The Marine Aquariums and Reef Tanks of Global Pet Expo 2020

16 Apr, 2020

A nano-reef display at Dr. Tim's Aquatics featuring Lifegard's Crystal Aquariums Elevated Series, which raises the bottom pane of the aquarium up off the stand to give a unique appearance.

A nano-reef display at Dr. Tim’s Aquatics, featuring Lifegard’s Crystal Aquariums Elevated Series, which raises the bottom pane of the aquarium up off the stand to give a unique appearance.

 

Our latest photo spread depicts many of the reef aquariums and saltwater fish tanks that were showcased by exhibitors at the 2020 Global Pet Expo. It’s amazing to think that these ephemeral aquarium displays are assembled by professionals just days before the event, and are dismantled after the fact in just a matter of hours—don’t try this at home!

If you’d like even more, check out the freshwater version of this article!

Lifegard's Crystal Aquariums as displayed by Dr. Tim's Aquatics

Lifegard’s Crystal Aquariums, as displayed by Dr. Tim’s Aquatics

 

The display reef from AQAMAI/Hydor.

 

A 25 gallon saltwater aquarium put on display by Marineland.

A 25-gallon saltwater aquarium put on display by Marineland.

 

Rimless glass cube reef aquarium display by JBJ

Rimless glass cube reef aquarium display by JBJ.

 

JBJ's classic Nano-Cube, set up as a reef aquarium.

JBJ’s classic Nano-Cube, set up as a reef aquarium.

 

JBJ's AIO (All-In-One) Rimless Flat Panel Aquarium gets showcased with the full reef treatment!

JBJ’s AIO (All-In-One) Rimless Flat Panel Aquarium gets showcased with the full reef treatment!

 

Reef Aquaria Design (RAD) and their 500 gallon all-cultivated reef aquarium always demands several minutes of attention.

Reef Aquaria Design (RAD) and their 500-gallon, all-cultivated reef aquarium always demand several minutes of attention.

 

The tank features Radion Lighting, and many captiv-bred and farmed livestock examples from ORA, Biota, and others!

The tank features Radion Lighting and many captive-bred and farmed livestock examples from ORA, Biota, and others!

 

Under the Boyd Enterprises umbrella, jellyfish tanks both big and small come to the home aquarist. Reef Aquaria Design showcased this large scale display.

Under the Boyd Enterprises umbrella, jellyfish tanks both big and small come to the home aquarist. Reef Aquaria Design showcased this large-scale display.

 

The large jellyfish display was viewable from three sides....

The large jellyfish display was viewable from three sides….

 

...and featured automated color-changing LED illumination.

…and featured automated color-changing LED illumination.

 

Jellyfish Art was also on display for smaller-scale jellyfish keeping options.

Jellyfish Art was also on display for smaller-scale jellyfish-keeping options.

 

Jellyfish Art noted that they are continuing to improve upon their existing cylinder designs, available in both 2- and 5-gallon sizes.

Jellyfish Art noted that they are continuing to improve upon their existing cylinder designs, available in both 2- and 5-gallon sizes.

 

Fluval's 13.5 gallon EVO marine aquarium was on display. It is viewable from three sides, effectively a mini/desktop peninsula aquarium.

Fluval’s 13.5-gallon EVO marine aquarium was on display. It is viewable from three sides, and is effectively a mini/desktop peninsula aquarium.

 

A view of the Fluval EVO from the end.

A view of the Fluval EVO from the end.

 

Fluval's FLEX line of aquariums was on prominent display; this larger version was set up as a saltwater aquarium.

Fluval’s FLEX line of aquariums was on prominent display; this larger version was set up as a saltwater aquarium.

 

A Coralife LED BioCube on display with Aqueon is a classic all-in-one entry point to the reef aquarium hobby.

A Coralife LED BioCube on display with Aqueon is a classic all-in-one entry point to the reef aquarium hobby.

 

A viewing portal through the side of a commercial-style display housing marine fish from Segrest Farms.

A viewing portal through the side of a commercial-style display housing marine fish from Segrest Farms.

 

This display reef from Eshopps showcased their entire line of aquarium products!

This display reef from Eshopps showcased their entire line of aquarium products.

 

This cube reef, a second display tank at Eshopps, caught the attention of many with an lesser seen aquascaping approach.

This cube system, a second display tank at Eshopps, caught the attention of many with a lesser-seen aquascaping approach, a reefscape suspended in mid-water.

 

The "free floating" reef structure and vast expanse of sand substrate really had people pondering "how" and "maybe I should try this too?"

The “free-floating” reef structure and vast expanse of sand substrate really had people pondering “How?” and thinking, “Maybe I should try this too?”

 

OASE set up a few biOrb displays with "marine themes". Shown here is the black TUBE  style.

OASE set up a few biOrb displays with “marine themes.” Shown here is the black TUBE style.

 

This biOrb HALO also shares a marine theme; one could argue that while such aquariums are not well suited for reef tank use (e.g. built-in lighting might not be sufficient), in the right hands a small aquarium like this might make the ideal home for a small herd of Dwarf Seahorses (Hippocampus zosterae), one of the few fish that may actually do best in a smaller, contained space (with appropriate live feeds and routine husbandry).

This biOrb HALO also shares a marine theme; one could argue that while such aquariums are not well suited for reef tank use (e.g. built-in lighting might not be sufficient), in the right hands a small aquarium like this might make the ideal home for a small herd of Dwarf Seahorses (Hippocampus zosterae), one of the few fish that may actually do best in a smaller, contained space (with appropriate live feeds and routine husbandry).

 

Frtiz Aquatics showcased side-by-side displays.

Frtiz Aquatics showcased side-by-side displays.

 

The marine side was one of the more unique marine aquascapes seen at the show.

The marine side was one of the more unique marine aquascapes seen at the show.

 

Livestock choices followed a particular color scheme as well, perhaps inspired by Fritz's brand colors?

Livestock choices followed a particular color scheme as well, perhaps inspired by Fritz’s brand colors?

 

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Matt Pedersen
Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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