My local club here (Irish Tropical Fish Society) is making a trip over for that weekend, not sure if I will go though, these guys are hard core fish folks and would have no problem walking around for 3 days admiring the fish, not sure I would be so keen, need to make my mind up quickly deposits are being taken atm for overnight accommodation and transport etc.
Some of the guys were there last year and posted some pictures on our website, it looks great although 3 days is probably too much excitement for me. But you never know you may see me there yet!
I will post up some pics later on that were posted on our club website, you guys might be surprised at what people will do for an event like that. They have this competition each year at Hayling where people make "Themed" tanks (think finger down throat......ugh!!!) personally I dont like them, but the pics will give you some idea what people may do for their own society. This is not the same competition that you guys are entering but I bet people will copy this sort of thing, its a very popular event by all accounts. Most of the guys that were there from our club last year thought these themed tanks were fab
A good planted tank though should win easy, but no accounting for peoples tastes!
I told them on our club forum that I thought they were naf (the above)and posted a link to FAAQ's picture of the underwater tree scape and then they all raved about that instead and thought that was much better, but originally thought the above were all fab
Dont particularily like FAAQ's scape myself but some members were raving about the bonsai in the scapes above so I posted that instead, at least it was underwater.
Anyway just some food for thought of what you may expect as you get some ideas trogether.
I need to know who is definitely coming to the Festival of Fishkeeping and who needs accomodation.
I'll be arriving Friday morning and staying Friday and Saturday night. It costs 90 quid for those two nights for anyone staying. I'll find out more details about food etc. soon when I phone the organiser, Joe.
We'll be setting up our UKAPS stand on the Friday daytime/evening, in time for the public opening at 9am on the Saturday.
The show ends on Sunday evening so we will pack up and go home then I think. I am going away on holiday on Monday so don't want to stay too late...
I don't think we'll be doing all the tank displays, like I mentioned at the BBQ, as it's too much work with our own to look after too.
Maybe we will volunteer to do one nice public display tank, depending on how busy we are?
There's the society aquarium contest to think about too.
Bear in mind I'll be busy with PFK too doing a 'question time' session with the public. I was thinking of doing a lecture too about hi-tech planted tanks.
I think that's about it for now. Any more info I'll post it here. Ask questions here too so everyone knows.
Gooday guys, i'm workin on the Friday but i recon i'll get a half day and then cruise down. I'll be in the van so it'll take a while! I'll bring the whole stand, graphics, merchandising etc so i looks like it may be a late one, all hand on deck!
I don't need accomadation, if Beaki is coming i'll stay at a friends house, if not i'll be kippin in the van! he he, it'll be fun.
I recon i'm gonna need the van for all the beer LOL woohoo!
Lookin forward to it guys.
mate worse comes to the worst, you can always sleep on my floor if needed. Ill be there ever day, although college friday, so itll be 7 before i get there i recon, although Ill go directly from college, which is half way there.
great work guys, should be fantastic. you better win the comp or you'll never live it down lol. i will len a hand on saturday if there's anything i can help with. i'm sure it will all be set up by then but just ask if i can be of any use.
Sounds awesome George, and I would love to be able to get there. I don`t know if you have all the hardscape you require, but below are some pics of rocks I collected recently, that still need a little clean up.
As a sense of scale, the Iwagumi is a 60cm tank.
The above pic was a little overexposed, so I have included this one to show the texture of the rocks: