The 2017 AGA Convention, hosted by the Colorado Aquarium Society, is being held at the Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park April 28 - 30! Activities include:
The Fluval Nano Aquascaping Workshop is back by popular demand! Rocks, wood and plants will be provided and you get to keep the Fluval Flora tank! NEW for 2017: In the interest of maintaining this event as a workshop, as opposed to a contest, we are giving sign-up preference to those people who have never participated before. Also, there will be no popular choice vote this year. If you are interested in participating in a nano aquascaping contest, please join us at the Aquatic Experience November 3-5, 2017. If you have participated before, and want to do so again, we will put you on a wait list. Please indicate that you want to participate on the questionaire after you register. Convention registration is required for this workshop. Price: $90
Join the members of the Chicago Aquatic Plant Society for a Wabi-Kusa workshop. After a brief presentation by Bailin Shaw, you will learn how to create the substrate balls, how to plant the Wabi-Kusa balls, and how to maintain these small gardens over time. You will be provided all materials to create your own substrate balls and a Cobalt Microvue³ 10 aquarium kit ($100 value) to maintain your Wabi-Kusa, or if you prefer you can bring your own bowl or vase (price is the same). So, if you have always wanted to try your hand at this style of Nature Aquarium, try this fun workshop! Convention registration is required for this workshop. Price: $50
Even the people at the aquarium told us the best planted tanks were at the zoo, so we are going to the Denver Zoo for our Field Trip Friday morning. Leaving from the Hotel at 9:30am, we are planning on a brief bus tour so you can see some of Denver. Arriving at the Zoo, we are planning to go as a group to the Tropical Discovery Exhibit. This is an indoor exhibit, so the weather won’t really matter but hopefully afterward we will also have a chance to walk around a bit, see more of the zoo, and enjoy the other exhibits. The elephant passage starts at 11:30 and after that we can have lunch at the zoo before returning to the hotel. Price: $35
Dinner options include:
Plus iced tea/lemonade, rolls, green salad, dessert, and coffee/tea.
Luca Galarraga of Aquabase in Brazil will wow us with an aquascaping demonstration that will bug your eyes out. Come and learn how the Brazilian master creates his art. After all, he's taught scores of others, and they regularly win aquascaping contests.
Basic registration ($65 for AGA/CAS members, $87 for non-members; non-member registration includes a 1-year AGA membership) provides admission for one person to all talks (except the banquet), admission as a spectator to the nano workshop and wabi-kusa workshop, admission to the vendor room, and waived seller fee for Sunday auction. Spouses wishing to attend the talks must have a separate registration (only one membership per household required). Spouses or guests who just want to attend the banquet or field trip do not need to register, only pay for the banquet or field trip.
Registration is open online in the sidebar. You can also book your hotel room here online, or call Marriott Reservations at 1-800-228-9290 and ask for Aquatic Gardeners Association 2017 room block.
The hotel offers a complimentary 24-hour shuttle to and from Denver International Airport throughout the day. The shuttle runs every 30 minutes until 1:00 AM; then you have to call it. If you do have a car, the hotel is waiving the parking fee.