AMAZONAS—FRESHWATER AQUARIUMS AND TROPICAL DISCOVERY

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HISTORY

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.

Hans-Georg Evers

Hans-Georg Evers, Editor-In-Chief, AMAZONAS Magazine

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 of a team of pioneering freshwater aquarists and international aquatic scientists, AMAZONAS Magazine was launched by Matthias’ highly respected publishing house Natur und Tier-Verlag (NTV) in Muenster, Germany.

In its first six years, the magazine 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, 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.

2012 – The English-Language Edition

AMAZONAS Magazine, English edition, March / April 2012 issue.

World’s leading freshwater-only aquarium magazine, read in more than 100 countries.

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

The English-language AMAZONAS was published by Reef to Rainforest Media, LLC, a Vermont, USA-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.

2018 – A Year of Change

Friedrich Bitter, AMAZONAS Editor-In-Chief starting in 2018.

Friedrich Bitter, AMAZONAS Editor-In-Chief starting in 2018.

2018 was a year of change for AMAZONAS both in Germany and the US. After 75 issues, Founding Editor Hans-George Evers decided to step back from leadership of AMAZONAS. Mathias Schmidt’s chosen successor is the new Editor-In-Cheif Freidrich Bitter, another enthusiastic aquarist with decades of aquatic travel and aquarium experience to his credit.

Coinciding with this change, starting in late spring, 2018, Vermont-based Reef To Rainforest Media entered discussions with past and present AMAZONAS staff members about the possibility of continuing the publication of the English AMAZONAS with new leadership here in the US.

The revised publishing team now consists of Stephan M. Tanner, Ph.D. (former Translator and Sr. Editor), Michael J. Tuccinardi (Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher), and Matthew W. Pedersen (Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher), under the new publishing company Aquatic Media Press, LLC (AMP), based in Rochester, Minnesota.

AMAZONAS Publisher Stephan M. Tanner, Ph.D. and Executive Editor Ann Whitman.

AMAZONAS Publisher Stephan M. Tanner, Ph.D. and Executive Editor Ann Whitman.

The AMP team was thrilled to find a successor for Lawrence in another Vermont-based aquarist with decades of editorial experience, the current Executive Editor Ann Whitman.

AMP also sought to expand the core of Editors-At-Large, our extended family of world-renowned expert aquarists now includes Eric Bodrock, Gary Elson, Hans-Georg Evers, Dr. Tim Hovanec, Ted Judy, Ad Konings, Gary Lange, Dr. Paul V. Loiselle, Oliver Lucanus, Ingo Seidel, and Greg Steeves.

The new team’s inaugural issue was the September/October 2018 edition.

You can find the current makeup of the full AMAZONAS Magazine team on our Masthead page. Other than some changes in leadership, the same core team of talented staffers continues to work behind the scenes to ensure that each new issue lives up to the promise and expectation of what AMAZONAS Magazine has come to be for its devoted fans.

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Reader Reviews

“AMAZONAS is widely regarded as among the finest publications in the aquarium hobby…”

It’s fair to say that there currently exists no better publication for dedicated hobbyists ...

—Matt Ford, SeriouslyFish.com

5.0
2016-01-08T20:03:52-06:00

—Matt Ford, SeriouslyFish.com

It’s fair to say that there currently exists no better publication for dedicated hobbyists ...

“Best tropical fish magazine on the market…”

If you're mourning the loss of Aquarium Fish International, take out a subscription to AMAZONAS, pronto!...it's the best fish magazine...

Nicole Putnam, Amazon.com Reviews

4.0
2016-01-08T20:07:07-06:00

Nicole Putnam, Amazon.com Reviews

If you're mourning the loss of Aquarium Fish International, take out a subscription to AMAZONAS, pronto!...it's the best fish magazine on the market right now.

You have made me a happy man…

I have been getting the magazine since it first appeared, and I can’t read a word of German...The pictures alone...

Ray “Kingfish” Lucas

5.0
2016-01-09T05:06:35-06:00

Ray “Kingfish” Lucas

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.

A World Champion

If AMAZONAS in English is even half as good as CORAL from the same publisher in Vermont, it will be...

Matt Greene

4.0
2016-01-09T05:08:11-06:00

Matt Greene

If AMAZONAS in English is even half as good as CORAL from the same publisher in Vermont, it will be a world beater

“Dropped the rest…”

“Great magazine. Out of all the aquarium magazines I used to subscribe to this is the best and I have...

Amazonas Reader Survey 2015

5.0
2016-01-26T17:15:52-06:00

Amazonas Reader Survey 2015

“Great magazine. Out of all the aquarium magazines I used to subscribe to this is the best and I have dropped the rest.”

Aquarium Geographic?

“Wonderful. Like a National Geographic for aquarium topics. ”

Amazonas Reader Survey 2015

5.0
2016-01-26T17:24:27-06:00

Amazonas Reader Survey 2015

“Wonderful. Like a National Geographic for aquarium topics. ”

“Subscriber for life!”

AMAZONAS in English?!! You have me as a subscriber for life. I am thrilled to see that the English edition...

Tim Sinotte

5.0
2016-01-08T19:44:18-06:00

Tim Sinotte

AMAZONAS in English?!! You have me as a subscriber for life. I am thrilled to see that the English edition is not being watered down. We want Hofbräu, not Bud Lite.

Wunderbar!

“Wunderbar! I know AMAZONAS from having family in Berlin, and it is simply the best freshwater magazine in the world....

Heike Koch, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

5.0
2016-01-08T18:25:14-06:00

Heike Koch, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

“Wunderbar! I know AMAZONAS from having family in Berlin, and it is simply the best freshwater magazine in the world. .”

Smart Standards

“Finally, a magazine for freshwater hobbyists that's also not "dumbed down" like some in the past. Very informative.”

Amazonas Reader Survey 2015

5.0
2016-01-26T17:27:15-06:00

Amazonas Reader Survey 2015

“Finally, a magazine for freshwater hobbyists that's also not "dumbed down" like some in the past. Very informative.”

Freshwater Best

“My rating of AMAZONAS: The best freshwater magazine. Keep up the great work. ”

Amazonas Reader Survey 2015

5.0
2016-01-26T17:19:06-06:00

Amazonas Reader Survey 2015

“My rating of AMAZONAS: The best freshwater magazine. Keep up the great work. ”

Long Wait Between Issues

“I know I'm beating a dead horse, but I wish AMAZONAS came out more often. Two months is a long...

Amazonas Reader Survey 2015

4.0
2016-01-26T11:05:56-06:00

Amazonas Reader Survey 2015

“I know I'm beating a dead horse, but I wish AMAZONAS came out more often. Two months is a long time to wait sometimes.”
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