AMAZONAS Magazine “XL WEST AFRICAN CICHLIDS” Inside Look
24 Jan, 2023
AMAZONAS Magazine, Volume 12, Number 2, XL WEST AFRICAN CICHLIDS. On the cover: Tilapia” brevimanus (top), M.C.W. Keijman; Heterotilapia buettikoferi (bottom), Uwe Werner.
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AMAZONAS Magazine Back Issue Shop. The Table of Contents for the March/April 2023 issue of AMAZONAS Magazine. You can view this TOC online! AMAZONAS Executive Editor Courtney Tobler introduces the issue by sharing some of her personal experiences with large African cichlids along with some considerations about the nature of maintaining these fishes in home aquariums. The AMAZONAS Aquatic Notebook presents short stories of relevance to the freshwater aquarist from around the globe. In this issue, we being with the taxonomic reorganization of the genus Apisdoras, which has reduced the number of species in the genus from 25 down to 18. You can read Art Parola’s latest report on the CITES changes to the status of the Zebra Pleco, Hypancistrus zebra, in Aquatic Notebook, or in our exclusive online excerpt that is free for all to read! If you’re not a subscriber, and you enjoy this type of coverage, be sure to subscribe to AMAZONAS magazine; learn more at www.AMAZONASmagazine.com. Also in Aquatic Notebook: The revelation that Astroblepus reproduce via internal fertilization, and the story of the high school student who has fully sequenced the genome of the Angelfish, Pterophyllum scalare. Our first cover story comes from M.C.W. Keijman, sharing the beautiful “Tilapia” brevimanus. The quotation marks indicate that the species is thought to belong to a novel genus related to Tilapia, but that there is yet insufficient material available to formally erect a new genus. You’ll get a clear idea of their life history, care requirements, and breeding of this species. Uwe Werner contributes an in-depth investigation of Coptodon louka, a big, beautiful, metallic cichlid from Guinea. Werner’s article focuses particularly on the varied body forms found in different locations, their coloration, and sexual dimorphism. M.C.W. Keijman doubles down on the West African Cichlid coverage with a second contribution; the result is PURE GOLD: Sarotherodon knauerae. This absolutely gorgeous cichlid originates from western Cameroon and happens to be relatively nonaggressive allowing it to be maintained with other cichlid species. The striking black and white coloration made it an aquarium shop staple, although aquarists don’t always know what they’re in for. Uwe Werner his experiences with the Zebra Tilapia, Heterotilapia buettikoferi, bundled with existing knowledge of the species, reporting on the history, husbandry, and breeding of this striking cichlid species. Henry Wolf writes about the Lake Eacham Rainbowfish, Melanotaenia eachamensis, yet another species whose type population is extinct in the wild, and whose continued existence on our planet is made possible through captive breeding. Hansjürgen Dieke unveils the care, keeping, and breeding of Badis singenensis ‘Buxar’, a lovely little red-orange badid that hails from the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. It was described back in 2011, but is still a pretty rare species in the hobby. Leave it to Hans-Georg Evers to try to steal the show with an unparalleled look at the Zebra Corydoras, Corydoras ps. ‘CW111’. Evers covers it all, from its appearance in the trade at astronomical prices to its successful breeding and distribution. Ready to hop on a plane, slap a mask on your face, and peer into the cool mountain streams concealed by the dark forests of Japan? Oliver Lucanus will inspire you with his search for elusive forest stream gobies! Bailin Shaw introduces the winners of the 2022 Aquatic Gardener’s Association Aquascaping Contest. It’s a visual feast of underwater gardening not to be missed! Whether you’re looking for rare AMAZONAS back issues or unique fishes and aquatic plants, check out Sources, our printed and online listing of local aquarium stores in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, South Korea, Sweden, and Chile, where you can buy AMAZONAS right off the shelf. 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, Aquatropic’s Kevin Kohen showcases the Spoon Face Loricaria, Planiloricaria cryptodon, and Below Water’s Oliver Lucanus introduces readers to the incredible, yet very large and demanding Tometes sp. ‘Teles Pires’, a pacu-type species originating from fast-flowing, oxygen-rich waters, suitable only for very large aquariums. They won’t even begin to show the striking red-slashed adult coloration until partially grown…at 8 inches of length…with a maximum potential of 18″!
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