SCHAUMBURG CONVENTION CENTER
SCHAUMBURG CONVENTION CENTER
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WHAT ISAQUASHELLA ?
AQUASHELLA IS THE LARGEST AQUARIUM EVENT IN AMERICA FEATURING THE BEST OF FRESHWATER, SALTWATER, REPTILES AND AQUATIC ART!
Aquashella is an event for ALL Aquarium Hobbyists from beginner to Expert, or even people who don’t have an aquarium who want to experience the wonders of aquariums, and exotic pets.
MAKE MEMORIES YOU WILL NEVER FORGET
OVER 100 PREMIUM AQUATICS VENDORS
Aquashella proudly displays the largest collection of top tier aquatic vendors and brands anywhere in the country. Our line-up includes the best of Freshwater, Saltwater, Reptiles, Aquatic Art and more…
ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE CREATORS IN ONE PLACE
AUTOGRAPHS & pHOTOS
EDUCATIONAL & FUN
MEET & GREET
MAINSTAGETHE BIGGEST STAGE IN THE AQUARIUM HOBBY
Sanjay Joshi in real life is a Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University. He has been a reef addict since 1992, and currently keeps several reefs aquariums at home including a 500G SPS dominated reef. He also co-manages the 500G aquarium at Penn State. Dr. Joshi is actively involved in educating the hobby on various topics through his publications in reef magazines and lectures. He has published articles in magazines such as Advanced Aquarist, Reefs Magazine, Coral, Marine Fish and Reef Annual, Aquarium Frontiers, and Aquarium Fish.
John has been keeping aquariums since 1993 at the age of 19. In 2011 he and his wife Lisa started the KGTropicals YouTube channel to educate new fish keepers and get them through the pitfalls of a new aquarium.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.
Richard Ross currently works as an Aquatic Biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium in the California Academy of Sciences, maintaining many exhibits including the 212,000 gallon Philippine Coral Reef. He has kept saltwater animals for over 25 years, and has worked in aquarium maintenance, retail, wholesale and has consulted for a coral farm/fish collecting station in the South Pacific. Richard enjoys all aspects of the aquarium hobby and is a regular author for trade publications, a frequent speaker at aquarium conferences and was a founder of one of the largest and most progressive reef clubs in Northern California, Bay Area Reefers. He is an avid underwater videographer and has been fortunate to scuba dive in a lot of places around the world. At home he maintains a 300 gallon reef system and a 250 gallon cephalopod/fish breeding system, and was one of the first people to close the life cycle of Sepia bandensis. When not doing all that stuff, he enjoys spending time with his patient wife, his incredible daughter and their menagerie of animals, both wet and dry.
Jason started keeping fish at the age of six and has almost 40 years of freshwater fish-keeping experience. His background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology and Chemical Science as well as a Graduate Certificate in Aquaculture and Fish Health. He and his family started Prime Time Aquatics to help people of all ages and experience succeed in the freshwater fish-keeping hobby
MR. SALTWATER TANK
Since starting Mr. Saltwater Tank TV in 2010, Mark has created over 260 Mr. Saltwater Tank TV episodes resulting in over 11,400,000 views worldwide. The show has attracted 50,000+ YouTube subscribers and 47,500 + fans on Facebook. In addition to Mr. Saltwater Tank TV, Mark has authored and co-authored 6 books and numerous articles for saltwater publications around the world
As a kid, Joe spent much of his childhood maintaining home aquariums and exploring the marine life surrounding Long Island, New York. Now he gets paid to basically do what he did as a kid and has been keeping reef tanks for over 29 years.
Joe earned a B.S. in Marine Science from LIU Southampton College’s marine science program, and worked for 8 years (1987-1995) at the NY Aquarium in Brooklyn, New York as Senior Aquarist. Starting in 1987, Joe pioneered what is now common practice in reef keeping today and upped his game in 1993 with the establishment of a 1400-gallon reef tank, which at the time was the largest successful reef tank in the Western Hemisphere. In 1992, he began to shape his plan for a world-class aquarium on Long Island’s East End. In 2000, after toiling for eight long years, his plans and vision became a reality with the opening of Atlantis Marine World Aquarium in Riverhead, NY (now known as the Long Island Aquarium). On that day, the public was able to see his 20,000-gallon reef tank, which was the largest closed system reef tank in the Western Hemisphere, and second largest in the world at that time. In 2003, Joe was awarded The Distinguished Alumni Award from Southampton College for his contributions to the community.
Joe, an admitted “Coralaholic”, currently feeds his ever increasing addiction with nurturing his 20,000 gallon reef tank, which contains corals that date back over 26 years. While he has admitted his addiction, he has no plans of seeking a cure and enjoys talking with reef keepers from around the world.
