AMAZONAS Magazine “DREAMSCAPES” Inside Look!

03 Feb, 2020

AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 9, Number 2, DREAMSCAPES, on sale February 4th, 2020! On the cover: Top: Nano aquarium and Danio margaritatus. Photo credits: Friedrich Bitter

AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 9, Number 2, DREAMSCAPES, on sale February 4th, 2020! On the cover: Top: Nano aquarium and Danio margaritatus. Photo credits: Friedrich Bitter

The March/April 2020 issue of AMAZONAS Magazine is printed and arriving at the homes of magazine subscribers, local aquarium shops and better bookstores!

For our 2nd issue of 2020, our attention is focused on the most artistic and expressive side of the freshwater aquarium hobby—the planted tank, the aquascaped aquarium. Our contributors furnish a concise starting point for any aquarist to get outside of their fish-only comfort zones and find success with underwater gardening.

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The Table of Contents for the March/April 2020 issue of AMAZONAS Magazine. You can view this TOC online!

The Table of Contents for the March/April 2020 issue of AMAZONAS Magazine. You can view this TOC online!

 

"Our theme on planted aquariums comes at the time of year when many of us need an infusion of greenery after a cold, snowy, icy winter," writes Executive Editor Ann Whitman. Turn the pages of our latest issue as we all look towards the coming of spring.

“Our theme on planted aquariums comes at the time of year when many of us need an infusion of greenery after a cold, snowy, icy winter,” writes Executive Editor Ann Whitman. Turn the pages of our latest issue as we all look towards the coming of spring.

 

Aquatic Notebook is your first stop for concise stories of interest to aquarists. In this issue, Steven Grant puts forth a hypothesis for the underlying causes of color change in plecostomus, and Oliver Lucanus raises alarm over the ongoing damming of the Amazon's rivers, often causing serious environmental damage beyond that runs deeper than simply altering geography and river flows.

Aquatic Notebook is your first stop for concise stories of interest to aquarists. In this issue, Steven Grant puts forth a hypothesis for the underlying causes of color change in plecostomus, and Oliver Lucanus raises alarm over the ongoing damming of the Amazon’s rivers, often causing serious environmental damage that runs deeper than simply altering geography and river flows.

 

Attractively designed nano aquariums housing fascinating miniature fishes and invertebrates are extremely popular, and represent an excellent starting point into the world of planted aquariums. Lou Herfurth kicks off our exploration of the art and craft of creating miniature aquascapes with the article "Big Worlds In Small Spaces".

Attractively designed nano aquariums housing fascinating miniature fishes and invertebrates are extremely popular, and represent an excellent starting point into the world of planted aquariums. Lou Herfurth kicks off our exploration of the art and craft of creating miniature aquascapes with the article “Big Worlds In Small Spaces”.

 

It's all about the fundamentals, and Ann Whitman will help you set the stage for your planted aquarium, examining the equipment, hardscape and design principals that lead to a successful aquascape and planted aquarium.

It’s all about the fundamentals, and Ann Whitman will help you set the stage for your planted aquarium, examining the equipment, hardscape and design principals that lead to a successful aquascape and planted aquarium.

 

Vibrant, well-grown plants bring an aquarium to life. When thoughtfully arranged in an aquascape, they become living art: Author Lou Herfurth teaches you how to paint with plants.

Vibrant, well-grown plants bring an aquarium to life. When thoughtfully arranged in an aquascape, they become living art: Author Lou Herfurth teaches you how to paint with plants.

 

If you've ever struggled to affix and keep plants attached to hard substrates, Lou Herforth shares several techniques that an aquascaper might leverage.

If you’ve ever struggled to affix and keep plants attached to hard substrates, Lou Herforth shares several techniques that an aquascaper might leverage.

 

Surpassing the coloration of many attractive coral reef fishes, the incredibly photogenic Aphyosemion cameronense killifish species-group is investigated by Joris Aerts and Peter Venstermans.

