Marine Aquarium Expo (MAX) - April 5 - 6, 2008

Marine Aquarium Expo (MAX), sponsored by Reef Hobbyist Magazine, is southern California’s premier indoor consumer tradeshow, bringing together manufacturers, retailers and saltwater enthusiasts from all over the nation into one giant, centralized location. More than 100 booths fill 22,000 square feet of exhibitor floor space plus another 7,000 sq. ft. of covered courtyard to accommodate speakers, raffle drawings and various workshops. MAX is the perfect venue to see the latest innovative products and offerings as well as the most progressive enterprises in the marine aquarium business!

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
  • 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, (a 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!


  • Mike Paletta
  • Bob Fenner
  • Adam Blundell
  • Habib Sekha (Salifert)
  • Jake Adams
  • Ike Eigenbrode
  • Marc Levenson
  • Frank Burr
  • Suzan Zaleski

There will be a 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 are represented by hobbyists doing a workshop on behalf of the charity).

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

MAST Annual Spring Auction - April 9, 2008

Marine Aquarium Society of Toronto

Annual Spring Auction

Wednesday, April 9

This is our big event of the year – a huge auction of livestock & equipment.

Last year we had over 120 items for sale, including a great selection of coral colonies and frags.

Arrive at 7 p.m. for registration of sales items.

Corals should be tagged in advance with name or brief description.

7:30 p.m. - auction begins

Meeting location: Hillcrest Public Library
5801 Leslie Street, Toronto

Seller gets 70% of sale price. MAST keeps 30% to defray costs.

Reserve price allowed for items over $100.

3rd Annual GRMAS Swap - April 12, 2008

Mark your calendars: the 3rd Annual GRMAS Swap will be Saturday, April 12th 2008. We are using the same room as previously - the Howard Miller Community Center (in the Zeeland Public Library) in Zeeland, Michigan.

Howard Miller Community Center
14 South Church Street
Zeeland, MI 49464

12 p.m to 3 p.m.

Table Information/Pricing:
Tables are 6' long
1/2 table: $10
Full table: $20
Electricity: add $5 - If you need electricity, reserve your table early; availability is limited.
Vendors/Sponsors: Contact Me (
Those who have reserved tables will be given access to setup at 11 a.m.

$5 per person, $8 per family, includes a door prize ticket for smaller items given away during the swap and allows you to sell up to five items. GRMAS, MASM, MMMC and WMMAC members all get in FREE (with proof of current membership).
Admission is included in table purchases.

The raffle will once again be one of the LARGEST in Michigan.

Please PM Dejavu for raffle details, table reservations and what you're bringing!

Spring 2008 Frag Swap Event - April 12, 2008

Penn State University
Whitmore Labs
University Park
State College, PA 16802
Event Schedule - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Frag Swap - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
NCPARS member meeting - 1:00 p.m.
Speaker - 2:00 p.m.
Raffle - 3:00 p.m.
NCPARS members - Free
Non-members - Individual - $15
Non-members - Family (same household) - $25
Add $10.00 if table is needed
Event Includes
Unlimited frag trading/selling/buying
Free food and drinks
Raffle/auction for prizes

Speaker: Kevin Kohen, BS Director Kevin Kohen has extensive experience in the Tropical Fish Industry. Starting his career and working for eight years in a retail fish store, Kevin then moved on to oversee the operations of one of the largest tropical fish wholesale and import/export businesses in the midwest for over eight years. From there, Kevin ventured on to launch the web site. Kevin has bred and reared nearly 100 species of fresh and saltwater fish and was one of the early pioneers in the U.S. to maintain live corals in captivity back in the early 80's. For over 20 years, he has been a leading advocate for specialized shipping techniques that ensure the health of aquatic life during transit.

Professionally, Kevin has helped pioneer important research studies in water chemistry management, filtration technologies, fish diseases and acclimation techniques to safeguard the health of a wide range of aquatic species. Kevin designed our new Drs. Foster & Smith Aquaculture Coral Facility, and oversaw the installation of this new state-of-the-art facility. Kevin oversees the operations of the facility and is actively involved in the husbandry and propagation of all of the aquatic life in this new facility.

