Aquatic Experience Sees 30
Percent Growth, 133 Exhibitors,
The World Pet Association (WPA) has announced that more than 6,200 guests visited its third annual Aquatic
Experience - Chicago, Nov. 6-8,
2015—a 30 percent increase from
the previous year’s show.
A total of 133 exhibitors
filled the show floor, showcasing the latest in aquatic trends
and products alongside local
and national hobbyist groups,
livestock and equipment experts, and industry manufacturers. The 2015 show hosted
the world’s only traveling gator
touch tank, Gator Encounters,
and the return of the Aquascaping Live! Contest presented by
the Aquatic Gardeners Association and sponsored by Fluval.
Other exhibits included a display of more than 63 aquariums
of tropical fish from the Florida
Tropical Fish Farmers Association, the educational Fish From
Around the World exhibit, live
octopus and piranha tanks, and
a Kid’s Aquarium Contest.
“Every year we continue to
grow and exceeded our own ex-
pectations as well as the expec-
tations of the vendors, retailers
and consumers; this year was
no exception,” said Doug Poin-
dexter, WPA president. “We
realize the need and importance
of an all-aquatics show, and we
look forward to continuing to
provide a show where both so-
phisticated hobbyists and new
aquariumkeepers can be in-
spired and supported.”
The Aquascaping Live! Con-
test participants competed in
two categories (small or large
tank) for $3,900 dollars in prize
money. First place winners in the
large tank category were Jennifer
Williams, Rachel O’Leary, Abi-
gail O’Leary and Cielia O’Leary;
first place in the small tank cate-
gory went to Mike Bernard.
In addition, more than
$13,000 was raised in an on-site
raffle to benefit the Pet Care
Trust’s Pets in the Classroom
program, the Coral Restoration
Foundation and the Pet Industry
Joint Advisory Council’s Marine
Ornamental Defense Fund.
This year’s Aquatic Experience - Chicago is scheduled for
Nov. 4-6, 2016.
FLUVAL LARGE TANK AQUASCAPING LIVE 2015
INVITATIONAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The World Pet Association extends its thanks to all the contestants and
congratulations to the winners in the Fluval Aquascaping Live contest held at
Aquatic Experience - Chicago, Nov. 6-8.
Jake Zucker and
Jellyfish Art helped bus in a third-grade class for a field trip to Aquatic Experience. The teacher, Brandon Rutherford,
has a Coral Reef Ecosystem Project at Stratton Elementary School.
Kathy Branson of the World Pet Association
holds an alligator at Gator Encounters,
sponsored by Aqueon, Coral Life and Kent.
A 4-foot waterwall on display from H2O
Walls of Bensenville, Ill. Aqua Visions of Barrington, Ill., chose Aquatic Experience to introduce its new autonomous LED lighting.
TETRA BRAND SPONSORS
CONTEST, PLEDGES SUPPORT TO
For the third year in a row, Tetra brand of Spectrum
Brands - Pet, Home & Garden Division in Blacksburg,
Va., sponsored a contest for children at the show,
where they are encouraged to show their creativity
by creating their own freshwater aquarium.
The company also supplied aquariums for
the show’s hosts, including seven of the tank
ensembles in the Fish Around the World display.
Also at the 2015 show, Tetra pledged
its support of Project Piaba, a New England
Aquarium-based organization whose ultimate
mission is rooted in the sustainable harvest of
aquatic resources in Amazonian rainforests to
ensure their survival.
“As practicing environmental stewards
ourselves, we recognize the value Project Piaba
has in fostering environmental protection of the
Amazonian fish trade, and its positive influence in
advancing social welfare and economic prosperity.
We are proud to stand behind the organization
and support its cause,” said John Fox, division vice
president, aquatic marketing, Spectrum Brands -
Pet, Home & Garden Division.