Amazonas Magazine

Discusluv

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Just subscribed to Amazonas Magazine. After some research, it appears to be one of the best available ---at the moment, anyways.
Anyone else get it?
Any others that you have read that you recommend?
 

dartzy

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Oooh. Have to check that out. Only other one I've found is Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine.
 

NavigatorBlack

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North American aquarium mags are victims of the Internet. TFH is now every second month, and it used to be very well circulated, even 10 years ago. Aquarium Fish Magazine and Freshwater and Marine Aquarist were in the local magazine store racks, and both are kaput, from about the same time.
Amazonas is trying to put out a quality product, and succeeding very well. It's a good mag.
 

Redshark1

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Practical Fishkeeping magazine.
 
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Discusluv

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NavigatorBlack said:
North American aquarium mags are victims of the Internet. TFH is now every second month, and it used to be very well circulated, even 10 years ago. Aquarium Fish Magazine and Freshwater and Marine Aquarist were in the local magazine store racks, and both are kaput, from about the same time.
Amazonas is trying to put out a quality product, and succeeding very well. It's a good mag.
I used to get various fish magazines at Petco in the early nineties. They had tons of different ones to choose from back then. Now the choice is slim- the internet, of course.
I'm glad I picked a good one with Amazonas. Would you recommend TFH as well?? Or, is it pretty basic: as in focused toward educating the new hobbyist, basic husbandry, common species care, etc?

Redshark1 said:
Practical Fishkeeping magazine.
What do you like about Practical Fishkeeping magazine. Can you tell me more? Thank you for your input.
 

NavigatorBlack

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Practical Fishkeeping is the British magazine, also a very high quality mag. I have no bought one and been disappointed. Once it comes across the ocean, it gets kind of expensive here in Canada. The online one, if it a deal, is a really good read.

TFH is still decent, but old readers freeze when they see how small it has become compared to its monthly glory days. Their online version can be a great deal.
 

BluMan1914

Member
I miss the good days of TFH. I use to have a stack of them, but Mom threw almost all of them away when I left for the military. I was only able to save about 5 magazines. I still enjoy reading them.
 

Redshark1

Member
I had not been impressed by the magazines in the distant past (pre 1980s) although the TFH one was sumptious in terms of pictures.

This was until my brother subscribed to Practical Fishkeeping which just got better and better. My brother passed me the magazines after he had read them.

He went abroad to work and when he came back I started paying for his subscription for his birthday present. The quality had gone up and up during the years we didn't get it. I always learned lots from it after having virtually no knowledge and relying on experimentation during the early years of my hobby.

I don't have it now as we both had families and he gave up the hobby and I had less time to read (subscriptions tended to pile up unread).

I look for specific information on the internet now and pick up lots of interesting information on this forum.

Fishlore is great and I "pay" for it by contributing to the discussions and helping out with information.
 

goldface

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The only two I read consistently are Amazonas and PFK. I really enjoyed the last Amazonas, but it got thrown into the garbage before I could finish. I mistakenly left it at the laundromat. On occasion I read Tropical Fish, which is good too. Being that it's from the UK, I only read PFK at the local Barnes and Noble, as it was over $10 last I recall.
 

DoubleDutch

Member
A shame tr PFK forum quit.
I like the magazine and some of my fishies have been in there.

When visiting a aquariumfriend in the UK he gave me one of his Amazonas.
I think those are more "scientific" about habitats aso the PFK in which more articles are found about kept fishspecies and (special) membertanks etc etc.

I therefor like Amazonas more but its a question of tastes and likes
 

NavigatorBlack

Member
The mags are businesses, barely hanging on with technological change. They are always on the edge of vanishing now.

Maybe the Internet can grow venues for more developed articles we can use as talking points for discussions. I think a lot of experienced aquarists are loathe to participate in forums like fishlore because Internet sites hide ownership and revenue streams. I was on another forum years ago that was sold to a Corporation with a CEO and a Board of Directors. They ran 'free forums" on many many hobbies, and seemed to be doing very well from their enterprise. I assume someone is making money from Fishlore, but the ownership is vague and the business model vaguer. We like to think it's shoestring, and maybe it is.

Maybe it isn't.

When Herbert Axelrod sold Tropical Fish Hobbyist publications, he got 70 million (before he went to jail for tax evasion). So fish information was once a very lucrative business. Axelrod bragged about making his millions from the goodwill of writers he paid peanuts, or who worked for free. I think a lot of longtime, experienced aquarists don't participate in forums, after that.

The print magazines won't return (but in the meantime, no one mentioned Cichlid News, another good specialist mag!).
 

DoubleDutch

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NavigatorBlack said:
The mags are businesses, barely hanging on with technological change. They are always on the edge of vanishing now.

Maybe the Internet can grow venues for more developed articles we can use as talking points for discussions. I think a lot of experienced aquarists are loathe to participate in forums like fishlore because Internet sites hide ownership and revenue streams. I was on another forum years ago that was sold to a Corporation with a CEO and a Board of Directors. They ran 'free forums" on many many hobbies, and seemed to be doing very well from their enterprise. I assume someone is making money from Fishlore, but the ownership is vague and the business model vaguer. We like to think it's shoestring, and maybe it is.

Maybe it isn't.

When Herbert Axelrod sold Tropical Fish Hobbyist publications, he got 70 million (before he went to jail for tax evasion). So fish information was once a very lucrative business. Axelrod bragged about making his millions from the goodwill of writers he paid peanuts, or who worked for free. I think a lot of longtime, experienced aquarists don't participate in forums, after that.

The print magazines won't return (but in the meantime, no one mentioned Cichlid News, another good specialist mag!).
Shouldn't that then be put behind the fish that got his name ? Paracheirodon AxelrodI "Taxfraudi" ? Oopsss sorry for going off topic.
 

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