This year, the Aquatic Experience is thrilled to offer more than 61,000 square feet of saltwater and freshwater exhibits and displays. As part of our robust program offerings, we will be hosting numerous live interaction contests, including the American Cichlid Association Fish Competition.
This event is sponsored by Aqueon, a true aquatic hobbyist company that provides a broad array of aquarium solutions to help maintain healthy and life-sustaining aquatic environments.
The contest is composed of twenty classes, nearly all new and old world cichlid groups will be judged. Cash awards in the amount of $25 will be given to all first place winners with a $500 grand prize award and an $100 prize for best in show.
With over a hundred expected entries of cichlids ranging form the smallest dwarf size of 2” or less in length to the monster cichlids from Central America ranging up to two feet in length, the competition’s entrants will showcase the great range in personality and looks of this particular species. For example, several of the larger varieties will approach the glass and flare gills when interacting with spectators. This lively fun event is a must attend, great for the whole family.
All competitors will receive a free two-day admission pass to attend the Aquatic Experience. For more information regarding rules and regulations, please visit here. Entries are open to the public and there are no limits on the amount of entries per person.
What are you waiting for? Either sign up an enter your cichlid or come learn more about these beautiful fish specimen alongside other aquatic enthusiasts.
This year, the Aquatic Experience is thrilled to offer more than 61,000 square feet of saltwater and freshwater exhibits and displays. As part of our robust program offerings, we will be hosting numerous live interaction contests, including the Kid’s Aquarium Contest!
This event is sponsored by Tetra, the largest global manufacturer and acknowledged authority on ornamental fish food, and Marineland, a high-quality and innovative aquarium accessory company.
Put your kids’ creativity to work by teaching them about the responsibilities and rewards of pet care and aquatic environments by enrolling them in the Aquatic Experiences’ annual Kid’s Aquarium Contest. This year’s contest is open to children aged 5-16 and presents an ideal opportunity for each entrant to design an aquarium environment that reflects both. personality and imagination.
Each contestant will receive a ten-gallon freshwater aquarium kit with a filter, lighting, heater, thermometer and a net. Registrants will conceptualize their aquariums at home, adding decorations and live fish. During the expo, the aquariums will be on display.
This year’s judging will be broken up by age group and two categories: natural and creative. Ultimately, every child that enters is a winner as each entrant gets to bring their aquarium set up home after the show. Cultivate your children’s understanding of aquatic care and teach them the importance of a balanced ecosystem as applied to their own tank system in this not-to-be-missed event.
For more questions and information, visit contest rules and FAQs.
We can’t wait to see what your kids put together!
This year, the Aquatic Experience is thrilled to offer more than 61,000 square feet of saltwater and freshwater exhibits and displays. As part of our robust program offerings, we will be hosting numerous live interaction contests, including the Aquascaping Live Contest, North America’s biggest and most competitive live aquascaping competition with the biggest prize money!
This event is presented by the Aquatic Gardeners Association, an international nonprofit organization for beginning and experienced aquatic plant enthusiasts and hobbyists. It is sponsored by Fluval, an innovative aquarium technology company that focuses on charitable and educational efforts.
Aquascaping is the craft of arranging aquatic plants and other relative natural materials like driftwood, rocks, stones under water. Essentially, the practice is to forge an artful underwater landscape. There are technical elements to consider including creating a balanced aquarium tank that ensures the success of its inhabitants. These factors include filtration, support for photosynthesis, fertilization, substrate use, algae control, and lighting.
The live contest will be divided into two categories: small or large tank environments.
Judging will take place on the exhibit show floor with work-in-progress and the winning aquascapes available for perusal all two days of the exhibition.
If you’ve always been interested in this form of art, come by and talk with representatives from the Aquatic Gardeners Association, who will be on hand to answer any questions and promote the art and science of aquatic gardening!
The Aquatic Experience offers more than 61,000 square feet of saltwater and freshwater exhibits and displays. One of the fan favorites that will be returning this year is the Fish From Around the World Display!
This unique 1,000 square-foot aquatics display is both educational and entertaining. Displayed as a series of vignettes to simulate how complete aquarium systems may appear in a home or office setting, this not-to-be-missed event features a variety of visually high-impact aquarium settings. With sizes ranging from three to 180 gallons, this unique fish show is a must-see for any budding aquarium enthusiast.
Come tour an amazing assortment of tropical fish, plants and decor complete with educational banners to learn insights into the origin and history of fish on display. This event packs a punch and is a great introduction to the beauty of underwater life.
A Big THANK YOU to the sponsors of this display:
- Aqueon, a true aquatic hobbyist company that provides a broad array of aquarium solutions to help maintain healthy and life-sustaining aquatic environments
- Tetra, the largest global manufacturer and acknowledged authority on ornamental fish food
- Marineland, a high-quality and innovative aquarium accessory company
- Segrest Farm, an industry leader for wholesale to retail tropical fish.
- CaribSea, a leading edge closed system development company that matches substrate mineralogy and hardscapes to the universe of microbiology
- Estes’, a leader of aquarium and flooring manufacturing
- Fluval, an innovative aquarium technology company that focuses on charitable and educational efforts
- Hikari, a species specific aquatic nutrition company
4th International Shrimp Contest USA Showcases Exotic Shrimp from Around the World
For the fourth consecutive year, Aquatic Experience will proudly present International Shrimp Contest USA, a unique competition that offers shrimp breeders the chance to exhibit rare and beautiful dwarf shrimp representing ten different categories. Contestants will compete for the People’s Choice Award and the coveted Shrimp King Award, each of which is worth $500 in prize money. All entries will be assessed by a jury consisting of experienced shrimp breeders and hobbyists from around the world. Sponsored by Dennerle, JBJ, and Shrimp King, International Shrimp Contest USA offers aquatic enthusiasts and the greater public insight into the breeders’ dedication to nurturing these exquisite creatures.
The contest will feature up to 100 tanks containing caridina and neocaridina shrimp. In order to participate in International Shrimp Contest USA, contestants must certify that they bred and raised the shrimp themselves. The judges will use a points system to assess the best shrimp in each of the ten categories, in accordance with the unique characteristics inherent to those categories. Judges will cast their votes before the show floor opens on Saturday, October 12, and results will be announced at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday in the exhibition area and online at https://aquaticexperience.org. Aquatic Experience attendees will also have the chance to vote for their favorites throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.
International Shrimp Contest USA participants may opt to donate some of their shrimp to be raffled off in the WPA raffle booth after the competition. Proceeds from the raffle will support PIJAC Marine Ornamental Defense Fund, Project Piaba and Pets in the Classroom program, which provides grants to pre-K through 9th-grade teachers for the purchase and maintenance of small classroom animals. The raffle will take place on Sunday, October 13.
Established in 2016, Shrimp Contest USA is a non-profit organization with a mission of introducing beautiful, exotic dwarf shrimp to aquatic hobbyists in the U.S. and worldwide. While fulfilling this mission, the contest also creates a fun and rewarding competition for shrimp breeders at Aquatic Experience. For more information on International Shrimp Contest USA, visit https://shrimpcontestusa.com.