Romanian National Aquascaping Contest


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Fiecare categorie va fi jurizată de arbitrii cu o vastă experiență în aquascaping, după cum urmează:

Nature, SRA, Wabi Kusa
Giuseppe Nisi
Samuele Gamberini
Filipe Oliveira
Jean Michel Touche
Juan Puchades
Pavol Kulanda
Fabian Kussakawa
Bourdin Ludovic
Mario Perez

Filipe Oliveira
Mario Perez
Marco Aukes
Emil Visan

Mijkoli Ivan
Alexey Malysev
Anton Lamboj
Emil Visan

Filipe Oliveira

Name: Filipe Oliveira
Age: 45 years old
Location – city and country: Porto, Portugal
Occupation: Professional Aquascaper, Photographer, PR Manager and Designer at Aquaflora B.V Aquarist since: 1999

Experience as judge:
CBAP Brazil, EAPLC, CIAC – CIPS China, RAC – Romanian Aquascaping Contest, Web Aquascaping Contest, HAC – Hungarian Aquascaping Contest and a few more…
Archievments as aquascaper:
-Winning Prizes: 2006 – 1st place on AGA Contest in Large Category 2006
– Best of the show AGA Contest in Large Category 2006
– 2nd place on AGA Contest in Small Category 2007
– 1st place on AGA Contest in small Category 2009
– 1st place on AGA Contest in small Category 2010
– 3rd place on AGA Contest in Small Category Honour prizes: 2007
– 10th place on IAPLC – ADA Contest
– Workshops and seminars all over the world: Netherlands, Russia, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, Hungary and China.
– Worked with Takashi Amano at Florestas Submersas, the world’s largest nature aquarium in Lisbon Oceanarium. Hobbies or preferences: Landscape photography and sports in general.

Anton Lamboj

Dr. Anton Lamboj has been an aquarist since the age of ten. Around 1980, he began to take a special interest in the cichlids of West and Central Africa. This interests led, in 1988, to the beginning of his academic education at the University of Vienna. Focus in science and hobby are West African cichlids. He has made numerous field/collecting trips to Africa, South East Asia, Australia, Central America and South America. He holds about 50 tanks, has authored more then 400 papers (both academic and hobbist) in eleven languages, including six books and contributions to about 40 other books (aquaristic and scientific). Till now, he has described 4 genera and 23 species. He is lecturer and associated scientist at the University of Vienna/Austria and the University of Applied Sciences in Wels/Upper Austria, chief editor of the Austrian aquarium and terrarium journal, curator in the C.A.R.E.S. program and at Cichlid Room Companion; also honorary member of the French Cichlid Ass. (AFC), the Hill Country Cichlid Club (HCCC, USA), Texas, the Nordiska Ciklidsällskapet (NSC, Scandinavia) and Multicolor Ailingen (Germany). 2011 he was honored for his international work for the hobby as a „Mastère fédéral d‘aquariophilie“ by the French Aquarium Federation FFA, 2015 he got the „Scientist Award“ from CAOAC (Canadian Association of Aquarium Clubs). For many years he was president of the Austrian Federation of Aquarium and Terrarium Clubs (OEVVOE), where he is now „President in Honor“. From OEVVOE he also got the first „Golden Anton Award“ in 2015, which is named after him and now given every year to a person or organization with outstanding contribution to the aquarium or terrarium hobby. He was judge for several competitions, foe example at ACA, Aquarama in Singapore an in 2019, he also was judge for BADC.

Juan Puchades
I am a 35 years old dentist, I have my own office and also I am a teacher at the University of Valencia. I am a Nature lover who lives in the city. Nature Aquarium allows me to evade day to day, show my artistic concerns and create ecosystems within the city.
I have applyed different contest since 2012. I must say in the beginning of my career I was very focused on aquascaping contest. Nowadays it is allways a nice feeling to take part in some of them but I really think that placement is not so important. Since 2013 I have been every year in the top100 of the IAPLC contest ranking from 17th to 54th place. 3 times on top27. At AGA contest I have been once 2nd&3r, and 3 times top10. In the European contest EAPLC I have been 1st this year, and twice second. I am the spanish champion of the AQSC contest in last two years. Also I have won HSCH and CBAP once.
As a judge I had the honor of judging AGA 1 year, since 2014 I am judging CBAP, and also I have judged many other contest as HAC, MAPLC, CAPA, RAC and some others. This year I will take part as a judge in CBAP, AQSC hardscape challenge and this great Romanian contest.
I wish all contestant very good luck, I am wishing to judge all this great aquascapes and I will try to give my best advice to all of them. Let’s go guys!!
Emil Vișan

