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Parosphromenus-​Newsletter No. 109 Biele­feld (Ger­many), April 7th, 2013

Dear friends, this time again some issues have come together: 1 New Mem­bers, 2 the death of Willi Har­vey, 3 the new cen­sus has just begun, 4 per­son­nel changes in the steer­ing group, 5 Bill Lit­tle is the new mod­er­a­tor of the Amer­i­can forum, 6 a remark on two Paro species, and 7 the ques­tion of breed­ing with ani­mals who have a phys­i­cal defect.

1 New mem­bers of the Parosphromenus project

The fol­low­ing peo­ple have encoun­tered the project since the last newsletter:

- Lee Kyung Won from the USA
— Stephen Par­lin from Colum­bus /​Ohio USA
— “Emmanuel” from?
— Jeremy Pong from Muar in Malaysia
— Andrea Brandi from Rome in Italy
— Ste­faan Riem in Wiels­beke in Bel­gium
— Teu­nis? from Hol­land
— Alexan­dar Milanovic from Lilien­thal in Germany

All are welcome!

2 Willi Har­vey (20131916)

His name will be for­ever asso­ci­ated by P. har­veyi with the Paros: One of our pio­neers, the German-​English breeder Willi Har­vey, has died at the age of 97 in Scot­land. Bar­bara and Allan Brown com­mem­o­rate her good friend in a per­sonal obit­u­ary. It can be read on a link, which can be accessed on the home­page of our web­site or by sim­ply click­ing here: http://​www​.parosphromenus​pro​ject​.org/​e​n​/​c​o​m​p​o​n​e​n​t​/​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​.​h​t​m​l​?​i​d​=​919

3 New cen­sus (Spring 2013) has begun

The new count our Paro stocks in the aquar­ium has begun. All should par­tic­i­pate, includ­ing those who cur­rently keep no Paros or do not breed. The “none” is not unim­por­tant for the over­all pic­ture, so we get an idea of how large the pro­por­tion of pas­sive mem­bers is cur­rently under way; that could change quickly indeed.

Impor­tant is the infor­ma­tion on loca­tions when your fish descended from those in which it is known. Oth­er­wise, the miss­ing infor­ma­tion will be treated to indi­cate that they relate to fish from the trade, which are nor­mally dealt with­out infor­ma­tion on loca­tions. (Excep­tion: spec. Ampah, here this a known location.).

This is the first cen­sus, which will be super­vised by Ben­jamin Wilden. We are very pleased that Ben­nie”, who has been with us here since sev­eral years already, has now taken over this impor­tant task from Chris­t­ian Hinz. We are also glad that Uwe Küster makes the first step of pro­cess­ing the cen­sus as he did last time already, and assem­bles all incom­ing responses to a syn­op­sis. This will help Ben­jamin cru­cial to rec­og­nize the trends and com­ment on every­thing. Thanks, Uwe!

Does not push the par­tic­i­pa­tion on the back burner! In an instant, April is over!

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4 Changes in the steer­ing group

There have been two major changes in our Steer­ing Group: Chris­t­ian Hinz has resigned because he has to tem­porar­ily give up the whole Paro hus­bandry and breed­ing to be set entirely on impor­tant per­sonal changes. Chris­t­ian, despite his youth was a very valu­able friend who super­vised the cen­sus very well in recent years and by his trav­els to Malaysia gath­ered most valu­able infor­ma­tion and fish. To him we owe, for exam­ple, that P. allani and P. spec. Sun­gai Stung­gang exist back in stock. Both forms have never been traded.

Chris­t­ian, we wish you all the best, but we are sure that you will return one day.

And yet some­one has left us who was a very help­ful mem­ber: Michael Beuscher. He was in charge of the dis­tri­b­u­tion task for a few years and ensured that new friends received fish and breed­ers on the other hand could leave their off­spring to inter­ested hob­by­ists. Michael unfor­tu­nately had to give up this func­tion for health rea­sons. For him, we enjoy to have Frank Büttner from Fehrbellin in Bran­den­burg, soon Meinin­gen in Thuringia, as a new mem­ber of the steer­ing group. A warmly welcome!

Frank brings a lot of ideas of how to fur­ther improve the dis­tri­b­u­tion thing. This is nec­es­sary, because we still have many more off­spring than peo­ple who are wait­ing for them. The whole dis­tri­b­u­tion orga­ni­za­tion still works well only in Ger­many, but less well in other coun­tries. Per­haps Frank could help to bet­ter this.

For the mem­bers of the project Parosphromenus noth­ing changes. Your mails are frowarded to the addresses unchanged: for the cen­sus by This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (request for fish) and for the dis­tri­b­u­tion by This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Helene Schoubye has switched the addresses so that all infor­ma­tion or inquiries are for­warded auto­mat­i­cally to the two new per­sons named (and to Uwe Küster).

5 Bill Lit­tle will be mod­er­at­ing our Amer­ica Forum

We are delighted that Bill Lit­tle has agreed to take over the mod­er­a­tion of our Amer­i­can sec­tion of the forum Parosphromenus project and replace Mark Denaro in this role. Thanks, Mark, for your work!
Bill is a long-​time con­nois­seur of labyrinth fish and other fish groups, and was inter­ested nearly from the very begin­ning in the devel­op­ment of the Parosphromenus project. He is a co-​founder of ALFA, the U.S. Soci­ety of Ana­ban­toids. We are quite con­fi­dent that the Amer­i­can Forum will be grow­ing and becom­ing lively with him. Wel­come, Bill!

6 P. opal­lios in trade, P. sp. Ampah suc­cess­fully bred

In sev­eral coun­tries, P. opal­lios occured in trade, such as in the United States. In addi­tion, sev­eral friends suc­ceeded in breed­ing the new filamentosus-​variant P. spec. Ampah. Congratulations!

7 Breed­ing with ani­mals who have phys­i­cal defects?

In a recent case vital “blue-​lines” with three ven­tral fins, which already pro­duced off­spring, the owner would be happy to use for breed­ing because he can­not replace it safely by a fish of the same form. This gives rea­son to dis­cuss it. I (PF) have dis­cour­aged from breed­ing. But how would you com­ment on that issue? Please, open a new forum topic if interested!

For today, greet­ings from your steer­ing group. Respon­si­ble: Peter Finke (Biele­feld /​Ger­many).

(We are always happy for sug­ges­tions to improve the newslet­ter. The trans­la­tions were cre­ated with the help of machine trans­la­tion. There­fore, please excuse any lin­guis­tic errors)

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