AMAZONAS May/June 2014: Preview

03 Mar, 2014

AMAZONAS
Volume 3, Number 3

AMAZONAS May/June 2014 Cover. Click to enlarge.

AMAZONAS May/June 2014 Cover. Click to enlarge.

THE JOYS OF BREEDING

To take a page from Luther Burbank on the subject of humans playing matchmaker:

“The secret of improved tropical fish breeding, apart from scientific knowledge, is love.”

For the readers, contributors, and editors of AMAZONAS, a fascination with the breeding of aquarium fishes is a unifying passion.
All of the efforts to feed better foods, maintain more pristine water conditions, provide better lighting and more appropriate space and system parameters have just a few goals: keeping fish healthier, more active and colorful—more inclined to reproduce.

Look to the next issue of AMAZONAS for a bonanza of breeding articles encompassing an array of different species:

Hans-Georg Evers talks candidly about his approach to success, having had more than 400 fish species multiply in his tanks, he shuns “recipes” and encourages beginners to try their hands at captive breeding. In a series of highly readable and engaging articles, he talks candidly about his trials and tribulations in breeding:

BARBS, DANIOS & TETRAS
Danio jaintaianensis
• Hemigrannocharax uniocellatus
• Danionella translucida
• Stephan Inselmann describes his ingenious breeding trap aquarium and shows how it works with many species of egg-scatters

CATFISHES
• Brochis species Corydoradine catfishes

CICHLIDS
• Beautiful Lake Malawi cichlids are a passion of Jens Hamann, who goes into depth about breeding Melanochromis johanni
• Frank Srozyk documents his success with the beguiling little wood cat, Akysis maculipinnis

BETTAS
• Richard Brode tells how he cracked the code with the wild-type Betta stigmosa

SPECIAL REPORT: RARE PLECOS
• In an extravagant gallery of species images, Haakon Haagensen looks at the astonishing range of target species for breeders captivated by the Zebra Pleco and its brethren in the genus Hypancistrus. Threatened with potential extinction by hydroelectrical damming projects in their Rio Xingu native waters, these boldly pigmented catfishes bring with them an imperative to be bred in captivity.

LED FRESHWATER LIGHTING
• Planted aquarium expert Kris Weinhold continues his experiments with practical, affordable LED lighting sytems, including customizable and do-it-yourself options.

And more:
Riparium in the Mists: Devin Biggs offers a portrait of an astonishing riparium system created by Don Boyer in Nashville, Tennessee, with both above-water and below-the-surface tropical biotopes.
A Fishroom Visit with Shane Linder: Star expert on Planet Catfish, Shane Linder, welcomes writer Rachel O’Leary and AMAZONAS into his fishroom for a chat about his adventures—and misadventures—in breeding and seeking out catfishes off the beaten path in South America.

Look to the next issue of AMAZONAS for fresh inspiration, new ideas and a cover-to-cover celebration of the joys of aquaristics.

Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Materials Final Deadline: FRIDAY, March 14th

Attribution
 “The secret of improved plant breeding, apart from scientific knowledge, is love.”
—Luther Burbank, circa 1924 in his Santa Rosa gardens, California
—Source: Brainy Quotes

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About the author

James Lawrence
James Lawrence

James Lawrence is editor & publisher of AMAZONAS & CORAL Magazines and Microcosm, Ltd., publishers of many critically acclaimed and bestselling books in the aquarium field. He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards for journalism, design, and publishing excellence. James Lawrence lives and works in Shelburne, Vermont.

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