The long-awaited event, the VI International Congress of Aquarists took place in St.Petersburg on September 25-26
is the second part of the report, the first one is here.
... Further there was a brief coffee and snack break, filled with vivid conversations. The peculiar feature of the congress: an extensive exchange of useful information and opinions during the breaks.
Such a buffet!
Plenty of conversations during the break
Anatolii and Vladimir Kovalev. Notice the number of badges Anatoliy’s jacket. He participated in all six Aquarists’ Congresses!
The first presentation after the break was the one by the Congress general sponsors, Vladislav and Alena Fedko. They demonstrated a video about the plant Chuangxing Electrical Appliances Co., Ltd., which produces internal and external filters, heaters, compressors and other aquarium equipment for Atman Company. Their production is new for Russians, but in our opinion, it is very promising. External Atman filters by their quietness and power are not inferior to the well-known European brands, being at the same time much less pricy.
Fragment of the presentation by Vladislav Fedko, the exclusive distributor of the Atman aquarium equipment in Russia
Important enough, the participants could familiarize themselves with Atman production not only through lectures or movies. Equipment was presented in action. In the morning, during the breaks and after the lectures one could install a filter, compressor, or aquarium heater with his/her own hands, and at the same time get detailed information and instructions from the distributor.
Demonstration of Atman equipment in action inspired a huge interest. The most active aquarists were awarded with precious prizes. All demonstrated equipment was gifted to the participants at the end
Who is that lucky guy getting an external Atman filter?
A gift of an external filter Atman DF-1000 to Anatoly was a pleasant surprise to this veteran of Aquarists’ Congresses. However, this devise has been earned quite honestly, Vladislav Fedko said. Anatoly asked the best questions, and he is a true expert in filters!
Discussion on external Atman filters occurred to be very vivid!
Another winner, Zey Snout, got a compressor AR 8500, flexible sprayer (1 m 20 sm ), and aquarium heater HT-200
Another gift from Atman, this time to the Congress organizers. There is a belief that Arowana fish brings happiness and luck. Well, let’s wish that to everyone who attended the Congress!
Aquarium, which served as a testing ground for Atman equipment, was provided by another sponsor of the Congress, the Aquatech Company. By the way, this aquarium also was eventually donated to one of the congress participants. A founder and CEO of Aquatech Company, Dmitry Mabuza in his presentation told in details about production of "Aquatech" aquariums. The most remarkable feature of these aquariums in that they have the pre-installed fairly powerful lightning system necessary for successful growth of aquatic plants. We all are familiar with difficulties of installing additional lighting into covers of aquariums of other brands, so I think all herbalists will appreciate the products of the company. We also produce various tanks and containers by individual orders.
The Congress sponsor, Aquatech Company produces a wide assortment of high quality aquariums; it is well-known in St.Petersburg. The Aquatech CEO, Dmitry Fedchenko presented the equipment of this brand
Presentations of sponsors at the VI Congress of aquarists were by no means a formality. On the contrary, they contained a lot of useful and original information, and therefore were perceived with great interest, and hotly debated. Questions to the speaker fell one after another. This can be easily explained, because the speaker has made hundreds aquariums with his own hands. He’s constructed, installed, and run many aquarium system, including extremely sophisticated and exclusive. In fact, and advertising presentation turned into an efficient transfer of valuable experience
Aquatech Company considers aquarium as a part of the interior. Thus not only the inner content of the aquarium must have no flaws, and the tank should be highly reliable (which is obvious), but the exterior design of both the tank and stand must integrate harmoniously with the surroundings and do not lose its presentation with time. The cutting-edge technologies and original design used by the Company, ensure that.
The audience during the Aquatech presentation. The presented information was interesting for both the beginners and professionals. On the photo, you can see Pavel Bautin and Maxim Yegorov, experienced aquarium designers
Discussion of Dmitry Fedchenko’s presentation was really hot!
This year, the generosity of donors has surpassed all our expectations. Participants of the congress got lots of gifts. On the photo: Aquatech Company is handing the Certificate for the aquarium. On this picture one can see aquariums manufactured by the company
The featured presentation of Sergei Chubarov’s is an indispensable part of every congress. Sergei is a specialist in ponds and aquatic plants, aquarium designer, and a director of the "Akvasad" company. This year Sergei’ presentation was especially interesting. He narrated about the stages of settling a decorative pond, about the pioneer insects – desirable and undesirable guests. The presentation was accompanied by wonderful photographs taken by the author. This presentation was considered as the most interesting by the audience.