The first contact with the aquarium was at the age of 3-4 when my grandparents took me to the Constanta Aquarium. I liked it so much that I asked my grandparents to take me to the fish every day.
When I was almost 5 years old, my grandfather made a 200l aquarium at home, to get rid of the roads to the public aquarium. I was fascinated. I remember my grandfather’s veiled Carasus auratus, which still look like the most beautiful Carasus.
At the age of 12, I had my first 30-liter aquarium with guppies, corydoras, zebras, of which I was very proud. Since then the aquarium has always existed in my life with bigger or smaller pauses.
In the 12th grade of high school I participated in the National Biology Olympiad where I took third place with the work “Phenotype and genotype in the species Lebistes reticulatus”. Since 2009 aquaristics has become a permanent hobby. I started again as an aquascaper and I made some beautiful escapes, I say. After 2 years I started to be interested in biotope aquariums. I was fascinated by their naturalness, the fact that they are inspired by something real and I admit that I really liked the part of study necessary to make a biotope aquarium.
Months of study followed (which did not end today), which then materialized in several bioscapes.
In 2014 I ranked 5th in the semifinals of the Biotope Aquarium Contest within the “Akter Fest-Zagreb” festival.
In the live final of the same contest I took the 4th place and the Audience Award. The chairman of the jury was Mr. Heiko Bleher.

Since then, I participate in all the gender competitions that take place online, for the pleasure of creating a new habitat from a certain place on our beautiful planet. I generally like interesting and special places. As a fauna, I prefer small species such as cichlids from South America or West and Central Africa, but I am also interested in other species with an interesting biology.

2019 was a year rich in national awards, namely:
1st place in the Biotope section of the “Romanian Aquatic Contest” contest;
1st place in the Cichlids section of the “Aquatic Design Contest Romania” contest;
1st place in the Biotope section of the contest organized by the online group “Aquaristics”

A biotope aquarium is as much as possible a copy of a real biotope, a particle of nature with its charm and beauty. It is a system made up of organic and inorganic components but which together form life. The biotope aquarium is a life lesson, through it we better understand how a part of nature works. And maybe by understanding more nature we realize its fragility. The nature that God created for Man by telling him to master it, but to master it carefully because he left it in his care. And man can now more than ever have to remember that to master means to be responsible for what he masters and to take care of it.
I feel honored to judge this section of the contest, thank you very much to those who trust me and wish a lot of success and inspiration to all participants.

