AMAZONAS Magazine “RAINBOWFISHES” Inside Look!

08 Jun, 2022

 AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 11, Number 4, RAINBOWFISHES, on sale June 8th. On the cover: Top: Melanotaenia cf. goldiei ‘Lobo Village’, middle left: M. sp. ‘Kali Tawa’, middle right: M. mairasi. Photos: Wim Heemskerk. Bottom: M. ‘Malanda’. Photo: Keith Martin
AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 11, Number 4, RAINBOWFISHES, on sale June 8th. On the cover: Top: Melanotaenia cf. goldiei ‘Lobo Village’, middle left: M. sp. ‘Kali Tawa’, middle right: M. mairasi. Photos: Wim Heemskerk. Bottom: M. sp. ‘Malanda’. Photo: Keith Martin

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The Table of Contents for the July/August 2022 issue of AMAZONAS Magazine. You can view this TOC online!
The Table of Contents for the July/August 2022 issue of AMAZONAS Magazine. You can view this TOC online!
We open with our Letter from the Editor, where Courtney Tobler introduces us to the stars of the magazine, as well as gives us an update on potential amendments to the Lacey Act.
We open with our Letter from the Editor, where Courtney Tobler introduces us to the stars of the magazine, as well as gives us an update on potential amendments to the Lacey Act.
In this edition of Aquatic Notebook, we introduce a species of bristlenose catfish from the Xingu River that until recently was only known as L159, but now has the official name of Ancistrus luzia. We learn about the immediate need to protect the freshwater world of Sulawesi, and an organization called Sulawesi Keepers doing what they can to prevent the extinction of this island's endemic fauna. Another new species gets a feature⁠—arrecently described stone loach from Central Anatolia.
In this edition of Aquatic Notebook, we introduce a species of bristlenose catfish from the Xingu River that until recently was only known as L159, but now has the official name of Ancistrus luzia. We learn about the immediate need to protect the freshwater world of Sulawesi, and an organization called Sulawesi Keepers doing what they can to prevent the extinction of this island’s endemic fauna. Another new species gets a feature⁠—arrecently described stone loach from Central Anatolia.
"Catching rainbows in Kaimana, New Guinea" portrays an enviable collecting trip to New Guinea, where Johannes Graf treks through West Papua to find new species of rainbowfishes.
“Catching rainbows in Kaimana, New Guinea” portrays an enviable collecting trip to New Guinea, where Johannes Graf treks through West Papua to find new species of rainbowfishes.
Continuing our cover feature, rainbowfish expert Gary Lange provides an intimate look at "Breeding the Melanotaenia species of New Guinea and other rainbowfishes".
Continuing our cover feature, rainbowfish expert Gary Lange provides an intimate look at “Breeding the Melanotaenia species of New Guinea and other rainbowfishes”.
Home aquarists really can make a difference! Peter Unmack shares how the fish hobbyist community saved Australia's Running River rainbowfish from extirpation, and is working to further conservation efforts for a second rainbowfish species.
Home aquarists really can make a difference! Peter Unmack shares how the fish hobbyist community saved Australia’s Running River rainbowfish from extirpation, and is working to further conservation efforts for a second rainbowfish species.
Wim Heemskerk rounds out our feature topic with an investigation of "Blue-Eyes: beauties from Oceania". The story features in-depth information and gorgeous images of species from the family Pseudomugilidea, close relatives of rainbowfishes that also exhibit some extraordinary colors and finnage.
Wim Heemskerk rounds out our feature topic with an investigation of “Blue-Eyes: beauties from Oceania”. The story features in-depth information and gorgeous images of species from the family Pseudomugilidea, close relatives of rainbowfishes that also exhibit some extraordinary colors and finnage.
All the rainbowfish coverage is absolutely beautiful, but there's plenty of other content too! Check out this super useful article from Gregory J. Niedzielski that provides a detailed overview of the interesting and diverse Fundulopanchax killifishes of western Africa. It is just full to the brim with beautiful and inspiring photos.
All the rainbowfish coverage is absolutely beautiful, but there’s plenty of other content too! Check out this super useful article from Gregory J. Niedzielski that provides a detailed overview of the interesting and diverse Fundulopanchax killifishes of western Africa. It is just full to the brim with beautiful and inspiring photos.
AMAZONAS author and photographer Sumer Tiwari returns to our pages with his tale of an uphill battle to keep and breed chameleon whiptail catfish, Pseudohemiodon apithanos, one of the more bizarre yet fascinating aquarium fishes out there.
AMAZONAS author and photographer Sumer Tiwari returns to our pages with his tale of an uphill battle to keep and breed chameleon whiptail catfish, Pseudohemiodon apithanos, one of the more bizarre yet fascinating aquarium fishes out there.
Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about Brine Shrimp, Kriton Kunz comes along and reveals the surprising story of one of the most heavily aquacultured creatures in the world.
Anton Lamboj and Amidu Mansaray bring you on their trip to the west African nation of Sierra Leone and share a firsthand look at the ichthyofauna of the region, paying particular attention to the native characins and barbs.
Anton Lamboj and Amidu Mansaray bring you on their trip to the west African nation of Sierra Leone and share a firsthand look at the ichthyofauna of the region, paying particular attention to the native characins and barbs.
Courtney Tobler pens another installment of Keeping the Cast, our ongoing coverage of the cartoon series Weird Waters. In this issue, we have a look at the care requirements of Paddles, the animated version of a bubble-eye goldfish.
Courtney Tobler pens another installment of Keeping the Cast, our ongoing coverage of the cartoon series Weird Waters. In this issue, we have a look at the care requirements of Paddles, the animated version of a bubble-eye goldfish.
The AMAZONAS Events Calendar is back in full swing! Event organizers, as you start to “reopen” your clubs and swaps, be sure to notify Janine Banks (janine.banks@aquaticmediapress.com) so we can return to normal and start sharing these gathering opportunities once more! Since COVID continues to flare up an cause issues, be sure to check with any event organizer directly to learn the status of their event. Keep a lookout for AMAZONAS at aquarium events around the U.S. this year, and please be sure to stop by and say hi! And be sure to check the online events calendar for the most current info, and events going beyond the current printed calendar!
The AMAZONAS Events Calendar is back in full swing! Event organizers, as you start to “reopen” your clubs and swaps, be sure to notify Janine Banks (janine.banks@aquaticmediapress.com) so we can return to normal and start sharing these gathering opportunities once more! Since COVID continues to flare up and cause issues, be sure to check with any event organizer directly to learn the status of their event. Keep a lookout for AMAZONAS at aquarium events around the U.S. this year, and please be sure to stop by and say hi! And be sure to check the online events calendar for the most current info, and events going beyond the current printed calendar!
Check out Sources, our printed and online listing of local aquarium stores in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and Sweden, where you can buy AMAZONAS right off the shelf. Rumor has it, they probably have fantastic aquatics departments considering they have great taste in aquarium literature!
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, readers will enjoy three species reviews. Friedrich Bitter highlights the Giant Gourami, Osphronemus gouramy; Oliver Lucanus introduces a lovely characin, Hypomasticus despaxi, along with a striking new eartheater cichlid, Geophagus sp. ‘Black Saddle’. It’s all exclusively in the pages of AMAZONAS Magazine!

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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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