World Pet Association's Aquatic Experience Returns in October
“I sincerely hope that all that is offered at Aquatic Experience will result in an increase in excitement over fish-keeping as well as ownership in it,” said Jacinthe Moreau, president of WPA. “To me, caring for a fish aquarium or doing aquascaping brings the calming effects of nature right into the home. Once an aquarium is established and decorated with rocks and plants, the soothing sound of the water and watching fish swim are stress and anxiety-reducing. With our fast-paced, sometimes crazy lives, owning fish is like having our own sanctuary. Let’s grow the passion of those attending Aquatic Experience and spread this excitement!”
The saltwater and freshwater trade show will showcase both saltwater and freshwater exhibits and everything else aquatic for hobbyists and enthusiasts, as well as for those in the aquatics and pet industry.
For hobbyists, the Aquatic Experience offers 61,000+ square feet of saltwater and freshwater exhibits and fish displays to explore. A Wall of Fish features more than 36 aquariums stocked with a variety of ornamental tropical fish and aquatic plants farmed here in the U.S. The Fish from Around the World Display will present a series of vignettes to simulate how a complete aquarium system may appear in a home or office. Additional educational opportunities and aquatic fun are geared toward the next generation of fish fans, including a Kids Aquarium Contest and Win A Betta! Toss game.
The Aquatic Experience will showcase innovation, top trends in aquatics, the latest products and fishkeeping solutions. The show will provide a platform for networking with industry experts, other hobbyists and aquatic social media personalities. Attendees can learn from educational seminars and demonstrations (free for both consumers and retailers) presented by well-known speakers, and will have the opportunity to sign-up for a Fish Health Management Course.
The Aquatic Experience offers several competitions: the Aquascaping Live! Contest, the fourth annual International Shrimp Contest USA, and the American Cichlid Association Fish Competition. New this year to the Aquatic Experience is the Betta Breeders United Competition, which will be an International Betta Congress (IBC) sanctioned competition.
The Aquatic Experience will help retailers of all sizes to gain insight and a fresh perspective on their businesses. The show's seminars will be geared toward bettering business practices, providing fish and aquarium care tips and growing an online presence. The Fish Health Management Course, a basic fish health specialty course designed to educate attendees about the basic principles of proper freshwater and marine fish management in closed aquatic systems, will be targeted in its scope and focus to pet store owners, employees, aquatic system consultants and other industry related individuals (hobbyists, veterinary technicians, and others are also welcome to attend). In addition to the educational programming, the show floor will feature new products and business solutions.