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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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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.

Reefkeepers Weekender, August 29 - September 1

Date: Friday, August 29 through Monday, September 1, 2008
Location: Pontins, Pakefield, Suffolk ( 2 hours from London, 3 Hours from Birmingham)

The Reefkeepers Weekender has grown steadily since it’s inception, and last year was a really fantastic weekend, with superb presentations, a Quiz, brilliant rafflle prizes, cabarets, plenty for the kids, and LOTS of late night chat (and a fair bit of Resolve sold in the shop!).

The highlight of the weekend will be, in additon to the usual raffle and quiz, presentations by none other than world renowned experts:

  • Mr Anthony Calfo, Author of two of the "Bibles" of reef keeping, "The Book of Coral Propagation" and "Reef Invertebrates" amongst others. Anthony has also recently had articles in "Ultra Marine" magazine.
  • Top Dutch expert, Mr. Ron Hessing. Ron writes for Koralle magazine in Germany, A Journal in the USA, and his own site and has spoken publically at events around the world, most famously, MACNA and the Boston Reefers Society.

As well as these eminent experts, there will be other presentations, to be confirmed. Details of what their presentations will be will follow a bit nearer the time.

It is essential that you book now if you want to come this year. Last year, the holday park was full, and some of those that wanted to come were disappointed. So, don’t delay your decision this time people. It is bound to be over subscribed with a line up like this, so get in there and secure your place. You need to contact Pontins, Pakefield to book on 01502 502 900. Tell them it is for the Reefkeepers Weekender, and make sure you give them your UR name as well your real one, so that we can issue badges.

For 3 nights Fri, Sat and Sun, it is £60 and half price for Under 18’s. This is half board, so a full Breakfast and Evening Meal each day are included. There will be Trade Stands and Give-aways too, and, of course, a chance to meet up for our annual chin wag and party! You do need to book this now! It has become one of the leading UK meets of the year and you don't want to miss it!

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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