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PPGA club members Frank Chang
and Luke Roebuck were invited to attend the
10th annual World Guppy Contest held in Taipei
Taiwan in the Taipei National University of
Technology August 26-28, 2005.
The show event was well sponsored
by NTUT and Chang Gung University Aquarium
Club as well as Aqua Pets, Aqua Zoo and Fish
Magazines. Frank and myself arrived a few
days early so we could get in some fishroom
visits and Thanks to the legwork by my good
friend Bruce Shive, we were well received
by all the guppy breeder we visited. Before
we departed for the trip I made sure that
the show fish from the USA arrived safely.
I had some shipping air cargo scheduling problems
in USA but had a great backup plan as usual
which worked nicely. The fish arrived at the
Hotel the same day that we did!
The next day Bruce arrived
at the hotel with some great news! He took
the week off to spend with us and offered
to take us on a whirlwind tour of Taiwan’s
Guppy World! This was a trip of a lifetime
and I prepared my camera and packed up some
overnight stuff and Frank and I were off on
The trip that was planned was
a 600 mile round trip from our hotel in Taipei
to the south of the island (Tainan) and back.
We would be stopping at several breeders shops
and homes. Bruce did all the planning and
his cell phone was quite busy all day. We
also got to see some of the countryside too.
Taiwan roads are very good
quality and we had to pay a toll every 40
KM or so of $40NTD. Bruce took care of everything
so things went quite smoothly.
Our first stop in Chaiyi we
visited Ray Chang. Ray had a small fish setup
of about 20-30 tanks or so but the fish were
very large well fed and very good quality.
I particularly liked his Japanese
Glass which he maintained as red, Blue and
His red glass were very red
We took some pictures at every
stop as a remembrance of our visit.
Frank, Ray and myself
with some coconut drinks. We were
My friend Bruce
(Tseng Biao Hseuh) with Ray. Ray
feeds OSI baby brine shrimp and
Our next stop was Felix Chang
in South Bay. This is the breeder who is famous
for his worm cleaning station (see Guppy
Labs previous article)
Felix owns and operates one
of Taiwan's largest guppy breeding facilities.
He maintains over 1,700 tanks!!
There were several ROOMS of
Each room had banks of tanks which
were lit up as we entered!
Felix maintains several well-known
strains like Moscows, Full Reds, Tuxedo HB
yellow whites and Japan Glass.
Here is his famous worm cleaning
All his tank racks were setup
with automatic water changing systems.
Felix also maintains some Coral
Shrimp. Frank became intrigued!
Here is Frank Felix and myself
We moved on to visit Lee Kuo
Ming in Tainan. Lee has some high quality
white guppies. Lee owns a nice shop with some
well maintained tanks!
Lee is very proud of his winnings.
There was a good representation
of European, Japanese as well as American
strains in his shop.
After we left Lees shop he
entertained us at dinner then about midnight
he was feeding brine shrimp to his racks at
home as well. We then overnighted at a hotel
in Tainan. I felt like a traveling fisherman!
After breakfast we did some
Until we arrived in KaoHsiung.
There we met one of Taiwan's best red guppy
breeders YS and got a tour of his shop and
YS has some of the best Red
Guppy Gene bank I have seen to date.
He also maintains several other
strains like Blue Grass, HB White, Moscow
Blacks. While browsing through his tanks of
I came across a Moscow black
that was truly jet black. To my surprise he
let me have anything I wanted! There was only
one exceptional specimen and I gladly bagged
Here we took a picture with
YS (red shirt) in his shop.
Kao Hsiung has several large
scale guppy breeders with very high quality
Next we visited Green Guppy
at his shop and basement.
Green Guppy had some nice Ivory Mosaic Guppies.
After we left Green Guppy we
arrived at Cheng Zhi How Shop. Cheng has some
of the cleanest tanks in Taiwan and the center
rack housed Dwarf Chiclids and German Blue
rams. There were some beautiful nature decorated
tanks and coral shrimp setups.
We also visited Daal Maan shop
in KaoHsiung he has some unusual tail shapes,
Platinum Double swords etc. His Doubleswords
are some of the best.
We also managed to stop by
DK guppy shop in Taichung on the way back
to Taipei. Here we saw some nice snakeskins
and Ivory Mosaics. The tanks were all well
maintained. I later found out that the DK
Guppy Club shares all the work between each
club member and no one individual can be given
sole credit for the Clubs achievements. This
club is a strong club in central Taiwan and
has some aspirations to hold their own international
guppy contests. Here is a photo of the club
As I will mention later this
club went on to win the WGC Best in Show.
Truly a great achievement. Here are a two
pictures of their fish. You can blame the
fish for the poor focus as they were quite
active in the summer heat.
We also visited several breeders
shops and rooms in the greater Taipei area.
Lin Sheng Hwei who manages to enter one exceptional
guppy in competition had a shop in Taipei
which we visited.
