Registration Opens for Aquatic Experience Chicago 2017 Contests
The World Pet Association (WPA) will host the return of the American Cichlid Association Fish Competition, Aquascaping Live! Contest and 2nd International Shrimp Contest USA during its fifth-annual Aquatic Experience – Chicago, which will be held Nov. 3 to 5 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill.
The American Cichlid Association Fish Competition is composed of 25 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. The competition is sponsored by Aqueon, CaribSea and DrTim’s Aquatics.
Entries are open to the public with no limit on the number of entries. The deadline for online registrations is Oct. 19.
The fourth-annual Aquascaping Live! Contest is sanctioned and presented by the Aquatic Gardeners Association (AGA) and sponsored by Fluval. Contestants compete in two categories, Small or Large Tank, for $3,900 dollars in prize money. Registration for individual Small Tank entries will be accepted until the 25 spaces are filled, and the Large Tank category is an AGA Team Invitational, with eight final entries chosen from all submissions.
And finally, The 2nd International Shrimp Contest USA will give shrimp breeders the opportunity to share their hobby with the greater public and exhibit different freshwater dwarf shrimp species and color morphs across ten categories. Contestants compete for $1,000 in prize money and the top Shrimp KingAward. The competition is sponsored by Dennerle, JBJ Transworld Aquatic, ShrimpKing and the WPA. Registration must be completed via this website by the Oct. 16 deadline.
Aquatic Experience – Chicago combines everything aquatic under one roof, from saltwater and freshwater fish to marine plants and mammals. At the show, guests can learn from the best in the industry as they attend seminars featuring high-profile speakers that address the beginner to mid-level in areas that are entirely new to them.
Attendees will also experience traveling sea lion show Sea Lion Splash, sponsored by Aqueon/Coralife/Kent Marine, and see displays of fish from around the world to inspire aquarists of all levels.