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Reefkeeping Events: What's Happening in Your Area?

By Advanced Aquarist Readers Posted Apr 14, 2008 08:00 PM Pomacanthus Publications, Inc.
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Marine Aquarium Expo, Saturday, April 5-6

The First Annual Marine Aquarium Expo (MAX) is a TWO DAY EVENT at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center (Costa Mesa, CA) April 5-6 2008!


Dates and Times:

  • Saturday, April 5th 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 6th 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Calendar Information

Event Information:

  • Over 100 exhibitor's booths!
  • Manufacturers, Wholesalers, Retailers, Exhibitors
  • Livegoods/Drygoods for sale throughout the building
  • 8 major Speakers lined up! (4 per day)
  • Multiple Workshops and Demonstrations
  • Children's Petting Pool and education area (pending)
  • Frags! Frags! and more Frags! need I say more?

Admission: Adults $10.00, Seniors $5.00, Children 12 & under are Free!

MAX is held in Building #12, (22,000 sq. ft. fully-enclosed, air-conditioned exhibit hall). An adjoining 7,000 sq ft. covered courtyard will host much of the peripheral activities (speakers, workshops, raffles, seating area, etc.). This greatly enhances the space available inside building 12 for commerce. In other words: More room for everyone!

HUGE RAFFLE at the end of each day! Special Note: 50% of ALL Raffle Proceeds will go to 10 select public charities, all of whom are participating in MAX either directly or indirectly. (some represented by hobbyists doing a workshop on behalf of the charity)

This is a VERY family-oriented event, so please plan on bringing the entire family for a weekend of spectacular exhibits, speakers, workshops, displays, and other entertainment. Great food, clean restrooms, even a seating area.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this event is expected to attract over 3,000 hobbyist from all over the United States! Participating vendors and attendees alike are coming from all parts of the country. In fact, MAX is soon to become the largest event of its kind in the entire North American continent in terms of overall attendance. You don't want to miss this one!

For more information, visit us at:

Contact Information:

Kevin T. Adams, MBA, Promoter
"Marine Aquarium Expo 2008"
8072 Central Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92844
(714) 530-1094 office
(714) 260-6660 cell

(please note: MAX is not affiliated with any club organization)

North Central Pennsylvania Aquarium Reef Society Spring 2008 Frag Swap Event, April 12

Date: April 12, 2008
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Whitmore Labs, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (maps: Campus, Directions)

Topic: Fish and Coral Husbandry Techniques
Speaker: Kevin Kohen

Drawing on Kevin’s vast experiences, this talk will address the important questions that most hobbyists are faced with when dealing with fish and corals:

  • Best practices in acclimatizing fish and coral
  • Treatment of Common Fish Diseases – What works
  • Care of fish in Quarantine
  • Getting difficult fish to feed
  • How to avoid Coral Pests
  • Dealing with Coral Pests in the aquarium


  • NCPARS Members - Free
  • Non-Members - Individual - $15
  • Non-Members - Family (same household) - $25

CTARS Marine Aquaium Conference, April 13

Date: April 13, 2008
Time: 9 AM - 5 PM
Location: Courtyard Marriott, 4 Sebethe Rd., Cromwell, CT



  • Adam Blundell
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • Joe Burger
  • James Fartherree
  • Huge Raffle
  • Club Frag Swap
  • Vendors

No tickets will be sold at the door.

14th Annual All Ohio Frag Swap, April 13

Sponsored by C-SEA

Date: Sunday, April 13th, 2008
Time: Noon to 4 pm, with HUGE raffle beginning at 3 pm
Location (same site as last year):
American Legion Hall, Clifton Post
22001 Brookpark Rd
Fairview Park, OH 44126

Directions are available at the C-SEA website:

Admission $5 per adult; under 14 yrs old is free.

  • Admission gets you 4' of table space and 4 hours of frag swappin' madness!
  • Electricity available (within reason--leave the 1000W MH at home please)
  • Doors open to swappers at 12 noon
  • Food available in attached restaurant and bar (we'll try to make sure the cook has more help this year!)
  • Plenty of free parking.

And don't forget the dry goods raffle at the end of the swap! $1 per ticket; $5 for 6 tickets

More information to follow on attending vendors. The swap had over 350 attendees through the door last year. Lots of frags for sale/trade.

Second Annual Tidewater Area Marine Aquarium Symposium, April 26

Date: April 26, 2008
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, 717 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA. 23451

The topics this year will be: Marine Aquarium Chemistry and Reef Nutrition

The two speakers for this event will be Chris Jury and Randy Reed. Chris will be speaking on Marine Aquarium Chemistry and Randy will be speaking on Reef Nutrition.

This event will once again be at no cost to TRS members in good standing. The cost to non-members will be $7.00 for advance ticket sales and $10.00 at the door. The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center auditorium has limited seating and advance purchase of tickets is strongly encouraged for non-members wishing to ensure they get a seat. Those that purchase advance tickets and later decide to become members of TRS (and we hope you will) may have their membership dues reduced by the amount paid for their ticket. This offer will extend up to the day of the event. 

