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José Garcia

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Dear board members,

Aquariofilia.Net is currently one of the world's biggest online aquarium boards in Portuguese language. Although it's a fully amateur structure, the board has been growing a lot year after year, and currently we're more than 24.000 members.

Every year, we organize a two-day birthday celebration event, where we invite key speakers from the aquaria world, to share with our members and aquarium fans their experience and knowledge in this fascinating subject. In the previous years we already had the pleasure to welcome in our events names like Takashi Amano and Alf Jacob Nielsen (photos), and Oliver Knott (photos) more recently, and also several Portuguese native speakers.

This year, we will have the opportunity of celebrating our 5th anniversary in the Lisbon Oceanarium, on the 20th and 21th of September 2008, and we will have the presence of Tom Barr, Ronald Nielson, Svein Fossaa, Dirk Petersen and João Cotter. Besides the usual speeches, we have organized visits to the Oceanarium backstage, the Oceanarium public visit and also the Sea Monster Exhibition.

There is also going to be a simultaneous 4 planted tank setup by portuguese masters in this art.

Knowing of the contribution and relevance of your board to the advance of the aquarium hobby and industry, we have come to share this event agenda with all of you.

Event Agenda

=> Saturday - 20th September


08h45m - Check-in

09h00m - Oceanarium Backstage visit, Oceanarium visit and Sea Monsters Exhibition visit


14h00m - * Ronald Nielsen - Lake Tanganyikan Cichlids

14h50m - * Ronald Nielsen - Madagascar and Cichlid Conservation

15h45m - Break

16h00m - * Tom Barr - Planted Aquariums: Techniques, Hints and Magic

18h30m - 3 Aquariums, 3 Teams, 3 Works of Art...

21h00m - Group Dinner

=> Sunday - 21st September


08h45m - Check-in

09h00m - Oceanarium Backstage visit, Oceanarium visit and Sea Monsters Exhibition visit


14h00m - João Cotter - Introduction to Salt Water Aquarium Workshop

15h00m - * Svein A. Fosså - The Ethical challenges and responsibilities for aquarium keepers in the 21st century

16h00m - Break

16h15m - * Svein A. Fosså - Questions & Answers

16h45m - * Dirk Petersen - The SECORE Project

18h00m - News about the Aquariofilia.Net Forum

19h00m - End

If you're interested in getting more informations, or even to attend this event in Portugal, who know, you can find all the info on the link http://www.aquariofilia.net/aniversario. You can also contact us by email.

This event is being held with the great support of TMC Iberia, Aquamagia, Aquaplante, Horizonte Aquático, Mil Aquários, Naturline, PrimeFish, SeaHorseShop, Tropica, Magazine bioaquaria and Atelier Lógico.

Thank you so much for your time and for allowing this info to be shared with great online community!

Kind Regards from Portugal,

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