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

DFS Frag Swap - June 20 - 22, 2008

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.


  • 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

Featured guest speakers for 2008 include:

Christopher Buerner- Topic: Chain of custody, sustainability, and environmental impact Ike Eigenbrode - Topic: Energy efficient aquatics
Dr. Timothy A. Hovanec - Topic: Increasing the precision and accuracy of your test kits Gary Jones - Topic: Acclimation techniques and fish disease
Dr. Sanjay Joshi - Topic: Simple approaches to reef keeping Kevin Kohen - Topic: Coral pests and means of control
Scott Michael - Topic: Marine aquarium keeping: then & now Julian Sprung - Topic: Stocking small (nano) reef aquaria

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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