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Unique Aquarium exhibition - AkTer Fest

Discussion in 'News Around the World' started by Aquascape Croatia, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. Aquascape Croatia

    Aquascape Croatia New Member

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    Hi!

    Today I want to present you one unique exhibition, continuously happening for 10 years in Croatia - AkTer Fest!
    AkTer Fest 2014 is happening from 1st-5th October 2014. in Zagreb. We are preparing few contests and everyone from Europe can participate. I'll write about it later.. For now, let me explain who we are...

    AkTer fest is a humanitarian and educational exhibition of aquaristics and terraristics that gathers hobby enthusiasts and experts speakers from the fields of aquaristics, terraristics and ecology.
    Organized for the ninth time in a row, AkTer fest 2013 was visited by around 15.000 visitors and held on more than 2400m2, where we exhibited numerous animal species in over 50 aquariums and over 250 terrariums. Exhibitors came not only from Croatia, but also from Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Serbia, Germany...

    We organize guided tours through exhibition for children in kindergartens and primary and secondary schools, and NGOs who take care of children with special needs. Therefore, we have educated over 450 groups of children. AkTer fest, throughout nine years, has visited more than 60.000 visitors from Croatia and other region countries.

    As the part of the exhibition we offer to our visitors lectures from expert speakers in the fields of terraristics and aquaristics. In 2013 we had an honor to host the world renowned ichthyologist Mr. Heiko Bleher. Traditionally, beside the education of children and adults about proper keeping and handling exotic pets, we are particularly emphasizing the humanitarian side of the whole event in order to help and support homes for neglected children and children with special needs. With hard work and dedication of our volunteers over the years we have helped numerous organizations and made many children and families in need happy.

    Important thing to mention is that we are all volunteers, and we prepare and set up the whole exhibition and guide visitors trough it every year without any financial return. What gives us power to do so is our love for hobby.

    Below are few photos of past exhibitions.
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    Aquascape Croatia New Member

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    Last year our show star was grown up electric eel. There was probe in aquarium and during feeding hours you could see measured electric bursts on screen. Hardware which made that possible was assembled by one of our volunteer.

    It was difficult to take pictures because of all the people who wanted to see this awesome fish. image.jpg
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    And this aquarium won 1st place in Euroasia category in Russian Biotope Contest 2013.

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    Last years we had compettition where contestants had to make something unusual and smaller than 6 liters. Here are some unique works:

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    But now, we have something new to offer... For AkTer Fest 2014 we are preparing biotope and aquascape contests where anyone from Europe can take part. We accept entries till 15th August 2014. and good part is that you can apply with older pictures and already seen setups. You just need to provide link from forum journal, past contest like AGA etc., to show us that aquarium is yours. Top 5 finalists will be invited to AkTer Fest (in Zagreb, Croatia, 1.-5.October 2014.), where they will get aquarium, plants and fish (which they choose in advance) and set up aquarium in front of judges and visitors. For our international guests, we provide accommodation on our expense. Everyone is welcome!

    Link with application form: http://www.akvarij.net/index.php/akter-152/akter-2014-contest?view=form

    (If there is a problem, you can mail entry info to biljni.akvariji@gmail.com)

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    How it looks 2 days before opening. There are medic boxes scattered around with painkillers for back pain and bandages for cuts :)

    Remeber, anyone can join in and be part of greatest aqua and terra show in this part of Europe!
    This year exhibition will take place on over 4000 m2!

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  4. greenfinger 2

    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi AC :love: All the right people in the right place at the same time:eek::cool::cool: Its all about the hard work you guys & girls put into this behind the scenes that makes this such a great event :)(y) Plus all the tanks & scapes wonderful :rolleyes: And sharing our amazing hobby around the world :cool:
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Aquascape Croatia

    All the work that is not seen by the visitors to make something like that must be very well organised in every detail.
    It would be well worth travelling long distances to see that.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Thank you all!

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    Hi AC, Looking forward to seeing the results .Good luck to all the participants (y)
     
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    abhradip1986 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    You guys should sponsor one person from each country every year to come and do a live scaping..that will be an added attraction :) so if you are choosing from India..my hand is already up :-P hehe..very best of luck for the exhibition :)
     
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    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi All, The Results are out of Croatian Aquatic contest :)
    My first ever entry into a Competition. With the Cube Named " The Rivers Edge" It came 25th Not bad for a first attempt :D I am over the moon:cool: And i will be having a couple of beers later tonight :LOL:
    Congratulation Abhradip on 18th place (y) I have a beer for you too :)
    List of placings and one photo of the Cube :) 106.JPG 104.JPG
    And Thank you for all your help AC (y) Looking forward to next years Competition :)
     
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    abhradip1986 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks buddy..won't settle below a bud or a miller ;-)
     
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    Aquascape Croatia New Member

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    Hi guys, thank You for the support, it means alot to us! We dont have much time lately because event is so near, so we apologize for not answering sooner.

    Adhradip1986 that is very good idea and we will for sure think about it!

    Here are results of CAC contest:

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    Judges and first 3 places in Aquascape category:

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    Judges and first 3 places in Biotope category:

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    We want to thank our Judges and Contestants for taking part in our contest. This is our first step toward making this hobby greater and more popular. We hope to grow bigger every year :)


    For more pictures check out our albums:

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    Hi AC, A great contest (y) A big Thank you to all the judges and the people that set up and run this Competition (y)
    Congratulation to the winning contestants with there exquisite Aquascapes :rolleyes::rolleyes:I enjoyed entering this years competition :)Now i am looking forward to entering next years competition.:D
    Just a Thought how about starting a Wabi-Kusa section to the competition :D
     
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    That sounds a great idea another way to encourage more competitors.

    Keith :):)
     
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