Reguralry I do visit other people or companies within the field of vivaristics. But also the other way around that I have people over, visiting me in order for some interaction within this field. It's a great way to discuss topics and answer questions. Also to meet up personally is a good way to get in touch with your fellow aquarists from all over.
A good friend of mine by the name of Claus Osche visited me this June 2014. He brought along some fish for me and for a singapore acquaintance of ours all the way from Berlin (Germany). Claus Osche is a wellknown aquarist within the western-european field. I've got to know him for the first time when I registered myself at this guppy forum called "Guppytreff-Berlin" a couple of years ago. We've stayed in contact through email, social media and phone. He's asked me to come over to Berlin before but it wasn't before last year when he asked me again that I actually did.
In June 2013 he asked me to send in some entries for the upcoming international endler championship 2013 in Berlin. And it was at the beginning of August that he requested me to become a juror at the championship due in October/November 2013. And at the end of October 2013 we've met up for the first time after knowing eachother over the internet for a couple of years.
Claus Osche & me in my fishroom
Also in June 2014, I've met up with David Teng from Singapore. He's a fancy guppykeeper and breeder. About three weeks before we've met up at the Marriott hotel in Amsterdam, he contacted me through the social media "Facebook" over the internet.
A week after that, Claus Osche contacted me in order for some help coming from my part. And it was related to David Teng.
David Teng from Singapore & me
David brought along fancy guppies and endlers for me and my german fellow aquarists. I had a major time that day. We've discussed all kinds of topics regarding aquaristics and a special focus on guppies. We've exchanged fish that day (his and from my german friends). Those fish were purchased in Osaka (Japan) and in Singapore itself.
I went home late afternoon with some awesome fish for me and my friends.