Fish and Coral Husbandry Techniques

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

Register for the Frag Swap here:

For more information contact NCPARS: or

CTARS Marine Aquaium Conference - April 13, 2008

The Connecticut Area Reef Society (CTARS) will be hosting a conference. We have Adam Blundell, Mystic Aquarium, Joe Burger and James Fatherree. It will be followed by a giant raffle.

The price is only $25 and includes lunch. Seating is limited. We hope to see you there.

More details can be found here:

IMAC - May 30, 31 and June 1, 2008

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 be on May 30, 31 and June 1 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Chicago. Here is our list of speakers:

To register, click here. For all other questions, refer to

ETRC Frag Swap - June 14, 2008

The East Tennessee Reef Club (ETRC) is holding its first annual frag swap on June 14, 2008 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The ETRC was the first reef club formed in Tennessee several years ago and we anticipate similar success to the other regional frag swaps held in Nashville, Chattanooga and Memphis each year. The Nashville swap last January attracted close to 400 participants from all over the southeast and as far away as Ohio and California. We will have a good selection of coral frags available, reasonably priced tank-raised corals and a good selection of the harder to find SPS, LPS, zoanthids, acans and other varieties offered by both private sellers and vendors for both sale and trade.

Regional reef clubs (TN, GA, VA, NC, SC, AL) will be provided one table free of charge.
$15 fee for private sellers/traders; $25 fee (or a $50 raffle donation) required from commercial vendors.

Please check in at our Reef Central club forum or our club website for frag swap updates and additional information.

The following is a partial list of vendors that have donated raffle items for the swap. This list is constantly evolving and will grow significantly by the time of the swap:

  • Blue Water Aquatic Farms
  • Air, Water and Ice
  • Sunlight Supply
  • Reef Geek
  • DT’s Phytoplankton
  • Seachem
  • Fraggle Reef
  • Sustainable Aquatics

Fellowship Church, Knoxville, TN
8000 Middlebrook Pike, 5 minutes from I-40, take exit 379

Saturday, June 14th from 12 p.m to 4 p.m.

Admission Cost?

Fragging Demo
Frags go to participants (for a small charge)

Raffle prizes: Gift certificates, corals, dry goods and equipment

Light refreshments will be available.

The members of ETRC very much anticipate the participation of our regional reefkeeping friends in this event and look forward to providing a fun and rewarding experience for all.

MACNA XX - September 5-7, 2008

Presented by the Atlanta Reef Club (ARC) & MASNA, MACNA XX is the premier aquarium conference focused on the hobbyist and the industry that serves it. MACNA is the largest hobbyist marine conference in North America. Vendors with new aquarium products will often wait until MACNA to release their products into the hobby. Hobbyists will have a chance to meet and mingle with professionals in the hobby like Eric Borneman and Anthony Calfo. This is your chance to be at a conference with hundreds of other people just as obsessed with aquariums as you are!

The Westin Peachtree Plaza has been selected as the host hotel for this event. It is the tallest hotel in the western hemisphere. 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, the Georgia Aquarium, the Georgia World Congress Center and the Georgia Dome. The event's 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.

The following speakers are currently lined up for presentations:

  • Jake Adams
  • Marj Awai
  • Eric Borneman
  • Dr. Alex Brylske
  • Anthony Calfo
  • Dr. Bruce Carlson
  • Dr. Kim Cobb
  • Michael Cottman
  • Dr. Alistair Dove
  • Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • Helen Ellis
  • James Fatherree
  • Scott Fellman
  • Bob Fenner
  • Kelly Jedlicki
  • Steven Pro
  • Phillip Root
  • Jo Ruxton
  • Cathy Sakas
  • Jim Walter
  • Christine Williams
  • Matthew Wittenrich
  • Tim Woolston

Click here to register for MACNA XX.

Contact Information:
1266 West Paces Ferry Rd.
Suite 194
Atlanta, GA 30327
FAX: (860) 540-2351

More details will be posted as they become available...

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