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Post by why_spyder on Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:43 pm


The ACA Convention will be in Milwaukee, WI this year! If you can attend, I recommend you do so. For more information, click on the image above to go to the official website. I'm planning on going this year since Milwaukee is less than 3 hours drive away (got reservations made already).
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Re: ACA 2010

Post by jimmymac on Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:52 pm

Sonds like a freakin blast! While your there.....Tell em to bring it back to Denver! Sweet that you live so close Brian.
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Re: ACA 2010

Post by Drake-tripod on Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:21 pm

man really that sso close to me now ima going wooot Very Happy me and chirs strap up were hitting the road again
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Re: ACA 2010

Post by jimmymac on Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:41 pm

Try not to miss it Derik.
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Re: ACA 2010

Post by why_spyder on Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:48 pm

If anyone comes up we may have to meet. I know I've already pre-arranged to meet some others from other forums as well. The plan is to show some fish there this year - and check out all the fish available to buy. Wife and I will also be celebrating the wedding anniversary early while we are there (since it is a resort and spa Very Happy).
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Re: ACA 2010

Post by Drake-tripod on Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:56 am

you have to make reservations? the site confusing
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Post by why_spyder on Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:44 am

You only want to make reservations if you want to stay at the resort that the ACA is hosted at. Otherwise you could wait to try to get a room later if you intend to stay overnight.

If you are just driving in then you don't need to make reservations.

And yes, I had many questions about the site as well so I contacted Ted Judy.
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Post by cichlidman on Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:29 pm

Patty and I are going to try to plan to make the trip.
It is along way from Tennessee. We went to the 2008 Convention in Atlanta, it was amazing.
I will have to see how things go. It would be great to meet some of the people from the site.

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Re: ACA 2010

Post by Drake-tripod on Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:24 pm

yea i live not to fat so i would just drive up and leave after so long
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Re: ACA 2010

Post by tjudy on Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:34 pm

Hello Everyone...

Thanks for posting a link to the ACA 2010 convention. Reading through the post there seems to be a bit of confusion.

Registering for the convention is different from reserving a hotel room. A convention registrations lets you see the speakers, sell as a vendor, attend the special events (tours, meals, rare fish auction on Friday, show fish, rent a tank to hold fish you buy, drink beer in the hospitality suite, etc...). People who are not registered for the convention can still go into the show, vendor and rental rooms (where most of the fish are sold).

You do not need to stay in the hotel to attend the convention, but I will say that you will not get a less expensive room within ten miles, and the resort is AWESOME. Regular room rates there are $230/night, and we have a room rate of $110/night... not bad. And you do not have to drive after a couple hours in the hospitality suite (good local Wisconsin beer!... free!).

Hope to see you all in Milwaukee in July. I will try to pop in regularly to post updates and answer questions.

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Re: ACA 2010

Post by tjudy on Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:35 pm

Would you like a reduced-rate subscription to TFH magazine? TFH is offering a $9.99 digital subscription (reg. $13.95) to all ACA 2010 registrants. When you register for the convention you will receive a link to go to and a code to use to get your discounted rate.

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Re: ACA 2010

Post by Micheal on Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:53 am

If anyone on here does plan on attending be sure to post so if anyone else here goes you can plan to meet up. I'm hoping they plan one for the South again soon. Its hard to make it from MS to Wisconsin when the wife doesn't fly.
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Re: ACA 2010

Post by tjudy on Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:41 am

Options for a youth registration and the ACA junior membership have been added for teens between 14 - 18 who want to attend the convention on their own. Children under 14 are welcome with their parent/guardian without a registration.

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Re: ACA 2010

Post by tjudy on Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:25 am

Do you have an angelfish to enter into the show? ACA 2010 is happy to announce that The Angelfish Society will be holding their first sanctioned show in conjunction with the ACA show this summer. You can enter your angel in both and have a chance at winning more awards. For more information take a look at http://www.aca2010.com/show/the-angelfish-society-sanctioned-show.

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Re: ACA 2010

Post by tjudy on Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:43 pm

Here are some links to two down-loadable documents that can help promote the convention. The single-page flier can be used as a quick handout at a club event or as an advertisement printed in a club journal. The pamphlet is a trifold pamphlet that includes paper registration forms and information. Feel free to use them at your club events or to distribute them to people who may want them... with our sincere thanks for doing so!

single-page flyer: http://www.aca2010.com/pdf/club_print_ad.pdf

tri-fold pamphlet: http://www.aca2010.com/pdf/pamphlet.pdf

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Re: ACA 2010

Post by Aura on Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:48 pm

I really wish you were closer to my side of the country. Sad
I'd love to attend a convention one of these days.
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Re: ACA 2010

Post by tjudy on Tue May 11, 2010 9:37 pm

The speaker schedule is now published. See the following link:

http://www.aca2010.com/pdf/SChedule_April_27.pdf

The due dates for show entries and rental tank reservations is fast approaching. If you are planning to show or sell fish the time to register is now.

The hotel is filling up fast, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. We do have an overflow hotel available if you register late and miss out on getting into the show hotel. I will have a confirmation number for the overflow hotel once the need for it kicks in.

For all your registrations, convention purchases and information needs, please go to www.aca2010.com.

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Re: ACA 2010

Post by cichlidman on Wed May 12, 2010 2:39 am

Mr. Judy,

Can, you rent tanks to keep fish in until the convention is over . In 2008 the really nice fish sold so early in the convention. I hate to have to try and keep them in coolers in my room for 2 or 3 days. If we do get to go, I would like to have some tank space for fish.

