by Nicolas A., 15 April 2013

The Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands is Singapore’s largest and most flexible exhibition and meeting venue, offering a total of 120,000 square metres of exhibition floor space. And this year, it will play host to Aquarama 2013 - Asia’s biggest international ornamental fish, invertebrates, plants and accessories exhibition that will be held from 30 May to 2 June, 2013.

Also held on the same day is Aquarama’s sister event, Pet Asia 2013. In total both shows will take up Halls B and C on the first floor of the exhibition centre, occupying 8,310sq.m and accommodate some 200 exhibitors from around the globe.

All the popular and now-established Aquarama components will, of course, still be featured, some incorporating exciting innovations. The International Fish Competition, for instance, will include no fewer than seven additions.

The world-renowned Dragon Fish competition, which always attracts a superb selection of entries, has been modified to take account of the recent trend which has seen the emergence of a ‘new breed’ of golden dragon fish – the Crossback Golden (Gold Head). Consequently, the previous Classes have been expanded and now consist of Red, Crossback Golden (Traditional) and Crossback Golden (Gold Head), with a Class dedicated to large specimens and another to smaller ones. In addition, an Open Class has been introduced for quality dragon fish that don’t fall within any of the recognised types.

As well as seeing top fish of all kinds in the competition, trade visitors also like to see the best commercial-grade varieties that Singapore can produce, i.e., the fish which they are likely to find on exporters’ lists. Conscious of this need, the 2013 edition will include, for the first time, special sections for commercial-grade guppies, discus and goldfish.

Rounding off the competition innovations and, once more reflecting market trends and needs, Aquarama 2013 will see the launch of a spectacular Marine Nano Tank Competition, to run alongside the equally impressive Freshwater Nano Tank Competition, which was launched to great acclaim at the 2011 event.

As ever, the various competitions will be judged by a panel of international experts, this year consisting of some 50 representatives from 17 nationalities spanning Europe, the US and several Asian countries including, of course, Singapore itself. In charge of this talented and diverse team will be Aquarama’s own consultant, John Dawes, who will be acting as Chief Judge.

Away from the competitive arena, Aquarama’s proven reputation for attracting specialist international speakers for its Trade and Public Seminars will once more ensure that attendees will be able to bring themselves bang up to date with all the latest news and information affecting the worldwide ornamental aquatic industry. The main theme for this year’s trade programme is Current Aquatics – Future Perspectives and will consist of three sessions: Industry-related Conservation, Health and Biosecurity in the Ornamental Aquatic Industry and Husbandry and Legislation.

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