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Reefkeeping Events: What's Happening in Your Area?

By Advanced Aquarist Readers Posted May 14, 2008 08:00 PM Pomacanthus Publications, Inc.
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International Marine Aquarium Conference '08, May 30 - June 1

Date: Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, 2008
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chicago O'Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018, USA

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.

East Tennessee Reef Club Frag Swap, June 14

Date: Saturday, June 14
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Fellowship Church, 8000 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37909

Come visit our first annual Frag swap!  You can buy, sell, or trade your frags.  There will be a Raffle, Fragging demo, and much more.  Admission is free.  We can't wait to see you there!

Doctors Foster and Smith and 4th Annual Coral Conference & Frag Swap, June 20 - 22

Date: Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22, 2008
Location: Doctors Foster and Smith, N River Rd, Rhinelander, WI 54501


Join us in Rhinelander, Wisconsin for a one-of-a-kind experience with over 500 fellow hobbyists! There will be expert speakers, industry experts and exhibitors, frag trading, auctions, activities for the kids, $20,000 in prizes given away, and much more! PLUS, don't miss a tour of our Aquaculture Coral & Marine Life Facility and Call Center & Warehouse - we only open them up to the public once a year! Sign up soon to get your choice selection of tour times.

New this year:

  • More speakers, and more sessions starting on Friday
  • Exhibitor booths opening on Friday
  • New informal "meet & greet" reception on Friday evening
  • Frag Swap on both Saturday AND Sunday
  • Improved raffles, improved registration, and improved (cooloer!) exhibitor & trader facility

For more information, please visit their website for directions, schedule of events, and other information.

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

Date: Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, 2008
Location: The Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

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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