MCH 2005 Meeting - Part II
The Italian point of view - by Francesco Zezza
My son Leonardo at his best (dealing with a chocolate cream … enough said!)
George’s right arm a.k.a. Johnny (his son). He’s getting more ‘n more involved in Central America cichlids. The MCH “nouvelle vague” is growing … fast ’n clever.
David and Sonia, both wearing the (2005 fashion) MCH T-shirt.
Of course, fishes are part of each MCH meeting (naturally). Here are the images taken at the place where AFC meeting takes place annually..
The AFC banner welcomes the participants to the meeting, which means many hundreds of hobbyists from all over the world …
A partial image of the tanks in which fishes (on their way to Sunday afternoon bid) are displayed. Let’s go in some detail:
Cyphotilatia frontosa (likely the Burundi strain) in an overcrowded tank.
Opposite side of the same tank: these are Cyrtocara moori juveniles
Amphlilopus sp. (up) These fishes are offspring of those discovered by Jean-Claude Nourissat in a small Nicaraguan lake (Xiloà, hence the “real” name should/will be Amphilopus xiloatensis). They grow to (about ) 18 cm in T.L. but their “not so cool” temperament requests a tank of (at least) 800 liters (at least that’s what I’ve been told)
Heros sp. “Rotkeil” (a, yet, unclassified Heros strain from Peru): it’s been Frank’s (last year actually) choice. He manager to spawn them and successfully raise their fry, at home.
A powerful and long (it lasted for hours) “jaw locking” between members of a pair of Acaronia sp. I never had the chance to witness this behaviour in person previously (that’s why I present this picture, even though it is a bit dark).
This huge (I like those fishes) loriicarid (likely a G. gibbiceps) was sharing one of the display tanks with lot of central America cichlids (in sight are a Hypsophrys nicaraguensis and a Nandopsis salvini, in bthe ackground).
Pictured in the (above) image is my friend Luca who happily and proudly sold all his Petrochromis juveniles/sub-adult he carefully took to Vichy from Bologna (Italy). He knows pretty well the “rules of the game” hence … NO CASUALTIES AT ALL!!!
Regrettably the game is over, it’s, already, time to fly back … I use the, someway, funny following image (taken outside the Vichy international airport) upon departure to say, simply and warmly, BYE BYE EVERYBODY!!!
It’s been great to be here, thanks to everybody who made our presence there an unforgettable experience, once more. SEE YOU SOON!!!