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Vivaristics is contemporary!

From 20th to 22nd May this year, it was finally time again. After a two-year break, members and guests of the ÖVVÖ met for the second time after 2017 in Rankweil, in the west of Austria, and celebrated the 16th ÖVVÖ Federal Congress. Among them were numerous BSSW members. Continue reading

What do we actually do in the IG BSSW?

The IG BSSW e.V. (Internationale Gemeinschaft Barben-Salmler-Schmerlen-Welse e.V.) is an organisation that has been active for 33 years. It distinguishes itself from other associations by living and promoting the long-term conservation of fish species in the aquatic hobby (in captivity), as well as in nature, with a focus on consistency.

The approximately 500 members are spread over 17 countries worldwide and the strength of the IG BSSW is based in the fact that these members are very well connected among themselves. The aim of the association is the permanent conservation by breeding and, in particular, the first breeding of difficult species that are considered endangered in the wild and whose population strength is insufficiently known. Species such as Parancistrus nudiventris from central Brazil are massively threatened by dam projects, whereas the rather inconspicuous species Hisonotus charrua from Uruguay is threatened by general biotope destruction. Both species are economically almost insignificant but have found a place in private projects in the ranks of IG BSSW and are propagated by members. The experience and data gained in this way are updated in constant exchange with scientists in the field in order to support breeding projects in the fish’s homeland as well and to press for the necessity of biotope conservation.

Furthermore, the IG BSSW uses funds collected from members to promote active research on fish in their natural environment internationally. It also acts as an intermediary between science and aquaristics by making difficult-to-keep species available through offspring projects or specialised dealers, thus directly supporting research worldwide.

Offspring of certain species are distributed among the members at specially organised congresses and symposia, which mainly serve the further education of the participants, and thus form the basis for further breeding projects taking place internationally. However, especially species that have not been reproduced so far benefit from these meetings, as this is the only way that globally existing individual specimens can be brought together into groups and potentially reproduced. Although commercial ornamental fishing must undoubtedly be supported locally, as it is a lucrative and at the same time environmentally friendly source of income for local fishermen, the aim of the IG BSSW is always to collect information and helpful data in order to be able to reproduce successes in the future. For this purpose, many members take on long journeys and high costs, which primarily serve the preservation of species in aquaristics, but also in nature in the long term.

The attached sample articles give an insight into our work and are part of our association organ, the BSSW Report, which is published four times a year and has established itself internationally as a specialist magazine. The subscription is part of a membership in the IG BSSW e.V.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at leiter@ig-bssw.org.

Behind the thumbnails you can find some of the PDF articles for download. Click!

Successful breeding of Baryancistrus xanthellus

At the 1st International L-Number-Days in 2009, Johannes LEUENBERGER reported for the first time on the successful reproduction of the ever-popular “golden nugget”. In the following years, aquarists tried again and again, but mostly unsuccessfully. Until 2021, when the Bellenz Fish Farm was able to report another success. The Bellenz Fish Farm is known for outstanding breeding successes (Scobinancistrus aureatus, L 368, Pseudacanthicus spp. etc.) and has already lectured about this at numerous IG BSSW events. Continue reading

Wenn eine Versammlung sich hundertprozentig einig ist

Das Wochenende der IG BSSW-Mitgliederversammlung aus Sicht eines Neumitgliedes

Ich werde in meinem Text das böse C-Wort nicht verwenden, es gibt eh schon viel zu viel wo es Verwendung findet. Es sind sich sicher alle im Klaren darüber, was uns momentan beschäftigt und weshalb die Mitgliederversammlung erstmals digital abgehalten wurde. Sicher werden sich einige wundern wer hier eigentlich diesen Artikel verfasst hat. Nun, ich wurde gebeten meine ersten Eindrücke im Verein nebst Mitgliederversammlung zu schildern, was ich hiermit gern mache. Continue reading