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02-11-2013, 10:05 AM
The Capital Cichlids Club is hosting AquaMania 2013! This event will have be in Gaithersburg MD at the Hilton Hotel on March 9-10. We will have guest speakers, giving away tanks to kids, market place and a Aquarium Beautiful contest. Below is our tentative schedule and info on the aquarium contest.

Friday, Mar 8

6:00 – 10:00 PM Registration Desk Open Montgomery Annex
6:00 – 10:00 PM Aquarium Beautiful Tank Placement and Set-Up Lobby

Saturday, Mar 9

8:00 AM – noon Registration Montgomery Annex
10:00 AM - TBD Select Vendor Tables Open Montgomery
8:00 – 11:00 AM Aquarium Beautiful Set-Up Lobby
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Aquarium “Genius Bar” and Information Resources Open Lobby
10:00 – 11:00 AM Ken Davis Presentation – Collecting in Honduras Montgomery
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Aquarium Beautiful – Public Voting Lobby
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Ad Konings Presentation – Lake Tanganyika Topic Montgomery
12:30 – 2:15 PM Rare Fish Silent Auction Montgomery
12:30 – 2:00 PM Lunch (on your own) TBD
1:00 – 2:00 PM Give a Kid a Tank Contest Lobby
2:30 – 3:30 PM Rachel O’Leary Presentation – Nano Topic Montgomery
3:30 – 4:30 PM Check out Vendors / Chill Montgomery
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Aquarium Beautiful Award Ceremony and Reception (Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar) Montgomery Annex
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Dinner (on your own) – shuttles to Dogfish Head and other Local Restaurants TBD
9:00 – 9:15 PM Raffle Drawing Montgomery
9:15 – 9:45 PM Ken Davis Presentation – Secrets of the Rio Queguay Montgomery
9:00 PM - TBD Hospitality Montgomery

Sunday, Mar 10

8:30 – 11:30 AM Marketplace Vendor Prep Montgomery
8:00 AM – noon Marketplace Registration Montgomery
10:00 – 11:15 AM Ad Konings Presentation – Lake Malawi Topic Germantown
11:30 AM – noon Marketplace Opens for Priority Buyers (Registered Attendees) Montgomery
noon – 3:30 PM Marketplace Open for All Montgomery
3:30 - 4:30 PM Clear Marketplace Montgomery
3:00 – 4:00 PM Clear Aquarium Beautiful Lobby

02-11-2013, 10:06 AM
Let’s transform the lobby of the Hilton Gaithersburg into an aquatic paradise!

AquaMania will feature an exhibition of freshwater aquariums of all shapes and sizes… on display for the public and in competition for awards in the following categories:
1) Nano tank (under 10g)
2) Medium Tanks (10g – 29g)
3) Large tanks (30+ gallons)

Official Rules and Entry Details
A) PM me to request participation in the AquaMania Aquarium Beautiful Competition. Participation is free with registration and allocated on a first come, first served basis with space set aside for sponsors.

B) Entries will be in one of the following three categories: 1) Nano (under 10g), 2) Medium (10g-29g), and Large (30+ gallons).

C) Entrants will be responsible for all aspects of transporting, setting up, maintaining and removing their entries. Electricity and warm water will be available at the Hilton. Stands for tanks under 20g will also be available. A limited number of 3′ tank stands will also be available. Entrants of 30g+ tanks should bring their own stands.

D) Entrants will site their tanks per instructions from AquaMania staff either on Friday, March 8, between 6 and 10 PM or Saturday, March 9, between 8 and 11 AM.

E) Judging will be by AquaMania participants and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for each class will be awarded based on total number of votes received between 10 AM and 4 PM on Saturday March 10. Registered attendees will each receive one complementary vote. Registered attendees and visitors to AquaMania may cast an unlimited number of votes. Votes are $1 each and support the PVAS Foundation for giving aquariums to kids. Votes can also be used to enter a variety of raffles at AquaMania (for both registered guests and the general public).

F) All Aquarium Beautiful Competition entries must highlight the freshwater aquarium hobby and hold at least one living aquatic animal. There are no rules (beyond Maryland and Federal law) around what constitutes an acceptable entry into the Aquarium Beautiful Competition. Vendors, clubs and other entrants may post logos, for sale signs and other information on their entries. Entries may be sold or used to store or house fish and plants to be sold at the AquaMania Marketplace on Sunday, March 10th.

G) Entries must remain in place until Saturday, March 9th at 6 PM and must be removed by Sunday, March 10 at 4:00 PM. Entries that are removed must be completely removed (i.e. not left in a partially set-up state). Entries or parts of entries left after Sunday, March 10 at 4:00 PM will become property of CCA and entrants might be liable for disposal or removal costs.

H) Entrants are responsible for ensuring that all aquaria, entrant-supplied stands, filters and equipment are safe and serviceable prior to entry. While there will be round-the-clock oversight of all entries, CCA and Hilton are not responsible for any damage to any entry in the Aquarium Beautiful Competition, loss of fish or damage to equipment.

02-11-2013, 10:07 AM
If you would like to enter, become a sponsor, or sell at the marketplace, please contact me via pm or call/text at 703-731-9700.