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#1 swampfish

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 04:33 PM

NANFA is having a booth again this year at Aquatic Experience at the Schaumburg Convention Center west of Chicago, IL. The event will be on Friday, November 4 from 12 to 6 p.m., Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, November 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information is available at their website at aquaticexperience.org.

 

I have attended this event repeatedly since its start several years ago. Last year, I was very impressed on how much it has progressed. It has become a very large event with impressive displays from dealers in tropical fish and invertebrates, plants, and equipment. Perhaps the most impressive to me last year was a very long fish tank with a variety of fish and plants.

 

If you live nearby or can be in the area, this is a great event and should not be missed.

 

Phil Nixon

 

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#2 Moontanman

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 05:09 PM

NANFA is having a booth again this year at Aquatic Experience at the Schaumburg Convention Center west of Chicago, IL. The event will be on Friday, November 4 from 12 to 6 p.m., Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, November 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information is available at their website at aquaticexperience.org.

 

I have attended this event repeatedly since its start several years ago. Last year, I was very impressed on how much it has progressed. It has become a very large event with impressive displays from dealers in tropical fish and invertebrates, plants, and equipment. Perhaps the most impressive to me last year was a very long fish tank with a variety of fish and plants.

 

If you live nearby or can be in the area, this is a great event and should not be missed.

 

Phil Nixon

 

 

 

WOW! That is too cool for school! 


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#3 bflowers

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Posted 12 September 2016 - 10:19 PM

That would make one awesome stream/Darter tank.



#4 Josh Blaylock

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Posted 13 September 2016 - 10:38 AM

Yeah, that is really cool.  I need that in my basement.


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#5 Doug_Dame

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Posted 13 September 2016 - 10:38 PM

Finally a good reason to want to be rich.

 

I'd design my house around something like that. And re-engineer it a bit to allow indoor snorkeling. 


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#6 swampfish

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 01:34 PM

Don't forget Aquatic Experience – Chicago at the Schaumburg Convention Center this weekend. NANFA will have a booth, and we could use a couple of people to help man it. If interested in helping with the booth, contact Phil Nixon at pnixon@illinois.edu.
 
At least come and enjoy the following:
Sea Lion Splash live show and exhibit
Fish from Around the World displays
American Cichlid Association Fish Competition
AGA Aquascaping Live! Contests
1st International Shrimp Competition
Educational seminars with industry experts
Kid’s Aquarium Contest
Win A Betta Fish Toss
Daily Show Floor Raffle
Touch tank
 
Tickets for Aquatic Experience – Chicago, Nov. 4-6, 2016 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center (1551 Thoreau Drive N, Schaumburg, IL) are currently on sale. Daily family passes are $25 and individual tickets start at just $10. Children ages five and under are free. For more information, please visit www.aquaticexperience.org.
 
A thriving show floor of exhibitors showcases the latest in aquatic trends and products; educational seminars on hobbyist and retail topics feature aquatic experts addressing intermediate level information to advanced issues.
 
Additionally, attendees will have the option of watching the American Cichlid Association Fish Competition, Aquatic Experience Aquascaping Live! Contests and the 1st International Shrimp Competition take place on the main floor.
 
EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR SCHEDULE
Friday, November 4:
Retail Sessions
12-1:00 p.m.
· Coral Fragging Tips and Tricks for Retailers, presented by Justin Credable
· Millennials are Coming—Is Your Marketing Ready?, presented by Michael Johnson
1:15-2:15 p.m.
· Selling Oddball Fish, presented by Joe Olenik
· More Marketing, More Sales on a Budget That Won’t Break the Bank, presented by Lynn Switanowski
2:30-3:30 p.m.
· Shrimps & Freshwater Inverts in Freshwater Nano Tanks—A New Trend in the US Market, presented by Chris Lukhaup
· Staffing Made Simpler: Recruiting, Training and Retaining Staff, presented by Lynn Switanowski
3:45-5:15 p.m.
· Retail Panel Discussion, moderated by Chris Clevers with panelists Joe Olenik, Patrick Donston, Bill Trufant and Sandy Moore
Hobby Sessions
1:15-2:15 p.m.
· Phosphate—It May Not Mean What You Think it Means, presented by Richard Ross
2:30-3:30 p.m.
· How Optimal Nutrition Can Minimize Disease Outbreaks, presented by George Blasiola
3:45-4:45 p.m.
· South American Dwarf Cichlids of the Genus Apistogramma, presented by Wolfgang Staeck
 
