Introduction by the owner :
I have been involved in this hobby for almost
fifteen years as either a solitary hobbyist and fish breeder or an
employee for companies that import ornamental aquatic organisms or
that “cultivate” foodfish.
After all that time, I came to realize that quite a big hiatus
exists in information and sensitivity concerning the views of the
hobby of keeping living organisms in captivity. Because of this, I
decided some months ago to build my own business with aquaria and
My objective is to communicate the pieces of knowledge I have gained
throughout this time that I’ve worked with tanks and fishes, as I
think that if I keep it only for me, it is totally useless.
My goal is to inform anyone interested about the needs of specific
species according to space, aquascape, nutritional needs, breeding
behavior, equipment and other critical sides of fishkeeping in
What I desire is happy fish and sensitive aquarists. Knowing a great
deal of the advantages and the disadvantages of the hobby’s space
(related to wholesalers, retailers, hobbyists, etc, etc), I also
want to give, as much as I am able to, the right information and
even some inspiration to aquarists, as well as condemn the dark side
of people and industries that earn from the hobby, which I have in
my own mind from my “inside” involvement.
What I see today is that even with the globalized information and
wide expansion of the hobby, many problems still exist.
hope my experiences will taper off the ignorance, help the people
involved with the hobby to acquire a spirit of discrimination
between “right” and “wrong” and introduce them in the natural ways
also would like to make people more responsible for life itself and
nature, as a healthy aquarist will need a healthy Planet, as well as
a healthy hobby.
also want to make people understand that size and color are not
important by themselves if behavior is not included in our interests
of keeping organisms in captivity.
The last, but not least, need that caused me to proceed in building
this business, is my daily need to be close in aquaria and aquatic
species that, otherwise, I couldn’t keep in my place because of the
lack of a fish room of my own.
MCH commentary :
Andreas Iliopoulos has been our friend for many years. He is
a knowledgeable man, with a philosophy which matches that of MCH.
The latter is demonstrated in his many articles which appear on our
site. Some months ago Andreas decided to open his own petshop in
Syros island and offer the hobbyists a chance to enter the hobby
with correct and updated information, first class livestock and an
excellent technical support. We wish Andreas every success in his
new venture and ask all out friends to support him any way they can.
Some people simply deserve it. Helping Andreas to succeed will also
help all of us. It will show the market that what we want is
knowledgeable people who love this hobby and can really answer our
questions and help us - something very rare. Therefore
Callichthys is MCH's top selection for Greek hobbyists. You may
contact Andreas at +30 281 080941 or by
e-mail. It is also the
place where the next meeting of the MCH authors will take place..
more to be revealed in the short future.