October 19-21, 2018 | Secaucus, NJ | Meadowlands Exposition Center
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

2018 Attractions

Live Shark Encounter
Sponsored by Aqueon, Coralife, and Kent Marine
One look into the eyes of a live shark and you will experience the heart pounding awe and fascination that sharks elicit. Sharks have captured our imaginations for thousands of years, stirring the fears and fascination of ocean goers and scientists alike.  Their legacy has been misunderstood as it has been old and bloody.  Now more than ever, the importance of understanding this fascination species is critical for its survival. Listen to a diver speaking from within the tank, surrounded by sharks and offering a play by play of this magnificent animal.

AE16_Shrimp_Small3rd International Shrimp Contest USA
Sponsored by Dennerle, JBJ and Shrimp King
Contestants compete in 17 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.  To sign up for this competition and find out more, please click here.

educationEducational 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 Tetra and Marineland
The aquariums will be on display throughout the Expo and are judged according to age group and categories; Natural and Creative. Every participant is ultimately a winner because after the Expo, each child may take the entire setup home.

 

ttTouch Tank
Sponsored by 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 Competition
Sponsored by Aqueon, DrTim’s Aquatics and Estes’
This contest is composed of 20 classes in nearly all new and old world cichlid groups with money 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 Meadowlands Exposition Center. Entries are open to the public with no limit on the number of entries.  Sign up here to participate.

fisharoundtheworldFish From Around The World Display
Sponsored by Aqueon, TetraSegrest FarmsCaribSea, Estes’Jellyfish ArtFluval, and Hikari
This unique 2,000 square foot aquatics display is both educational and entertaining. The display is presented in a series of vignettes in order to simulate how a complete aquarium system may appear in a home or office. Highlighting these displays are a variety of aquariums (ranging anywhere from 3 to 180 gallons) all in full regalia, brimming with an amazing assortment of tropical fish, plants, and décor. Educational banners adjoin many of the aquariums, providing insight into the origin and history of the fish held within.

bettaWin A Betta! Toss
Sponsored by Hikari
Proceeds benefit Pets in the Classroom which is an educational grant program that provides financial support to teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom. The program was established by the Pet Care Trust to provide children with an opportunity to interact with pets.

 

Jurassic Aquarium Exhibition
Miraculously, several species of fish have remained nearly unchanged for over 100 million years. These fish are often referred to as “living fossils,” as they have kept several morphological characteristics of their earliest ancestors from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. This exhibit features a creatively decorated tribute to these prehistoric fish that have been around since the dinosaurs roamed the Earth!

 

Aquascaping Live! Contest contest
Presented by the Aquatic Gardners Association
Sponsored by FLUVAL
Aquatic Experience will be the host site for the Fourth 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.  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.  Enter to participate here and to review the Rules & Regulations for the Large Tank.  Enter to participate here and to review the Rules & Regulations for the Small Tank.

Florida Tropical Fish Farms Assn. Display
Rare is the opportunity to see more than 36 aquariums stocked the finest quality and variety of ornamental tropical fish and aquatic plants farmed here in the U.S., compliments of the Florida Tropical Fish Farms Association (FTFFA).  The ‘Wall of Fish’ at the Aquatic Experience is the highlight of the aquatics only exposition that showcases the quality and diversity of Florida-produced fish. During the show, FTFFA conducts a “People’s Choice” contest whereby attendees can vote for their favorite tank of fish amongst there plethora on display. By casting a vote for their top 3 tanks each individual is entered into a door prize drawing for a complete aquarium setup. The winning farms are also awarded a trophy at the Associations annual meeting to acknowledge their achievement. Be sure to VOTE for your favorite tanks, and to enter the drawing during the show inside the FTFFA booth #720.

Aquatic Experience Raffle Area
Check out the amazing assortment of freshwater and saltwater dry goods, aquariums, accessories and livestock that you can win.  Raffle drawings held daily. Tickets are available for purchase during the show hours in the Raffle Area on the show floor and at the information booth located in the show entryway.  All proceeds from the raffle go to the Coral Restoration Foundation, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Committee  Council’s Marine Ornamental Defense Fund and Pets in the Classroom.