Aquatic Experience Chicago-2016 will be the host site for the Third Aquatic Experience Aquascaping Contest. The event is sponsored by Fluval and will be presented by the Aquatic Gardeners Association. Contestants will compete in one of the two categories (Small or Large Tank) for $3,900 dollars in prize money. The contest and judging will take place on the exhibit show floor. Judging will take place on the show floor Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 1:00pm-4:30pm. The work-in-progress and award winning aquascapes will be on display for attendees to view all three days of the show. AGA representatives will be on hand to answer questions and promote the art and science of aquatic gardening.
Small Planted Tank: A maximum of twenty-five individuals will compete in the small tank category for $1,900 dollars in prize money. In addition to potential prize money all small tank competitors will have access to the show floor plus education seminars and will take home a fully equipped Fluval Nano tank, a $150+ retail value! The small tank contest is open to all levels of aquascapers. There is a $100 entry fee to participate in the small tank contest. Rules and Regulations for additional contest information. Small Tank Entry Form Small Tank Rules: READ THE RULES! New this year: You are encouraged to grow out your aquascape in advance, however, no swap-outs this year, no exceptions. Since the Fluva Flora tank is no longer commercially available, AGA changed the rules so as not to give an advantage to previous entrants who already have the tank.
Large Planted Tank: Eight teams will compete in the large tank category for $2,000 dollars in prize money. In addition to potential price money all teams will have access to the show floor and education seminars as well as the Fluval F90 tank and matching stand with LED light, filter, and heater: an $800 retail value. All team applicants will be screened by the Aquatic Gardeners Association with the top 8 receiving invitations. There is a $99 entry fee to participate in the Large Tank contest. Teams not chosen will have their entry fee refunded. Rules and Regulations for additional contest information. Large Tank Entry Form Large Tank Rules: READ THE RULES! Note, this tank is plumbed in the back right hand corner. No points are taken off for visible equipment, but be aware when creating your 'scape. (It is not, as some have reported, plumbed in the middle.)
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Questions? Email membership at aquatic-gardeners.org