A cornucopia of wisdom is headed your way: cover of AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 6, Number 4, Aquarium Wizardry! On the cover: Discus pair, Symphysodon aequifasciatus, with clay spawning cone. Image by Hans-Georg Evers
The July/August 2017 Issue of AMAZONAS Magazine is printed and now on its way to magazine subscribers, local aquarium shops, and better bookstores. On sale June 6th, 2017.
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HEREWITH, A sampling of articles and opening pages for readers curious about what the issue will bring.
“Many aquarists evidently have the “DIY Gene”—at least that’s the impression I get when I visit friends in the hobby…I have been looking forward to this issue for a long time. It is full of gadgets and introduces some very clever ideas from aquarists, for aquarists.” -AMAZONAS Editor-in-chief, Hans-Georg Evers, introducing the new issue.
New scientific descriptions of Loricarids start off the Aquatic Notebook. Hans-Georg Evers notes: “We can finally call L25 by its scientific name and enjoy knowing that there are ichthyologists who work well with serious aquarists and value our findings. Contrary to radical ‘pets’ rights activists,’ we ‘consume’ no animals, but strive to observe, breed, and appreciate them. By the way, descriptions of other new species from the Rio Xingu are expected. Stay tuned!”
“Aquascaping does not always have to be constructed using only natural materials. With a bit of craftsmanship, you can make use of artificial materials to create a realistic element that makes a nice centerpiece in the finished tank.” Learn more in the feature article “Gollum’s Cave: An Aquascaping Project,” by Johnny Jensen.
Have you ever heard of the Gerd Box? This, and many other practical gadgets for the most beautiful hobby in the world, go back to the ideas, developments, and inspired wizardry of a true tinkerer. AMAZONAS had many questions for Gerd Arndt, the “chief gadgeteer” of the German hobby scene. Read more in “Aquarium Wizard: Interview with Gerd Arndt, ‘Chief Gadgeteer.'”
CO2 fertilization in a nano tank? Why not? Petra Fitz explains how to build your own mini-diffuser.
Mike Tuccinardi explains the inspiration behind his latest aquarium designs: “The tannin-rich waters of the Negro are hotbeds of diversity for cichlid, characin, and catfish species (among others). My own travels to this fascinating river system have inspired a shift in my approach to keeping aquarium fishes from this region at home—a shift toward replicating their natural habitats as closely as possible.”
Steve Waldron’s “Creating Nature” series returns with the second installment, “Implementation.”
Although they are not nearly as common as their relatives from Asia, there are some exciting African labyrinthfishes. One of the true classics is a feast for the eyes, especially a variant from southern Cameroon. Stanislav Kislyuk introduces us to the Banded Bushfish, Microctenopoma fasciolatum.
Lovers of Corydoras catfishes have a new reason to be happy. Suriname, a small country in South America, is a hotspot for these fishes, but for many years very few were exported from the former Dutch colony. This all changed in 2016. Learn more from Hans-Georg Evers.
Holm Arndt introduces Crenichchla saxatilis as an ideal Pike Cichlid for a large tank. Keeping and nurturing them is not difficult, and their brood care is fascinating to watch.
Simon Forkel, well known for breeding the Altum Angelfish, Pterophyllum altum, returns to share his experiences breeding one of the most exciting wild-type Angelfish in the aquarium hobby at this time, the Santa Isabel Angelfish.
“I presumed this species would be similar to my Altifrons and Tapajos, but my experiences had not prepared me for the beauty, challenges, and surprises of the Mirabilis.” First-time contributor John Lambert alluding to the challenges he faced in producing the still-hard-to-find Geophagus mirabilis “Aripuana.”
Find out what’s happening and where in the aquarium world. Have an event coming up? Send Janine Banks an email to make sure it gets posted online and in print.
AMAZONAS Magazine’s Species Snapshots provide an insightful glimpse into what’s new and hot in the aquarium trade. In this issue: Limbochromis robertsi, Barbus walkeri, Wild-type Variatus Platies (Xiphophorus variatus), Epiplatys chaperi schreiberi, Eugnathogobius siamensis, and Pao cambodgiensis.
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