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AQUASHELLA CHICAGO
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CHICAGO
OCTOBER 8TH & 9TH 2022
SCHAUMBURG CONVENTION CENTER
PLATINUM SPONSOR
THANK YOU TO OUR PLATINUM SPOSNOR

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STAY WITH US AT THE OFFICIAL HOTEL OF AQUASHELLA ORLANDO

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TOO MUCH FOR JUST ONE DAY!
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AQUASHELLA TAKES OVER CHICAGO IN

WHAT ISAQUASHELLA ?

AQUASHELLA IS THE LARGEST AQUARIUM EVENT IN  AMERICA FEATURING THE BEST OF FRESHWATER, SALTWATER, REPTILES AND AQUATIC ART!

WHO IS

AQUASHELLA

FOR?

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…

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ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE CREATORS IN ONE PLACE

CREATORS

AUTOGRAPHS & pHOTOS

EDUCATIONAL & FUN

LIVE INTERVIEWS

VIP EXCLUSIVE

MEET & GREET

FEATURED CREATORS

FLIP AQUATICS

ROB LUPTON

THE POND GUY

GREG WITTSTOCK

CORALFISH 12G

GEORGE

RICHARD ROSS

AQUATIC BIOLOGIIST / REEF BEEF

REEF NEWS NETWORK

PETER CHERRICK

PRIMETIME AQUATICS

JASON ADAMS

KG TROPICALS

JOHN & LISA

JAKE ADAMS

REEF BUILDERS

BRIAN BARCZYK

BRIAN

MR. SALTWATER TANK

MARK CALLAHAN

Dustin’s Fish Tanks

Dustin Wunderlich

ALEX WENCHEL

TANK TESTED

BRETT RAYMER

TANKED

AQUAPROS

MIKE

WILL NACE

WILL NACE

TANNER SERPA

SERPA DESIGN

MAINSTAGETHE BIGGEST STAGE IN THE AQUARIUM HOBBY

Aquashella Frag Off
Aquashella Saltwater Scape Off
Aquashella Freshwater Scape Off
Frag Off
A fierce live competition with live corals and bandsaws! See who will hold the title of Frag Off Champion. The winner is decided by our panel of expert judges and fraggers are judged by frag techniques, species appropriateness and more.
Saltwater Scape Off
Two featured saltwater influencers go head to head in a 30 minute battle for the best aquascape! The winner is determined by audience vote.
Freshwater Scape Off
Two featured fresshwater influencers go head to head in a 30 minute battle for the best aquascape! The winner is determined by audience vote.
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MAINSTAGE SPEAKERS

REEFING ICON

SANJAY JOSHI

KG TROPICALS

JOHN HUDSON

REEF BUILDERS

JAKE ADAMS

AQUATIC BIOLOGIIST / REEF BEEF

RICHARD ROSS

JASON ADAMS

PRIMETIME AQUATICS

BRIAN

BRIAN BARCZYK

MARK CALLAHAN

MR. SALTWATER TANK

LONG ISLAND AQUARIUM

JOE YAIULLO

Dustin Wunderlich

Dustin’s Fish Tanks

AQUAMOON

PAUL POESCHL

AQUASCAPER

GEORGE FARMER

MELEV'S REEF

MARC LEVENSON

TANK TESTED

ALEX WENCHEL

UNIQUE CORALS

JOE CAPARATTA

REEFING ICON

SANJAY JOSHI

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. 

KG TROPICALS

JOHN HUDSON

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.

REEF BUILDERS

JAKE ADAMS

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.

AQUATIC BIOLOGIIST / REEF BEEF

RICHARD ROSS

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 ADAMS

PRIMETIME AQUATICS

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

BRIAN

BRIAN BARCZYK

MARK CALLAHAN

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

LONG ISLAND AQUARIUM

JOE YAIULLO

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 Wunderlich

Dustin’s Fish Tanks

AQUAMOON

PAUL POESCHL

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.

AQUASCAPER

GEORGE FARMER

“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!”

MELEV'S REEF

MARC LEVENSON

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.

TANK TESTED

ALEX WENCHEL

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.

UNIQUE CORALS

JOE CAPARATTA

CONTESTS

MORE TO SEE THAN EVER BEFORE

KIDS AQUASCAPING CONTEST

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.

CHARITY RAFFLE BENIFITING

MAKE A 
DONATION 
DIFFERENCE 
WITH EVERY TICKET

100% of the proceeds from our raffle go to supporting 1000 Mermaids and Ocean Rescue Alliance. To find out more about their mission please click the logo to visit their site.

AQUASHELLA CHICAGO

TICKET PRICING & OPTIONS

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VIP WEEKEND

$ 85 + Taxes & Fees
  • 2 DAY WRISTBAND
  • 10 AM VIP ENTRY
  • AQUASHELLA GLASSES
  • VIP & EARLY BIRD SPEAKERS
  • YOUTUBE MEET & GREET
  • $32 AQUASHELLA MERCH CREDIT
BEST VALUE

EARLY BIRD

$ 30 + Taxes & Fees
  • 1 DAY WRISTBAND
  • 11 AM EARLY ENTRY
  • AQUASHELLA GLASSES
  • EARLY BIRD SPEAKERS
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GENERAL
ENTRY

$ 25 + Taxes & Fees
  • 1 DAY WRISTBAND
  • 1 PM GENERAL ENTRY
  • AQUASHELLA GLASSES
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KIDS TICKET

$ 12 + Taxes & Fees
  • FOR AGES 5-12
  • ACCOMPANIES REGULAR TICKET
  • ENTRY MATCHES FULL PRICE TICKET
  • AQUASHELLA GLASSES
  • AGE 4 AND UNDER FREE
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Enjoy a stylish retreat at our Schaumburg hotel with pool

Surrounded by celebrated attractions in Schaumburg, Illinois, the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel is a contemporary haven for today’s traveler. Find your respite in intuitively designed hotel rooms and suites with deluxe amenities, ample workspace, plush furnishings and indoor saline pool.

Everything you need is here

From Cypress Springs Water Park with new Crystal River Rapids action river, to an exciting lineup of family-friendly activities and entertainment, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Explore four-and-a-half acres of indoor garden atriums, nine award-winning restaurants, bars, world-class Relâche Spa, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

ADDRESS

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
6000 West Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee, Florida 34746

PARKING

50% OFF SELF PARKING TO AQUASHELLA GUESTS

 

PREFERRED PARKING AND VALET AVAILABLE

DIRECTIONS

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

TRANSIT

Mears Shuttle

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.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

SaltwaterAquarium.com
Aqueon
chemipure
Fluval
Planet Aquariums
Kessil
Aqua FX
Fritz Aquatics
9 LIGHT
Aquarium Co-op
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