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> "Tropical Fish Hobbyist" magazine, (a "must have" publication)
Neon Man
  Posted: Jul 2 2010, 06:22 PM
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About 28 years ago, I may have purchased only a copy or two of this publication at my LFS, but . . . recently (in anticipation of my new tank smile.gif), I decided to get a year's subscription.

My original thinking was to see and browse what's new in fishkeeping hardware (filters, etc.) so I could keep up with with own personal plans . . . .

I just got my first issue (August 2010) and I really must say I'm very impressed with this magazine! It has a little bit of everything for everyone! The pics are excellent. There are articles for freshwater and saltwater keepers, ranging from complete beginners to more advanced hobbyists! thumbsup.gif

The format is exceptional . . . nice glossy pages, easy to flip through, some well-known writers, etc.

I was surprised to see so little actual advertising . . . (compared to my model railroading magazine for example) . . . but it was still good and will keep me informed as to what's new, etc.


What I would also like to say here, is that, here on tfk.gif, we are very blessed to have such talented photographers as we do! Some of our members who submit photos actually do a better job than those in TFH magazine . . . (you know who you are out there! . . . I've PM'd some of you, too wink.gif )



Cheers to all . . . and I'm glad I finally subscribed to this publication.



All best,
Joe
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Posted: Jul 2 2010, 07:21 PM
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It is an excellent publication. I look forward to its arrival every month.
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Posted: Jul 2 2010, 08:38 PM
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mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmI never got a pm.........
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Neon Man
Posted: Jul 13 2010, 03:44 PM
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See my latest post in your "Dropped One" thread, Ratty! laugh.gif



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Posted: Jul 13 2010, 09:20 PM
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I didn't get a PM either sad.gif





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Neon Man
  Posted: Jul 16 2010, 03:53 PM
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OK, well seriously . . . both curviceps and RatMan have posted some truly excellent pics! thumbsup.gif


(And if I have forgotten to PM either of them, then let me hereby publicly apologize for my transgressions! laugh.gif)


And furthermore, as I continue to flip back and forth through my first issue, I must admit that there really IS a bit more advertising than I had originally thought, but it is certainly not excessive.


This magazine is indeed quite well done, and I look forward to my next issue. smile.gif



All best,
Joe
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Neon Man
  Posted: Aug 6 2010, 05:26 PM
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Well, I just got the September issue! laugh.gif


I feel foolish for not having subscribed to this magazine much, much earlier than I finally did . . . blush.gif


Really great articles. I liked the photos and the discussion of the Takashi Amano styled tanks! . . . He has always been a hero of mine, and I never quite could get my Planted Tank to look like any of his! smile.gif

A young author (Jason Baliban) just started a series on setting up an "Amano" style tank. I really like the clean look of the tank setup, use of "frameless" tanks and pendant lighting system. I'm looking forward to part 2 of his series.


But I'd better be careful in reading all this stuff . . . It'll give me so much to think about, that I'll never make up my mind about what to set up for my new tank! I have to try and stay focused on my goals: simplicity, ease of maintenance, and choosing really graceful fish who won't kill each other! lmao.gif



All best, and still busily planning his tank,
Joe
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  Posted: Aug 25 2010, 01:06 PM
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Just got the October issue . . . and it's not even September yet! laugh.gif


I sat up late last night flipping back and forth through it book.gif

Once again, really great articles, and I'm following along with Jason Baliban's new Amano style tank. Although I'm not planning a "real" Planted Tank this time around, I did pick up some good tips in that department.

Another article that stuck out in my mind was the suggestion of keeping a large school of Corys that were all the same species, rather than a random collection of several different ones. I always thought that it didn't matter too much because Corys enjoyed each other's company regardless. So I will plan on a large school of perhaps the "Bronze" cats, instead of a mix of Bronze, Pandas, etc. as I had done before.


I just can't say enough about this great publication, and it's really helping me expand my horizons.



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Neon Man
Posted: Nov 18 2010, 05:17 PM
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Well, in the final (4th) part of his Amano tank setup in the December 2010 issue, Jason gives some tips about photographing his tank.


Interesting idea using a hair dryer to create ripples on the surface! thumbsup.gif


I really love this magazine laugh.gif



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Posted: Dec 5 2010, 01:26 PM
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Wow! ohmy.gif


You should see the Planted Tanks in the new January 2011 edition of TFH! ohmy.gif


Also a new column started regarding Nano systems. smile.gif


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Posted: Dec 6 2010, 06:28 AM
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I'd love to subscribe Joe, but I can't afford the $245.00 a year thumbdown.gif
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Posted: Dec 6 2010, 08:27 AM
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QUOTE (Miss Jo @ Dec 6 2010, 02:28 PM)
I'd love to subscribe Joe, but I can't afford the $245.00 a year  thumbdown.gif

ouch, that's a bit steep. I looked on their site and they were quoting $53 US. per year. did I look in the wrong place ??

http://www.tfhmagazine.com/subscriptions/subscribe-now.php

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Posted: Dec 6 2010, 11:23 AM
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That price was through Australian Magazine Subscriptions - cheapest Australian site I could find. sad.gif
But I did go onto the TFH website and saw the amazing aquascapes Neon Man was talking about! Very nice.
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Posted: Dec 6 2010, 02:25 PM
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QUOTE (Andy_S @ Dec 6 2010, 03:27 AM)
QUOTE (Miss Jo @ Dec 6 2010, 02:28 PM)
I'd love to subscribe Joe, but I can't afford the $245.00 a year  thumbdown.gif

ouch, that's a bit steep. I looked on their site and they were quoting $53 US. per year. did I look in the wrong place ??

http://www.tfhmagazine.com/subscriptions/subscribe-now.php




Thanks Andy, I just checked and it's $53 a year for outside the USA.


(My one-year subscription cost me $31.99)


$245.00 a year sounds like a huge mistake, Miss Jo! ohmy.gif swoon.gif




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Posted: Dec 6 2010, 05:51 PM
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you are al missing the postal cost and that is were the other $192.00 is going for who is going to pay for the mailing fees for the publicaton not the seller...... whistling.gif
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