Sergey Chubarov’s presentation. Not only fish but also insects – useful, useless, harmful, and all so entertaining, can inhabit a backyard pond
New hypermarkets of Le'Murrr pet stores chain opened in the early summer of 2010 in St. Petersburg. Le'Murrr is a sponsor of the VI International Congress of Aquarists. Natalia Pavlova, a senior salesman of the Le'Murrr hypermarket in Lahti, welcomed participants.
"Le'Murrr" retail chain owns 45 pet stores of various formats: from small "at home" shops to large self-service departments in hypermarkets. This chain covers many Russian towns and cities: St. Petersburg, Murmansk, Togliatti, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, several towns in the Moscow region. In St. Petersburg the largest 's Le’Murr pet stores sell aquarium fish from "JIVOY UGOLOK". Le’Murr stores are primarily distinguished by their diverse format; they are especially loved by backyard ponds fans, because unlike other pet shops, they offer a variety of koi carps and large goldfish, contained in the stores in huge tanks holding up nearly a ton of water
The presentation by Igor Mizgiryov deserves a special attention. Igor was a guest of honor at the congress. He is a well-known geneticist, currently working in Northwestern University, Chicago, U.S.A. Igor is an expert in genetically modified fish. He works primarily with the zebra fish, Danio rerio, a famous model object for basic research in cell and developmental biology. Scientists such as Igor Mizgiryov insert fluorescent genetic markers into different genes of the zebra fish genome at the egg stage to trace the expression of certain proteins during the fish development. This sophisticated technique stimulated a huge progress in modern biology. Its "side product", creation of variety of fluorescent "glow-fishes" attracted attention of aquarium fans. Vladimir Kovalev covered this topic in details at the VitaWater internet portal, and Igor then acted as a scientific consultant. As a passionate aquarist Igor does not lose contacts with VitaWater. His presentation at the congress was pretty spontaneous (he occurred to be in St.Petersburg those days just by chance), but it turned to be very interesting.
Mizgiryov Igor talked about his research based on transgenic fish
Again the pleasantest moments of the congress: quizzes and awarding the winners with gift certificates of the VitaWater internet shop. NastenaW has won a 5,000 rubles-worth certificate
After the second break the most interesting presentation by Stanislav Yurchenko was brought to the attention of the audience. Stanislav is a director of the Trade House "Akvamagis", located in Moscow. He is an aquarium designer and a diver. His talk was dedicated to his diving trip to the Red Sea to explore the local marine fauna. Stanislav is a passionate aquarist and an expert in marine ecosystems, as well as a skilled photographer. His presentation did not leave indifferent even the fans of freshwater aquariums. The quality of photo and video materials was superb.
The presentation by Stanislav Yurchenko. Lots of photos of natural coral reefs, unusual views, original ideas for decoration of marine aquariums
Time for fun. The first day of the congress ended with a traditional banquet, to wich everyone was inviteded. Banquets at the congresses – it is not just eating, drinking and dancing, but also direct personal contacts, companionship, questions and answers, jokes and tricks. Agree, none of the lectures would unite people in such a way as an informal event like this :)
The banquet at the Congress is a bit more than just a banquet
The next day there were two trips to the Oceanarium. One of them was guided by Oleg Yunchis, a famous Russian ichthyopathologist. Afrewards Vladimir Kovalev presented a talk on fish diseases in a lecture hall. The presentation was, as always, very thoroughly prepared. It was accompanied by high quality photography and videos, which greatly facilitated the perception of materials. Special thanks to Vladimir for his presentation!
Presentation by Vladimir Kovalev
Well, it turned to be interesting!
Another group photo to keep memories at the very end of the congress. This year the autumn weather in St. Petersburg cooperated perfectly well, exactly like it did at the previous congresses...
Tired but happy non-resident participants visited JIVOY UGOLOK during the second day of the congress to pick up their orders.
Employees of "JIVOY UGOLOK" pack fish in cold boxes for long-distance transportation
In conclusion, we would like to heartily thank the local folks for their hospitality and kindness. Our special thanks to wonderful staff of "JIVOY UGOLOK" for giving us such a fantastic holiday. Thank you, dear friends! :)
Elena Solncheva, Elena Kovaleva 11.11.2010
Foto V. Kovaleva, Elena Mazurek и D. Pershin
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