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Italian Shrimp Contest 2017 reportage

Hi everybody,

as I did for the Paris International Shrimp Contest, in this post I’ll write a little reportage about the first Italian Shrimp Contest that was held in Aprilia (LT), a small city near Rome, between the 21th and the 22th of January 2017.

The contest was organized by Vincenzo Spasiano, owner of Aquarium Shrimp House with help of some friends and the support of well known national and international companies such as: Troplant, Dennerle, Aquarium Shrimp House and Acquaviva Acquari.
The contest was created with the aim of promote our hobby, gather breeders togheter and rise founds for charity.

On Vincenzo invitation to take part of the jury, I booked the flight from Zurich to Rome. After finishing to work I went to the airport and took the flight, because of that I arrived in Fiumicino Airport at night. At the arrivals Mauro Leone was waiting to pick me up, he is a very good driver that Vincenzo kindly sent to carry me on Aprilia. If you are in Rome and you need a reliable, punctual driver that have access also at the historical city center and speak fluently English I can strongly suggest him.

Well, I arrived in Aprilia around midnight and as I got the room  key at the hotel (which was also kindly offered by Vincenzo) I went to Cristian Ghias  and Matteo di Nicolas room. They was almost in bed ready for sleep but a beer together couldn’t be refused and we went outside in the nearest open place we found.

The following morning as we entered the multipurpose hall of the municipal library in which the contest was held, I could only be delighted that everything was ready and properly working, all the staff did a great job. Near the entrance door there was an info point, on the wall along the corridor several nice pictures of Matteo di Nicola were exposed, at the end of the corridor there was a table with Andrea Caponi working on painting and turning left there was the main hall, with the Italian Shrimps Contest, Aquarium Shrimp House booth, Troplant booth and Acquaviva Acquari booth.

At 10.15 there was the opening and visitors started to flow inside the hall, it was nice, there was a feeling of a familiar events not like other crowded contest hosted inside big trade fair.

OK guys it’s 12.00, shrimps have recovered their colors, it’s time to judge!

The jury was composed by me, Crisitan Ghia and Carmine Mazzei. We adopted the method used in Paris, so we judged individually all the tanks using the last updated criteria and the final score of each tank was the average of all 3 score.

Let’s speak about the tank setup, the tank used was 50 Dennerle nano cube 10L , each with anthracite quartz soil covering the bottom, Dennerle corner filter and a ball of Aegagropila linnaei, light was provided by Dennerle pl lamps.

 

Categories was following:

A Red Bee (A-SSS)

B Black Bee (A-SSS)

C Other Stable Bee (Crystal Super Red | White Bee)

D Striped Tiger (Red | Red oe | Blue)

E Solid Tiger (Prussian | Royal | Black)

F Taiwan Bee (Panda | Wine | KingKong | Ruby | Hulk | Mosura | Hinomaru)

G Davidi (Red | Yellow | Orange)

H Davidi (Green | Blue | Chocolate)

I German Pinto (Black | Red)

L Taitibee (Zebra | Skunk | Backline | Fishbone | other Taitibee)
Why categories and some criteria was different then the suggested on my website?
Because my criteria and categories proposal are just a proposal and everybody can use and modify them according to the need, in fact  there was 50 tank and we had to reduce the number of categories, in order to avoid empty categories or categories with few participants.

After the assessment I checked the scores and together with Davide Quaranta, Antonio Spasiano and Camilla Montani we made the classification.

Wow it’s just before 16.00 and we are done, that’s the first time that everything it’s so quick, so time to have lunch before the awarding.
At 17.00  started the awarding with Camilla as speaker, Vincenzo and his wife gave the awards to the winners. After that there was a little rush in front of the shrimps tanks to have a closer look at the shrimps before the auction started.
The auction turned out to be funny as Cristian took the microphone and started to do his show in the attempt to get higher price on shrimps in auction, however the shrimps didn’t reached high price as usual in Italy.

How about the classification?

A Red Bee (A-SSS)
1 st Giovanni de Vito
2 nd Roberto Startita
3 rd Filocrate De Sipio

B Black Bee (A-SSS)
1 st Camilla G.
2 nd Roberto Startita
3 rd Rino Ferrante

C Other Stable Bee (Crystal Super Red | White Bee)
1 st Emiliano Giovannini
2 nd Marcello Barcellandi
3 rd Gennaro Lamba

D Striped Tiger (Red | Red oe | Blue)
1 st Michele Toracca
2 nd Martino Severini
3 rd Luca Alvisi

E Solid Tiger (Prussian | Royal | Black)
1 st Marcello Barcellandi
2 nd Martino Severini
3 rd Christian Alfredo Veneri

F Taiwan Bee (Panda | Wine | KingKong | Ruby | Hulk | Mosura | Hinomaru)
1 st Marcello Barcellandi
2 nd Giacomo Anesi
3 rd Marco Tomassetti

G Davidi (Red | Yellow | Orange)
1 st Camilla G.
2 nd Christian Giacomelli
3 rd Camilla G.

H Davidi (Green | Blue | Chocolate)
1 st Alessandro De Felice
2 nd Martino Severini
3 rd Marcello Barcellandi

I German Pinto (Black | Red)
1 st Gennaro Lamba
2 nd Carmine Esposito
3 rd Rino Ferrante

L Taitibee (Zebra | Skunk | Backline | Fishbone | other Taitibee)
1 st Rino Ferrante
2 nd Marcello Barcellandi
3 rd Christian Giacomelli

Best in show:
Alessandro De Felice

Public award:
Rino Ferrante

I have to say that, although it was a small contest, the quality of the shrimps was comparable to the quality of other contest held around Europe I saw in the last Year.  I’m not a big fan of Neocadina but I have to admit that the shrimps of Alessandro De Felice who also did the first place in his category and the best in show were really nice, they was three big green davidi with golden back, with dense colors and an uncommon pattern.

Back to the Hall, now it start to be quite and I have the opportunity to take some pictures of the shrimps in competition,  unfortunately I was a bit late and some of the shrimps wasn’t in the tanks anymore.
As you may see below I didn’t took just picture of the winning shrimps, this are random picture of shrimps regardless of their ranking.

It’s dinner time and we all meet in a local agriturism, where we had good homemade Italian food and wine (I don’t drink wine so beer for me).

The next day we meet again in the hall, I spent the morning speaking with all present, before saying goodbye living  Aprilia. I regret that I didin’t had enough time and I couldn’t attend the live aquascaping event offerd by Troplant but next time I’ll stay longer 😉
In front of the hotel Mauro was waiting me and took me back to the airport.

Good bye Italy and thank you so much Vincenzo, it was a really nice experience, you did a great job hope to see you again next year.

 

More info:

http://italianshrimpcontest.com/  Official Italian Shrimp Contest website

https://www.facebook.com/linaiccarino.vincenzospasiano?fref=ts Vincenzo Spasiano profile

https://www.facebook.com/aquariumshrimphouse/?fref=ts Aquarium Shrimp House page with pictures of the event

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1147839195287241/?fref=ts Shrimp Italy group with pictures of the event

Mauro Leone +393384751799 or  [email protected]  if you need a driver in Rome area

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