I regularly refers; discus meetings are incredible sharing places… So follow me to discover the most beautiful discus seen at the Paris Grigny show 2019 … Come and feel the atmosphere that can exist between enthusiasts from all over the WORLD!!!
I write very often about discus, competitions, varieties etc.… But I think we must not forget a very important aspect of our hobby: Meetings and discoveries that this provides!
Hey…. Of course, no fear you will see discus 😉
Discus meeting… Meet discus fans.
I stand to talk about this subject, because this one hits me once again during the Paris-Grigny competition 2019.
Animating the Fanatik-Discus website for over ten years now, I can not count the number of contacts, messages or meetings I have had. A share who is a daily enrichment.
For this edition of the Paris Discus Show, I received many messages… These will be achieved by good surprises!
Indeed, this event will have attracted enthusiasts from distant lands, proof that the discus fascinate people from all around the globe. But also that some are still ready to make hundreds or thousands of kilometers to converge in one place.
Just yesterday I still met a discus fan from Senegal… One more sign…
The discus is top… but the links they allow us to have remains something that will fascinate me for a long time.
USA, Canada, Israel, Brazil, Poland… You have more far?
With time, It happened to me to build great friendships through my social networks. So what better way to achieve this at a discus meeting?
Imagine my face when Ceyhun Ozluer who manage a discus breeding farm in New York USA said me: « Hey Yann, i’m coming for the show »…
Or Simon Piche a discus lover which also confirms his coming from Quebec Canada?
I was so excited to be able to meet all these fans from various areas! But also see all our friends, and the Bak family who welcome us with great kindness.
Feel free to visit and subscribe to the Facebook page of this New York breeder!
The Polish also came in numbers to compete and represent their club. With this year the coming of the breeder Andrzej Nowicki as judge.
Andrzej some will recognize because he is the breeder behind the beautiful breeding pictures of Heckel discus that circulate here and there.
Not bad isn't it???
Brief…. United Kingdom, Poland, Ireland, Turkey, Germany, Czech republic, Israel, Belgium, Brazil, Austria, Portugal, Greece, Italy, United States of America, Canada, with of course all fans from the four corners of France (If I forget one, please report me in the comment section).
They all came for the passion of the discus.
Concentrated on discussions without forgetting the photos…
I had planned to shoot a video… But with all these exchanges, it took me solve… I could not do everything!
So I decided to enjoy a little more, to take time for discussions, and release my camera to enjoy the presence of our aquarists friends who had done so many kilometers.
Overall, we can say that this discus meeting was well made. With a special mention for the number and quality of wild discus presented.
Including the presence of the Italian amateur breeder Giovanni Consigli and his fish just crowned with its champion title obtained in Belgium.
Party atmosphere during the meal
For this edition, organizers decided to make the price ceremony during the gala dinner.
Original and friendly, This award ceremony will set the mood; open appetites and called the aperitif…
Now traditional entrance with a discus in the plate, to finish with beautiful cakes. With a little dedication made to judges since Regis chief had placed their photos…
Our New Yorker friend Ceyhun had brought an US XXL bottle of whiskey. A particular attention that all enjoyed!
Who says Americans saw everything in large size? 🙂
The coincidence of the evening will position me in front of the Austrian Christian Kubitschka and his wife who will became Grand Champion later.
Here also, it was a great discovery because we didn't knew each other.
Different trophies every year
Unusual thing, trophies of the competition organized every two years by the EDA in Grigny are a surprise.
Indeed, the French club wants to offer different rewards for each edition.
"Can you imagine the breeders who won years after years the same trophies? It's much better to have a different one every time! And most of all it's more fun when they are in the window display. "A member of the EDA
True, we must admit, Custom trophies are enjoyed by participants… So even if they had to break the piggy bank, EDA club is always looking for ideas. And we had to congratulate them for those of this year that were particularly successful…
Wild discus in pole position!
I had discovered in Sweden (Video Nordic Discus Show) a great concentration of wild discus.
For this edition 2019, The Paris Grigny discus show had a big surprise! Since it's almost 48 wild fish that arrived…
They were finally dispatched in four categories. Four instead of one originally planned on the enrollment paper. They got all mixed! So much so that all of our audits have carried out several hours late. There were everywhere!
Not important, we remain concentrated. I again congratulate all the judges who accompanied me for their composure. Because it was not really planned.
I would like to note that Cüneyt, the Turkish judge has taken a few seconds to get out his camera and shoot the moment! I was far from thinking that! (Cüneyt thank you for this souvenir…)
Three trophies on four available for the Austrian
Vitor Hugo Quaresma had accompanied his customers since many wild discus were presented from his collect season in Brazil.
And what season! Although some fish were acclimated for a while. What is always better of course.
For wild categories of this discus meeting, only the first place winners of the four categories were rewarded.
The Polish Jacek Skwiecinski won the first place with a Heckel discus while the other three first places were won by Christian Kubitschka from Austria.
He also will makes headlines in Austrian magazine which I had the pleasure to help with some snapshots.
Christian Kubitschka will be elected at the same time (I should say his fish…) Best In Show with a beautiful animal.
The wave "Kubi" in the Paris discus meeting…
Hum… you can show us the shirt?
To translate: "looking for a non-fishbreeder"
"Breeding with champions, BETTER THAN SEX…. "
There is a good sense of humor on the side of Austria!
