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Reefkeeping Events: What's Happening in Your Area?

By Advanced Aquarist Readers Posted Jun 14, 2008 08:00 PM Pomacanthus Publications, Inc.
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Dr's Foster and Smith 4th Annual Coral Conference and Frag Swap, June 20-22

When: Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22
Where: Air Park Rd, Rhinelander, WI
Schedule: PDF
Map: PDF

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 (cooler!) exhibitor & trader facility

Plus, all your usual favorites that make this conference the one you DON'T want to miss:

  • Auctions for rare & one-of-a-kind corals & fish
  • expert roundtable
  • book signings
  • $20,000 in prizes being given away
  • FREE mystery gift bags
  • 10% OFF coupon at our Retail Outlet Store
  • plus much, much more!

San Diego Marine Aquarium Society - Reefers in the Sun BBQ & Frag Swap, June 21

When: Saturday, June 21, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: Nobel Recreation Center, 8810 Judicial Dr., San Diego, CA 92122

Special Guest Speakers and Great Prizes!

Whether you're new to the hobby, or if you've been doing it for years, there is going to be something for you. Bring your families for volleyball, food, frags, and a chance to meet all the other reefers in your town.

More will be announced soon!!

Chattanooga Reef Club Frag Swap, August 16

When: August 16, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Where: Ooltewah United Methodist Church, 6131 Relocation Way, Ooltewah, TN 37363

The Chattanooga Reef Club and its members would like to invite you to their annual Frag Swap! Join fellow reefers from around the region for this 7th installment of this event. Buy, sell, trade, or browse coral and equipment! Meet other reef hobbyists from all around the Southeast and enjoy this time of fun, fellowship, and of course some major fragging!

  • Buy, sell, and trade coral and equipment
  • How to frag coral demonstration
  • Cost is $1 for card carrying club members, $3 for non-club members, and $10 to rent a table to sell.
  • Dozens of commercial and hobby level sellers and traders.
  • Many raffle prizes including skimmers, lighting, gift certificates, frags, and much more.
  • Concession stand style food if you get hungry!
  • Everyone is welcome to attend!

We are very excited about this year's swap! We have Dr. Mac from Pacific East Aquaculture coming with 100's of corals, Dennis Tagrin of DT's Plankton Farm, Randy Reed from Reef Nutrition/Reed Mariculture, Matt Carberry From Sustainable Aquatics and a few more in the works. There are donations to be raffled off from several major companies including Red Sea, Seachem, Reef Geek, Current, Hamilton Technology, AirWaterIce, Reef Doctor Micromussas, Cherry Corals, Carib-Sea and more to come!! We hope to see you all there!!

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
Contact Form

Southern Colorado Marine Aquarist Society Frag Swap, October 4

Date: Saturday, October 4th, 2008
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2886 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 (map)

The SCMAS FragStock will take place on October 4th 2008 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Colorado Springs Colorado. This event will feature Marine Livestock (no Fish) and Dry Goods vendors from Colorado as well as national vendors from around the country. The event will take place in the Salon A Grand Ballroom and feature raffle items and amazing corals. Check back frequently as vendors are added to the list. We will also be listing the Raffle items on this site as well. Below is the event layout (subject to change) and some pictures of the Hotel. For more information or if you would like to be a vendor please send an email to

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