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Parosphromenus-​Newsletter No. 108 Biele­feld (Ger­many), March 10th, 2013

Dear friends, today a num­ber of cur­rent mes­sages or inquiries dom­i­nate our newslet­ter. Other issues will be resumed in a later newslet­ter. Most impor­tant are the points 2 (“New Spring cen­sus is immi­nent”) and 3 (“We are urgently look­ing for a new leader for Dis­tri­b­u­tion”). If some­one feels addressed, may he /​she sign up. In addi­tion, we report in item 4 that the inter­na­tional con­fer­ence we had planned for Ham­burg (Ger­many) this autumn is post­poned to a later date because of some strong reasons.

1. New mem­bers to the project

New mem­bers con­tinue to strengthen our Parosphromenus project:

- Andrea Brandi from Italy
— Ste­faan from Roma­nia (?)
— Jeremy from Pong?
— Emmanuel from?
— Lennart Fried Ritz from Braun­schweig (D) — Horst Ger­wens (D)


2. The new cen­sus (Spring 2013) is immi­nent next month

Every six months, it’s time again: We col­lect the lat­est fig­ures of our aquar­ium fish stocks.

There are peo­ple who say: This is too fre­quently done. Once a year would be suf­fi­cient. But if one looks at the changes that hap­pen between two sur­veys, we come to a dif­fer­ent con­clu­sion. Usu­ally they are not as flashy on the whole, but hid­den in the details. If one fol­lows the stock of a sin­gle species he or she comes quickly to the con­clu­sion that the six-​month inter­val is not entirely unrea­son­able. Most species are in fact not avail­able in large num­bers, but in small stocks. They remain present in the aquar­ium, but in a very chang­ing com­po­si­tion of sub-​stocks. Since each of these sur­veys from prepa­ra­tion to eval­u­a­tion and pub­li­ca­tion needs nearly the time of three months, unfor­tu­nately, some num­bers are already out of date when the new cen­sus appears. This is dif­fi­cult to be avoided gen­er­ally. But it would be an even greater prob­lem if we would just do one cen­sus every year only.

One thing wor­ries us a bit: the fre­quent change of god­fa­thers. While there are some species where the god­fa­ther­ships are sta­ble for many years already, it is obvi­ously strik­ing that quite a few change rather quickly. We there­fore appeal to all god­fa­thers to take their task seri­ously and try to main­tain it for a time (at least two to three years) as long as pos­si­ble. This means that each god­fa­ther should in any case strive to breed those species or forms for which he is respon­si­ble. Of course, all this hap­pens vol­un­tar­ily, but it is only effec­tive if as many god­fa­thers as pos­si­ble feel obliged to really main­tain and breed their species as long as possible.

In April it’s time of the spring cen­sus again. All of you should par­tic­i­pate, includ­ing short noti­fi­ca­tion of zero stocks. On the home­page, we will remind you in due time.

3. Very impor­tant: We are urgently look­ing for new coor­di­na­tor for dis­tri­b­u­tion

The breed­ers have pro­duced many off­spring, but nev­er­the­less a lot of friends look out for these fish in vain. To com­pen­sate for this prob­lem, we have appointed a coor­di­na­tor for dis­tri­b­u­tion. The task in recent years was per­formed by Michael Beuscher (Mainz /​Ger­many) with engage­ment and suc­cess. We thank him very much. Unfor­tu­nately, he has to aban­don the func­tion now due to illness.

So far dis­tri­b­u­tion worked rather well in Ger­many, less well in other coun­tries. This is because breed­ing Licorice Gouramies has in these coun­tries not yet attained the sta­tus which would be required. We can­not change that rapidly. The ship­ment of Paros is hardly a prob­lem, but the ship­ping across bor­ders still is because of uncon­trolled time loss. Nev­er­the­less, the coor­di­na­tor has a list of addresses from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, which may help. By this he can often help a seeker to find his fish or a breeder his aquarists.

We are look­ing urgently for a suc­ces­sor to Michael. He must meet three conditions:

- He must like to com­mu­ni­cate and medi­ate between breed­ers and prospec­tive buy­ers
— He must shortly install the e-​mail address for dis­tri­b­u­tion in addi­tion to his own to his com­puter — It would be good if he would live in Ger­many or Europe where most nego­ti­a­tions take place

If you are inter­ested, we urge you to call in as soon as pos­si­ble. Do not worry: In most cases, the requests are dis­trib­uted well in time, it will not be too much work. But the whole thing plays a key role in our project: The Coor­di­na­tor for dis­tri­b­u­tion knows all addresses of breed­ers and can sig­nif­i­cantly help that some­one gets the fish he seeks and that the breed­ers find their buyers.

Please, write to This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with email address and phone. The new coor­di­na­tor can option­ally become mem­ber of the Steer­ing Group if he wishes.

4. Our planned meet­ing in Ham­burg in Sep­tem­ber 2013 shall be post­poned

We have announced that at the end of Sep­tem­ber 2013, the first inter­na­tional meet­ing of the Parosphromenus project in will take place in Ham­burg /​Ger­many. But this must now be shifted to a later date but for sev­eral rea­sons. We name the most impor­tant points:

- We had not enough infor­ma­tion on the par­tic­i­pa­tion of friends from dif­fer­ent coun­tries in order to orga­nize the meet­ing effi­ciently (e.g. room, con­fer­ence lan­guages, trans­la­tions etc.)
— A seri­ous con­flict of the sched­uled time has become clear only lately, since a planned trip of sev­eral mem­bers to South East Asia to the Paro habi­tats in Indone­sia must begin at this weekend

- The Steer­ing Group would like to first con­duct a sur­vey of mem­bers, which pro­gram level is desired for such a meet­ing the most
— In this sur­vey, we will also ask for plan­ning rea­sons who would be inter­ested to attend such a meet­ing (so that we can bet­ter assess the nec­es­sary infrastructure).

- There are also some peo­ple who argue that a first meet­ing of the Parosphromenus project should not be held in Ger­many, because else­where there is much a greater need for it.

We have there­fore decided to post­pone the meet­ing to a later date in 2014. Pos­si­ble, this new date

Univ.-Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Finke

will be ear­lier than fall; it will be announced as soon as possible.

Until the next newslet­ter, warm regards from your steer­ing group. Respon­si­ble: Peter Finke (Biele­feld /​Ger­many).

(We are always open to sug­ges­tions for improv­ing the newslet­ter. Lan­guage ver­sions were cre­ated with the help of machine trans­la­tion. Please, apol­o­gize there­fore pos­si­ble lin­guis­tic errors).


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