AMAZONAS Magazine “KEEPING CHARACINS” Inside Look!
30 Sep, 2020
AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 9, Number 6, KEEPING CHARACINS, on sale October 6th, 2020! On the cover: Lemon tetras (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis) top, spotted silver dollar (Metynnis maculatus) middle, and lipstick leporinus (Leporinus arcus) bottom. Photos by Horvath82/ Shutterstock (top), and Ernst Sosna (middle, bottom)
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The Table of Contents for the November/December 2020 issue of AMAZONAS Magazine. You can view this TOC online! AMAZONAS Executive Editor Ann Whitman’s last Letter from the Editor, as she passes the torch. “On a personal and professional note, this issue is my last as Executive Editor of AMAZONAS, although I will be continuing as an editorial advisor…Thank you to all who have shared this wonderful journey with me and made my life richer.” Already a valuable member of the AMAZONAS team, Publisher Stephan Tanner introduces Courtney Tobler as the new Executive Editor of AMAZONAS Magazine, starting with our next issue, January/February 2021. AMAZONAS’ Aquatic Notebook brings you concise news and stories of relevance to the aquarium hobby and trade. In this issue, the editorial staff assembles a frontline report on the Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tropical fish trade, the discovery of a new harlequin rasbora species, and the Aquatic Gardeners Association celebrates 20 years of aquascaping competitions! What makes an aquarist happy? Everyone has
their own answer to that question. Our former German editor-in-chief of AMAZONAS, Hans-Georg Evers, is particularly happy when he gets his hands on a new tetra species and is able to breed it. Finding suitable tankmates for large cichlids isn’t always easy, but some characins from South America are virtually predestined for the role, as they live together in their native biotopes as well. The fact that these attractive characins exhibit fascinating behavior makes them all the more interesting for the large community aquarium. Ernst Sosna presents “Cichlid-Proof”—robust characins for cichlid tanks. B-grade horror movies and sensationalist stories about piranhas have kept the public morbidly intrigued with this carnivorous species since the 1970s. Patrick Langer, however, has been keeping piranhas for more than 30 years–quite simply because they are his favorite fishes, and he views them with totally different eyes. At first glance, substrate spawning eartheaters of the Gymnogeophagus rabdotus species-group may be difficult to differentiate. Author Uwe Werner shares his personal field experience in Uruguay to shed light on ways to distinguish three of these commonly confused cichlids, as well as how to successfully maintain them in the aquarium. Described in 1995 (Roberts) as a Botia species, the jaguar loach (now Yasuhikotakia splendida) is still fairly rare in the hobby, but definitely worth a closer look! Ute Dederer reports… Luxuriant plants and a colorful group of peaceful fish is the epitome of harmony and relaxation for many aquarists. What could be more appropriate for such an aquarium than a shoal of lively lemon tetras? Erst Sosna shares the husbandry and breeding of Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis. When choosing the correct light for your aquarium, you have more to consider than simply how to illuminate the tank. Not all lighting options are equal and making sense of the sometimes confusing topic is not always easy. In this article, Refet Ali Yalçin addresses and simplifies the complexity of light. AMAZONAS contributor Steve Waldron of Aquarium Zen in Seattle, WA returns to share insights into one of the most high-profile aquascapes of his career: scaping the 600-gallon planted aquarium installation at AMAZON’s Seattle Spheres. Aquarists rely on a fantastic array of equipment that supports our hobby; and equipment requires spare parts. We are also avid do-it-yourselfers and collectors of everything that may be useful someday. Hans-Georg Evers discusses all the little things you need. Given the current state of the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, aquarium-related events are being canceled, rescheduled, or going “virtual” with online options. Event organizers, please keep Janine Banks ( email@example.com) aware of any rescheduled events and cancellations, and we’ll do our best to relay that information. View our events calendar online, anytime, for the most up-to-date information we have available, but remember, check with any event organizer directly to learn the status of their event. We look forward to a time when aquarists can once again gather to share their love for fishes. The next time you’re in need of that gotta-have-it fish or aquarium plant, give these fine retailers a call. All of them carry single-copy issues of AMAZONAS (and they might even be a great source to obtain some harder-to-find back issues)! Remember to support your independent pet retailers, especially during these challenging pandemic times! View this list online, now! We round out every issue with AMAZONAS’ Species Snapshots—concise glimpses at rare and unusual fishes showing up in the aquarium trade and hobbyist circles. In our latest installment, Dr. Paul V. Loiselle introduces the cichlid-like Pristolepis rubripinnis from India, and Jeremy Basch documents his experiences keeping and breeding Balroglanis schultzi, the driftwood woodcat.
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