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Callichthys - Andreas Iliopoulos


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 living aquatics.

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 captivity.

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.

I 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 of fishkeeping.

I 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.

I 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.

  

Andreas in his office in Callichthys. For those wondering, Callichthys is a scientific fish name and means "Beautiful Fish".

Some photos taken while preparing Callichthys. The tanks are neatly arranged and include many DIY items as well as Andreas' ideas. This stand holds 12 tanks (110 liters each).

Every tank incorporates this filter compartment designed by Andreas. The three part compartment includes a power head (580 l/hour) in the first compartment, bactoballs by Aqua Medic in the middle and a 200 Watt heater in the last. This is the standard filtration system for all 100 liter tanks. A larger version of this is used in my 1300 liter Malawi Hap tank, loyally servicing it for 3 years !

 Photos by Antonis Bourikas, text by MCH. See next page for fish pictures and more information. We would like to remind you that MCH is not sponsored by any person or company and has no commercial activities.

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