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Giuseppe Nisi
My name is Giuseppe Nisi, born in Germany but with apulian origins. Currently I live and work in Bologna.
I approached to this wonderful world of aquariums in 2008 and I  immediately became enthusiast to plants cultivations and I started to attend with attention the Italian forum,
After I discovered Aquascaping, thanks  to the Takashi Amano aquariums, and in that moment is started the passion for natural layout. 
For many years I setup and dismantled a lot of aquariums, acquiring experience and getting a lot of satisfactions.
I actively partecipate to different on-line contest like IAPLC, AGA getting good placements (IAPLC2016 98° Place; EAPLC2016 19°Place; IAPLC 2017 66°Place & EAPLC 10°Place ) and some live contest where i got two first placements in the 2015 ( NAQ2015 Live Contest & PetFestival2015 Live Contest 1vs1 ) & one first placement in the 2016 (Contest Live Aquascaping PetsItaly Rimini)
  • IAPLC 2012 382°th Place
  • ASE International Aquascaping Contest 2010 14°th Place Nano Category
  • AAC 2010 Genaeral 158°th Place; mini Aquarium 56°th Place
  • IAPLC 2013  686°th Place on 2164 Partecipants
  • Participated Naq 2013 italy  Live Aquscaping Contest
  • AGA 2014  28-60L ; 200- 320L
  • Eaplc 2014 161°th Place
  • IAPLC 2014 698°th Place on 2320 Partecipants
  • Participated Aquagarden Aquascaping Project 2014-2015 RDA (Rosso d’Autore) by Forum main Sponsor Anubias Aquatic Plants & Elos
  • Workshop Live PetFestival Piacenza 2014 Italy, Esotikaexpo Arezzo 2015 , Esotikaexpo Bastia Umbria 2015 & Live Workshop Stand Sera,  EsotikaexpoArezzo 2016.
  • 2015_Collaborated with Fabio Lorusso to realize  Photo & Hardscape for ABA cataolog by
  • AGA 2015  <25L ; 60-120Lt
  • IAPLC 2015 World Ranking 300th “Fine Works” on 2545 Partecipants
  • EAPLC 2015 Standard  55°th Place ; Nano  39°th Place
  • IIAC 2015  176°th, 182°th & 186°th
  • Workshop Live with Fabio Lorusso Stand Sera NAQ2015 Italy
  • NAQ 2015 Italy Live Aquscaping Contest  1°th Place
  • PetsFestival 2015 Italy Live Aquscaping Contest 1vs1 1°th Place
  • Interzoo 2016 Stand Anubias Aquatic Plants & Aqvainnova“May the green force be with you…” Scape by Oliver Knott Feat. ITAU (Fabio Lorusso & Giuseppe Nisi )
  • PetsItaly 2016 Rimini – Mace Live Aquscaping Contest 1°th Place
  • Workshop Live with Fabio Lorusso Stand Anubias – ITAU, Rimini 2016, Italy
  • PetsFestival 2016 Live Aquscaping Contest ITAU Vs FACT –  1°th Place Team ITAU (Fabio L., Giuseppe N. & Enrico F.)
  • IAPLC 2016 World Ranking 98°th Place;
  • EAPLC 2016 Europe Ranking 19°th Place;
  • Judge of the  AquAgora Capa contest 2017;
  • AquaProject 2017 Zoomark – 2mtx2mt Nature Aquarium MiniOceanario in Memoria of Takashi Amano at Zoomark 2017 by Fabio Lorusso & Giuseppe Nisi
  • IAPLC 2017 World Ranking 66°th Place:
  • EAPLC 2017 Europe Ranking 10°th Place;
  • AGA 2017 Nano Cube Ranking 2°th Place.
  • IAPLC 2018 World Ranking 63°th Place:
  • CIPS  – CIAC 2018 21°th Place – 1st Italy selected of live Event on China. (The 27 contestants that reached the top 200 in the big tank category and that are 1st of their country are invited to participate in CLIAC, a big live aquascaping event at CIPS in Guangzhou)
Fabian Kussakawa
The tree times champion of the brazilian aquascape contest Fabian Kussakawa, have been studying about the fascinating world of aquascaping since 2006.
Providing speeches and workshops for the hole country. Also is a writer of magazines which has a segment of aquascaping. Lately focus himself on being a judge of national as well as international aquascaping contests.

Some of the contests where I have been a national and international judge of aquascaping.
AQUAJAYA 2018  (Indonesia – Live contest Aquascaping)
CPAQ  2018          (Brazil – Aquascaping contest regional São Paulo – Brazil)
CPA   2017            (Brazil – Aquascaping contest regional Paraná – Brazil)
CAPA  2015           (France – Aquascaping contest international France)
AAC   2015            (Thailand – Aquascaping contest international Thailand)
IBAC  2012            (Bulgaria – Aquascaping contest international Bulgaria)
HAC   2012            (Hungary – Aquascaping contest international Hungary)
AAC   2011             (Spain – Aquascaping contest international Spain)
International and National placements in contests aquascaping:

