This Sunday I was lucky enough to be able to attend the 2nd day of the Interkoi 2013 event in Rheinberg – a huge koi event with stands from many different pond stores/specialists, koi forums and aquarium stores, a bonsai tree exposition, endless blue tubs filled with gorgeous koi in all sizes and colors and, best of all: Bettas from all over Europe, brought together by the lovely Betta Freaks Forum.
I was hoping to be able to find and buy a pretty high quality half-moon betta and take some photos to post on here, and I was not disappointed. I had a great time looking at the fish and taking photos, and also got to meet some of the Bettas4All members. Everyone was so friendly and helpful!
I went home with a gorgeous black and blue lace betta; I was a bit worried about him at first because he immediately hid on top of the filter and refused to eat for the first few days, but he is now happily patrolling his new territory and enjoying some tasty black mosquito larvae.
The great thing about buying a fish at an event like this is actually being able to meet the breeder. Much more personal than buying a random imported fish from a pet store.
I compiled a little slideshow of my photos from the event; it’s mainly dedicated to all the beautiful bettas I saw – they were spectacular!
All in all I had a great time at Interkoi, and I can’t wait until the next big aquarium/pond event: the Holland Koi Show, this August. I hope I’ll be able to score myself a place in the organisation of one of the stands there so I can be around the fish and fish lovers the entire weekend.
Hope you enjoyed the photos 🙂 Happy fishkeeping!