AMAZONAS Magazine “FRESHWATER FLATFISHES” Inside Look!
15 Dec, 2021
AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 11, Number 1, FRESHWATER FLATFISHES, on sale December 14th. On the cover: Brachirus selheimi (top), M. Hammer; Brachirus cf. selheimi (middle and bottom), Stefan Baldus
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The Table of Contents for the January/February 2022 issue of AMAZONAS Magazine. You can view this TOC online! “As hobbyist, we tend to gravitate towards extravagant elements such as the flowing fins and vibrant colors of our fishes and the lush plantings of our tanks….At first glance, freshwater flatfishes may not exhibit obvious allure and grace. Most show modest grays and browns, and all have weird, asymmetrical faces. These features, however, are what make flatfishes interesting.” – Courtney Tobler, Executive Editor, introducing the new issue. A new species of Badis was recently described from the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram. Badis kaladanensis, named after its native distribution in the Kaladan River drainage, is a member of the Badis badis species-group. Learn more about this new species in this installment of Aquatic Notebook. How, exactly, did swordtails get their impressive caudal fin ornamentation? Michi Tobler distills recent research into the answers in this issue’s Aquatic Notebook. Ole Arnold Schneider introduces our cover stories about Freshwater Flatfishes, nothing that “With their asymmetrical appearance, slanting mouths, and eyes on one side of the body, flounders, soles, plaice, and other flatfishes are more reminiscent of Picasso’s creations…As ornamental aquarium fishes, however, they are less celebrated. This marginalized role is completely undeserved as these truly unique fishes should receive more attention in the freshwater aquarium hobby.” Our cover stories continue with an exciting article by Stefan Baldus detailing his experiences keeping, and successfully breeding, a freshwater flatfish currently being treated as Brachirus cf. selheimi. This fascinating story could help pave the way for other captive-breeding successes with related species! Stanislav Kislyuk shares his experiences with a bottom-dwelling, asymetrical freshwater dwarf sole from Malaysia. Watch our AMAZONAS social media channels and newsletters for a forthcoming AMAZONAS interview with Kislyuk, hosted by Alex Rose. Aquarists may be somewhat familiar with the routinely available Morgurnda morgurnda or Nothern Purple Spotted Gudgeon. Now, author Kurt Heims introduces aquarists to the related and undescribed Mogurnda sp. ‘Fruta’ from the Bomberai Peninsula in West Papua. Panaque cochliodon? Panaque suttoni? Panaque suttonorum? Are you one of the many aquarists who are confused by all the name and color variations of “Blue-Eyed Panaques”? Mark Regent presents a very eye-opening investigation and update covering the various forms of this highly sought-after pleco as they are being encountered in the aquarium trade. Ernst-Otto von Drachenfels transports you to South America with a step-by-step travel guide for aquarists who wish to participate in ecotourism at Camp Voltaire in northern French Guiana. Once you are done reading “Fish Eggs Through a Lens” by Ralf Britz, we guarantee you’ll have an entirely new appreciation for these unseen details of fish reproduction. This is an issue you won’t want to be without if you’ve ever experienced problem algae in your freshwater aquarium. Veteran aquatic gardener Bailin Shaw examines each type of pest algae that aquarists and aquascapers are likely to encounter, reveals their underlying causes, and presents options to remediate algal problems for good! Ernst Sosna returns to the pages of AMAZONAS with a fresh, in-depth look at the husbandry and breeding of an exemplary South American dwarf cichlid for the home aquarium: Apistogramma panduro. It’s been a hot minute (long time!) since AMAZONAS brought you to the rift lakes of East Africa, so we’re eager to dive in and explore the featherfin cichlid genus Ophthalmotilapia from Lake Tanganyika with author Wolfgang Staeck! Courtney Tobler returns with another installment of Keeping The Cast. This time we feature the piscine inspiration for “Bolo”, the Black Ghost Knifefish, Apteronotus albifrons, which thankfully isn’t as scary as its on-screen counterpart! 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. Sources are listed in the back of each issue, and available anytime online! Have a shop and want to carry AMAZONAS? Reach out to Janine Banks ( email@example.com) for further details! 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, Dr. Paul V. Loiselle introduces us all to an overlooked yet vibrant North American killifish, Fundulus rubrifrons, and Oliver Lucanus shows off the wonder apisto, Apistogramma sp. ‘maravilha’!
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About the author
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.