Best of Discus – East Mediterranean Discus Show 2012

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5th-7th October 2012 saw the launch of the Best of Discus, the 1st East Mediterranean International Discus & Biotope Aquarium Competition located in Athens, Greece. C.E. Fish Essentials were there and here is our account.. The 1st East Mediterranean International Discus & Biotope Aquarium Competition was organised by Nidal Rezeq (Owner of Animal Station) and was part of the larger event Pets Today which was coordinated by Vassilis Goulielmos and which saw approximately 40,000 people through the door over the weekend. There were cats, dogs, reptiles of all kinds and birds all exhibitied on displays, in competitions, shows and within …

Visit to CH.A.KY Aquaristik Ltd (Larnaca, Cyprus)

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Last week, I took a trip over to the sunny Mediterranean island of Cyprus to visit one of the largest wholesale aquatic distribution companies on the island. CH.A.KY Aquaristik LTD is based on a large industrial estate in the town of Aradippou on the outskirts of the city of Larnaca and is one half of two companies owned by Mr Panikos Christodoulou and co-managed alongside his son Andreas. The sister company is their equally large pet supplies establishment  ‘The Scarlet Macaw Pet House’ and retails a vast array of foods medications, toys and other necessities for pets. Cyprus is my paternal …

Finding the Rio Xingú Golden Discus

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  Brian Middleton was his name, the first man to breed the elusive and incredible Xingu River Discus fish. I tried for years to find him, but he had literally disappeared from the aquarium hobby sometime in the late 1990’s or soon thereafter and seemed unreachable. All I had was one old photo I was able to find online which showed just how magnificent these golden Amazonian gems could become under the right care; if only I could find him… Years passed by and my search had more or less dwindled into some sort of long lost idea .. The …

Aquatics Live 2011

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November 2011 saw our attendance at the launch of the first ‘Aquatics Live’ exhibition in London. This unique event was held at the famous London Olympia in Kensington and featured wholesalers, retailers, societies and specialists from all over the UK with international guests including aquatic explorer Heiko Bleher who conducted some well attended lectures on biotopes. The team really came together during the set up and made the stand look brilliant. A product-focused and simple decor with our full range in centre focus. Team members Beverley, Anna, Emma, Joni, Alpha, Alam, Zoe and Chris really brought the stand to life …

Visit to Furðufuglum og fylgifiskum (Reykjavic, Iceland).

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A trip to visit Tjorvi Einarsson of Furðufuglum og fylgifiskum in Reykjavic to discuss distribution of C.E. Fish Essentials foods in Iceland We took a trip at the beginning of this month to visit Tjorvi (Churvi) Einarsson. Tjorvi and his wife own an exotic pet shop in Iceland’s capital city Reykjavic where they keep a large varietyof Aquatic species from Marine fish & Invertebrates to freshwater species of all kinds. On the other side of the store is a doorway into the bird section where they keep breeding Macaws (with vocal chords that will knock your block off), Amazonian parrots, …