Joe has been featured in many reef keeping books and magazines, and has presented lectures in Canada, Germany, Sweden, Finland, England, Fiji, Monaco, France, The Netherlands, and Italy and throughout the USA including several MACNA’s dating back to 1994.
The Long Island Aquarium is a world-class aquarium, so even though it’s on a larger scale, Curator and Co-founder Joe Yaiullo still considers it his entire “DIY” project.
Dustin’s Fish Tanks
Paul Poeschl is an accomplished aquarist with extensive experience who currently works for Aquamoon as the regional lead for Wisconsin. He started his career in 2002 and has worked with AZA accredited zoos, public aquariums, fish stores and aquarium maintenance caring for tanks over 1 million gallons. Over his long career he has worked in coral aquaculture, Elasmobranch/ornamental fish breeding, and quarantine and transportation of display animals. Best known for his “no nonsense” attitude, Poeschl has long been an advocate for hobbyists using scientific research to make informed decisions while rejecting the latest fads and snake oils in the industry.
“George is an internationally renowned aquascaper and author from the UK. He is passionate about promoting wellness through aquascaping. From roadside bombs in Afghanistan to Amano’s 40,000 gallon aquarium – there’s something in this exclusive and candid talk for everyone!”
Marc “melev” Levenson has been in the hobby since 1998, blogging his experiences about his own reef on melevsreef.com to help others learn husbandry skills. Most recently he’s become an online personality with tens of thousands of followers on his YouTube channel (melevsreef) also geared at helping other reefers through his personal experiences. His website’s articles, blogs, and Critter ID cover topics like pest control, feeding techniques, working with acrylics, reef photography and water chemistry to name a few.
Alex Wenchell is the creator of Tank Tested as wel as a documentary and natural history filmmaker producing such titles as Nat Geo Wild’s Wild Life with Bertie Gregory and Symbio’s Wild Warrior.. he has kept aquariums for more than twenty years, and has quickly built a following by coupling his filmaking skills with his passion for aquascaping and the aquarium community.
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
TO COMPETE WITH THE BEST AQUASCAPERS IN THE HOBBY…
New in 2022! The Aquashella Aquascaping Contest, sponsored by Fluval is a new and exciting contest that lets you test your skills up against fellow scapers and hobbyists from around the world. The contest includes qualifying rounds at Aquashella Orlando and Aquashella Dallas, with a $1,000 cash prize for the winner and a chance to compete for $5,000 in the the championship round at Aquashella Chicago in October!
Anyone can enter, and just like other aquascaping competitions, competitors must apply and be selected for participation in either the qualifying rounds or the final competition. Watch these elite contestants build out their competition aquascapes live on Saturday, and view the final results and their finished inspirational designs on Sunday.
TICKET PRICING & OPTIONS
PRESALE PRICING ENDS IN
2 DAY WRISTBAND
10 AM VIP ENTRY
VIP & EARLY BIRD SPEAKERS
YOUTUBE MEET & GREET
$32 AQUASHELLA MERCH CREDIT
1 DAY WRISTBAND
11 AM EARLY ENTRY
EARLY BIRD SPEAKERS
1 DAY WRISTBAND
1 PM GENERAL ENTRY
FOR AGES 5-12
ACCOMPANIES REGULAR TICKET
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AGE 4 AND UNDER FREE
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Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
6000 West Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee, Florida 34746
50% OFF SELF PARKING TO AQUASHELLA GUESTS
PREFERRED PARKING AND VALET AVAILABLE
From Orlando International Airport (MCO):
Airport Phone: +1 407-825-2001
Take SR-528 W
Exit I-4 W
Exit 65 Osceola Parkway-Animal Kingdom
Go East on Osceola Parkway
Gaylord Palms on Right
From Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB):
Airport Phone: +1 407-324-9681
Take 471 South
Exit 3 Osceola Parkway West
Gaylord Palms on Left
Gaylord Palms partners with Mears Transportation to ensure you have a top-notch experience. A member of Mears Transportation can bring you from Orlando International Airport to the hotel as part of their 24-hour airport shuttle service. There is a charge for the service. To secure your shuttle reservation, call Mears Transportation’s 24-hour reservations line at (407) 423-5566.
Theme Park Shuttle
Transportation is included in your resort fee. Gaylord Palms offers a shuttle bus service to Walt Disney World® theme parks and the Downtown Disney® area. Shuttles to SeaWorld Orlando® and Universal Studios® Florida are $21* per person round-trip. To make your reservation, please contact our concierge at least 6 hours prior to pick-up. Prices subject to change.
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