Biotope Aquarium Set-Up at Maidenhead Aquatics, Melksham

Chris Englezou Biotope, Community, Events 5 Comments

This weekend I had the pleasure and honour of been invited to Melksham by the aquatic chain store Maidenhead Aquatics to take part in the Wiltshire Plecos & Catfish Study Group gathering. The events are held at different times throughout the year in the aim of bringing fishkeeping enthusiasts of all levels together to provide educational talks and unite the community; they also are a great opportunity to ogle at some truly exceptional fishes and maybe even take a few home. The manager of Melksham’s branch is James Gulliver and with the help of Nick Ridout and the other members …

Lecture and Biotope Workshop for the British Cichlid Association

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This past weekend I had the distinct privilege to be invited to speak at the British Cichlid Association summer convention at the Brittania Hotel in Wigan. I was also asked to do one of my biotope aquarium workshops which teach fish keepers how to recreate a natural aquatic habitat in their aquarium using only biotope-correct species and decor. The event had a humble attendance including some of the most reputable fish keepers in the country, some of whom it was an honour to have listen to my thoughts and experiences. My talk was entitled “Pterophyllum altum and the other angelfishes” …

Rio Nanay biotope workshop at Maidenhead Aquatics in Melksham

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This weekend I was invited once again over to Melksham by Maidenhead Aquatics to demonstrate another authentic biotope aquarium set-up. On my last visit here I showed how to recreate the Rio Atabapo during the high water season and this time after consulting with the Maidenhead team about what options we could work with, I gave my suggestions and once the fish list was confirmed, I decided on a biotope aquarium based on a lake along the Rio Nanay in the dry season.  The team at Melksham went right out of their way to try and ensure we had some interesting …

A Simple Guide for Discus Show Organizers

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This article is written to help Club Administrators and Show Organizers get prepared for a show with a minimum number of mistakes. Even though it is written for the Discus Shows, most of the facts written here apply to all kinds of shows with aquatic content. THE VENUE The venue where the show will be held should be chosen with utmost care. If possible, its location should be as close as possible to the airport and also to the official show hotel. If possible, choose a hotel in the same building complex as the venue (or a hotel in the …

Aquatics Live 2012

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We ended the 2012 event season at the Aquatics Live exhibition in Kensington Olympia, London. Here’s how it went.. This event was organised by OnShow Events and was supported largely by the companies Tetra, Tropica, Geisemann Aquaristic as well as The Big Fish Campaign and OATA (The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association). We were very proud to be exhibiting for the second year among a list of other innovative, interesting and reputable companies, groups and associations including the likes of Maidenhead Aquatics, JBL, Pets at Home and UKAPS (The UK Aquatic Plant Society) among others. As a young company with a …

Best of Discus – East Mediterranean Discus Show 2012

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5th-7th October 2012 saw the launch of the Best of Discus, the 1st East Mediterranean International Discus & Biotope Aquarium Competition located in Athens, Greece. C.E. Fish Essentials were there and here is our account.. The 1st East Mediterranean International Discus & Biotope Aquarium Competition was organised by Nidal Rezeq (Owner of Animal Station) and was part of the larger event Pets Today which was coordinated by Vassilis Goulielmos and which saw approximately 40,000 people through the door over the weekend. There were cats, dogs, reptiles of all kinds and birds all exhibitied on displays, in competitions, shows and within …

Aquatics Live 2011

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November 2011 saw our attendance at the launch of the first ‘Aquatics Live’ exhibition in London. This unique event was held at the famous London Olympia in Kensington and featured wholesalers, retailers, societies and specialists from all over the UK with international guests including aquatic explorer Heiko Bleher who conducted some well attended lectures on biotopes. The team really came together during the set up and made the stand look brilliant. A product-focused and simple decor with our full range in centre focus. Team members Beverley, Anna, Emma, Joni, Alpha, Alam, Zoe and Chris really brought the stand to life …