Narrated by Avery Brooks, this video focuses on Lake Tanganyika and its natural fauna. See a dazzling array of cichlids in their habitat. Also documented is how these cichlids interact with the other animals of the lake, including the otter, tortoise, water cobra, and kingfisher.
As stated above A great overall video but I wish it had focused more on the cichlids(and definitely taken the time to track down Scientific names for them). But still very interesting to see interactions with the other noncichlid inhabitants of the lake. Fantastic footage LOVED every second of it!!!!! Get this movie!
I ordered this one a while ago, because everybody was lyric about it. The underwaterfootage is very good, and is a source for anybody's inspiration how to setup a true Tangtank. Unfortunately, for those outside the US, it's only available on US standard VHS. The quality of the footage isn't great to start with; I had it converted to PAL and then put on DVD, but it's grainy! The amount of 'fishy footage' isn't big, most is otters and birds; but the Ctenochromis with the syno-fry makes it well worth viewing anyway! Truly amazing. But they missed an oppertunity by not seeking advice on the cichlid names and adding those to the commentory. And it's fairly expensive (for outside US); with shipping and converting, the pricetag ranges close to 60$, wich is a lot for under 1 hour of movietime.... With
This is a National Geographic video, which immediately lets you know it will have a pleasant narrator and flawless film quality. The Jewel Of The Rift is no exception.
While this is not a specific video on cichlids, it really revolves around cichlid life in Lake Tanganyika and features amazing shots of many different species. Given that nothing else remotely shows Tang cichlids in thier native habitat the way this video does, I think it's a must own for any fan of Tanganyikan cichlids.
Some of the shots are almost impossible to believe they could be captured on film. Amazing closeups of various spawning sequences, especially the mouthbrooding of Synodonis cats. While the video isn't a complete assembly of the many species of Cichlids in the lake, what it does cover is extremely well done. Different aspects of aquatic life are represented here w/ an amazing, and somewhat sad story of a poor terrapin. Overall, a very enjoyable and informative video that should be a staple for any African Cichlid lover.
Ok here go's, never can you go wrong watching tangs on tv, or even on a video, i thought it was a great show, and was cool to see the lake, however i was kinda disapointed that i didnt get to see more deepwater fish, but all in all it was awsome
has used this product for 1-3 Years.
Overall Rating: 7.75/10
"Fun to watch."
I think it is a great video. One issue is that many great species are left out, and that changed my score a bit. Overall a lot of fun to watch for sure.
I feel that this is a must see video for any cichlid keeper. The footage was unbelievable. I was in awwww most of the time during the playing of this video because i couldn't beleive the close ups that they had captured during the filming of this video. THE NEGITIVE side to this video:
Is that they don't tell what kind fish you are looking at. This will bother some of the less knowlagable cichlid keepers in the hobby. THis is its only fault.
I have personaly watch the video 4 times and have only owned it for about 3 months.
Allthough I have Malawi cichlids, this stunning piece of film is great to see their Tanganyika brothers and sister in action in the real life. All aspects of cichlid life are covered, from birth to (sometimes violent) death. Quality scores 9 in stead of 10, because its on video and not on DVD, but that's about the only comment I can think of.
If you are looking for footage of Frontosa or other deep-water species, this film may dissapoint. That having been said, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Many aspects of cichlid life in the wild are covered in the film with excellent photography. This is a great way to find out what the lake looks like from both avove and below the water surface. One drawback - the names of the fish are not given in the film!
Enjoyed watching this video very much. If you've been keeping African cichlids for awhile you will find it very cool to see many of the tangs you have come to known in an aquarium environment swimming and interacting in their ancestral waters. Of course being that there are hundreds of different species in the lake they are not all covered, including the majestic Frontosa.
Fogelhund has used this product for 3 Years or More.
Overall Rating: 9.75/10
This is a great video that any fan of Lake Tanganyikan cichlids MUST see. There is just some absolutely incredible footage of many of these fish in their natural environment.
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