Seating is limited and all TRS members will get priority seating and free tickets. Advance tickets can be purchased by arrangement with a TRS officer and may soon be available for online purchase like last year. Non-member tickets will be sold first come, first serve. Feel free to email to make arrangements for advance ticket purchases.

Manhattan Reefs 2008 Spring Frag Swap, April 27

Date: Sunday, April 27th, 2008
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
Cost: RSVP - 1 Member - $20 (Pratt Institute Students admitted free with Photo ID)

Guest speakers:

  • Jake Adams: Carribean Corals
  • Richard Ross: "Welcome Ceph Overlords"

There will be three Pratt Aquarium tours throughout the day. The fragging demonstration will be presented by Tristan Wilson.

And as usual, admission includes:

  • Manhattan Reefs Frag Auction
  • Free Raffle Tickets
  • Reef Pest Inspection Station
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Livestock vendors
  • Several group buys
  • Food, snacks, soft drinks
  • Baggies, rubber bands, warmed saltwater

Vendor Tables are still available. If you are interested, please send an email to

Midwest Frag Fest, May 3-4

Date: May 3-4, 2008
Time: Saturday (9 AM - 5 PM), Banquette @ 6 PM; Sunday (9 AM - 2 PM), raffle 3 PM
Location: Clock Tower Resort and Conference Center, 7801 E State Street, Rockford, IL 61108-2721, US

Midwest Frag Fest is the premier coral conference across the midwest. Frag Fest 2008 will be held on May 3rd and 4th at the Clock Tower Resort and Conference Center located just off of I-90 in Rockford IL. Our goal is not only to provide both hobbyists and vendors across the region with the best experience at an event of this type, but to donate a portion of the proceeds towards reef conservation and also give back to the community. Admission will be discounted with the donation of canned goods for a local food pantry.

Attendee information:

  • Hotel accommodations are available at a reduced rate at the Clock Tower Resort for only $94 per night.
  • Full event pass includes admission to all speakers, trade show and frag area, banquet dinner, and event T-shirt . The cost is $55. Sign up fast. First 40 to register will sit at a speakers table at the banquet. What a wonderful opportunity to chat with the pros
  • One day pass with all access for that days events are available as follows:
    • Saturday with dinner $45
    • Saturday with out dinner $20
    • Sunday $20
    • Trade show, fragging area only $10
    • All at the door admissions reduced by $1 per can good donated up to $5 off

Speakers include Adam Blundell, Rod Buehler, James Fatherree, Mike Paletta, Gary Parr, Steven Pro, and Randy Reed.

International Marine Aquarium Conference '08, May 30-June 1

Just Imagine...a weekend where you can see live presentations by the most widely known, well-respected authors and lecturers in the marine aquarium hobby.


At the International Marine Aquarium Conference the speakers will be covering all the latest information and research on marine aquarium fish, corals and invertebrates. Meet with them socially, see exhibits by some of the foremost manufacturers and dealers in the aquarium hobby, and get some great deals on conference specials.

IMAC is open to ALL hobbyists . You do not have to belong to a marine aquarium society or even own a reef tank to attend, just be interested in learning more about this fascinating hobby. IMAC is a non-profit venture by hobbyists for hobbyists to insure the continuation of an annual educational event for aquarists, at a reasonable cost.

Whether you are a seasoned aquarist or just a beginner, IMAC is something you need to take in. And IMAC is put on each year by the same people, so if you attended IMAC in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 or 2007 you know the high quality of the show that we will put on.

IMAC 2008 will take place in Chicago, Illinois, USA - May 30, 31 and June 1 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chicago IL:

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chicago O'Hare
5440 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018, USA

For more information, visit or contact Dennis Gallagher.

MACNA XX, September 5-7

Presented by Atlanta Reef Club and MASNA, MACNA is the largest hobbyist marine conference in North America. New aquarium products, vendors will often wait until MACNA to release new products into the hobby. Hobby professionals, you will have a chance to meet and mingle with professionals in the hobby like Eric Borneman and Anthony Calfo. A chance to be at a conference with hundreds of other people just as obsessed with aquariums as you are.

We have selected the Westin Peachtree Plaza as the host hotel for this event. It is the tallest hotel in the western hemisphere. Our negotiated room rate is $119.00 per night with discounted parking. Everyone that stays in the hotel will be given free internet access from their rooms.


This 73-story tower, topped by the revolving Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View, graces the heart of Atlanta. Connected to AmericasMart, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, is steps from CNN, Georgia Aquarium, Georgia World Congress Center and the Georgia Dome.

Contact Information:

1266 West Paces Ferry Rd.
Suite 194
Atlanta, GA 30327
FAX: 860.540.2351
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