AMAZONAS Magazine “WADING INTO WEIRD WATERS” Inside Look!
27 Apr, 2021
AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 10, Number 3, WADING INTO WEIRD WATERS, on sale April 6th, 2021! On the cover: The lead cast of Weird Waters®, and their real life inspirations: Electric blue ram cichlid (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi) top (Ian Grainger); neon tetra (Paracheirodon innesi) middle (Mirko Rosenau); and tiger barb (Puntigrus tetrazona) bottom (Napat). Weird Waters® is a trademark of ©Wayletta Productions 2021. All rights reserved.
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The Table of Contents for the May/June 2021 issue of AMAZONAS Magazine. You can view this TOC online! “We know that generally people favor the familiar, whether it is with food, a walking route, or what they expect to see in their favorite bi-monthly magazine. Perhaps introducing freshwater fishes to children at a young age, in a format geared directly at them, is what it takes to familiarize the next generation to the world of freshwater fishes, piquing their interest and eventually hooking them into the hobby.” – Executive Editor Courtney Tobler, sharing some thoughts on the weird and unique issue of AMAZONAS arriving to readers this month. “So, why is AMAZONAS devoting a cover and two stories to Weird Waters?” The short answer from Publisher and Sr. Editor Dr. Stephan Tanner: “Well, first and foremost, I am a fish geek, and I view anything that gets kids interested in (freshwater) fishes positively.” But that’s just the start of it. You’ll have to read the issue to learn all about it! Aquatic Notebook: On February 23, 2021, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Shoal, and 15 other leading conservation organizations released The World’s Forgotten Fishes, a report detailing the dazzling diversity of freshwater fish species and the myriad threats they face. Author Michael Edmondstone says that freshwater fishes are in grave trouble—and the aquarium hobby can help. Our cover story, Weird Waters, and our interview with creator Frank Sandor. Hmm…he looks a bit familiar…can you place him? The cartoon series Weird Waters is bound to make a splash amongst our youngest readers. Here, Executive Editor Courtney Tobler introduces some of the species behind the magical freshwater fishes and provides a brief guide on what it takes to keep a few of the Weird Waters characters in your home aquarium. Ghana has many splendid biotopes to offer and explore—and many gorgeous fishes to seek out. They include treasures such as a cichlid that many aquarists consider to be the pinnacle in West African cichlids. Mats Johansson shares his story of a fishing trip to Ghana. The Aquatic Gardeners Association celebrated the 20th anniversary of its #InternationalAquascapingContest in 2020. The contest began with fewer than 100 entries and has continued to grow, culminating this year with over 700 aquascapes in 11 categories. Takashi Amano, the famed Japanese aquarist, introduced distinctive styles and concepts to the world of freshwater aquascaping, including the use of pre-planted wabi kusa elements. Author Jack McCarley of STUDIO AQUATICA takes us on an introductory tour of the world of wabi kusa and teaches us how to create our own piece of living art. Achim Werckenthin, Daniel Konn-Vetterlein, and Hans-Georg Evers introduce a new Corydoras from Bolivia that is small and slender, unusual in its behavior, and now available in the hobby through a private initiative. Corydoras sp. CW 153 is a truly extraordinary member of its genus! Author Hans-Georg Evers shares insights into the origins of the domesticated bristlenose pleco and its many forms, with emphasis on the “super red” variety and some unexpected benefits it may offer. Stefan Koerber provides a lesson in aquarium history, with a focus on the Argentine fishes that were among the first species to reach German aquariums. One aquarist in particular, Paul Nitsche, was at the helm of privately organizing and refining the intercontinental aquarium trade in the nineteenth century. In recent years, scientists and traveling aquarists have investigated in more detail the rainbowfishes of the Bird’s Head Peninsula, New Guinea’s western extremity. Here, author Hans-Georg Evers features the Susi Creek rainbowfish (Melanotaenia susii) and the Klasio Creek rainbowfish (M. klasioensis), two species that live in karst creeks only a short distance apart. 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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org) 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! Every issue of AMAZONAS draws to a close with a special column—Species Snapshots—concise glimpses at rare and unusual fishes showing up in the aquarium trade and hobbyist circles. In this issue, Kevin W. Conway examines the tiny tetra, Cyanogaster cf. noctivaga, from the Rio Nanay, Peru, and Erick Brodrock highlights Ancistrus sp. ‘Madama’.
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