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Post by tjudy on Wed May 12, 2010 10:23 am

You can rent tanks to hold fish... that was the original idea behind renting tanks when they were first offered (2004???) The tanks people rent to hold fish will be kept separate from the blocks of tanks people rent to sell from.

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Re: ACA 2010

Post by tjudy on Sun May 23, 2010 11:08 pm

Two ACA 2010 announcements today:

Registration for show entries and rental tanks has been extended to July 1. For more information about showing fish or renting tanks, see the following links:

Fish Show: http://www.aca2010.com/show

Rental Tanks: http://www.aca2010.com/rental-room-tanks

A Saturday-only vendor table option has been added. If you would like to come to the convention for one day to sell items in the vendor room, go to:

http://www.aca2010.com/vendor

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Re: ACA 2010

Post by tjudy on Wed May 26, 2010 1:12 pm

Here is a link to the new writable PDF show entry form. Thank you Rick Borstein for creating this very useful form. Show entries are due July 1, 2010. Entries are purchased with convention registration at www.aca2010.com, and this entry form is mailed separately. You can also send it with your registration if you are mailing it all in with a check. Do not forget that for every five entries you can enter a sixth fish at no extra charge.

http://www.aca2010.com/wp-content/images/ACA2010_Show_Entry_Form_RE.pdf


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Post by tjudy on Sun May 30, 2010 5:48 pm

It is time to sign up for the Aquarium Beautiful competition. If you are coming to the convention and would like to represent your local aquarium club in a fun contest for a trophy and bragging rights.... Read on!

This contest will team an aquarium club with a commercial fish farmer to set up, decorate and stock a display aquarium using the labor of the team, and aquarium display donated by United Pet Group and the fish from a commercial fish farmer.

Entry Fee: $50 (paid by the aquarium club) & livestock for the display (donated to the convention by the fish farmer)

General Rules:

* Each team will be provided an aquarium set up.
* Convention sponsors will provide a large pile of aquarium substrates, decorations and backgrounds.
* The event starts on Thursday evening, when all of the teams gather at their aquariums and are given the signal to start setting up their display.
* The contest winners will be chosen by attendee voting using raffle tickets. All of the tanks with decorations (not livestock) will be raffled. 'Voters' are casting a vote when they enter a ticket into the raffle for a specific display. There is no limit to the number of tickets a person can use towards a display.

Awards:

* The aquarium with the most votes (raffles tickets) wins. Both the aquarium club and the fish farm will receive a trophy.

How to Enter:

* Any aquarium club that wants to participate needs to send an email to chairman@aca2010.com expressing a desire to enter.
* When we have a sufficient number of entries (clubs and farms to pair together), we will call for the payment of the entry fee.
* The teams will be drawn randomly. The teams will be notified who they are teamed with so a plan of action can be made.

Have Fun with This Contest!!!

* Promote your team! Talk it up! We will announce on this website who the teams are. Talk a little trash!
* Make t-shirts for your team.
* Sit together at the banquet.

A team from this forum would be welcome. We have plenty of rift lake fish donors to choose from.

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Re: ACA 2010

Post by tjudy on Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:40 pm

Thanks to the generosity of Perfecto, Tetra and Marineland we are waiving the fee for clubs to enter the Club/Farm Aquarium Beautiful competition. Entries are limited to 10, and we already have two. The next eight clubs to email me are in. Here is what I need:

* the name of your club
* the name and email of the person coming to the convention who will be contact person for the team

Send the email to chairman@aca2010.com Here is a link to the contest description: http://www.aca2010.com/show/clubfarm-team-aquarium-beautiful-competition

The Olympia Resort and Spa still has rooms available for Friday and Saturday night... but they are filling up fast! Make your reservations before all the room are sold out and you have to go to the overflow hotel across the street. http://www.aca2010.com/hotel

The tours for Thursday and Friday are filling up as well. When the seats on the bus are all gone no more tickets will be sold.
http://www.aca2010.com/tours

Do not forget that the last day to submit show entries and reserve rental tanks is July 1. That date is RAPIDLY approaching.

Six weeks until the ACA 2010 convention!!!

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Re: ACA 2010

Post by tjudy on Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:59 pm

We have set up ground transportation with Go Airport Connection. The more people you ride with in the shuttle the less expensive the ride becomes. Use this forum to coordinate with other people coming into the airport, and everyone saves money. Even if you do not team up with someone, if you just happen to share the ride your fee is decreased automatically.

Click here to book your ground transportation

http://goairportconnection.hudsonltd.net/res?USERIDENTRY=acassoc&LOGON=GO

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Re: ACA 2010

Post by tjudy on Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:17 pm

Rooms are almost sold out for Friday and Saturday. If you call for a reservation and are told the rooms are sold out, ask to be put on the waiting list. We fully expect rooms to open up. There are people who reserved rooms months ago and are not going to be able to attend.

The July 1 due date for show entries, rental tank reservations and tee-shirt orders is only a few days away. Do not miss out! You can still register for the convention, tours and meals, and you can reserve used equipment right up until the show.

We have added a new speaker to the Thursday evening lineup: Laif DeMason will kick off the convention with his talk on What's new East Africa.

We still have opening for the Club Aquarium Beautiful contest. We just need a couple people from RLC.com who will be there Thursday to represent your club and put together a display tank.

See you ALL in Milwaukee!

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