Turning our attention from the 2017 small tank aquascaping competition, the Aquascaping Live! large tank competition, held in early November at the Aquatic Experience – Chicago, once again saw the bar being raised year-over-year. As with years prior, this contest requires an application to compete, with teams of 2-5 people eligible for consideration.
While the small tank competition is an “every-contestant-for-himself/herself” foray which anyone can enter, working in concert and doing so in a larger format requires careful teamwork and organization.
Crowds milled around the entries all weekend, a testament to the interest in all things aquascaping and planted-tank these days. With dozens of talented aquascapers on hand, the event presented a unique format to learn from and collaborate with some of the best, in person and in front of a live audience. Combined with the family-friendly nature of the Aquatic Experience, and the draw it has with the general public, the Aquascaping Live! competition provides a tremendous opportunity to evangelize the “freshwater counterpoint to a reef tank” to the masses. All the teams put their best foot forward in terms of creating a stunning planted aquarium on the spot.
We hope you enjoy the 2017 entries, and please take a look back at our coverage of 2016’s Aquascaping Live! Large Tank Category for more insights on the rules, requirements, and opportunities presented to entrants by this Aquatic Gardeners Association–sanctioned event. With the Aquatic Experience moving to the Meadowlands Convention Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, to be held from October 17-19, 2018, we anticipate some shuffling and change-up as the location makes this unique contest available to a new region’s best and brightest aquascapers.
The entries and results:
Be sure to also check out the small tank entries and winners from 2017.