Amazonas Magazine

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"Wunderbar! I know AMAZONAS from having family in Berlin, and it is simply the best freshwater magazine in the world. Can’t wait to see it in translation from an award-winning U.S. publisher."Heike Koch

"You have made me a happy man with the announcement that AMAZONAS is coming in English. I have been getting the magazine since it first appeared, and I can’t read a word of German. The pictures alone are worth the price, but a version in English will be priceless for me. I know the editor, Hans-Georg Evers, and he is a real enthusiast and always on the cutting edge with new species and breeding news every time."Ray "Kingfish" Lucas

"If AMAZONAS in English is even half as good as CORAL from the same publisher in Vermont, it will be a world beater. I keep both marine and freshwater tanks, and am really looking forward to a freshwater-only aquarium magazine."Matt Greene

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About Us


In 2005, noted German natural-history publisher Matthias Schmidt invited freshwater aquarist and tropical adventurer Hans-Georg Evers, below, to join with him in creating a new and very distinctive aquarium magazine dedicated to freshwater and brackish water species and systems.

They set out to combine hands-on, cutting-edge aquarium advice with definitive and lavishly illustrated reports on fishes, invertebrates, and aquatic plants, field trips to tropical destinations, and the latest in husbandry and breeding breakthroughs by expert aquarists from around the globe.

With the guidance and involvement a team of pioneering freshwater aquarists and international aquatic scientists, AMAZONAS was launched by Matthias' highly repected publishing house Natur und Tier-Verlag in Muenster, Germany.

In its first six years, the magazine has won accolades and enduring respect for the quality of its content, its production values, and its ability to bring together as contributors the leading aquarists and tropical aquatic biology experts from Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and many other far-flung places.

As Editor of AMAZONAS, Hans-Georg Evers, has developed a worldwide following among both aquarium enthusiasts and tropical fish breeders and researchers. He makes frequent trips to tropics for field trips with local collectors and scientists to visit the source waters for aquatic species that make their way into the freshwater aquarium trade.


Launching with the January/February 2012 issue, the English-language edition of AMAZONAS: Freshwater Aquariums & Tropical Discovery will appear with subscribers in more than 100 countries and distributors in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

With the able assistance of an advisory board and international group of expert contributors, AMAZONAS prides itself in offering a world-class periodical in print and digital editions, as well as mobile apps to allow portable reading in all possible formats.

In its early years, AMAZONAS established itself as one of the world’s leading freshwater aquarium periodicals, although available on in German. Followers encircle the globe, and a number of issues of AMAZONAS have become a collectors' items, with out-of-print copies commanding high prices whenever found on Internet auction sites.

More importantly, AMAZONAS Magazine has earned itself a permanent place in the libraries of dedicated freshwater hobbyists, professional aquarists, and tropical aquatic biologists worldwide.

The English-language edition of AMAZONAS was launched by Reef to Rainforest Media, LLC, a Vermont-based company founded by four aquarists and aquarium professionals, including Editor & Publisher James M. Lawrence, who serves a similar role in publishing CORAL, The Reef & Marine Aquarium Magazine.

In his role with MICROCOSM, Ltd., Lawrence has worked with many respected aquarium authors and photographers to produce a library of award-winning books, including a number of aquarium bestsellers.


EDITOR & PUBLISHER | James M. Lawrence


EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | Hans-Georg Evers


Volker Bohnet, Olaf Deters, Svein A. Fosså, Jay Hemdal, Ray Kingfish Lucas, Dr. Joachim Knaack, Michael Schluter, Ingo Seidel, Dr. Stanley H. Weitzman, Maike Wilstermann-Hildebrand

SENIOR EDITORS | Matthew Pedersen, Mary E. Sweeney

Juan Miguel Artigas Azas, Dick Au, Heiko Bleher, Eric Bodrock, Jeffrey Christian, Morrell Devlin, Ian Fuller, Jay Hemdal, Neil Hepworth, Maike Wilstermann-Hildebrand, Ted Judy, Ad Konings, Marco Tulio C. Lacerda, Michael Lo, Neale Monks, Rachel O’Leary, Martin Thaler Morte, Christian & Marie-Paulette Piednoir, Karen Randall, Mark Sabaj Perez, Ph.D., Ben Tan

TRANSLATOR | Stephan M. Tanner, Ph.D

ART DIRECTOR | Linda Provost

DESIGNER | Anne Linton Elston

Louise Watson, John Sweeney, Eamonn Sweeney

Reef to Rainforest Media, LLC
140 Webster Road | PO Box 490
Shelburne, VT 05482
Tel: 802.985.9977 | Fax: 802.497.0768

Judith Billard | 802.985.9977 Ext. 3

James Lawrence | 802.425.9977 Ext. 7

ACCOUNTS | Linda Bursell

NEWSSTAND | Howard White & Associates

PRINTING | Dartmouth Printing | Hanover, NH

CUSTOMER SERVICE | 570.567.0424



AMAZONAS, Freshwater Aquariums & Tropical Discovery is published bimonthly in December, February, April, June, August, and October by Reef to Rainforest Media, LLC, 140 Webster Road, PO Box 490, Shelburne, VT 05482. Application to mail at periodicals prices pending at Shelburne, VT and additional mailing offices. Subscription rates: U.S. $29 for one year. Canada, $41 for one year. Outside U.S. and Canada, $49 for one year.

POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: AMAZONAS,
PO Box 361, Williamsport, PA 17703-0361

ISSN 2166-3106 (Print) | ISSN 2166-3122 (Digital)

AMAZONAS™ is a licensed edition of
AMAZONAS Germany, Natur und Tier Verlag GmbH, Muenster, Germany.
All rights reserved. Reproduction of any material from this issue in whole or in part is strictly prohibited.

Tylomelania species.
Images by H.-G. Evers.

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