AGA   (USA) 2018 7º    (28l)
IIAC  (Taiwan) 2015 18º
AGA   (USA) 2014 2º    (28l)
AGA   (USA) 2014 6º    (120 a 200l)
IAPLC (Japan) 2014 88º
IAPLC (Japan) 2013 104º
ROAPLC(Russia) 2012 28º
AGA   (USA) 2013 1º    (60l)
AGA   (USA) 2013 3º    (paludarium)
AGA   (USA) 2011 2º    (28l)
AGA   (USA) 2011 3º    (60l)
ASE   (Europe) 2011 3º    (nano)
ASE   (Europe) 2009 4º    (nano)
ASGAT (Spain) 2009 4º

National CBAP (Contest Brazilian Aquascaping) and CPA (Contest regional Parana – Brazil):

CBAP (Brazil) 2015 10º  
CBAP (Brazil) 2014 1º    (nano)
CBAP (Brazil) 2014 4º    
CBAP (Brazil) 2013 3º    (nano)
CBAP (Brazil) 2012 1º    (nano)
CBAP (Brazil) 2011 5º    (nano)
CBAP (Brazil) 2010 1º    (nano)
CBAP (Brazil) 2009 6º    (nano)
CBAP (Brazil) 2008 3º    (nano)
CBAP (Brazil) 2007 7º    (nano)
CPA  (Parana) 2014 3º
CPA  (Parana) 2013 2º
CPA  (Parana) 2009 3º
Mikolji Ivan

Who is Ivan Mikolji?

“If you are an admirer of the aquatic habitats of South America, you certainly know Ivan Mikolji!

He’s a world-renowned explorer, researcher, audio/visual artist, and author who tirelessly documents the magnificent diversity and wonder of this beautiful region of the world.  His dramatic underwater videos are seen around the world, and his photographs have graced articles in numerous publications.

Ivan Mikolji is also an extremely accomplished artist, whose beautiful interpretations of the aquatic life of Venezuela and South America are sought after by collectors worldwide.”

Scott Fellman, Tannin Aquatics

Introduction to Mikolji

With more than a hundred expeditions and innumerable publications in different countries, he has demonstrated the authenticity and originality of his artistic passion for photography and painting. The philosophy that moves his creative will is the urgency to preserve the aquatic ecosystems of the planet, and as a first step he considers it necessary to make known the richness and beauty of these biomes. That is why he maintains: “you cannot preserve what you don’t know exists.” And to that work he has dedicated a great part of his life.

Eduardo Planchart Licea
Phd Latin American Art History UNAM

Samuele Gamberini

My name is Samuele Gamberini and I was born near Bologna, Italy.

When I was a teenager I moved the first steps in the fishkeeping hobby, when my father bought a tank in the only shop in town. It was the 80s …

It was a 60 lt tank, where I used to breed some Trichogaster. Some years later I leaved the hobby, but in 2012 I started again with a little cube, where I commited the most common mistakes: too many fishes, no fertilization, an off-the-cuff management, but the desire to learn and understand pushed me to read and study more and more.

Later I bought a 100 lt tank, where I start to experience every kind of test and I began to cultivate aquatic plants, using fertilizers and taking care of their needs in a more appropriate manner.

Since 2014 I began to hold live events in several shops and gardens and now I am committed in collaborations with some important companies like Prodibio, Hydor, Elos, Troplant, Tropica ,CO2Art. I’m also the Italian Prodibio ambassador. I took part in IALPC three times, last time I came in 293. In 2016 I was 131st in EALPC Standard category and in 2017 I was 18th in the “nano” category and 131 in the “standard”. In 2018in IALPC  #293  and #26 in web aquascaping contest.

In 2019 in EALPC #24 medium cat  and #28 nano cat .

My goal is always to improve and learn more and more. I hope to share and to instil my passion in everybody who approaches the wonderful world of aquascaping.

Alexey Malyshev

I was born on November 2, 1970 in St. Petersburg, Russia (ex-USSR). Aquaria began to get involved 40 years ago. I have been doing biotopes for the last 20 years. I was in many regions of Russia, where I studied and continue to study biotopes. He was a member of the jury at the International Biotope Competition for 6 consecutive years and other domestic competitions. Author of articles in print and on the Internet about biotopes, fish and crustaceans.

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Jean Michel Touche

Aquarist and horticulturist at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, I have always been passionate about plants, animals and nature in general. 

When I discovered Takashi Amano, I was immediately fascinated by his work.

