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jimsflies
11/12/2015, 06:34 AM
Save the Date!

The Michigan Coral Expo & Swap (aka Lansing Swap) will be on February 21, 2016.

MCES is the largest reef event in Michigan...now in its 10th year! The event is hosted by two clubs...The Mid-Michigan Marine Club and Grand Rapids Marine Aquarium Society. Both clubs are busy making preparations and working on speakers and raffle to make it even better. Last year, MCES brought together over 800 hobbyists from around the state and upper midwest with 50 vendors from across the country. If you are a reef keeper in the midwest, you do not want to miss this event!

Date: February 21, 2016
Where: Causeway Bay Hotel and Convention Center (formerly Best Western)
6820 South Cedar Street
Lansing, MI 48911

Admission is $10 per person (kids under 16 are free)

The vendor reservation system is now active for those wanting to save their spot at the Expo!
Vendor Registration (http://www.mi-reefs.org/store/)

MORE INFO (http://www.captivereefs.com/forum/reefing-events/michigan-coral-expo-and-swap-feb-21-2016-lansing-mi-41822/)

http://www.mi-reefs.org/coral-images/mces-layout.jpg?10212015

that Fish Guy
11/12/2015, 10:49 AM
http://www.captivereefs.com/forum/reefing-events/michigan-coral-expo-and-swap-feb-21-2016-lansing-mi-41822/#post200176

Please click on the Link Above for More Info.

This is the Biggest and Best Show in Michigan. Don't Miss It!

- Over 50 Dealers from around the Country including Cherry Corals and Jason Fox
- Huge Raffle (Corals, Tanks, LED Lights, Frag Saws, etc.)
- Multiple Guest Speakers

that Fish Guy
11/12/2015, 10:52 AM
If you have not been to a Coral Frag Swap I Highly Recommend that you go.

Check out this Video from a previous swap to get an idea of all the fun that you will have.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nanVWZhUuzw

Dealers from around the country come to sell coral (much of which are the amazing corals that you see online not the bland common stuff that you see at your LFS - Local Fish Store).

It is also a great way to meet old friends and make new friends that are in the hobby.

You will find the hottest Zoanthids, Acros, Acans, Chalices, etc. all at great prices!

that Fish Guy
01/15/2016, 11:15 AM
I can't Wait for this Awesome Expo.

It is my All-Time Favorite Show!

It is going to be Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't Miss it as you WILL Regret It.

Tell all your Friends about it.

jimsflies
01/15/2016, 11:22 AM
Here's an update on the vendors at the Expo:

http://www.mi-reefs.org/coral-images/mces-layout.jpg?12232015

We still have room for a few more vendors!

that Fish Guy
01/17/2016, 10:01 PM
This Swap is less than 5 Weeks Away.

Sunday 2-21-16

that Fish Guy
01/24/2016, 11:37 PM
This Swap is Less than 4 Weeks Away.

Mark your Calendar.

Sunday 2-21-16

that Fish Guy
01/31/2016, 04:26 PM
As many of you who have attended MCES in the past know, we usually have a guest speaker in the morning before the swap. The speaker session starts at 10:30 am. Space is limited to approximately 100 people and is first come first serve. The speaker session and is no additional cost with paid MCES admission.

The guest speaker for this MCES 2016 is Austin Lefevre. Austin installs and maintains upscale aquariums and works closely with a local aquaculture facility propagating corals. Austin has been in the aquarium industry since 2003, working with marine fish and invertebrates, along with freshwater fish, plants and invertebrates. He's been an avid SCUBA diver since the age of 12 and consistently seeks new aquatic adventures.

In addition, we are working on an afternoon tank drilling demonstration. More information will be posted when details are shored up.

Both the morning speaker session and afternoon demonstration will be in a breakout room on the east side of the exposition hall.

that Fish Guy
01/31/2016, 04:27 PM
Austin is a Great Guy.

He is extremely knowledgeable in all things Saltwater and Freshwater.

Definetly Do Not Miss his Talk as you will Learn Alot!

that Fish Guy
01/31/2016, 04:27 PM
This Swap is Less than 3 Weeks Away.

Make sure you Request the Day Off if you work Sundays.