To end with the wild discus , Here is a small overview of some fishs seen in the competition.
Election of the most beautiful groups of young discus…
The albino group on the left won the second place (Asia Discus – Christian Evin) while the right group will be third. (Tran Quan – France)
Quality Discus (Belgium) left took the second place. Planet Discus of Philippe Huynh (France) took third place.
The second fish was smaller, but a very interesting style.
Note also the beautiful contrast between the red and blue color.
Left the second from Dimitri Biccler of Quality discus and right third from Noam Kinsbursky of Dagbarama Discus Farm Israel.
We had in the recent past known a higher level with this category.
It should be noted, the good performance of our Israeli friends who will snatch the third place with a red rose discus. Despite a small size, the fish had shown a correct morphology and coloration.
Fine pattern discus
This is the best picture I was able to take. The discus was a bit stressed. Of modest size, he nevertheless showed a good homogeneity in its qualities. Sébastien Fudulu won at the same time the trophy for the best amateur breeder of this category.
Both second and third discus were presented by Philippe Huynh Planet Discus.
At the same time I would like to thank Jackie Tran for these two photos!
Large pattern fish of this discus meeting
You will notice, this is a turquoise discus. A turquoise with a "large pattern" that benefit of the categorization proposed to come and win against two pigeon blood discus.
As I mentioned on previous editions, I really think this point should be improved this in the future.
Nevertheless, this nice fish managed to outperform the pigeon blood. unusual thing that deserves to be highlighted.
Beautiful audacity of its owner, maybe "coached" on this one by a Jeffrey Tan.
The team IP Discus formed with Daniel (Because the fish come from the Malay breeder Tony Tan) has managed a masterclass shot. Bravo!
Because turquoise can also have a large pattern…
The club proposed a category "large pattern" and category "turquoise", so the owner was able to win with two turquoise in two different categories…
And to avoid a possible reclassification, it was registered a "striped turquoise" in the category "Turquoise" (On Left). and "turquoise coarse" for the "large pattern".
Small "loophole" of the regulation well exploited.
The Paris competition 2019 proposed:
A category "turquoise lined" = striped (understood by participants as simply "turquoise"… sic)
And a category "large pattern" (Large pattern).
Here is how two turquoise discus could won 2 categories in this competition. While respecting of course regulations.
For those interested in the topic: See you in identification section
These topics are very important in my opinion as it demonstrates the importance of the classification of the discus and the impact of proposed categories can have for competitors. (Not to mention the understanding of the subject that we must pass).
You will also notice that in the main trunk level 3 "Large pattern" are the leopards (level 4). Participants could also enter leopards in "Large pattern" category while it was proposed a "big spots" category.
I think the proposed categories should not allow the registration of a same fish in two different types of categories.
In second and third place, we find two pigeon blood discus. They were unable to succeed winning the first place despite very bright colors.
Left fish from Philippe Huynh (France), and on right side the one of Krzysztof dodging (Poland)
The albino discus
least Category encountered in Europe, Even maybe the only one contest proposing it.
Pictured from left; pattern albino discus of’Asia Discus Christian Evin (France). on right the one of Dimitri Biccler Quality Discus
The big points discus
We can legitimately ask some questions about the pattern of the discus winner due to the title of the category.
The high and low of the pattern parts presents a leopard pattern, but the major central part of his body is composed of lines.
This is his biggest weakness. For the rest… This discus fish was a real attraction. A proud and very pleasant behavior to observe, intense color and contrast.
A very nice fish, which was mentioned for the title of Grand Champion. We wish to the breeder to perfect this strain for the future.
The solid blue discus
As I mentioned earlier about the red category; this category was not as great as what we were able to observe on previous European competitions.
Despite this, it is still Francis Hu of Chen's Discus who won the first place.
It will surpass his pursuer on most valued criteria. A red eye for an identical size, better color uniformity, better on the fins (On the caudal fin, watch the small ray fault of the second fish).
A sum of details that will lead this blue discus on the top of the podium.
Discus unclassifiable, open category
The categories of "unclassifiable" discus often reserve a few surprises.
Indeed, as judge, fish presented in these categories (Until two in some contests) push us in our entrenchments.
This is of course evaluate what we see but also understand the breeder selection work. Because these fish of a new style are sometimes the result of an idea with specific goals.
An idea with results that does not enter in a category proposed by the organizers. Still a little bit "special" Animals.
A bit obvious work because less frequently performed, asking for more advanced knowledge of the varieties.
Here maybe the future "star variety"…
In this edition 2019, I was delighted for example to evaluate two calico discus; because those are few presented in competition. I also think that the calico varieties are still unknown…
A variety which I have decided to work on.
First place was won by a calico discus which is part of the type that could be called "speckled calico".
Here, the winner shows good balance in the distribution of red-orange speckles. A blue-black ring and a golden color head.
Although this fish has a small hollow above its mouth, its general morphology is harmonious.
An interesting discus from Daniel Smith Sigma Aquatics near Birmingham – England.
To allow you to enjoy the balance difference in the color of the fish who won, I leave you compare it with the other calico in this contest.
On Left, speckles are too numerous. They give a too "solid" effect. On the other hand, the color is very interesting. on right, the winner with more spaced speckles.
However… This winning discus has a rather singular peculiarity… Have you noticed??? Leave your opinion or comment at the bottom of the article!
This report made not far from the French capital reaches its end.
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