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wadeMD
06/02/2015, 08:09 PM
Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) 2015 is just around the corner!

Washington DC, September 4-6, 2015

http://macnaconference.org/2015/

wadeMD
06/02/2015, 08:10 PM
We've negotiated an amazing room rate, on site, of $124/night for the conference. Please use the link at the website to be sure you have the proper discount code:

http://macnaconference.org/2015/travel/hotel-discounts/

The site is within walking distance of the Smithsonian (National) Zoo. On site metro (subway) access to reach any destination within DC proper.

Great access for exploring the Nation's capitol.

wadeMD
06/02/2015, 08:12 PM
We have an amazing lineup of speakers. The speakers and range of topics makes MACNA a premier aquarium conference as we focus on everything related to the hobby.

http://macnaconference.org/2015/speakers/

Dr Charlie Veron
Tony Nahacky
Kevin Kohen
Sanjay Joshi
Tony Vargas
Julian Sprung
Dr. Luiz Rocha
Brian Greene
Matt Wandell
Dr. Sonia J. Rowley
Allan van Zijl
Ret Talbot
John Coppolino
Lyle Squire
Eric Caamano
Dr. Gustav Paulay
Joe Yaiullo
Dr. Nancy Knowlton
Richard Ross
Lad Akins
Todd Gardner
Walt Smith

wadeMD
06/02/2015, 08:23 PM
Many thanks to our sponsors, who help us make this event be everything that it is. Come see them at the show! In addition to the below listed sponsors, we have over 100 additional exhibitors.

Triton
Marineland
Maxspect
CoralVue
TwoLittleFishies
AquaIllumination
Neptune Systems
Fluval
Ecotech Marine
Central Aquatics
Nextreef
Reefsavvy
Reef2Rainforest Media
Two Little Fishies
ReefNutrition
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Marine Geek
Drs Foster and Smith
Rod's Reef
JBJ
Eshopps
Ecoxotic


Interested in sponsoring MACNA 2015? Please email [email protected] for more information!

Gold Exhibitor Party Sponsor: <available!>
Gold Event App Sponsor: <available!>

wadeMD
06/02/2015, 08:25 PM
http://macnaconference.org/2015/exhibitors-and-sponsors/exhibitors/

wadeMD
06/02/2015, 08:29 PM
http://wamas.org/macna2015images/postcardfront.jpg

somedude
06/10/2015, 11:34 PM
some show tanks from previous years...

MACNA 2014 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXSSPx73z9g)

MACNA 2013 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05iwxeDbOZw)

MACNA 2012 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tsn39olfmUA)

coral102
06/17/2015, 04:32 PM
Can't wait!!! :dance::dance::dance:

rlpardue
07/10/2015, 08:29 AM
I may be the only person in the world to not know, but how do you ship corals back home from D.C.? I want to make sure I can do this before I book!

d2mini
07/10/2015, 09:20 PM
I may be the only person in the world to not know, but how do you ship corals back home from D.C.? I want to make sure I can do this before I book!

Lee, frags are usually given to the purchaser in little 3 oz cups that are airline friendly.
Now I've never traveled with coral, but that's what I've seen at macna in the past.

rlpardue
07/14/2015, 10:03 AM
Hi Dennis! I hadn't thought about using tiny cups. That is a good idea.

At MACNA Dallas, I tried to check a box with 20 or so corals. It made it through, but just barely. No idea what the protocol on this is.

SaltwaterAq
07/14/2015, 01:54 PM
Can't Wait.... Big Things Planned... :p:p

drauka99
07/15/2015, 08:12 AM
I may be the only person in the world to not know, but how do you ship corals back home from D.C.? I want to make sure I can do this before I book!

also in the Pittsburgh and Atlanta MACNA's there were shipping vendors setup so that frags got shipped the last day of the show overnight, so that when you got home you had frags waiting.

Tank2379
07/15/2015, 09:33 AM
can't wait got my plane tickets, hotel reserved and money in pockets :P

moondoggy4
07/18/2015, 08:04 PM
Tell them that the frag is your Emotional Support Animal.

Spikewire
07/20/2015, 04:12 PM
Emotional support animal might be a stretch. You might have to put a snail in with it :)

rlpardue
07/21/2015, 06:20 PM
After a thorough review of TSA regulations, I conclude that there is no standard protocol for transporting corals on a passenger airplane. I've emailed several TSA officials and hope to have a response soon.

liverock
07/22/2015, 07:30 AM
After a thorough review of TSA regulations, I conclude that there is no standard protocol for transporting corals on a passenger airplane. I've emailed several TSA officials and hope to have a response soon.

Very easy to do....pack them in a box...check it as one of your baggage...we do that all the time...no issues.

Richard TBS
www.tbsaltwater.com :lolspin::lolspin::lolspin:

Mache62
07/31/2015, 12:49 PM
I have missed the last 2 MACANAs, but the shows I have been to in the past you were required to be present at the raffle if you were a winner. Will this be true this year as well?

WayneT
08/14/2015, 05:49 PM
I have 2 full conference 2015 tickets for sale since we will no able able to attend. Send me a PM if interested and I will send details. Paid 198 for 2 tickets not sure if there is a transfer fee or not.

slosht
08/14/2015, 07:52 PM
If you just have a few corals in a bag and are carrying them on, some people were also getting a fish or two for the bag. TSA will allow you to carry on as long as they know and see there is a live animal swimming in the bag.