Sunday 2-21-16

MrsReefK
01/31/2016, 06:57 PM
Can't wait for this swap! We are only 30 minutes from it and stoked for it!

that Fish Guy
02/01/2016, 01:58 AM
Can't wait for this swap! We are only 30 minutes from it and stoked for it!

I can't wait either. :fish1:

MrsReefK
02/01/2016, 03:19 AM
I can't wait either. :fish1:


Where are you located?

that Fish Guy
02/01/2016, 08:59 AM
Where are you located?

I am in Milford.

Where are you?

MrsReefK
02/01/2016, 09:00 AM
Ionia, dead center of Grand Rapids and Lansing.

dpulve
02/01/2016, 01:37 PM
I really want to go to this one just to check it out, but its quite a drive from the downriver area (Woodhaven). Although it would mean I could finally check out the legendary Preuss Pets if I did.

that Fish Guy
02/02/2016, 01:49 AM
Ionia, dead center of Grand Rapids and Lansing.

Awesome.

Hope to see you at the Swap.

that Fish Guy
02/02/2016, 01:51 AM
I really want to go to this one just to check it out, but its quite a drive from the downriver area (Woodhaven). Although it would mean I could finally check out the legendary Preuss Pets if I did.

Woodhaven to Lansing.

That is Nothing.

I went to a Frag Swap in Columbus (About 8 Hours Total Drive Time).

Lansing is Insane.

If you keep Coral there is NO and I mean NO Reason not to go.

Preuss is quite the Place and that is worth it just to go there.

I mean they have a River Running through the Store. It is Crazy. What other Store has a River with 36" Koi Running through the Store? Nowhere Else.

You get to Kill 2 Birds with One Stone with this Trip!

To anybody that have never been to the Lansing Swap you have NO IDEA what are you missing out on.

I cannot Stress that Enough!

Seriously Go!

MrsReefK
02/02/2016, 03:04 AM
Woodhaven to Lansing.

That is Nothing.

I went to a Frag Swap in Columbus (About 8 Hours Total Drive Time).

Lansing is Insane.

If you keep Coral there is NO and I mean NO Reason not to go.

Preuss is quite the Place and that is worth it just to go there.

I mean they have a River Running through the Store. It is Crazy. What other Store has a River with 36" Koi Running through the Store? Nowhere Else.

You get to Kill 2 Birds with One Stone with this Trip!

To anybody that have never been to the Lansing Swap you have NO IDEA what are you missing out on.

I cannot Stress that Enough!

Seriously Go!


I am right there with you on drives. We drove 4 hours to pick up a frag pack a few weeks ago. It's worth it!

Oh Preuss. I'm not sure if this is recent or if its always been this way. Buyer beware, I would never purchase a fish or coral from them. They're tanks are so disease/pest ridden and FULL of algae. The frags can't be seen behind all of the algae. They likely will put on a good show and clean their tanks up for the swap knowing crowds will be in, but FYI.

I can say this, we drive an extra 20 minutes to a different LFS and only buy dry goods from Preuss if absolutely needed in emergency now. Sad, as they have an AMAZING place! Koi pond/river is the neatest thing out there.

SIR PATRICK
02/02/2016, 11:13 AM
Really looking forward to this years Lansing swap.

that Fish Guy
02/07/2016, 04:29 PM
This Swap is Less than 2 Weeks Away.

Don't Forget.

Sunday 2-21-16

that Fish Guy
02/09/2016, 12:45 PM
This Swap is 12 Days Away.

Don't Forget.

Sunday 2-21-16

that Fish Guy
02/14/2016, 02:32 AM
MCES is has a legendary reputation for its raffle and this year will not disappoint. The raffle drawing will be at 3:30.


Note that you MUST be present to win as prizes will NOT be mailed or delivered.


Raffle tickets are sold in bundles 10 for $10 or $20 for 25.




As usual, we don't want to leave you in total suspense, so I'll post a few of the items that will be in the raffle over the next few days... first up....




