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.

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

SDMAS Frag Swap - June 21, 2008

Nobel Recreation Center- 8810 Judicial Dr San Diego, CA 92122
Saturday June 21st - 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Open to the Public! Come join us for our summer BBQ and Frag Swap.

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.

We will be providing electricity for those of you that want to bring your corals and display. There will be NO community frag tank, so if you are unfamiliar with this kind of swap set up, here are a few suggestions:
- Bring a small table or TV tray with your frags in cups or bags to be displayed
- Bring a small table with tank and light if you'd like. Scripps water will be on hand
- Bring your own chairs

Come on down from Orange County and Los Angeles meet your neighbors to the south. We're a welcoming bunch of misfits.

New to the hobby? One of our resident experienced reefers will be walking you through the basics, and more importantly, is there to answer your questions in person! Take advantage of it!

More will be announced soon and you can post any questions here or check us out on for quicker answers.

CRC Frag Swap - August 16, 2008

Where: Ooltewah United Methodist Chuch
6131 Relocation Way - Ooltewah, TN 37363 (Take 1-75 to Exit 11)
Saturday August 16 from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Chattanooga Reef Club and its members would like to invite you to our annual Frag Swap! Join fellow reefers from around the region for the 7th installement 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 members, $3 for non-club members, and $10 to rent a table to sell.
Dozens of commercial and hobby level sellers & traders
Many raffle prizes including skimers, lighting, gift certificates, frags and much more.
Concession stand-style food if you get hungry!
Everyone is welcome to attend!

For more information, visit

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...

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

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