Canada – Mississauga, Toronto, 18 May, 2009
Heiko was invited by Carl to visit one of Canada’s oldest breeders in Mississauga, Toronto: the amazing George Devries.
George Devries is a breeder since 1953 and he has bred hundreds of fish species since. He said pike cichlids (Crenicichla and Teleocichla) are the most interesting fishes. But if it is discus, angels, Geophagus or plecos, and many more can be seen in his aquariums. Below some of his fishes spawning or getting ready to.
George’s friend, the only person who ever bred (by chance) the real Pterophyllum altum in 1992. Every aquarium George decorated like a biotope. Very natural, only with live plants…
…and his fishes – each one is a jewel – if not still in juvenile stage, are spawning constantly. Below some of this great cichlids:
Fantastic Heros efasciatus, the female with the egg-laying tube out (centre right)
Paretroplus kieneri (left) and Crenicichla, possibly wallacei (right)
The lamena, Paretroplus nourissati (named after my dear late friend Jean-Claude Nourissat, who collected extensively in Madagascar)
Some beautiful Geophagus altifrons…
…but also nice Loricariids, like Panaque nigrolineatus var. (left) or Baryancistrus sp. (right), or…
…nice Pterygoblichthys gibbiceps
George (here with Heiko) is a very friendly, humble person, who dedicated his life to fishes and has some of the most beautiful natural fishes in top-best conditions – such as I have seldom seen anywhere else at a breeders place. He loves his fishes and they love him. Keep up this great work for the most beautiful and educational hobby in the world