From one of our biggest supporters Inland Hobby, we have one of these in the raffle:


INLAND HOBBY DFS-100 REEFKEEPER SAW

As seen in Reef Hobbyist Magazine! Coral fragging has just gotten easier with the ReefKeeper saw. It is made to meet the specific needs of Reef Aquarists:


- Reduced Heat Transfer Yields More Viable Frags: Heat is the enemy when cutting corals; it destroys tissue and seriously affects viability, especially with sensitive species like chalice corals. The DFS-100 ReefKeeper Saw employs a continuously cooled narrow diamond blade to dramatically reduce heat transfer to the delicate tissue when cutting. Less heat means more viable frags can become healthy colonies to swap or sell.


- Clearance to Handle Larger Specimens: Saw through materials as tall as 3 1/2" - something you can't do with cut-ff wheels, tile saws, or any other band saw. So go ahead, tackle that Tubastrea or Favites or any large specimen with confidence.


- Narrow Cutting Path: Rotary tools and tile saws plow a wide swath through your valuable stock. The narrow diamond blade of the DFS-100 ReefKeeper Saw is removing the least possible amount of material as it cuts, resulting in less waste - up to three times less!

jimsflies
02/14/2016, 07:41 AM
Here's another awesome prize available in our raffle donated by @Acryliccreationspa (http://www.captivereefs.com/forum/members/acryliccreationspa/):

All-in-One Nano Frag tank
18x18x10 (14 gallons)
with/ 2 neon frag racks
Corner overflow and pump.

This would be great for a small swap setup and/or addition to your home setup!

http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k621/jimsflies/aio-nano-raffle_zpspklxv92b.jpg


Please check out Acrylic Creations (http://acryliccreationspa.com/) other items on their website. Also be sure to stop by their booth at MCES.
____________________


Here's another nice item in our raffle! Donated by Kessil, an A150w LED lamp.

http://www.kessil.com/images/aquarium/product/product_ad_004.jpg

Kessil A150W Special Blend LED Aquarium Light Information
Using the latest Dense Matrix LED technology, Kessil is drastically transforming the way LED lighting is used in the aquarium industry. Featuring an intense, point-source LED aquarium light, Kessil`s specially designed optics focus and direct light both efficiently and effectively. Not only do these long-lasting LED aquarium lights save energy, they eliminate excess heat that is characteristic of traditional broadband sources.

The Kessil A150W Special Blend, available in three variations, is a compact, versatile and radiant choice in aquarium LED lighting. The advanced thermal design of Kessil LED lights prevents them from heating up your tank and also ensures they’ll shine brightly for years to come. Kessil light is densely packed and features a high-power LED array that creates the beautiful shimmery effect of without the excessive heat and power consumption. Highlight the kaleidoscope of colors in your coral reef with Kessil LED reef lighting.

that Fish Guy
02/14/2016, 04:44 PM
Here's another awesome prize available in our raffle donated by @Acryliccreationspa (http://www.captivereefs.com/forum/members/acryliccreationspa/):

All-in-One Nano Frag tank
18x18x10 (14 gallons)
with/ 2 neon frag racks
Corner overflow and pump.

This would be great for a small swap setup and/or addition to your home setup!

http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k621/jimsflies/aio-nano-raffle_zpspklxv92b.jpg


Please check out Acrylic Creations (http://acryliccreationspa.com/) other items on their website. Also be sure to stop by their booth at MCES.
____________________


Here's another nice item in our raffle! Donated by Kessil, an A150w LED lamp.

http://www.kessil.com/images/aquarium/product/product_ad_004.jpg

Kessil A150W Special Blend LED Aquarium Light Information
Using the latest Dense Matrix LED technology, Kessil is drastically transforming the way LED lighting is used in the aquarium industry. Featuring an intense, point-source LED aquarium light, Kessil`s specially designed optics focus and direct light both efficiently and effectively. Not only do these long-lasting LED aquarium lights save energy, they eliminate excess heat that is characteristic of traditional broadband sources.

The Kessil A150W Special Blend, available in three variations, is a compact, versatile and radiant choice in aquarium LED lighting. The advanced thermal design of Kessil LED lights prevents them from heating up your tank and also ensures they’ll shine brightly for years to come. Kessil light is densely packed and features a high-power LED array that creates the beautiful shimmery effect of without the excessive heat and power consumption. Highlight the kaleidoscope of colors in your coral reef with Kessil LED reef lighting.

