Held on the 18 November 2023 in Harlow Essex, Advanced Aquarium Consultancy’s recent 16th birthday celebration proved particularly popular, attracting lots of interest and hundreds of visitors. With trade representatives on hand to assist customers (along with AACs small army of dedicted and hard-working staff), the day also featured special guests including Tony Vargas (of VargasReef and author of “The Coral Reef Aquarium Vol II”), Jeremy Gay (of Reefbuilders) and myself, John Clipperton (representing UltraMarine magazine). As a “cherry on the cake”, UK reef-keeping legend David Saxby of D-D – The Aquarium Solution also made a special appearance much to the delight of all present.
With a massive range of discounts and special deals available to shoppers, trade on the day was exceptionally brisk and there was a great “buzz” in the store. AAC also ran a raffle with some superb prizes and some of the livestock available here was absolutely jaw-dropping… easily the best in the UK. Keep your eye on the blog as I post some images of some of the exceptionally rare fishes that I was lucky enough to image during the event.
Following the event, AAC Owner Paul Hughes stated ”It was unbelievable! It just shows that the hobby is very very much alive in the UK… which is really good to see. Thanks to all the trade and industry and the special visitors we had as well. That really did make the day really special”.
Look out for our full 6-page report on the event in the forthcoming Christmas issue (103) due out in mid-December. Subscribe HERE before the end of November to get on the mailing list for the print version of this issue.