Surpassing the coloration of many attractive coral reef fishes, the incredibly photogenic Aphyosemion cameronense killifish species-group is investigated by Joris Aerts and Peter Venstermans.

 

Although numerous species exist, eel gobies are rarely kept in the aquarium hobby. However, they are a fascinating group to consider. Ralf Britz introduces both Odontamblyopus rubicundus and Trypauchenopsis intermedia which he encountered during a collecting trip to Myanmar.

Although numerous species exist, eel gobies are rarely kept in the aquarium hobby. However, they are a fascinating group to consider. Ralf Britz introduces both Odontamblyopus rubicundus and Trypauchenopsis intermedia which he encountered during a collecting trip to Myanmar.

 

Continued from Part 1, Willem Heijns reveals the hidden backstories of each unique species in a history of the genus Cichlasoma.

Continued from Part 1, Willem Heijns reveals the hidden backstories of each unique species in a history of the genus Cichlasoma.

 

An example of a vastly underappreciated species that ought to be more readily available in the aquarium hobby, Lou Herforth shares the husbandry and breeding of the Metallic Livebearer, Girardinus metallicus.

An example of a vastly underappreciated species that ought to be more readily available in the aquarium hobby, Lou Herforth shares the husbandry and breeding of the Metallic Livebearer, Girardinus metallicus.

 

Earlier in the issue, we shared the fundamentals of aquascaping a small, planted aquarium. How far can you go? From beginner to pinnacle of perfection, Cheryl Rogers of the Aquatic Gardeners Association (AGA) introduces the winners of the 2019 AGA International Aquascaping Contest.

Earlier in the issue, we shared the fundamentals of aquascaping a small, planted aquarium. How far can you go? From beginner to the pinnacle of perfection, Cheryl Rogers of the Aquatic Gardeners Association (AGA) introduces the winners of the 2019 AGA International Aquascaping Contest.

 

Never underestimate a dark gray fish—that is probably the takeaway message from Hans-Georg Evers and the collection of Melanotaenia susii during an expedition to the Bird's Head Peninsula of western New Guinea.

Never underestimate a dark gray fish—that is probably the takeaway message from Hans-Georg Evers and the collection of Melanotaenia susii during an expedition to the Bird’s Head Peninsula of western New Guinea.

 

Make sure you don't miss out on an exciting aquarium-related event in your state and make sure your events get seen! Reach out to janine.banks@aquaticmediapress.com to learn more. View our events calendar online, anytime!

Make sure you don’t miss out on an exciting aquarium-related event in your state and make sure your events get seen! Reach out to janine.banks@aquaticmediapress.com to learn more. View our events calendar online, anytime!

 

Look for AMAZONAS Magazine in outstanding local aquarium shops throughout the U.S. and around the globe! You can find these retailers in our online sources guide anytime! Want your shop listed? Email janine.banks@aquaticmediapress.com to find out how!

Look for AMAZONAS Magazine in outstanding local aquarium shops throughout the U.S. and around the globe! You can find these retailers in our online sources guide anytime! Want your shop listed? Email janine.banks@aquaticmediapress.com to find out how!

 

AMAZONAS Magazine’s Species Snapshots present new and exciting species in the aquarium hobby, all worthy of your attention. In this issue, we share in-depth looks at Astatotilapia sp. 'Chizumulu', Dawkinsia rohani (Rohan's Barb), and Hemigrammus machadoi. This exclusive content is found nowhere else but the pages of AMAZONAS Magazine!

AMAZONAS Magazine’s Species Snapshots present new and exciting species in the aquarium hobby, all worthy of your attention. In this issue, we share in-depth looks at Astatotilapia sp. ‘Chizumulu’, Dawkinsia rohani (Rohan’s Barb), and Hemigrammus machadoi. This exclusive content is found nowhere else but the pages of AMAZONAS Magazine!


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Matt Pedersen
Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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