The Freshwater Aquariums and Planted Tanks of Global Pet Expo 2020

21 Apr, 2020

This aquascaped aquarium on display at the Hydor Booth during the 2020 Global Pet Expo featured plants and wood by Florida Aquatic Nurseries and Aqua'escape, fish from Aquarium Fish Depot, and was aquascaped by MDA (Miami Dade Aquascaping). The tank is an Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion 20 with Seltz DC 500 pump conversion and Aqamai LFs light and KPs wavemaker.

This aquascaped aquarium on display at the Hydor Booth during the 2020 Global Pet Expo featured plants and wood by Florida Aquatic Nurseries and Aqua’escape, fish from Aquarium Fish Depot, and was aquascaped by MDA (Miami Dade Aquascaping). The tank is an Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion 20 with Seltz DC 500 pump conversion and Aqamai LFs light and KPs wavemaker.

 

Our latest photo spread depicts many of the freshwater aquariums and planted 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 saltwater version of this article!

Zoo Med had many aquariums on display, starting with these small betta aquariums.

Zoo Med had many aquariums on display, starting with these small betta aquariums.

 

Zoo Med also featured a sorority tank of several female bettas provided by Nautilus Tropical Fish Wholesale.

Zoo Med also featured a sorority tank of several female bettas provided by Nautilus Tropical Fish Wholesale.

 

Zoo Med's set up several large-scale paludariums to showcase the merger of terrestrial and aquatic displays. This one featured Dracaena guianensis, the snail-eating Caiman Lizard.

Zoo Med set up several large-scale paludariums to showcase the merger of terrestrial and aquatic displays. This one featured Dracaena guianensis, the snail-eating Caiman Lizard.

 

A closer look one of several Caiman Lizards (Dracaena guianensis) that made full use of the paludarium.

A closer look one of several Caiman Lizards (Dracaena guianensis) that made full use of the paludarium.

 

One more look at a very photogenic Caiman Lizard, Dracaena guianensis.

One more look at a very photogenic Caiman Lizard, Dracaena guianensis.

 

Another Zoo Med Paludariuim; this one set up to mimic a Florida Everglades biotope.

Another Zoo Med paludarium; this one set up to mimic a Florida Everglades biotope.

 

Two more paludariums from Zoo Med.

Two more paludariums from Zoo Med.

 

The paludarium on the right was home to Asian or Chinese Water Dragons, Physignathus cocincinus.

The paludarium on the right was home to Asian or Chinese Water Dragons, Physignathus cocincinus.

 

This Chinese Water Dragon (Physignathus cocincinus) was keeping a watchful eye on passersby perched high in the back of the paludarium.

Perched high in the back of the paludarium, this Water Dragon (Physignathus cocincinus) was keeping a watchful eye on passersby .

 

Marineland's Exhibit Series aquariums; this the 20-gallon version.

Marineland’s Exhibit Series aquariums; this is the 20-gallon version.

 

Marineland's Exhibit Series aquariums have hidden, built-in filtration. Shown here, the 29-gallon model.

Marineland’s Exhibit Series aquariums have hidden, built-in filtration. Shown here, the 29-gallon model.

 

A classic Marineland aquarium in the Penguin filter display, primarily housing Malawian cichlids furnished by Nautilus Tropical Fish Wholesale.

A classic Marineland aquarium in the Penguin filter display, primarily housing Malawian cichlids furnished by Nautilus Tropical Fish Wholesale.

 

GloFish didn't just get a nice display, they got an entirely blue-lit private viewing room experience.

GloFish didn’t just get a nice display, they got an entirely blue-lit private viewing room experience.

 

A closer look at the GloFish display in the viewing room.

A closer look at the GloFish display in the viewing room.

 

Spectrum Brands decorated their lounging area with a well-scaped rainbowfish-dominated walkaround aquarium.

Spectrum Brands decorated their lounging area with a well-scaped rainbowfish-dominated walkaround aquarium.

One of the nicest angles for viewing the Spectrum Brands tank.

One of the nicest angles for viewing the Spectrum Brands tank.

 

A closer look at the aquarium's interior and inhabitants.

A closer look at the aquarium’s interior and inhabitants.

 

A small shrimp tank on display by JBJ.

A small shrimp tank on display by JBJ.

 

An aquascaped aquarium in the JBJ display.

An aquascaped aquarium in the JBJ display.

 

Reef Aquaria Design (RAD) put together this very effective GloFish display.

Reef Aquaria Design (RAD) put together this very effective GloFish display.

 

Exo Terra's Advanced Paludarium & Rainforest Terrarium.

Exo Terra’s Advanced Paludarium & Rainforest Terrarium.

 

Fluval probably had more aquariums on display than anyone else this year; shown here, the Roma aquarium.

Fluval probably had more aquariums on display than anyone else this year; shown here, the Roma aquarium.

 

The Fluval Flex, 32.5 gallons, in white.

The Fluval Flex, 32.5 gallons, in white.

 

A smaller Fluval Flex aquarium, in white.

A smaller Fluval Flex aquarium, in white.

 

The Fluval Flex aquarium in black.

The Fluval Flex aquarium in black.

 

An example of Fluval's FLORA line of aquariums.

An example of Fluval’s FLORA line of aquariums.

 

The Fluval Spec Aquarium.

 

A closer look at the interior design of the Spec aquarium in the Fluval display.

