Hans-Georg Evers lives in Hamburg, Germany and is since his very early days an aquarist by heart. Starting with a community tank his interest soon specialised in African cichlids of the Lake Tanganjika and lateron West Africa. In the early eighties his interest changed into catfish and until today the Corydoradinae and Loricariidae are his most favoured fish, followed by tetras and all other imaginable freshwater fishes. Hans so far bred and raised more than 350 different species of freshwater fishes in his tanks. The majority of those are the Corys which count to 100 different spp. actually, but also the Loricariidae with more than 50 different spp.. Since the early days of the L-code-fever he has been keeping and breeding them. Some of the L-numbers were collected by him for the first time.
Hans Evers is a busy traveller, giving talks on fish and collecting species. He fluently speaks English, Portuguese and a little Spanish and has visited many tropical countries in search for new and interesting fishes for the aquarium hobby. Countless journeys were undertaken to the Amazon, mainly to Brazil, where he collected in all bigger affluents of the Amazonas river and other parts of the huge country. So he did in Peru, Venezuela and others. Also Asian countries, mainly Indonesia and recently India have been visited quite a few times.
About his experiences and findings he published 10 books, e.g. the two volumes of “Mergus catfish atlas” together with his good friend Ingo Seidel and the “Identification Guide to Corydoradinae Catfishes” with Ian Fuller, and worldwide more than 500 articles in hobbyist magazines. Since 2005 he is the chief editor of the German aquarium magazine, AMAZONAS. In this magazine all new and spectacular tropical fishes are being promoted, including many novelties amongst Loricariids. Due to his excellent contacts in Brazil he has a good oversight over the actual development in Brazil.
As a foretaste of the talks 'Biotopes of L-Numbers in Amazonia' and 'Without L but also nice: Hisonotus aky' you can see two pictures in advance below: