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

Update: We have record numbers of attendees and exhibitors this year, and a huge number of incredible speakers!!

We are also trying a few new things to entice you – including a Children’s Program involving local venues within walking distance of the hotel for those of you that want to appease your family (ages 5-12) to justify the massive amounts of money you pay for raffles and other goodies. The Children’s Program is being offered at cost, and can be pre-registered on our website.

You may have heard about the tornado that went through downtown Atlanta a few months ago, damaging the Westin Hotel (but missing the Georgia Aquarium). There was damage to many windows, which are in the process of being replaced, but there was no structural damage and it is basically business as usual. Friday they gave us another 20 rooms, and they will go fast, so if you want to be at the conference hotel, you had better hurry! We also have contracted at other hotels next door at the same low rate, so there will be plenty of room.

You may have also heard the exciting news that the Georgia Aquarium is now expanding to include another 1.3 million gallons – making the total 9.5 million gallons. That is the good news. The bad news is that this new section will not be ready for this year’s MACNA. The general exhibits at the Georgia Aquarium will not be affected by the construction at the time of MACNA (other than possibly the outdoor sea lion exhibit).

Check the website for the schedule of talks and workshops. There is a nominal charge to ensure that the workshops are filled. The proceeds will be donated to a non-profit charity of the speaker’s choosing.

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...

Tank Tour - September 6, 2008

14th Annual Coral Reef Aquarium Tour

Our annual Reef Tour is one of the biggest events of the year for the WMAS. This self guided, "parade of homes" style tour is completely free and everyone is invited. Feel free to tour at your leisure as members of the Wasatch Marine Aquarium Society open their homes to share their love of ocean life. Some of the best looking saltwater aquariums in the country are located right here along the Wasatch Front! Come enjoy the beauty of the world's coral reefs with us!

For more details and maps, visit

WTMRAC Frag Swap - September 27, 2008

The Second Annual West Tennessee Frag Swap and Aquarium Show

Admission $3
Saturday, September 27, 2008
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
5719 Quince Rd. Memphis, TN 38119

Coral Frags for sale or trade
Fragging Demo
Table Space available for only $15 (reserve in advance)
Great Raffle Prizes

Come learn more about the marine reef and aquarium hobby

For more information call 901-359-2199 or email

SLASH Frag Swap - September 27, 2008

Frag & Equipment Swap

Saturday, September 27, 2008
From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Eagle Lodge
2558 Madison Ave
Granite City, IL 62040

Reef-A-Palooza - October 11-12, 2008

Reef-A-Palooza 2008 is coming!

Charles Delbeek, Bob Fenner & Anthony Calfo will be speaking.
Buy, Sell, Swap Corals & Drygoods
Win Prizes in the Raffle
See the Latest Products and Exotic Corals

Orange County Fair Grounds, Costa Mesa, California
October 11 & 12, 2008

Details can be found at:

CRASE - October 25, 2008

After the fabulous success of CRASE 2007 , Aquariums Tropical Fish Supply and the Central Oklahoma Marine Aquarium Society are pleased to announce the second annual Oklahoma City Conference for Reef Aquarists and Saltwater Enthusiasts (CRASE).  This will be a single day event and will comprise keynote lectures by distinguished speakers in the area of saltwater aquariums.  In addition, the President of COMAS, Dr. Paul Whitby, will be discussing aquascaping.  There will also be a hobbyist frag sale, vendor and trade displays as well as numerous door prizes.

When: October 25th 2008
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Conference Center at University Central Oklahoma

Cost: Prices range from $10 to $25 including lunch


Dr. Ron Shimek will be discussing invertebrates used as clean up crews, commonly available and some not so commonly available. His talk will encompass the pros- the cons- the dos and the don'ts.

Adam Mangino is one of the ORA team and is primarily involved with their captive breeding program and in particular he is responsible for the hybridization to create the indigo dottyback. He will be talking on captive breeding of marine ornamentals.

Dr. Sanjay Joshi will be discussing various options in reef lighting with particular respect to both T5 and MH technology.

Dr. Paul W. Whitby ( President of the Central Oklahoma Marine Aquarium Society (COMAS)) will be discussing aquascaping techniques.

Plenty of door prizes!! The Grand Prize this year is a complete 75gallon Reefready system.  This comprises a 75g All Glass mega flow tank (Donated by Aquariums) a custom built Oak Stand and Canopy, two 4' T5 lights, return pump, plumbing for the overflows and a sump.  The stand and canopy are not stained so that you can match the system to your house decor.  This prize is worth over $1,500. 

More details can be found here:

Cincinnati Frag Swap - October 18, 2008

The The Cincinnati Reefkeepers Society would like to invite you to our annual Frag Swap!

The Underground
1140 Smiley Ave.
Forest Park, OH 45240

October 18th, 2008
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

You will recieve a free raffle ticket with $5 admission for our awesome raffle! Lots and lots of really great prizes (take my word for it) from our club sponsors and other quality vendors and manufacturers.

Also, a special guest speaker will be announced soon!

The best vendors in the area will be here to sell you quality frags, equipment, drygoods, invertebrates, and more!

Most importantly, and best of all, lots of hobbyists from all around will be here to buy, sell, and trade with you coral frags propagated in their own tanks! Sometimes even fish, equipment, and more will show up!

If you're in the area, it's well worth a drive. It's all about a lot of hobbyists and vendors getting together to support eachother... so you'll find great deals from great people. It is also, perhaps, the BEST enviornment to learn about the hobby. It's lot's of fun! You'll be sure to leave smiling and with a cooler full of frags :)!

Be sure to bring your corals to trade!!!

New Jersey Frag Swap - October 25, 2008

Sponsored by IceCap, Inc

Guest Speakers:
Dana Riddle
Charles Mazel
Eric Borneman

Huge Raffle
New York-style Lunch Buffet
Fragging Demonstration
30+ Exhibitors

Crowne Plaza • 2 Harmon Plaza • Seacaucus, New Jersey 07094
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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