AMAZONAS “African SODA CICHLIDS” Issue: Inside Look

02 Dec, 2016

It's in the mail: cover of AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 6, Number 1, African SODA CICHLIDS. On the cover: Alcolapia latilabrus and A. nadalalani by Oliver Lucanus.

It’s in the mail: cover of AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 6, Number 1, African SODA CICHLIDS. On the cover: Alcolapia latilabrus and A. nadalalani by Oliver Lucanus.

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"When we aquarists hear the words "African cichlids," we immediately think of the many well-known and very popular species of the Rift Lakes or the dwarf cichlids from West and Central African rainforest. The strangely evolved and attractively colored species from other lakes and from the island of Madagascar are not on many people's radars. How fortunate we are, then, that among our many expert AMAZONAS authors there are several who have extensive knowledge of these fishes. Most aquarists have never even heard of the extraordinarily exciting cichlids that they introduce in the following pages!" - Hans Georg Evers

“When we aquarists hear the words ‘African cichlids,’ we immediately think of the many well-known and very popular species of the Rift Lakes or the dwarf cichlids from West and Central African rainforests. The strangely evolved and attractively colored species from other lakes and from the island of Madagascar are not on many people’s radars. How fortunate we are, then, that among our many expert AMAZONAS authors there are several who have extensive knowledge of these fishes. Most aquarists have never even heard of the extraordinarily exciting cichlids that they introduce in the following pages!” – Hans Georg Evers

 

Once labeled Pseudomugil paskai "Red Neon," or simply P. sp. "Red Neon," this stunning dwarf rainbowfish now has a name: Pseudomugil luminatus. Also in the AMAZONAS Aquatic Notebook: Black Rams, Corydoras knaacki, and the Running River Rainbowfish.

Once labeled Pseudomugil paskai “Red Neon,” or simply P. sp. “Red Neon,” this stunning dwarf rainbowfish now has a name: Pseudomugil luminatus. Also in the AMAZONAS Aquatic Notebook: Black Rams, Corydoras knaacki, and the Running River Rainbowfish.

 

Oliver Lucanus introduces us to Soda Cichlids of the Lake Natron Springs, small fish that can survive in natural hot tubs!

Oliver Lucanus introduces us to Soda Cichlids of the Lake Natron Springs, small fish that can survive in natural hot tubs!

 

Even in the parched desert, there are cichlids. Join Anton Lamboj on the journey to the Danakil Depression in search of cichlids from the genus Danakilia.

Even in the parched desert, there are cichlids. Join Anton Lamboj on his journey to the Danakil Depression in search of cichlids from the genus Danakilia.

 

Thomas Weidner asks us to reconsider the notion that tilapias only look good on a plate. Consider Oreochromis esculentus, a critically endangered species from Lakes Victorian and Kyoga.

Thomas Weidner asks us to reconsider the notion that tilapias only look good on a plate. Consider Oreochromis esculentus, a critically endangered species from Lakes Victoria and Kyoga.

 

In "Storybook Aquascaping", Swedish aquascaper Ulla von Lochow shares her aquascaping philosophy, drawing on inspiration from an unexpected source.

In “Storybook Aquascaping,” Swedish aquascaper Ulla von Lochow shares her aquascaping philosophy, drawing on inspiration from an unexpected source.

 

Harald Rösch introduces us to the keeping and breeding of the Vietnamese Giraffe Loach, Annamia normani.

Harald Rösch introduces us to the keeping and breeding of the Vietnamese Giraffe Loach, Annamia normani.

 

"LED & Fluorescent Lighting Comparison: Part 1," by Petra Fritz, asks if LED lights are just as bright and natural-looking as our trustworthy old fluorescent tubes. How well do they work for freshwater planted aquariums?

“LED & Fluorescent Lighting Comparison: Part 1,” by Petra Fritz, asks if LED lights are just as bright and natural-looking as our trustworthy old fluorescent tubes. How well do they work for freshwater planted aquariums?

