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Postby Paul B » Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:01 pm

I had quite an eventful time last weekend going across to France to visit one of the AFC members. It was their annual meeting the weekend before which i was gutted to have missed (Ad Konnings was guest speaker), but was offered some fish by a very generous Frenchman in Brittany.

On arriving there were three of the largest poly boxes i have seen of which would not fit into the back of the car, and this was before i had bought any beer and wine !
Anyhow, i had hoped to have offered pics by now but have been too busy.
This is what i had in the boxes
Haplochromis piceatus 1" X14 http://www.haplochromis.org/minifiches2/601_EN.html
H. sp"bukavu" - populations from Bukavu Lake Kivu. X20 fry http://www.haplochromis.org/minifiches2/2535_EN.html
H. "Entebbe" - not the neochromis, a mystery to me 1 pair http://www.haplochromis.org/minifiches2/2407_EN.html
H. "blue obliquidens" group 6/7 - male is a stunner http://www.haplochromis.org/minifiches2/2005_EN.html
Pundamilia sp."red head" trio http://www.haplochromis.org/minifiches2/2280_EN.html
Platytaeniodus degeni - extinct in the wild ! x7/8 http://www.haplochromis.org/minifiches2/198_EN.html
H. Thereuterion - adult breeding group x8 http://www.haplochromis.org/minifiches2/748_EN.html

I cant blame anyone for not knowing any of these, you would certanly not find any of them in a pet store.
Pics to follow

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Re: trip across to France

Postby Becca » Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:04 pm

Sounds Good!!

Look forward tot he pics...been a while since we had some Vic pics :handgestures-thumbup:
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Re: trip across to France

Postby cichlid crazy » Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:12 pm

Well glad you finally got your fish Paul, sounds like a successful trip with a great new fish list so I look forward to the pics. :text-bravo:
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Re: trip across to France

Postby mbunasam » Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:45 am

looking forward to seeing the pics Paul and as you may have seen in the forum announcements, we're changing our name to attract ALL african cichlids keepers so hopefully we get more vic keepers like yourself :handgestures-thumbup:
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Re: trip across to France

Postby Paul B » Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:55 pm

mbunasam wrote:looking forward to seeing the pics Paul and as you may have seen in the forum announcements, we're changing our name to attract ALL african cichlids keepers so hopefully we get more vic keepers like yourself :handgestures-thumbup:


I wasn't aware of this, i'll take a look.
There are not many people keeping vics and fewer that will give the unknowns a try. Between 3 or 4 of us there must be almost 20 species of vic now in the UK but are still over looked and misunderstood by most.

The fish listed are some of the more peaceful to come by and 2 maybe 3 more aggressive types, but like the other lakes its all about getting the mix of fish right.

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Re: trip across to France

Postby mikehcfc » Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:22 am

:banana-gotpics:

Oh always love to see fish i have never seen before
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Re: trip across to France

Postby Becca » Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:37 am

I'm curious Paul- Do you need an import document or something to bring Fish in from Europe?

Or is it just livestock from US etc
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Re: trip across to France

Postby Paul B » Fri Oct 16, 2009 2:06 pm

Becca wrote:I'm curious Paul- Do you need an import document or something to bring Fish in from Europe?

Or is it just livestock from US etc


Hi Becca,
this is the third time ive brought fish across from France and this time took some over with me as well.
The back of my car was full of fish boxes and no one battered an eye lid. In Calais i was searched for any passengers i shouldnt have but from Roscoff - nothing.

All i do is keep the details of what i have and where/who they came from with a contact number just in case. A lot of the fish are listed either as endangered or critically endangered and would not be able to have been brought in by the trade route.
Already put my order in for next year including a malawi ;-)

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Re: trip across to France

Postby Becca » Fri Oct 16, 2009 3:18 pm

So technically you should but you can get through regardless??

Thats god to know cos theres a French bloke on another Forum who has some stunning F1 fronts-
Just wasnt sure if there were strict quarantining rules and regulations :handgestures-thumbup: :handgestures-thumbup:

Thanx for that.
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Re: trip across to France

Postby Paul B » Sat Oct 17, 2009 1:23 pm

Been trying hard to get some pictures but having little luck.

This is the 2" male H.sp."blue obliquidens", the picture really doesnt show how bright this chap is

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Added a link to each species to give an idea of what they look like.
I have a different colour morph of Degeni from Germany and some like the "Bakavu" were only collected in 2007, again the brightness does not show in pictures.
There has been many collections from Lakes in Uganda recently and some are shown in the english section of http://www.haplochromis.org/forum/forum ... asp?fid=14
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