Saturday, November 5:
Hobby Sessions
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
· Oliver Knott Plant Demo, presented by Oliver Knott
· New Trends in Lighting & Their Effectiveness & Efficiency, presented by Sanjay Joshi
12:30-1:30 p.m.
· Danios & Devarios, presented by Mike Hellweg
· Coral Reproduction and Restoration in Tanks and in the Wild, presented by Richard Ross
· Freshwater Shrimps in the Wild and Aquarium, presented by Chris Lukhaup
2-3 p.m.
· An Aquarist Visits Ghana, presented by Lawrence Kent
· Effective Marine Fish Disease Identification and Control, presented by George Blasiola
3:30-4:30 p.m.
· Forest Fishes of the Peruvian Amazon, presented by Liz Marchio
· Little Stories: Fascinating, Gratifying, Amusing Topics About our Hobby, presented by Julian Sprung
 
Sunday, November 6:
Hobby Sessions
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
· Tanganyika: A Lake and its Fishes, presented by Wolfgang Staeck
· Reflections from the Inside: 20 Years of the Marine Aquarium Trade, presented by Chris Buerner
12:30-1:30 p.m.
· Takashi Amano: His Life and Work, presented by Oliver Knott
· Breeding Loricariids, presented by Barbie Fiorentino
 
Hours
Friday 11/4: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 11/5: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 11/6: 10 a.m


#7 swampfish

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 11:14 AM

Aquatic Experience

Aquatic Experience will be held this fall at the Schaumburg Convention Center west of Chicago, IL. The event will be on Friday, November 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, November 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information is available at their website at aquaticexperience.org.

 

NANFA will be once again having an informational booth at this event. Mike Berg, Indiana Regional Rep, and Phil Nixon, Convention Auctioneer, are organizing our presence, and we are looking for assistance from others. Respond to this thread or directly to Phil at pnixon@illinois.edu if you are interested in helping staff the booth. The booth is staffed during all of the above show hours. 

 

I have attended this event repeatedly since its start several years ago.  It has become a very large event with impressive displays from dealers in tropical fish and invertebrates, plants, and equipment for both freshwater and saltwater. There are also free sea lion shows on the show floor.

 

Perhaps the most impressive to me last year were the competitive shows for aquarium plant set-ups, shrimp, and cichlids. Contests this coming year include those by the American Cichlid Association, Aquatic Gardeners Association, International Shrimp Contest USA, and Kid’s Aquarium Contest.

 

There will be a variety of booths by manufacturers of equipment, fish breeders, and plant growers. There will be at least 124 exhibitors this year. Last year, I was very impressed with several booths selling tremendous varieties of aquarium fish, shrimp, and plants. Many of which I had not seen before. Their prices were very reasonable.

 

I purchased several types of plants, particularly some for a palidarium we had recently set up. The sellers were very helpful with information on mature size and proper growing conditions. The plants did well in my tanks.

 

There were numerous manufacturers of light systems with booths showing their equipment allowing one to compare the appearance, light color, and light intensity of various units. I was impressed with others displaying new types of filters, different materials for tank landscaping, and medications. Some booths were selling their products, while others directed me to retail booths that did sell them.

 

There were several fish food booths with many giving away free samples of their products. That provides a great opportunity to try out various foods to see how you and the fish like them without spending a lot of money on food you end up not using.

 

Phil Nixon

Illinois



#8 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 06:19 PM

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#9 swampfish

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 10:37 AM

Aquatic Experience – Chicago begins this Friday! Don’t miss out on the fun. They have a great lineup of educational sessions taught by some of the best in the business, a Sea Lion Splash live show and exhibit, Fish from Around the World displays and more.  For additional details and ticket information, please visit aquaticexperience.org. We hope to SEA you there!

 

Phil Nixon



#10 mattknepley

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 06:22 AM

If I was a Chicagolander this would be on my list!

Thanks Mike and Phil and all NANFAns for our presence there.
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#11 Mike

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Posted 04 November 2017 - 08:44 PM

We are at the Aquatic Experience 2017 (From left to right) Mike Berg, Phil Nixon, Bill Flowers, & Jerry Montgomery, if you are in the area tomorrow come join us.

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#12 swampfish

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 12:34 PM

The next Aquatic Experience will be on October 19-21, 2018 in the Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, New Jersey. Mike Berg and I will not be traveling from Indiana and Illinois to provide and staff a NANFA booth, but we are willing to provide information to members in that area who want to take it on. As you can tell in the above photo, it doesn't take much. We used a banner, fish photos, back issues of American Currents, and NANFA calendars for our display. We handed out NANFA application forms to passersby who showed interest in us.

 

Booth space is provided free to non-profit organizations that promote Aquatic Experience via social media and other avenues. I did this through announcements on the NANFA forum as well as articles and announcements in the newsletters and facebook accounts of area fish clubs. These included Champaign Area Fish Exchange, Champaign, IL; Missouri Aquarium Society Inc., St. Louis, MO; and Circle City Aquarium Club, Indianapolis, IN. I used essentially the same information for each aquarium club, which are those where I am a member or had solid contacts. Aquatic Experience provides articles and announcements for this use.

 

Phil Nixon



#13 Isaac Szabo

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 02:27 PM

Nice work guys!






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