Aquarama 2016: Day One

26 Sep, 2016

Day 1 | Day 2

The global aquatic industry show Aquarama, formerly held biennially in Singapore, is now in full swing in its new home—Guangzhou, China—and, as expected, the show has plenty to offer in terms of impressive displays of live fish and invertebrates. With a number of competitions held on-site, as well as some elaborate vendor displays, there has been no shortage of photo-worthy subjects so far, and after just the first day I found myself with well over 500 shots to sort through and process.

Part of the extensive Arowana competition at Aquarama

Part of the extensive Arowana competition at Aquarama

Although the event’s move away from Singapore has changed the overall dynamic to a more China-centric event than in years past, the live fish and products on display present a fascinating look at the country’s enormous—and still growing—segment of the global trade and hobby. Despite fishkeeping being a relatively small, niche hobby, it inevitably manifests itself in different ways in different areas, reflecting both the culture and traditions of these regions. China, as the first to domesticate and keep pet fish, is rich with both, and certainly has its own distinctive approach to the aquarium hobby today.

Display showcasing some of the most popular "monster" fish species in Asia: the Asian Arowana, Datnioides, and a hybrid Black Stingray

Display showcasing some of the most popular “monster” fish species in Asia: the Asian Arowana, Datnioides, and a hybrid Black Stingray

The host city, Guangzhou, is already a major center for both aquarium fish-breeding (supplying domestic and export markets), as well as the manufacture of aquarium products, many of which are bound for the US or Europe. Over the next few days, I will be reporting on visits to the local fish markets, farms, and even factories specializing in aquarium-related goods, but for now, enjoy a selection of photos from the first day of Aquarama 2016:

Super Red Asian Arowana in one of the competition displays

Super Red Asian Arowana in one of the competition displays

Interesting hardscape display at one of the exhibitors' booths

Interesting hardscape display at one of the exhibitors’ booths

That's not a fish! Several exhibitors were displaying reptiles and amphibians, like these baby Asian Box Turtles (Cuora sp.)

That’s not a fish! Several exhibitors were displaying reptiles and amphibians, like these baby Asian Box Turtles (Cuora sp.)

A live aquascaping event held the first day drew a large crowd

A live aquascaping event held the first day drew a large crowd

A monster Pseudacanthicus sp. on display

A monster Pseudacanthicus sp. on display

Many exhibitors incorporated beautifully planted and aquascaped tanks into their displays

Many exhibitors incorporated beautifully planted and aquascaped tanks into their displays

One row of tanks in the Arowana competition

One row of tanks in the Arowana competition

Aquascaping in progress

Aquascaping in progress

Large Tigerfish (Datnioides sp.) on display

Large Tigerfish (Datnioides sp.) on display

Aquascaping in progress

Aquascaping in progress

The show also held a reef tank competition

The show also held a reef tank competition

Discus in the World Discus Competition held onsite

Discus in the World Discus Competition held on-site

Discus in the World Discus Competition held onsite

Discus in the World Discus Competition held on-site

Discus in the World Discus Competition held onsite

Discus in the World Discus Competition held on-site

Discus in the World Discus Competition held onsite

Discus in the World Discus Competition held on-site

Discus in the World Discus Competition held onsite

Discus in the World Discus Competition held on-site

Discus in the World Discus Competition held onsite

Discus in the World Discus Competition held on-site

Discus in the World Discus Competition held onsite

Discus in the World Discus Competition held on-site

Row of tanks holding competition Discus

Row of tanks holding competition Discus

One of the champion Golden Arowana

One of the champion Golden Arowana

Champion Golden Arowana

Champion Golden Arowana

Another impressive Arowana in an exhibitor's tank

Another impressive Arowana in an exhibitor’s tank

Day 1 | Day 2

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About the author

Mike Tuccinardi
Mike Tuccinardi

With a background spanning retail, wholesale, and aquarium fish import, Mike Tuccinardi began working at a local fish store in his early teens and has been following the fish ever since. After a stint in Florida working for a major importer and tropical fish farm, Mike has traveled through Asia and South America visiting aquarium fish exporters, collectors, and fishing communities. He currently serves on the advisory board of Project Piaba as well as the steering committee for the IUCN’s Home Aquarium Fish Sub-Group (HAFSG). When not traveling, Mike resides in Boulder, CO with his wife and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Science. He is a Senior Editor of AMAZONAS and CORAL Magazines.

2 Comments

  1. November 26, 2016

    Hello! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing! Not always easy to find informations about this Aquarama edition.

    Yann

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