Aquatic Experience – Chicago combines everything aquatic under one roof at the Schaumburg Convention Center. From saltwater to freshwater with pond and aquatic animals, we have it all. Consumers and retailers are invited to join us for educational seminars and a thriving show floor filled with hobbyists from entry level to the most sophisticated aquarium keepers as well as livestock and equipment experts and the industries best and trend-setting manufacturers. Add in a bevy of high powered speakers you’ve heard of and read articles from but have not had the chance to meet in person and you’ve got a must see for any aquarist no matter what their experience level.
Keynote Banquet by* Jeff Gibula “Drop for Drop…it’s all water to me!”
Jeff Gibula, the Zoological Operations Manager at Newport Aquarium, in partnership with the SHEDD Aquarium takes you on a behind-the-scenes lighthearted look of a Public Aquarium and its relationship to today’s hobbyists and their home aquariums. The average public aquarium’s volume, scope and scale has become fantastically large over the past three decades and we continue to push the barriers both with the type of captive animals we are caring for and the physical structures we are constructing. However at the core of these immensely complex, custom buildings the simple science needed to make them work is founded upon the (3) legs of a stool: Aquaculture, Waste water treatment and the Hobby trade. From a Nano to a 200,000 gallon tank….Comparisons are relative!! *All Access Weekend Pass or Keynote Banquet Dinner Ticket Required
Kid’s Aquarium Contest Kid’s Aquarium Contest is a captivating learning program designed to teach children about the freshwater environment, stimulate their minds, ignite their creativity and warm their hearts through the rewards of pet care.