P. spec. Langgam (photo Martin Fischer)

How the Parosphromenus project has originated.

The Parosphromenus-​Project has a pre­his­tory which at first had noth­ing to do with fishes and aquar­is­tics at all. It was about the research project of an inter­na­tional group of sci­en­tists at sev­eral uni­ver­si­ties in Ger­many, Eng­land, and the USA whose sub­ject was the cul­tural change by economi­sa­tion and glob­al­i­sa­tion. Who now is inter­ested in how„ all of a sud­den, aquar­is­tics and then the Licorice Gouramis appeared in the course of works of this research group, should click the link to this research project to learn more.

The Parosphromenus-​Project itself was founded in 2005 in Ger­many, the home­land of Parosphromenus-​aquaristics, to bring the highly threat­ened by extinc­tion Licorice Gouramis into the focus of aquar­ists and the gen­eral pub­lic. The basic pur­pose was, and still is to make an effec­tive con­tri­bu­tion to the con­ser­va­tion of these fish.

The founders, Peter Finke and Mar­tin Hall­mann from Ger­many, first estab­lished a study group within the “Inter­na­tional Soci­ety for Ana­ban­toid Fish” (IGL). This study group con­ti­nous to exists very suc­cess­fully, but the job of bring­ing together Paro friends from all over the world quickly led the IGL and the com­mu­ni­ca­tion in Ger­man to a limit. Still, Ger­many is one of the epi­cen­tres of today’s Parosphromenus-​aquarictics.

A cen­tral motive for the found­ing were the depress­ing expe­ri­ences of mas­sive phys­i­cal destruc­tion of nat­ural habi­tat in South-​East Asia at the end of the 20th cen­tury. At that time we had to rec­og­nize that the destruc­tion of habi­tats of these fan­tas­tic small fish of Malaysia, and Indone­sia pro­gresses in rav­ing haste. The sec­ond motive was that we had to face the fact, that all fish of this genus which at that time were intro­duced to the aquar­ium hobby to Europe, Amer­ica or Japan by either the inter­na­tional aquar­ium trade or from pri­vate col­lec­tors had mostly dis­ap­peared again after one or two years. Only a few breed­ers man­aged to repro­duce these fishes, and most oth­ers to who the off­spring was dis­trib­uted were not capa­ble of prop­a­gat­ing them any further.

All this we want to change with the Parosphromenus-​Project.



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