Had a great day yesterday...

emeraldking

Yesterday has been a long day for me. Had an early rise to get myself ready to be on my way to Germany. We had a gathering of the german and the dutch national livebearer society in Bocholt, Germany. There's been a lecture about superfetation by one's renowned scientists Bart Pollux (Wageningen University) within Holland. The lecture was given in dutch but simultaneously translated in german by Michael Kempkes (international author of aquaristic books and together with Fred Poeser and Isaac Isbrücker responsible for the name giving of the latest scientific name "Poecilia wingei" of the natural endler). Michael, Fred and I know eachother personally.
But we had also members that are from the UK. But it wasn't translated into English. But in some way, they've managed to follow the whole lecture. The lecture itself was really interesting. The only thing was, that it wasn't something new to me. I've even got a published article myself about superfetation. But nevertheless, I've enjoyed the lecture.
But there was also an auction of mainly livebearers (for also a number of shrimps and snails were offered). It was a real fun auction. For a number of us also bid on species we just didn't want. But it did increase the price of those fish. And no one felt insulted by it... But it did help to contribute to the budget of both societies. I myself have purchased more fish than I was planning to. I had one styrofoam box, cooler box and my backpack completely filled with bags and jars with livebearers in them.
Later on we had an open buffet. The german cuisine is a real good one. And of course, a beer to let that food slide into my stomach...
It was 1.30 at night when I came home. And despite of the fact that I was exhausted, I continued unpacking those fish and put them in quarantine tanks. And even in some buckets. There were some new species and fish that are just fresh blood for my existing colonies. For some fish were already in those bags for at least, 2 days. Unfortunately, two fish have died when I got them out of the styrofoam box. Which I've already expecting to be. They were a bit too wiggly in those bags. And they were probably too long in those bags.

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And I was financially prepared of course...

IMG_1908[1].JPG It always comes with a price, huh...
 

BigManAquatics

Sounds busy! And fun, if you are into that sprt of thing! Me, my brain would go "ugh, people, not getting paid for this, gotta bail!"
 

ProudPapa

I had a pretty good day myself. I took some shrimp, plants, and guppies to a store in Houston, got $120.00, and only spent $35.00 while I was there (a trio of koi guppies and some fish food).
 

emeraldking

I had a pretty good day myself. I took some shrimp, plants, and guppies to a store in Houston, got $120.00, and only spent $35.00 while I was there (a trio of koi guppies and some fish food).
What kind of koi guppies did you get?
 

ProudPapa

What kind of koi guppies did you get?

I'm not sure what the name is. The females are orange on front and back, with a large white band around the middle, and the male is almost all orange, with lighter portions near the middle of his body. I think the females are more attractive than the male.
 

emeraldking

I'm not sure what the name is. The females are orange on front and back, with a large white band around the middle, and the male is almost all orange, with lighter portions near the middle of his body. I think the females are more attractive than the male.
Nowadays, there are a number of koi guppy varieties. I'm trying to develop the blue koi. Seen them in Asia.
 

Marlene327

Yesterday has been a long day for me. Had an early rise to get myself ready to be on my way to Germany. We had a gathering of the german and the dutch national livebearer society in Bocholt, Germany. There's been a lecture about superfetation by one's renowned scientists Bart Pollux (Wageningen University) within Holland. The lecture was given in dutch but simultaneously translated in german by Michael Kempkes (international author of aquaristic books and together with Fred Poeser and Isaac Isbrücker responsible for the name giving of the latest scientific name "Poecilia wingei" of the natural endler). Michael, Fred and I know eachother personally.
But we had also members that are from the UK. But it wasn't translated into English. But in some way, they've managed to follow the whole lecture. The lecture itself was really interesting. The only thing was, that it wasn't something new to me. I've even got a published article myself about superfetation. But nevertheless, I've enjoyed the lecture.
But there was also an auction of mainly livebearers (for also a number of shrimps and snails were offered). It was a real fun auction. For a number of us also bid on species we just didn't want. But it did increase the price of those fish. And no one felt insulted by it... But it did help to contribute to the budget of both societies. I myself have purchased more fish than I was planning to. I had one styrofoam box, cooler box and my backpack completely filled with bags and jars with livebearers in them.
Later on we had an open buffet. The german cuisine is a real good one. And of course, a beer to let that food slide into my stomach...
It was 1.30 at night when I came home. And despite of the fact that I was exhausted, I continued unpacking those fish and put them in quarantine tanks. And even in some buckets. There were some new species and fish that are just fresh blood for my existing colonies. For some fish were already in those bags for at least, 2 days. Unfortunately, two fish have died when I got them out of the styrofoam box. Which I've already expecting to be. They were a bit too wiggly in those bags. And they were probably too long in those bags.

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IMG_1911[1].JPG
IMG_1912[1].JPG
IMG_1916[1].JPG
IMG_1917[1].JPG
IMG_1918[1].JPG
And I was financially prepared of course...

IMG_1908[1].JPG It always comes with a price, huh...
That sounds like a truly amazing time! It is good to come together with colleagues and friends. It's a time to share information, maybe learn something new, and share stories and laughter. I'm glad you brought some new fishes home, sorry for the 2 losses. You add so much to our forum!

Are you in a picture there?
 

emeraldking

Are you in a picture there?
No, I'm not in one of those pictures. I was taken those pics with my cellphone.
 

Marlene327

No, I'm not in one of those pictures. I was taken those pics with my cellphone.
I had a feeling you were behind the camera! We all try to imagine what each other looks like!
 

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