|View of one corner of the trade show floor from above|
Perhaps the single most notable part of the show was that a large number of manufacturers, distributors, and the like who were there primarily to showcase their dry goods incorporated live fish into their displays. This was a refreshing change of pace from previous years where many vendors balked at elaborate "wet" setups, considering them to be not worth the expense and added difficulty to break down. This year, it seemed like almost everyone with something aquatics-related to show off had at least a tank with fish in it. Many had gorgeous, well-stocked display with a whole spectrum of fish, plants and invertebrates. Even better, we supplied nearly all of them with fish!
Well-known manufacturers such as Penn Plax, Hagen, Marineland/UPG, Aqua Top, Boyd Enterprises and Current USA all opted to integrate live aquatic displays into their booths, and we were happy to provide them with a great selection of fish that did justice to their stunning setups. I spent Tuesday morning hurriedly carting around boxes of fish all over the huge trade show floor to each of the respective vendor's booths while two of our sales reps worked their magic to aquascape our tanks and acclimate fish. By the end of that day we were all pretty worn but the end result was so worth it. Here are some shots of our fish (and non-fish!), both at our area in the Aquatic Lounge and in other exhibitor's booths:
2 nano aquariums on display at Penn Plax's booth
More of Penn Plax's booth: Reptology product and some really fun Spongebob aquarium gear
|More Aqua Top product including their new line of artificial plants|
Relative newcomer Aqua Top had a really impressive display including some Segrest Fish. More about their product in part II of this post!
|Aqua Top booth during setup, check out their rimless tank with Segrest fish!|
Some photos of the Hagen aquatic display below. Always one of the most impressive and popular booths at industry trade shows, we were proud to supply all of Hagen's live fish, inverts, and corals for Global this year. Their spectacular displays took more than a full pallet of fish boxes to stock!
|144 gallon extreme bowfront with shoals of Rainbowfish, Green Tiger Barbs, and Festivums|
|Nano Tank with a school of Black Rasboras|
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for part II of our review of Global Pet Expo 2013!