keynoteKeynote*
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 of Keynote Banquet Dinner Ticket Required – See more at: http://aquaticexperience.org/education/session-overview/#sthash.m1zNPQ9X.dpuf
Keynote*
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 of Keynote Banquet Dinner Ticket Required – See more at: http://aquaticexperience.org/education/session-overview/#sthash.m1zNPQ9X.dpuf
Keynote*
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 of Keynote Banquet Dinner Ticket Required – See more at: http://aquaticexperience.org/education/session-overview/#sthash.m1zNPQ9X.dpuf
Keynote*
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 of Keynote Banquet Dinner Ticket Required – See more at: http://aquaticexperience.org/education/session-overview/#sthash.m1zNPQ9X.dpuf20152015 Show Highlights Below

sealion1SEA LION SPLASH
Sponsored by Aqueon, Coralife and Kent Marine
Sea Lion Splash offers guests of all ages an up-close experience with sea lions, as well as the opportunity to learn about these amazing mammals through a thirty-minute spell binding show hosted by trainer Surfer Joe.

 

AE16_Shrimp_Small1st International Shrimp Competition
Sponsored by Dennerle, JBJ and Shrimp King
Contestants compete in ten categories for $1,000 in prize money and the top Shrimp King Award, and all competitors receive free admission to the Aquatic Experience show floor—experiencing “everything aquatic under one roof,” from saltwater and freshwater fish to marine plants and mammals.  For additional information please click here.

 

educationEDUCATION SEMINARS
The educational programming at Aquatic Experience is intended to address both the retailing and hobbyist aquarist.  Seminars range from addressing intermediate level information to advanced issues. Find out more here.

 

 

kacKid’s Aquarium Contest
Sponsored by Seachem and Tetra
The aquariums will be on display throughout the Expo and are judged according to age group and three categories Natural, Creative and Themed. Every participant is ultimately a winner because after the Expo, each child may take the entire setup home.  Contest full, must register prior to the show.

ttTouch Tank
Sponsored by Two Little Fishies and Segrest Farms
Get hands-on when families are invited to see and touch these marine animals in an environment that fosters fun and learning.  Allow your child the rare and exhilarating opportunity to touch a swimming shark or shake hands with a starfish. Docents will be on hand to educate and answer questions.

 

Paul Loiselle 004American Cichlid Association Fish Competiton
Sponsored by Aqueon, CaribSea, and DrTim’s Aquatics
This contest is composed of 26 classes in nearly all new and old world cichlid groups with $40 cash awards given to first place winners in each class, plus a $500 Grand Prize and $100 Reserve Best of Show. All competitors receive free 3-day admission to the Aquatic Experience show floor—experiencing “everything aquatic under one roof” at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. Entries are open to the public with no limit on the number of entries. The deadline for online registrations has been extended to Thursday, October 27, 2016 or when tanks are filled- whichever comes first.

fisharoundtheworldFish From Around The World Display
Sponsored by Aqueon, CaribSea, Estes’Fluval, Hikari, Jellyfish Art, Seachem, Segrest Farms, and Spectrum Brands Pet, Home, & Garden
This unique 2,100 square foot aquatics educational display is presented in a series of vignettes replicating a contemporary home and office environment…providing attendees with ideas on how they can integrate the healing qualities of an aquarium into their home or business. Highlighting these displays are a variety of tanks (ranging anywhere from 3-265 gallons) all in full regalia brimming with an amazing assortment of tropical fish, plants and decor. Educational banners adjoin many of the tanks providing insight into the origin and history of the fish species.

pond1Pond
Presented by Aqua Visions Aquatic Specialists
This year’s pond will feature stingrays and arowanas with a motorcycle in the center of it all! Aqua Visions has over 30 years’ experience so if you can dream it, they can build it.

 

 

bettaWin A Betta Fish Toss
Sponsored by Pets in the Classroom
The purpose of The Pet Care Trust is to promote public understanding regarding the value of and the right to enjoy companion animals, to enhance society’s knowledge about companion animals through research and education, and to promote professionalism among members of the companion animal community.

Aquatic Experience Aquascaping Contest contest
Presented by the Aquatic Gardners Association
Sponsored by FLUVAL
Aquatic Experience Chicago-2016 will be the host site for the Third Aquatic Experience Aquascaping Contest.  The event is sponsored by Fluval and will be presented by the (AGA) Aquatic Gardeners Association.  Contestants will compete in one of the two categories (Small or Large Tank) for prize money.  The contest and judging will take place on the exhibit show floor.  Judging will take place on the show floor Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 1:00pm-4:30pm.  The work-in-progress and award winning aquascapes will be on display for attendees to view all three days of the show.  AGA representatives will be on hand to answer questions and promote the art and science of aquatic gardening.

 

 

 

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Aquatic Eperience Chicago | November 7-9, 2014 | Schaumburg Convention Center