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Aquascaping Live! Contest at Aquatic Experience – Chicago

Aquatic Experience


Inaugural Aquascaping Live! Contest

at Aquatic Experience – Chicago

$3,900 dollars in prize money available

Judging during Aquatic Experience Nov. 7-9, 2014


CHICAGO (June 10, 2014)—The World Pet Association(WPA) will host the inaugural Aquatic Experience Aquascaping Live! Contest during its second annual Aquatic Experience – Chicago, Nov. 7-9, 2014. The deadline for online registrations in the Large Tank category is July 1, 2014 and Small Tank entries will be accepted until 25 spaces are filled; an entry form isavailable here and the complete competition rules/regulations are available here.


The Aquascaping Live! Contest is sanctioned and presented by The Aquatic Gardeners Association (AGA) and will include celebrity judges Oliver Knott, Oliver Lucanus, Brandon McLane, Karen Randall and Bailin Shaw. Contestants will compete in two categories (Small or Large Tank) for $3,900 dollars in prize money and certificates. All contestants will receive free admission to the show floor at Aquatic Experience – Chicago, experiencing “everything aquatic under one roof” at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.


Along with the Aquascaping Live! Contest, Aquatic Experience – Chicago 2014 will host the inaugural Aquatic Experience Fancy Guppy Competition presented by the International Fancy Guppy Association. The show will also include a thriving show floor of exhibitors showcasing the latest in aquatic trends and products, and educational seminars on hobbyist and retail topics featuring aquatic experts Anton Lamboj, Bob Fenner, Brandon McLane, Charles Delbeek, Chris Lukhaup, Eric Bodrock, Francis Yupangco, Heiko Bleher, Jake Adams, Jen Reynolds, Joe Olenik, Jonathan Dooley, Julian Sprung, Karen Randall, Kevin Kohen, Oliver Knott, Oliver Lucanus,Patrick Dontson, Rusty Wessel, Sandy Moore, Sanjay Joshi, Steve Lundblad and Ted Judy.  Seminar topics include: aquarium and water garden plants; fish breeding; changes in the aquatic world; specialty stores in niche markets; hiring and training strategies; designing a successful fish room; and aquatic explorations of Thailand and Lake Tanganyika. Show attendees will also have the chance to experience the only travelling shark show in the country, Haai Inc’s Live Shark Encounter, and see displays of fish from around the world.


For more information on this year’s show and the Aquatic Experience Aquascaping Live! Contest please visit www.aquaticexperience.org. The competition and judging will take place on the show floor from 12-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7 and 10 a.m-1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Winners announced and prize money awarded at 5p.m.The first prize winnerswill be invited to attend the Aquatic Experience Keynote Dinner Banquet being held that evening at 6:30 p.m. To view the complete competition rules/regulations please click here for details.


The World Pet Association (WPA) is the oldest industry organization promoting responsible growth and development of the companion pet and related products and services. WPA works to inform and educate the general public in order to ensure safe and healthy lifestyles for our animal friends. WPA is the host of America’s Family Pet Expo, the world’s largest consumer pet and pet products expo, held annually in Costa Mesa, California. The organization also produces SuperZoo, an annual pet industry trade show that showcases a comprehensive collection of exhibits and offers a variety of informative educational seminars. For more information, please visit www.worldpetassociation.org.


Press Contact:

Elizabeth Neukirch/Liza Massingberd

The Silverman Group, Inc.




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