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Køge Aquar­ium messe 2012– Aquar­ium fair Copenhagen

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7 years 1 week ago #1161 by helene
Hello every­one.
In juli this year I saw an adver­tise­ment regard­ing the yearly Aquar­ium Fair in Copen­hagen, organ­ised by a friend of mine, and not think­ing very long I wrote back to him … well, shouldnt I really have a small stand and show some­thing about the Parosh­promenus Project ?
He replied very hap­pily, that yes, he thought that was a fan­tas­tic idea :)

So then I had said yes, to some­thing I really didnt know excatly what was. And it turned out to actu­ally be the biggest Aquar­ium Fair in Den­mark, with two big halls, and about 2500 vis­i­tors. Lots of stands with other fish, with equip­ment, with the scan­di­na­vian killi show, the yearly aquar­ium show con­test, with the inter­na­tional guppy show … and there in the mid­dle of that I had organ­ised my lit­tle paro-​stand as good as I could.

It actu­ally was a lit­tle big more work than I had imag­ined, and I had put quite a few thoughts into organ­is­ing what and how to show things.

It was not just a very pleas­ant and good expe­ri­ence all in all, it also was very good to see how much peo­ple actu­ally was inter­ested in the small fishes. I met many peo­ple who were inter­ested, and there was also some inter­est­ing responses from a few peo­ple who said … ‘Oh, I have been so look­ing for some­thing about parosphrop­menus, I used to keep these many years ago but nobody else had them, so I gave it up again, — I am so happy to see some­thing about them here. Those responses were the best ones.

So here comes a few pic­tures of the fair itself and my lit­tle stand.


The big kill­ishow with 350 tanks



My lit­tle cor­ner -






I had 3 tanks with me, — in one there was four p.harveyi males, in the two oth­ers there were in each 4 p.cf.linkei which I had just revieved from Horst Linke. I had tried to make some of my own typ­i­cal ‘style’ paro-​tanks, — some with plants, one almost with­out, with caves, peat and so. I thought it would be good for peo­ple to see what kind of tanks does it require, how can you make it good for the fishes, but also pleas­ant to look at.
I pro­vided of course a lit­tle flash­light :)

Then I had trans­lated some of the most impor­tant arti­cles, into dan­ish, but also used a few eng­lish and ger­man. I did find though that in a fair like this, where peo­ple have lots to see and are walk­ing around, only a few takes time to stop and read. Most peo­ple went straight to the tanks and asked lots of ques­tions about the fish and the project of course. But most peo­ple, in this set­ting, do not spend more than a few min­utes by each stand.

I also then had shown some doc­u­men­ta­tion, and some sam­ple mate­r­ial regard­ing low­er­ing ph, because this is some­thing which always intriges peo­ple, — how can they make ph so low. So I had some text and sam­ples of leaves, keta­pang, spag­num, pel­lets etc.
I had a friend — also a labyrint­per­son, though not so much paro-​person, but he was help­ing me, and we also sold live food cul­tures, as you can see.
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7 years 1 week ago 7 years 1 week ago #1162 by helene
Because I knew that the paroes in the tank might not at all show them­selves, I had made a slide show on the com­puter with images from the home­page. These images of course was with all due respect to copy­right etc, and shown only with species name and pho­tog­ra­pher. This was quite a good idea because you could then see how beat­i­ful the fishes are.
But as it really showed up, my paroes were not so shy as I had expected. They quickly seemed to feel com­fort­able in the tanks, and in the p.harveyi tank the males were sort­ing out the ter­ri­tory, flash­ing to each other, and in one of the p.cf.linkei tanks one pair decided to actu­ally get inter­ested in each other, with sexy eyes and flash­ing and court­ing, male rush­ing back and forth to a cave, — all in all very spec­tac­u­lar to watch.

One vis­i­tor to the stand was a pro­fes­sionel fish pho­tog­ra­pher from Den­mark, Johnny Jensen, — who was very happy to be able to pho­to­graph parosphromenus species, — so he spend some time there, and after­wards gave his per­mis­sion to use all of the pho­toes on this home­page, which of course I am very happy about.
Heres a few of the best images he took









I was also invited by at least 3 dif­fer­ent aquar­ium clubs to come and hold a lec­ture regard­ing the parosphromenus project, and the parosphromenus species, — and this of course I find a very good result for me, — then there seems to be an open­ing towards telling more about the project, and hope­fully inspire more peo­ple to join.
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7 years 1 week ago #1164 by helene
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7 years 1 week ago #1166 by Lit­tle
Helene — what a won­der­ful project and oppor­tu­nity to show the hob­by­ists of Den­mark what it is like to keep the var­i­ous species of Paros. The pho­tos taken by Johnny Jensen are also mag­nif­i­cent and it was mar­velous that he per­mit­ted you to share the images with the mem­ber­ship from around the world! I sus­pect your three speak­ing engage­ments at the aquar­ium clubs will encour­age other hob­by­ist to con­sider main­tain­ing these won­der­ful crea­tures also. I also sus­pect those pre­sen­ta­tions will result in you being asked to speak at other clubs. I did my first pre­sen­ta­tion last month for a club here in Florida. It was well received and I will do it again in Feb­ru­ary for my home club here in Tampa which is con­sid­er­able larger than the ini­tial group. Peo­ple are very inter­ested in the Parosphromenus species once you begin to tell their story. Con­grat­u­la­tions on your success.

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7 years 1 week ago 7 years 1 week ago #1167 by helene
Thanks, — thats inter­est­ing to hear that you are also doing that, speak­ing in clubs, — that seems like the way to go. I will have to — once again — put up my courage and plan a pre­sen­ta­tion, — I dont feel so com­fort­able doing that :).
At the fair, sud­denly I was also taken a lit­tle bit by sur­prise with some­one want­ing to inter­view me to a rolling cam­era. I have just recieved an email that I will be send a copy of this. I think it was for pre­sen­ta­tion also in a club of the whole Fair thing, — :) … but any­way .. I am curi­ous to see what it was I actu­ally said.

I know another mem­ber from here, Ste­fano Valde­salici, also attended a Fair in Italy on the same week­end, — and hope­fully he will start a thread and share his pho­toes and expe­ri­ences here too.
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7 years 3 days ago #1177 by helene
One of the effects of this fair par­tic­i­pa­tion has been that I has been put on the list of DAU (dan­ish aquar­ium union) as a poten­tial lec­ture holder, and for this rea­son I have been told that its a good thing to have some mate­r­ial made. Which made me remem­ber that I actu­ally — maybe more than a year ago — made a ‘film’ which I never used for any­thing, because I was not able to upload it and didnt know what to do. But I found out today that I was able to upload it to youtube by just chang­ing a lit­tle set­ting, — so I did that.

There are a few ‘mis­takes’ in my text, actu­ally. I got wiser it seems since then, — but apart from that I would like to share it with you. I might redo some of it, edit and put in new clips and maybe alter the text some­what.
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