Salmler-Symposium 2017

During the last years there have been several requests that the not-catfish (no offence to the catfish fans!) areas of the IG BSSW like tetras, should recieve more attention regarding events.

Well, time has come!

We would like to provide a platform for everyone interested in characins, to exchange knowledge, listen to interesting talks and to participate in convivial group discussions. To bring tetra fans together is one of the main goals! With the talks we aim to cover most areas like reproduction, maintenance, systematics, ecology and biotopes.


Gnathocharax steindachneri © E. Fischer

24th to 26th of november 2017.

After you arrive from friday evening 6 pm, the talks will start on saturday morning. Departure is scheduled on sunday around noon.


In Ahrbergen, Lower Saxony. The Parkhotel Ahrbergen ( is a modern four star conference hotel between Hildesheim and Hannover in the heart of germany.

The hotel can be easily reached by car via the Autobahn 7 (Coming from north use exit 59 Laatzen, from south exit 62 Hildesheim-Drispenstedt), we will inform you later how to arrive by public transport. Most likely there will also be the possibility to pick you up on Hildesheim main station at certain times.

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A special advantage of the hotel is that the booked rooms will be in a separate building, which features a common room for offhand talks, exchange of fishes and similar ventures. This also means that in the evenings there is no real closing time and that we have room to talk, discuss and enjoy some drinks as long as we want.

What will be offered?

Thayeria obliqua © E. Fischer

We will meet on friday evening to chat in a relaxed atmosphere, before the talks begin on saturday morning with known german speakers. In the evening there will be sufficient time for conversations and some drinks. On Sunday morning talks are planned until noon. We were able to recruit some well know speakers from the german tetra scene like:

  • Hans-Georg Evers
  • Günter Hein
  • Wolfgang Heinrichs
  • Dr. Stefan K. Hetz
  • Thomas Johannes
  • Daniel Konn-Vetterlein
  • Ernst Schmidt

The conference program in detail. The talks will be given in german, for non-german speaking visitors there will of course be the possibility to help with the translation of the talks and conversations!

The conference package for saturday contains coffee/tee and a snack in the coffee breaks, unlimited mineral water/apple juice, notepads and pens during the talks on saturday and lunch and dinner in form of a 3-course menu or buffet.

How do I register?

Booking (rooms and conference package) is managed by the hotel. During booking, please implicitly mention the heading „Salmler-Symposium“. The reserved rooms for booking are reserved for us until 30th of october 2017.

Participants without overnight stays please directly register by sending us an email to

Single rooms are 69 € and double rooms 89 € each, including breakfast. The conference package for saturday costs 69 €.

For questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at We are looking forward to meeting all of you!

Your organizing team „Salmler-Symposium“