A closer look at the interior design of the Spec aquarium in the Fluval display.

 

Another example of the white Fluval Flex.

Another example of the white Fluval Flex.

 

And another Fluval Flex in Black.

And another Fluval Flex in Black.

 

Another take on how to aquascape a black Fluval Flex aquarium.

Another take on how to aquascape a black Fluval Flex aquarium.

 

Fluval's 2.6 gallon Ebi Shrimp Kit.

Fluval’s 2.6 gallon Ebi Shrimp Kit.

 

There was no shortage of aquariums on display by OASE Living Waters - shown here is a white biOrb CUBE. Check out our marine coverage for additional examples of the biOrb lineup!

There was no shortage of aquariums on display by OASE Living Waters – shown here is a white biOrb CUBE. Check out our marine coverage for additional examples of the biOrb lineup!

 

A beautifully aquascaped aquarium on display as part of the OASE Indoor Aquatics display.

A beautifully aquascaped aquarium on display as part of the OASE Indoor Aquatics display.

 

Editor's Note - this tank simply deserved a second look!

Editor’s Note – this tank simply deserved a second look!

 

Another beautiful display showcasing the OASE Indoor Aquatics product line.

Another beautiful display showcasing the OASE Indoor Aquatics product line.

 

Aqueon had this pretty little aquarium with a partially slanted front panel on display...but no word on what the model is or if it is yet available.

Aqueon had this pretty little aquarium with a partially slanted front panel on display…but no word on what the model is or if it is yet available.

 

A rimless aquarium from Aqueon.

A rimless aquarium from Aqueon.

 

Underneath the larger rimless aquarium from Aqueon, we found this smaller rimless cube tank with goldfish.

Underneath the larger rimless aquarium from Aqueon, we found this smaller rimless cube tank with goldfish.

 

The new Triad Aquaterrarium from Penn-Plax unique take on the nano desktop aquarium.

The new Triad Aquaterrarium from Penn-Plax is a unique take on the nano desktop aquarium.

 

An interesting take on a small, desktop, open-top aquarium from Penn-Plax, the AquaTerrarium PTA1.

An interesting take on a small, desktop, open-top aquarium from Penn-Plax, the AquaTerrarium PTA1.

 

Penn-Plax also showcased their Aquasphere 360 aquarium.

Penn-Plax also showcased their Aquasphere 360 aquarium.

 

The Fritz Aquatics display showcased a twin freshwater and saltwater setup.

The Fritz Aquatics display showcased a twin freshwater and saltwater setup.

 

This is the freshwater side of the Fritz Aquatics display.

This is the freshwater side of the Fritz Aquatics display.

 

Several Elevated Low Iron Ultra Clear Aquariums from Lifegard were on display at the Dr. Tim's Aquatics booth.

Several Elevated Low Iron Ultra Clear Aquariums from Lifegard were on display at the Dr. Tim’s Aquatics booth.

 

Lifegard's 1.2 Gallon Betta Low Iron Ultra Clear Aquarium R460054

Lifegard’s 1.2 Gallon Betta Low Iron Ultra Clear Aquarium R460054

 

The 2.65 Gallons Betta Low Iron Ultra Clear Aquarium R460052 from LifeGard Aquatics.

The 2.65 Gallons Betta Low Iron Ultra Clear Aquarium R460052 from Lifegard Aquatics.

 

Lifegard's 5 Gallon Elevated Low Iron Ultra Clear Aquarium R460053

Lifegard’s 5 Gallon Elevated Low Iron Ultra Clear Aquarium R460053

 

And the largest in the product line, the 8.3 Gallons Elevated Low Iron Ultra Clear Aquarium R460051 from Lifegard Aquatics.

And the largest in the product line, the 8.3 Gallons Elevated Low Iron Ultra Clear Aquarium R460051 from Lifegard Aquatics.

 

Lifegard's Elevated series of aquariums dominated the Dr. Tim's Aquatics display.

Lifegard’s Elevated series of aquariums dominated the Dr. Tim’s Aquatics display.

 

One last look at this Elevated Aquarium from Lifegard Aquatics.

One last look at this Elevated Aquarium from Lifegard Aquatics.

 

The Manzanita wood erupts from the aquarium in this display by Pro Clear Acrylics.

The Manzanita wood erupts from the aquarium in this display by Pro Clear Acrylics.

 

Cobalt Aquatics showcased the Aquael LEDDY SLIM LED aquarium lighting with this display.

Cobalt Aquatics showcased the Aquael LEDDY SLIM LED aquarium lighting with this display.

 

More African cichlids from Nautilus Tropical Fish Wholesale turned up in this Cobalt Aquatics display tank.

More African cichlids from Nautilus Tropical Fish Wholesale turned up in this Cobalt Aquatics display tank.

 

A small shrimp tank on display as part of the Cobalt Aquatics booth.

A small shrimp tank on display as part of the Cobalt Aquatics booth.

 

A really put-together desktop aquascape at the Cobalt Booth.

A well put-together desktop aquascape at the Cobalt Booth.

 

We'll close out this installment of the 2020 Global Pet Expo coverage with one last parting shot of an aquarium from the Cobalt Aquatic's display.

We’ll close out this installment of the 2020 Global Pet Expo coverage with one last parting shot of an aquarium from the Cobalt Aquatic’s display.

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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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