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No fish ? No, no fish at all !!

A (not short) report on the 25th AFC Congress, October 1-3, 2004 – VICHY, FRANCE - PART 2

 by George J. Reclos, John Reclos & Thanassis Moschou

 

Bedotia geayi, the Madagascan rainbow fish. These two fishes were also there a year ago in the planted tank at the reception hall. Photo by George Reclos

However, this Copadichromis borleyi "Kadango" was a new addition in the Malawi tank. Photo by George Reclos

Dave had brought us two reproductions of his stunning paintings of Paretroplus damii (for which I am really grateful) and – what a nice surprise – they had a car ! Yes, a lovely blue Fiat Punto which seemed like a huge Mercedes to us. We had a great time discussing about their Greek cargo (= the three of us filling every inch of the back seat) and they offered us many lifts during our stay there. One thing we all miss is the famous British humor ! The notions “at that moment in time.. “ and “Dave came out fine… (in the photo)” still make us laugh.

Speaking of the "Greek cargo", well here is the proof of it. George and Thanassis, among other things protruding here and there. Photo by Sonia Guinane.

 

The artist and the artwork. A beautiful color reproduction of his Paretroplus damii painting. Photo by John Reclos

In this picture you can see how many things Dave had to take off the car to make some space for us to sit. We were really grateful for their kindness. Photo by George Reclos

As for the congress itself, the big name was – naturally - Ad Konings. For those of you who have not seen his photos, you should do so if you ever get a chance. Sometimes it is difficult to accept that those photos were taken underwater. Most of us can’t even take a comparable photo of the same fish in our tanks. Moreover, the kind and amount of information you get from his presentations is really amazing. No wonder his books serve as species identification guides all over the world. Apart from that, we would like to mention the “Farewell to Jean – Claude”, a presentation of a film shot in Madagascar during one of his visits with Patrick de Rham. Although I had seen quite a number of videos and hundreds of pictures of Madagascan cichlids (and I have some of them in my tanks to look at) still the sight of a fully grown Madagascan cichlid is breathtaking. I don't know how many have seen a fully grown Paretroplus damii but it is a really impressive picture. This video presentation created a strange feeling. On one hand, the man, with his cordial, warm smile, was not there. On the other hand, one sees the movies and realizes that he will always be among us. We see the fish he gave us with his own hands in our tanks and we know that we will never forget him. Finally, we saw his amazing collection of C. citrinellum in the auction and we felt sorry again. For your information, those fishes were sold by the AFC itself and any money collected would be donated to charity. This should make us feel better.. but it didn’t.

 

Hilde and Frank at the Bourse, in the morning. Frank looks a bit better now but nor much. Photo by John Reclos

George, Hilde, Thanassis and Stijn, exchanging one more joke ! Yes, we did laugh a lot ! Photo by Frank Panis.

Frank shot this beautiful shot of the hall the Bourse was going to take place in - on Sunday. You can see the excellent organization of the whole project. Congratulations to the people who worked for this event. For those interested, the photo was taken with the 12-24 mm Sigma zoom lens (aka "ball" lens).

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