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Parosphromenus-​Newsletter No. 111 Biele­feld (Ger­many), Octo­ber 1st, 2013

Dear friends, for dif­fer­ent rea­sons there was no reg­u­lar newslet­ter since July: ill­ness, book-​writing and hol­i­days. And some of this is still valid presently. So, this newslet­ter will be shorter than for­merly. And it will be issued in one lan­guage only, in English.

  1. New mem­bers of the Parosphromenus-​project; request

Many new mem­bers have reg­is­tered in the last months. All are very wel­come. I am sorry that not all have been wel­comed by per­sonal mail but that was impos­si­ble because of the rea­sons men­tioned above.

So I have to tell you here some impor­tant points and I ask you to respond to it:

- All of you who have reg­is­tered dur­ing the last half of the year are requested to write a per­sonal mail to me (mailto: This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) telling me the coun­try and the town where they live. Why?

We need this because

(1) the grow­ing list of mem­bers is split in ten geo­graph­i­cal regions in Amer­ica, Asia and Europe (we shall add Africa and Aus­tralia as soon as there are the first mem­bers from this con­ti­nents!). We split them because we nor­mally send our newslet­ter in three lan­guages (Eng­lish, French and Ger­man). Not all lan­guages have to go in the whole world.

(2) We always try to help with mailing-​addresses of Paro-​friends near to the liv­ing place of some­body who asks. There are many ques­tions of this kind (“Could you give me a contact-​address near to my home?”). If we should do so, we must know the coun­try and the town where you live.

(3) We have a grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple inter­ested in these nice fish. And we try to keep our sta­tis­tics up to date: Where do they live? How are things grow­ing in Europe, in Amer­ica, in Asia?

- There­fore I ask you to respond to my request in the next days and tell me your coun­try and your town. Thank you for cooperating.

  1. The new cen­sus (Fall 2013)

Our new cen­sus begins today (Octo­ber 1st) and runs till the last day of this month. This time, Ben­jamin Wilden will do all the work alone: syn­op­sis, analy­sis and com­men­taries. We are very grate­ful to him. There­fore, please, take part and tell us your stock:

- name the species (if wild-​caught or off­spring: loca­tion; oth­er­wise we take it to refer to traded animals)

- if traded as “deiss­neri” or a sim­i­lar wrong name: indi­cate your doubts about the cor­rect identification;

- num­ber of breed­ing pairs, sin­gle adult males or females, young (roughly the number).

If you keep no Parosphromenus at present: tell us in short “neg­a­tive report” (nil return).

This cen­sus has been very suc­cess­ful in more than nine years (done twice a year). Most species and uniden­ti­fied vari­ants have been sus­tained since then in the aquar­ium stock. Before when we had no accu­rate infor­ma­tion most lined where extinct after two or three years.

There­fore: Please take part! Even with a small and very small stock we gain insights in the present state of affairs. Write to This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you will find your name as par­tic­i­pant I the final synopsis.

  1. The first com­pre­hen­sive book on Paros world­wide has just been published

The only „book“ on exclu­sively devoted to Parosphromenus has just been pub­lished by Ger­man experts Peter Finke and Mar­tin Hall­mann at Aqualog-​publishers, Rodgau (Ger­many) in Ger­many lan­guage. The title is

Pracht­gu­ramis

Juwe­len des Urwalds in der Natur und im Aquarium

Licorice Gouramies: Juwels of the rain­for­est in nature and in the aquarium

The book has 200 pages and 202 pho­tos. It is very uncer­tain whether there will ever be an English-​language edi­tion, for the real­iza­tion of such a book with a great many pho­tos on a small group of small rare fish is very expen­sive; the num­ber of copies is nec­es­sar­ily small, too. We there­fore rec­om­mend: Be quick and order one copy as soon as pos­si­ble, even if you can­not read Ger­man. The pic­tures alone make it worth­while. The price is 29,80 Euros. Look at www​.parobuch​.de for the details of pay­ment and ship­ping costs.

  1. Some species in trade in Europe

In the last months and weeks sev­eral species of Parosphromenus were traded inter­na­tion­ally (wild caught off­spring of this year’s spawn­ing sea­son), namely tweed­iei, nagyi and ornat­i­cauda. Fish have appeared in trade in the Nether­lands, Den­mark and Ger­many, maybe in other coun­tries too.

Let me remind you at our own dis­tri­b­u­tion ser­vice. Write an e-​mail to This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are search­ing for a spe­cial species. Tell us the place where you live and we shall try to help you. Some­times, I regret to say, this is dif­fi­cult or impos­si­ble, but often we could give use­ful infor­ma­tion and acted as a mediator.

Best wishes until our next newslet­ter will be published!

Your steer­ing group (in charge: Peter Finke, Bielefeld/​Germany)

We always wel­come rec­om­men­da­tions or pro­posal for improve­ments of our newslet­ter sys­tem. The ver­sions in dif­fer­ent lan­guages were pro­duced partly with the help of machine trans­la­tion pro­grams. Please excuse pos­si­ble lin­guis­tic mistakes!

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