Just be polite and ask for a supervisor if they give you a hassle. The bag will require hand inspection. You will probably have your hands swabbed for explosive residue. The bag with fish and corals cannot go through the x-ray machine.

rlpardue
08/14/2015, 09:57 PM
I like the idea of adding a fish to the bag. Thanks also to TBS! (Their live rock is still awesome after two years - all sorts of cool stuff growing on it).

Rwinfrey
08/19/2015, 06:10 PM
Did you see the MASNA membership drive they are going to be doing at MACNA..... It's a sweet red sea reefer 170

wattos-reef
08/21/2015, 11:01 AM
TSA will allow you to carry on as long as they know and see there is a live animal swimming in the bag.


Assuming the bag is more than 3oz, I'd be interested in chapter and verse on this policy? In my experience, common sense doesn't always prevail when dealing with some TSA personnel.

Very easy to do....pack them in a box...check it as one of your baggage...we do that all the time...no issues.


I'm curious what you tell them when they ask "what's in the box?"

I've squeaked by a few times but would often get the baseless "water leakage could damage the aircraft" argument. Would sometimes get the "it'll have to go via air cargo" after explaining how live fish are shipped to pet stores.

Even had a security officer pull me off the plane once to question me about the contents of a box containing several frags. Fortunately after providing a brief education on the hobby and visual inspection of contents, I was allowed back on, but did get the evil-eye from flight attendants during the flight. I should point out this was shortly after 9/11 so I was understanding of the scrutiny.

However, I've also had boxes confiscated at LAX and DTW at the AA checked bag counter when I tried to check insulated and plastic lined boxes containing fish and coral. Unfortunately, I haven't risked losing any more until I can refer agents to an official policy statement.

TonyB13
08/27/2015, 07:21 PM
so would these shows be a good place to get tanks and equipment?

DaveMorris
08/27/2015, 11:36 PM
so would these shows be a good place to get tanks and equipment?

There are usually several distributors and/or retailers that are exhibiting at MACNA and yes there are deals to be had. It is well worth attending.

TonyB13
08/28/2015, 04:40 AM
Thanks Dave

Jason1979g
08/29/2015, 07:34 AM
looking for 2 one day passes for the 5th. anyone that can't go now i will buy them from you. PM ME!

Mtaters
08/30/2015, 09:51 PM
Is it a good idea to bring cash with me or will most venders accept credit cards?

Rwinfrey
08/31/2015, 04:35 AM
Most will take a credit card .....but cash is always king :)

SushiGirl
09/01/2015, 06:46 PM
Sign went up on the lobby today!
327558

emedock
09/02/2015, 07:05 PM
Tell them that the frag is your Emotional Support Animal.

Lol!!

Copod RC
09/03/2015, 03:04 PM
Wife and I are here for the full show.
I'll be wearing' a T with The Reef Tank on front....'Dave's Not Here's AVATAR on back.

oldbones
09/04/2015, 08:50 AM
All right folks, looks like the gates should open to the unwashed masses here in 10 minutes or so. I'll be expecting reports on all the cool new toys in 15.

Get busy!!!

soulpatch
09/04/2015, 09:18 AM
and all of you going today and tomorrow leave some things for us coming on Sunday...

leemosh
09/05/2015, 06:45 PM
15 min till they draw for the grand prize; a trip for 2 to Fiji. Anyone else feeling lucky?

TrenchToast
09/06/2015, 10:15 PM
My lfs owners went there this weekend. I happened to be at their store getting water when they got back. They had 5 coolers full of goodies they brought back. I'll have to check them out in a few weeks after they have taken them out of quarantine. If you live in central Virginia, I highly recommend Tiki Corals (http://www.tikicorals.com) The owners are husband and wife and have been in the saltwater hobby for 35+ years. Have a ton of knowledge and -only- sell saltwater items at their store. They have a really nice selection of corals to choose from.

I picked up my first Zoa from them today! :thumbsup:

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5793/20581332073_848b5f6c67_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/xmGGYZ)Zoanthid - Bloody Long Lashes (https://flic.kr/p/xmGGYZ) by Paul Stevenson Jr. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/trenchtoast/), on Flickr

rlpardue
09/07/2015, 10:24 AM
I ended up putting all my little bagged-up corals in a half-gallon thermos and putting the thermos in my checked bag. Corals went through safely and are now in my frag tank.

Deton8it
09/08/2015, 06:23 PM
What were the coral costs like? Were they LFS prices?

rlpardue
09/11/2015, 11:34 AM
Coral was a little cheaper than LFS prices, on average.

I spent so much time in the vendor hall that I missed many good lectures! Does anyone know if BRS is going to post the MACNA lectures again this year?

rlpardue
09/11/2015, 01:56 PM
FAIL!!! I just asked BRS whether they were posting videos and they said that they were not allowed to this year. Were videos made by anyone else?!

I went all the way to DC to miss some lectures. I reeeeeaaally hope some videos get posted somewhere.

soulpatch
09/11/2015, 01:57 PM
I cant say I recall any cameras in any of the lectures I sat in on.

that Fish Guy
09/12/2015, 01:26 AM
What were the coral costs like? Were they LFS prices?

It is not the Price.

It is the Quality.

LFS's do not even have the caliber of corals that are sold at MACNA so you cannot compare at all really.

You won't see Xenia and Green Star Polyp at MACNA.

Only the best of the best will be there (You know the exact opposite of the LFS).

ace_92101
09/13/2015, 05:26 PM
What were the coral costs like? Were they LFS prices?

Prices drop towards the end of the show. Definitely worth it.