Practical Fishkeeping Magazine

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  1. DoubleDutch

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    Some years after the PFK forum stopped I decided to get a subscription for this awesome magazine. Two times earlier a pic of mine was placed and once I had the honor to be in "Me and my tank"
    And today the first issue fell in my mailbox yahoooooo. As a little child so happy hahahaha[​IMG]

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    Nice! I have one or two of these lying around.
    I was subscribed to Amazonas for a while, actually going to write for them soon. Magazine stuff is fun!
     
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    Yeah I doubted between Amazonas and PFK but think Amazonas is more about biotops a.s.o. and PFK is more about the Practical side of fishkeeping (maybe that's the rrason for its name hahaha)

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    I have subscribed to PFK for the past 15 years or so.

    It's getting more and more expensive.
    And I am finding they tend to recycle a lot of the articles every few years or so.

    When my renewal comes up again in December I am not sure that I am going to continue with it
     
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    Hahaha thanks for that info.
    I'll keep my mind focused on that and when I notice such "behaviour" I'll swap it for Amazonas.

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    Nice. I have that species gourami on the cover.
     
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    Amazonas is more geared towards the highly advanced parts of the hobby, or rather it dives deep into niche topics and is mostly contributor based versus PFK having a dedicated team.
     
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    What's nice about PFK is they do a lot of new product reviews.
    So one gets to see the latest tech available.

    And another regular feature is they do a monthly review of stores in a city or larger local area.
    List what sort of stock they have, their speciality (oddballs, marine etc) and rough prices.
     
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    How are these magazines conapered to the fish keeper magazine?
     
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    The Fishkeeper is a South African produced magazine, and has gone through phases since it's inception. Originally it was a small supplement piece to Ultimate Exotics (reptile mag), where it's contributors were almost entirely local - usually authored by well-known pet store owners, long-time hobbyists, and breeders. At some point it shifted toward almost entirely internationally sourced material, although recently with the editor changing it has "come back home" and is entertaining more local authorship.

    The Fishkeeper has a fair balance between freshwater, marine, and pond stuff. PFK leans into the freshwater side (I believe because this better reflects the reader base), and Amazonas and Coral are strictly fresh and marine, respectively. TFH, which I haven't read a recent issue in a decade, used to be quite balanced in content.

    Readership level also varies. I've found the Fishkeeper and PFK try to keep content beginner-to-intermediate with a tease of more advanced stuff, Amazonas and Coral really hit the niche topics (although they do some more beginner/intermediate across issues), TFH (was) a smorgasbord of nice entry-level topics alongside some rare stuff. Back in the day (I'm talking 70's-80's-90's ish) TFH was pretty much the go-to mag for hobby "firsts". First time a fish has been imported to the western world, first time breeding, you name it. I don't know if they still have that claim.

    I'd like to see our local mag do well, since it's a reflection of how our hobby is doing on our home turf. They don't do a print version anymore, but I believe the digital edition is quite reasonably priced and saves you the hassle of piling up magazines in your house :lol:
     
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    TFH used to publish some fantastic fish books “back in the day”. I have quite a few of them.
    They don’t seem to do so any more though :(
     

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