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October 6th: German Catfish Expert to Visit OCA

Post by LewC » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:02 pm

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October, 2017

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Andreas Tanke was born in 1971 in Langenhagen, near Hanover, Germany. His parents had aquariums, and he got his own 1st tank at about 10 years of age. However, in the 1990s, his studies of Mathematics/Informatics, and the founding of his own IT company, required him to focus on non-aquatic things. He re-entered the aquarium hobby in 2002, and the typical tank replication virus did not pass him unharmed. Thus, a single tank in the living room soon turned into a whole fish room. In 2013, it resulted in Andreas buying a house and building a real fish room with an automatic water change system.

Andreas’s interests are clearly focused on the underwater fauna of the South American continent, especially the dwarf cichlids of the genus Apistogramma, and loricariid catfishes. He has kept more than 30 different species of Apistogramma and has been successful in breeding a lot of them. His main focus however, is on plecos -- more precisely those of the genus Panaqolus. He currently keeps more than 15 species, and has succeeded in breeding several of them.

In 2008, he had the first opportunity to observe his favorite fishes as they live in Nature, and went on a trip to Suriname and the Brazilian state of Roraima with some friends. In the following years, he has made expeditions to Venezuela and Peru, and several more times to Brazil.

In 2009, Andreas, together with his friend Ingo Seidel, organized the first International L-Number-Days. In 2017, this biannual convention in Germany will take place for the 5th time, with participants from more than 15 countries. Encouraged by the positive impressions of these events, he also became interested in other international meetings of aquarium hobbyists, such the Catfish Study Group Convention in the UK and the various catfish conventions in the US.

He shares his knowledge and experiences in aquarium magazines, presentations, and his website.

In his talk, “Plecos of South America”, Andi will discuss habitats, collecting and breeding.

Next month, Greg Steeves, probably the country’s leading authority on the aquaristics of East African Haplochromines, will visit and talk about his favorite topic.

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