New Projects 20192020

HUS­BANDRY GUIDE­LINEPROJECT

The Parosphromenus Project is help­ing Chester Zoo cre­ate Hus­bandry Guide­lines for BIAZA (British and Irish Assosi­a­tion of Zoos and Aquar­i­ums) and EAZA (Euro­pean Asso­ci­a­tion of Zoos and Aquaria)

In order for dif­fer­ent Zoos in Europe to be able to main­tain and keep pop­u­la­tions of Paros, it is essen­tial that guide­lines for best Hus­bandry Prac­tise is created.

This is not just describ­tions of expe­ri­ences, or guide­lines, this is at best a col­lec­tion of pre­cise data and infor­ma­tion, gath­ered over a period.

Andrea Swat­man is the respon­si­ble per­son at Chester Zoo ini­ti­at­ing this, and the work began already in Sep­tem­ber 2019, at the Inter­na­tional Meet­ing in Chester.

As a begin­ning, — a lot of writ­ten mate­r­ial has been given on from the Parosphromenus Project, — describ­tions of our known expe­ri­ence, as well as data con­nected with habi­tats — water con­di­tions, lev­els of ph, and other things. Not habi­tat data in terms of dis­tri­b­u­tion is nessesary.

But mainly we have pro­vided basic expe­ri­ence and knowl­edge about keep­ing paros in tanks, — food, breed­ing behav­iour, fry devel­op­ment etc.

Also a spread­sheet is being devel­oped, — con­tain­ing all impor­tant doc­u­men­ta­tion and infor­ma­tion about all species.

To gather all this infor­ma­tion is a con­tin­u­ing pro­ces, and we invite every­one to take part in it by offer­ing their knowl­edge and spe­cific experience.

If you have any infor­ma­tion which you would like Chester Zoo to incor­po­rate in this Hus­bandry Guide­line, please write to This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (IN ENG­LISH, PLEASE)

Your email will then be viewed by the PP and Chester Zoo, and any con­tri­bu­tion will be accredited.

Cap­tive management

  • Enclo­sure
  • sub­strate
  • fur­nish­ing and maintenance
  • envi­ron­ment (water qual­ity and water chemistry)
  • envi­ron­men­tal enrichment
  • light­ing
  • life sup­port

Behav­iour

  • activ­ity
  • social behaviour/​social structure
  • life sup­port systems

Breed­ing

  • repro­duc­tion
  • egg lay­ing and devel­op­ment times
  • devel­op­ment and care of young
  • clutch sizes

Diet and feed­ing behaviour

  • Basic diet
  • fry
  • large juve­niles to adults
  • spe­cial dietary requirements
  • method of feed­ing or prepa­ra­tion of food items

Spe­cific problem

Rec­om­mended research for in-​situ (cap­tive pop­u­la­tions) — Chester Zoo has access to MSc and PhD stu­dents, — are there any ques­tions we want answering ?

March 22, 2020

New project : P. alfredi and P. tweed­iei /​PP — Chester Zoo — IUCN

in Minitec news 20192020

by helene schoubye

In novem­ber 2019 The PP was approached by Andrea Swat­man, head of the Aquar­ium Team at Chester Zoo. She had been tasked with main­tain­ing IUCN insur­ance pop­u­la­tions as an out­come of IUCN (Inter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Nature) ex-​situ man­dates and EAZA (Euro­pean Asso­ci­a­tion of Zoos and Aquaria )Regional Col­lec­tion Plans. The task is to main­tain ‘insur­ance pop­u­la­tions’ of the REDLIST crit­i­cally endagered species of P. alfredi and P. tweed­iei. This is a dif­fi­cult task for Chester Zoo to do on their own and because keep­ing ‘insur­ance pop­u­la­tions’ is very close to what we have pre­ciously done with our ‘old’…
March 23, 2020

Con­ser­va­tion of Parosphromenus fishes and other peat swamp spe­cial­ist fishes in Malaysia.

in Minitec news 20192020

by helene schoubye

Con­ser­va­tion of Parosphromenus fishes and other peat swamp spe­cial­ist fishes in Malaysia. In March 2020, a group of experts, includ­ing Wen Tian Shi from the Parosphromenus Project met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to draw up an action plan for endan­gered Peat Swamp fishes in Malaysia. The meet­ing was hosted by Monash Uni­ver­sity Malaysia and Global Envi­ron­ment Cen­tre, facil­i­tated by Mike Baltzer from Shoal www​.shoal​con​ser​va​tion​.org. The meet­ing was designed to sup­port the ambi­tions of the Parosphromenus Project and will con­tribute to the plan of the IUCN Asian Species Action Pro­gramme to pre­pare an action plan for all crit­i­cally Endan­gered fresh­wa­ter fish…
March 22, 2020

Hus­bandry guide­lines — PP and Chester Zoo

in Minitec news 20192020

by helene schoubye

HUS­BANDRY GUIDE­LINEPROJECT The Parosphromenus Project is help­ing Chester Zoo cre­ate Hus­bandry Guide­lines for BIAZA (British and Irish Assosi­a­tion of Zoos and Aquar­i­ums) and EAZA (Euro­pean Asso­ci­a­tion of Zoos and Aquaria) In order for dif­fer­ent Zoos in Europe to be able to main­tain and keep pop­u­la­tions of Paros, it is essen­tial that guide­lines for best Hus­bandry Prac­tise is cre­ated. This is not just describ­tions of expe­ri­ences, or guide­lines, this is at best a col­lec­tion of pre­cise data and infor­ma­tion, gath­ered over a period. Andrea Swat­man is the respon­si­ble per­son at Chester Zoo ini­ti­at­ing this, and the work began already…
March 22, 2020

New part­ner­ships — ASAP and SHOAL

in Minitec news 20192020

by helene schoubye

SHOAL In Feb­ru­ary 2019 we became part­ners with Shoal — a new online plat­form for fresh­wa­ter species con­ser­va­tion. Please find their home­page here and a also find here a link to an arti­cle writ­ten by Michael Balzer, direc­tor of Shoal, Under­wa­ter Jew­els threa­thened by for­est fires ASAP In novem­ber 2019 we became part­ners with ASAP — species on the brink (Asian species Action Part­ner­ship) You can find our spe­cial page in ASAP here
March 22, 2020

Our team — who we are :)

in Minitec news 20192020

by helene schoubye

Our Team The Parosphromenus Project is a team­work between many indi­vid­u­als all over the world, — of ded­i­cated peo­ple who con­tribute in many ways, — as breed­ers, as researchers, as hob­by­ists, as sci­en­tists, as sup­port­ers. The Project would not excist with­out our many mem­bers and active peo­ple. But to keep this together, coor­di­nate, inspire and con­tin­u­ally search for progress, a smaller group of ded­i­cated peo­ple have been con­tin­u­ally tak­ing on respon­si­bil­i­ties within the Project in our Steer­ing Group, and we would like to intro­duce our­selves on this page. The Parosphromenus Project Novem­ber 2019 Founder and ide­o­log­i­cal leader Proff. Dr. Peter…
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