Lin is very proud of his achievements
and proudly displays his trophies in his shop
I managed to get a good breeding
pair of these unusually colored Shimmelpfennig
DS back to California!
Chinese Hobbyists love Parrot
We visited Lin’s home
as well to see his fishroom setup there. Lin
used OSI Red Top eggs which give a premium
hatch. Eggs in Taiwan are relatively cheap
at 15-18$ a can! These eggs come from UTAH.
We also visited Tsai’s
fishroom in Taipei. Tsai maintains German
Red Lace gray and Albino from my line and
Changs HB Reds as well as Coral Shrimps.
It is really a small world
when we met up with Chiu and Foo Hong from
Singapore Guppy Club at Tsai’s fishroom,
who flew in the same day to visit fishrooms
and the WGC!
Finally we visited one of the
best Breeders in Taiwan Kuo GT Guppy Room
Kuo has a long history of maintaining some
very high quality ( and expensive) guppy strains.
Here we are photographed with Kuo in center.
Kuo’s fishroom was well
designed and clean!
I suppose my pictures got better
because his tanks were very clean! Notice
the undergravel filtration which is coupled
with state of the art water changing systems.
Kuo is famous breeder in Taiwan for his Sailfin
dorsal guppies which is very prominent in
the HB Yellow white ribbon strains. His females
have very white triangle tails! His Half Black
Yellow White Triangles are some of the cleanest
white colors available today.
Kuo also has several strains
of reds and red albinos, some from my strains.
When you enter his fishroom
there are walls lined with guppy pictures
Show time was quite a hectic schedule
with members of the Taipei University aquarium
Club assisting with the entry classification
Show entries were divided into
several classes and there were 4 judges scheduled
for judging. Judges consisted of the following
gentlemen: Oemer Guelmez from Germany, Frank
Chang and Luke Roebuck from USA and Mr Lim
from Taiwan. Eddie Lee was the WGC Show Chairman
and did much of the legwork to put on the
Entry count was quite high at
between 450-500 entries many of which came
from Taiwan breeders and local clubs. Racks
were made of steel and show tanks were typical
plastic critter keeper type similar to IFGA
entry bowls. Taiwan television was also on
hand to do a taping of the show to promote
the hobby in Taiwan as well as future shows.
This is typical of most World Guppy Contests
in the countries I have visited as their local
TV station does a taping. AQUA ZOO News was
also on hand to do a Guppy Report.
Due to time constraints and limited
help with the judging, we decided to do an
IFGA Style judging with detailed pointing
only to the top finalist picks based on unanimous
decision by all the judging team. Overall
fish quality was very high. There were entries
from Taiwan, Korea, USA, Japan and Singapore.
Here is a selection of entries from the various
tail shapes which were represented.
Prize day was also the day that the exposition
was open to the public. There were several
hundred visitors that day including breeder
and club entrants from all over Taiwan. I
remember this photographer who was visiting
from a possible future Show place Hong Kong.
We met him and discussed some future possibilities.
The prize trophies were very good
quality crystal trophies.
This guppy logo was lit up like
a Christmas tree.
Prize giving was in typical fashion
with the Show Chairman Eddie Lee and WGC Head
Judge Omer Guelmez distributing the prizes.
Here we see the 2nd place winner
Lin happily collecting his prize. Lin breeds
Half Black Pastel White Deltas as well as
other strains for his Shop in Taipei
Here we see DK Guppy Club proudly
displaying their winning Trophy Cup. We managed
to visit their place in our trips to the south.
All in all, the trip was a very
good one despite some relatively minor protesting
from some disgruntled members of Taiwan’s
Southern Guppy Club (SGC), who didn’t
like the results of the contest. I later came
to find out that this type of protesting is
quite normal in Taiwan even in Government
Parliament where it can sometimes get quite
loud. Well we were prepared to accept the
bad with the good as the overall trip was
well worth it!
We also managed to squeeze in
some non-fishy tourism touring in Taipei.
The food was excellent!
There were scooters everywhere!!
We visited the worlds tallest
Building TAIPEI 101 seen here at night with
its spectacular border lighting.
This is Taipei at night.
I have many more pictures and
could possibly do another article with a different
spin but have to end at this time.
Thanks to all the breeders we visited who
without any hint of selfishness offered us
some of their best guppies. Special Thanks
to Ray of Chayi, Felix Cheng of South Bay,
Sung San of Tainan, Green Guppy, YS Guppy
from KaoHsiung who had those great Full Reds!
Daal Maan Shop, DK Guppy , Lin’s Enchanting
Aquarium, Tsai’s Guppy Room, Kuo GT
Guppy Room with some nice HB Yellow Whites!
I would like to specially thank my good friend
Bruce Shive ( Tseng Biao Hsueh) who made our
trip fun and made it possible to visit all
the breeders fish rooms and obtain some of
the best quality Guppies around! Bruce will
be a lifelong friend to us and the guppy world.