From that moment  nature aquarium has been my favourite style of aquascape 

and in 2018 I was lucky enough to be trained by ADA in Japan. 

Since then I have four nature aquariums at home and I have run workshops to promote the hobby.

Pavol Kulanda

I was born and grew up in a small town in Slovakia near national park of High Tatras and Pieniny close to a border with Poland. Growing up, surrounded by exceptional natural beauty, I developed a passion for nature. At young age I was introduced to aquarium hobby by couple of my friends and I have been keeping fish since. 

Only until recently, after I moved over to Northern Ireland, I discovered a beauty of nature aquarium concept through browsing on Youtube and I was instantly hooked. I have been practising the art of aquascaping for 5 years now and I have been entering aquascaping contests since 2016. I realized that entering contests gives me a focus and drive to improve my skills as an aquascaper and artist each year. My most favourite and exciting  part of  the hobby is the process of creating new layout. 
Bourdin Ludovic

My name is Ludo BOURDIN and I am 47 years old. I live in France, more precisely in Burgundy. I am an aquarist since my childhood. I discovered aquascaping in the 90’s but I have been practicing it for about 8 years. A few years ago I had the chance to join the group FACT, which allowed me to benefit from the advice of the best French aquascapers at that time. I improved thanks to their contact and their advice and so i had the chance to integrate several times the top 100 in the famous IAPLC contest.
I am now part of the collective “Rocks & Roots french Aquascaping Spirit” whose goal is to promote and share the achievements of its members.
I have a predilection for rock-based compositions.
I am particularly happy and honored to be part of the judges’ team of this edition of the Romanian aquascaping contest. Indeed, beyond the competition, I think that our discipline, far from being only an individual practice, is also made of sharing and fraternity.
I wish good luck to all the candidates.

Marco Aukes

I am Marco Aukes, 44 years old and born in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It was only after I met the fine lady that is now my wife, over 20 years ago, that I got in contact with aquariums. Her brother had one at his room in her parents house, and I immediately got hooked to the hobby. When we moved into our first house together, we knew one thing for sure: we had to get an aquarium of ourselves.

We started with ambition with a 2m long, 800 liter aquarium and started right from the beginning with the Dutch Style: a lot of plants and compositions with a lot of contrasts in color, size, height and shape. When we moved into our current house we took on a even bigger aquarium of 3.10m long and 1.400 liter. That also started as a Dutch style.

When we started the Vivarium event, the largest European event for the aquarium and terrarium hobby, my time got a lot more sparse and the aquarium was transfered first into a biotope. Nowadays it is still a biotope aquarium, but now there is a paludarium added on top. That is a lot easier to maintain than a fully planted Dutch Style.

With my background in Dutch Style Aquariums, I have photographed many of the NBAT contests and accompanied many judges back in the days. Later I have published a manual on Dutch Style on the UKAPS forum to also promote the style beyond our borders. Since a few years I am a judge in the AGA contest for the Dutch Style Category.

I am looking forward to also promote this style now in the Romanian National Aquascaping Contest and I hope we will see a lot of contestants giving their best attempt on this style. As a pre-contest tip I would like to emphasize that the Dytch Style is not just about a lot of plants and contrast in color. Contrasts and variation in different heights (not just low in the front, tall in the back), leaf size and shapes are equally important.

I wish all contestants the best of luck and most importantly: a lot of fun in the proces of creating your best Dutch Style Aquarium!

Mario Perez

I’m Mario Perez, I’m 32 years old, Spanish aquascaper.

More than 10 years as an aquarist, passionate about planted aquariums and reef aquariums. In the last years I am mainly dedicated to aquascaping competitions and working as a distributor of aquarium products, Aquariums became a way of life for me.

Part of the organizing team of AQSC Spain (aquascaping competition in Spain), AQSC hardscape contest.
Workshops held in Spain on Nature and Dutch styles.
Due to my passions I worked for various aquarium companies promoting aquascaping in Spain.
We obtained the 3rd place in the Dutch category in 2019.
It is an honor for me to be a referee of RONAC, to analyze the works of my Romanian colleagues, to be able to offer advice where appropriate.
Thank you for calling me to be part of the refereeing team.


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