Short reportage from III. Czech Competition of Angels with International turn-out
IÂ´m bringing some news about IV. Aquafestival in ČeskÃ¡ LÃpa town, where were III. Czech Championship of Pterophyllum with International turn-out today. This whole action, what were second time in this town (first two vintages 2005 and 2006 were in PragueÂ´s Congres Palace).
Whole show were placed into townÂ´s Cultural house.
In front vestibul could every visitor buy some aquaristic merchandise and also some fishes at so five breeders and wholesalers. Bid of discuses and angels were good and I had more impressions, if I saw exhibitionÂ´s pieces later, that these fishes were better than shown fishes in tanks...
In exhibition hall were more than 150 exhibitionÂ´s tanks (from it so around forty of angels), exposition of new labyrinthfisheÂ´s Horst LinkeÂ´s club, small place with fishing things (I think with cold water sporty fishing) and quite serious big exposition of orchids.
After some discussion with several of my knowledges, what were there from first times, I saw that my view on shown fishes were right. Organizer not disabused from problems at his previous exhibitions and he gave all fishes (discuses also) into tanks, where were as front sides hips of more than 60 cm long tanks. It was first bad situation there. At second, all tanks were wraped into shiny polythene light blue foil and on upper side of every tank were very strong white fluorescent lamps. In every tank were one submerged power head pump from which in every time were going over whole tank space thousands of small bubbles. Stressed fishes were hide before visitor (and also judges) at background side, more than 50 cm from us.
Better view I had at discuses, where were more big fishes, but at angels isnÂ´t show nothing more than some fish in very blue fog.... If main organizer made all also in past two exhibitions, more and more our home-made breeders didnÂ´t gave their good fishes there. Against first international exhibition in Prague 2006, where were 53 angels from seventeen exhibitors, were today only fishes from ten and most of them were new people, what didnÂ´t knew local approach. From elder exhibitors were here only they, what got some evaluated at last two exhibitions (2006, 2008). From Germany so three fishes from Simon Forkel and from Czech Republic from Z.Dočekal and F.Staněk. Rest of exhibitors - one from Austria, another from Germany, one from Slovakia and other four new from Czech republic.
In opposite to PragueÂ´s championship were see, that elder exhibitors were knowledgeabled and no gave their perfect home shown fishes there and so were win more values fishes from new breeders. If I was surprised also, why between more than forty exhibition tanks for angels are so around seven blank of it, one my friend, what have here his store said me, that in first day (Thursday) were more fishes died for some bad water, because main organizer didnÂ´t ensured seeding of filtration matters, didnÂ´t ensured right water condition and too much fishes were shocked and died. ItÂ´s very interesting, that discuses were survived it better than angels.
For it all I hadnÂ´t good environments for make some serious pictures of shown angels there. Better fishes were in one uncompetitive sample big tank, where were so around eight nice Manacapuru scalares between plants or angels what were for sale at two merchandisers (they offered here also some young altums from Peter HÃ¡kÂ´s fishroom).
Hmmm, what I can say about if all? IÂ´m sorry, because were no much good things about this angelÂ´s exhibition. Were here nothing, whatÂ´ll be make good advertisement for Czech aquaristic scene. Regrettably this organizer donÂ´t want heard some good advices, what gave him some elder and experienced exhibitors after 2006 championship. ItÂ´s big damage for so good primal thought. He also didnÂ´t publicized, who was in judgement commission and if his assistant were wrote results on labels by tanks, he wrote positions also on tanks without fishes...... I didnÂ´t know, which people were in angelÂ´s judgement, but IÂ´m sure of, that here were neither of some our angelÂ´s experts. In discus competition were situation different, what I know, there was as prime expert Horst Linke, who know it good I think.
Thank goodness, that itÂ´s only one case in our Exhibitions and people here know it. I think, that these unprofessional and unserious access were one from things, what madden H. Bleher. He recognized, who is main organiser of this competition very good now.
Breathing never coming from fashion!