 

"The blackwater tributaries of the Amazon watershed have always held a special fascination—and having now had the good fortune to visit Brazil's Rio Negro several times, I can certainly count myself among the lucky few who have realized the dream of seeing the fishes I keep in the wild." - Author Michael J. Tuccinardi, in "Biotopes of the Rio Negro"

“The blackwater tributaries of the Amazon watershed have always held a special fascination, and having now had the good fortune to visit Brazil’s Rio Negro several times, I can certainly count myself among the lucky few who have realized the dream of seeing the fishes I keep in the wild.” – Author Michael J. Tuccinardi, in “Biotopes of the Rio Negro”

 

Hans-Georg Evers travels to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, into the fishroom of rare cichlid breeder Jim Cumming. Read more in "Ice, Snow, & Cichlids".

Hans-Georg Evers travels to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, into the fishroom of rare cichlid breeder Jim Cumming. Read more in “Ice, Snow, & Cichlids.”

 

Christian Köpp and Florian Lahrmann introduce us to a pastel beauty, the new-to-the-hobby East Coast Lampeye, Pantanodon stuhlmanni.

Christian Köpp and Florian Lahrmann introduce us to a pastel beauty, the new-to-the-hobby East Coast Lampeye, Pantanodon stuhlmanni.

 

..."some positive news about nature conservation. In our story on Bandula Barbs you will learn how the extinction of a species in nature was prevented by the committed efforts of many people. In large part this is because the local population was brought on board and enthusiastically supports the project". Hans-Geoge Evers, introducing his article "An Endangered Roughneck: The Bandula Barb". Learn more about the plight of Pethia bandula in the latest issue.

“Some positive news about nature conservation. In our story on Bandula Barbs, you will learn how the extinction of a species in nature was prevented by the committed efforts of many people. In large part this is because the local population was brought on board and enthusiastically supports the project.” Hans-Geoge Evers, introducing his article “An Endangered Roughneck: The Bandula Barb.” Learn more about the plight of Pethia bandula in the latest issue.

 

Petra Fitz investigates the intersection of aquarium plants and medicinal herbs in "A Pennywort for your thoughts?"

Petra Fitz investigates the intersection of aquarium plants and medicinal herbs in “A Pennywort for your thoughts?”

 

The latest AMAZONAS Magazine Aquarium Events Calendar. Have an aquarium event? Send Janine Banks or Ray Lucas an email to make sure we know about it!

The latest AMAZONAS Magazine Aquarium Events Calendar. Have an aquarium event? Send Janine Banks an email to make sure we know about it!

What's new? What's hot? What's worth revisiting? AMAZONAS Magazine's Species Snapshots will keep you in the know with the latest freshwater fish in the aquarium industry. In this issue: Melanie's Mouthbrooder, (Chromidotilapia melaniae), Mrac's Mouthbrooder (Chromidotilapia mrac), the Szechuan Goby (Rhinogobius szechuanensis), the Chinese Kissing Loach (Leptobotia tchangi), an unidentified Stone Loach (Homatula sp.), and the Whiptail Catfish (Rhadinoloricaria macromystax).

What’s new? What’s hot? What’s worth revisiting? AMAZONAS Magazine’s Species Snapshots will keep you in the know with the latest freshwater fish in the aquarium industry. In this issue: Melanie’s Mouthbrooder (Chromidotilapia melaniae), Mrac’s Mouthbrooder (Chromidotilapia mrac), the Szechuan Goby (Rhinogobius szechuanensis), the Chinese Kissing Loach (Leptobotia tchangi), an unidentified Stone Loach (Homatula sp.), and the Whiptail Catfish (Rhadinoloricaria macromystax).

 

Closing the issue, our latest installment of Underwater Eye features John Pini's winning nano-category aquascape from the 2016 Aquascaping Live! contest at the Aquatic Experience - Chicago. But there's more: Matt Pedersen interviewed Pini for an online bonus article about this best-in-show, award-winning planted aquarium!

Closing the issue, our latest installment of Underwater Eye features John Pini’s winning nano-category aquascape from the 2016 Aquascaping Live! contest at the Aquatic Experience – Chicago. But there’s more: Matt Pedersen interviewed Pini for an online bonus article about this best-in-show, award-winning planted aquarium!

 


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Matt Pedersen
Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC, including AMAZONAS & CORAL Magazines. Matt has kept aquariums for 34 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized as the 2009 MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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