think I am still missing the basics at times. Where would the best place be to get the knowledge I need to give them the happiness they have given me? These beauts deserve more than just being stuck in a tank and having babies!! Is there a course I can attend to understand the Eco-system the live in? Books can only teach you so much I guess. Thanks in advance for your time!!

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Hi Marc,
  Funny you should ask, I am actually writing a book on convict cichlids right now... stay tuned.. it should be done by the end of the year.  

-- Ron Coleman
  rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com
  Cichlid Research Home Page <http://cichlidresearch.com>

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Ron Coleman

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I am an expert on cichlid fishes, particularly New World cichlids. My broader expertise includes the behavior, ecology and reproduction of fishes in general. (I am NOT an expert on Goldfish). Please do not use abbreviations, such as "my GT has a swollen eye" because I don't know what a "GT" is. The more clearly you can explain your question, the better chance I have of understanding what it is that you seek. I keep fishes both as a scientist and as a hobbyist and I currently maintain about 140 aquariums.

Experience

I am an Associate Professor at the California State University, Sacramento in the Department of Biological Sciences, and I run a website, called the Cichlid Research Home Page . I also write for many popular aquarist magazines, and I was editor of Cichlid News magazine for several years. I am a scientist and I spend my time teaching fish biology, ecology, behavior and evolution and doing research on the reproductive biology of fishes, particularly cichlids. I do research in the laboratory and in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Mexico. My main interest is understanding the evolution of parental care in fishes. I am interested in encouraging greater public awareness, understanding and participation in science.

Publications
Cichlid News, Tropical Fish Hobbyist, Freshwater and Marine Aquarium, Science, Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, Copeia, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, AUK, Environmental Biology of Fishes

Education/Credentials
PhD (Toronto, 1993) MSc (Simon Fraser, 1986) BSc (British Columbia, 1983)

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