AMAZONAS Magazine “KEEN ON CORYS” Inside Look!
15 Oct, 2021
AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 10, Number 6, KEEN ON CORYS, on sale October 5th. On the cover: Corydoras CW160 (top) and Corydoras CW155 (middle), Ingo Seidel; Corydoras CW133 (bottom), Hans-Georg Evers.
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The Table of Contents for the November/December 2021 issue of AMAZONAS Magazine. You can view this TOC online! “Many Corydoras species that are new to the hobby and, in some instances even new to science, are found in the wild each year. Needless to say, these new discoveries keep the cory catfish scene exciting. We could easily fill our pages on cory-related topics without even scratching the surface of this species-rich genus.” – Courtney Tobler, Executive Editor, introducing the new issue. Aquatic Notebook features shorter stories and articles of interest to freshwater aquarists. In this issue, we discover a gorgeous new species of snakehead and examine co-mimicking in Corydoras species. Hans-Georg Evers shares a complicated story of mistaken identities and fleeting chance encounters that ultimately lead to the successful breeding of a new dwarf cory catfish, Corydoras CW133. Ingo Seidel features a new group of desirable Corydoras species from the Río Tapajós basin, sometimes called Jabuti catfish. They have now reached the European aquarium market, but they are often confused with one another. Oliver Lucanus ventures into the secluded Brazilian Cachimbo Mountains (the Serra do Cachimbo), home to several new, rare, and expensive Corydoras, such as CW171, CW111, and CW145, that have made their way into the aquarium trade. Tomocichla tuba is a common cichlid in its range, yet finding specimens in the aquarium trade is difficult. Jim Cumming presents his observations of this large Central American jewel in the field and his experiences with the species at home. Many factors need to fall in line to breed fish: the right pairing, the appropriate water parameters, and an ideal diet tailored to the specific needs of the parent fish. If the fish refuse to spawn for a long time, waiting for success can become a real test of patience. Such is the story of breeding Lamontichthys llanero, as told by Norbert Knaak. Numerous articles discuss the capture and maintenance of South American characins, but the African darter characins often seem more neglected in this regard. The African darter characin fauna nevertheless has much to offer, such as these three interesting Nannocharax species from Sierra Leone, introduced by Anton Lamboj and Ahmid Mansaray. It’s interesting to see often overlooked North American native fishes (and invertebrates) having such a strong following internationally, perhaps a case of “the grass is always greener”? The North American crayfishes of the family Cambaridae have long been very popular with aquarists. Rightly so, as some are gorgeous and impressive in the extreme, and all of them are very interesting! Freidrich Bitter offers a unique and experienced perspective of these colorful and intriguing native freshwater crustaceans. Can there be a more ideal candidate for algal control in a freshwater aquarium? Is the Zebra Nerite, Neritina gagates, the snail to ruin all other snails for you? It might just be the case, as Dr. Paul V. Loiselle discovers and shares this high-contrast mollusk with you. Benin There, Done That! Go afield with Lawrence Kent as he explores the region nestled between Nigeria and Togo on Africa’s West Coast; the Republic of Benin is home to an array of fascinating brackish and freshwater fish! The unprecedented stress of lockdowns and small businesses turned upside down could drive anyone mad, but a rooftop garden of potted vegetables, tubs of medaka ricefish, and aquatic plants helped the author cope with the confusion and upheaval of the COVID pandemic in his urban landscape. Aquarium Zen’s Steve Waldron invites you into his secret urban garden refuge. Hans-Georg Evers showcases a brand new tetra from Brazill that is destined to be a hit; meet Hyphessobrycon negodagua! See even more exciting new tetras like this in our forthcoming, first-ever special edition, Characins—New Brazilian Tetras, available for order now! Matt Pedersen provides an experienced look at Ange, the freshwater angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare), one of the most recognizable inspirations for a cast member of the forthcoming animated children’s series, Weird Waters. The AMAZONAS Events Calendar returns with ACTUAL EVENTS to share! Event organizers, as you start to “reopen” your clubs and swaps, be sure to notify Janine Banks ( firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can return to normal and start sharing these gathering opportunities once more! 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. ‘Tis the season to support some of the finest independent aquarium retailers! (Well, it’s ALWAYS a good time to shop your local independent pet retailers!) Be sure to check out the AMAZONAS Magazine sources list for some of the best aquarium retailers out there. It’s in the back of each issue, and available anytime online! We close out each issue with Species Snapshots, a look at rare and unusual fishes showing up in the aquarium trade and hobbyist circles. In this issue, Oliver Lucanus examines Araichthys loro, the Río Papagaio pleco, and Friedrich Bitter recounts the recent first import and initial experiences with Macrognathus pavo, a spiny eel we first revealed in the March/April 2021 issue of AMAZONAS.
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