Another Awesome Prize for the Raffle.

that Fish Guy
02/16/2016, 07:39 PM
It is getting very very Close to Frag Swap Day!

I am getting Very Excited!

that Fish Guy
02/17/2016, 11:47 AM
This Swap is 4 Days Away.

Don't Forget.

Sunday 2-21-16

MrsReefK
02/18/2016, 03:41 PM
As info guys, went to pruess in Lansing to get an emergency bulk head. They have cleaned up their tank, insanely cleaned them up. It's possible they did this because of the swap coming up and the amount of traffic that will be coming through. I am hopeful that they are not adjusting temporarily but making this a long term habit of having appropriately cared for tanks rather than neglected.

On another note - just a few more days until the swap!!

that Fish Guy
02/20/2016, 01:06 AM
The Swap is Right Around the Corner.

Sunday 2-21-16

Causeway Bay Hotel and Convention Center (formerly Best Western)
6820 South Cedar Street
Lansing, MI 48911

12:00 to 4:30

jimsflies
02/20/2016, 11:58 AM
MCES is has a legendary reputation for its raffle and this year will not disappoint. The raffle drawing will be at 3:30.


Note that you MUST be present to win as prizes will NOT be mailed or delivered.


Raffle tickets are sold in bundles 10 for $10 or $20 for 25.
As usual, we don't want to leave you in total suspense, so I'll post a few of the items that will be in the raffle over the next few days... first up....

From one of our biggest supporters Inland Hobby, we have one of these in the raffle:

INLAND HOBBY DFS-100 REEFKEEPER SAW ('http://www.inlandhobby.com/ReefKeeper_Fragging_Saw_p/91060.htm')

As seen in Reef Hobbyist Magazine ('http://www.reefhobbyistmagazine.com/archives/vol_3/issue11/pages/10.htm')! Coral fragging has just gotten easier with the ReefKeeper saw. It is made to meet the specific needs of Reef Aquarists:

- Reduced Heat Transfer Yields More Viable Frags: Heat is the enemy when cutting corals; it destroys tissue and seriously affects viability, especially with sensitive species like chalice corals. The DFS-100 ReefKeeper Saw employs a continuously cooled narrow diamond blade to dramatically reduce heat transfer to the delicate tissue when cutting. Less heat means more viable frags can become healthy colonies to swap or sell.

- Clearance to Handle Larger Specimens: Saw through materials as tall as 3 1/2" - something you can't do with cut-ff wheels, tile saws, or any other band saw. So go ahead, tackle that Tubastrea or Favites or any large specimen with confidence.

- Narrow Cutting Path: Rotary tools and tile saws plow a wide swath through your valuable stock. The narrow diamond blade of the DFS-100 ReefKeeper Saw is removing the least possible amount of material as it cuts, resulting in less waste - up to three times less!

http://a248.e.akamai.net/origin-cdn.volusion.com/fzj64.e693x/v/vspfiles/photos/91060-2.jpg?1359034426

_________________________________

Here's another awesome prize available in our raffle donated by @Acryliccreationspa ('http://www.captivereefs.com/forum/members/acryliccreationspa/'):

All-in-One Nano Frag tank
18x18x10 (14 gallons)
with/ 2 neon frag racks
Corner overflow and pump.

This would be great for a small swap setup and/or addition to your home setup!

http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k621/jimsflies/aio-nano-raffle_zpspklxv92b.jpg


Please check out Acrylic Creations ('http://acryliccreationspa.com/') other items on their website. Also be sure to stop by their booth at MCES.

jimsflies
02/20/2016, 11:59 AM
Here are a few of the SHOWPIECE corals that we'll have in the RAFFLE!

Any of these pieces will turn heads in your tank...and you can win one for $1!


http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k621/jimsflies/bleeding-apple_zpsdapqkfou.jpg

http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k621/jimsflies/mycedium_zpshp2lsl61.jpg

http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k621/jimsflies/prism-favia_zpshu2e53ny.jpg

http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k621/jimsflies/acan_zpsif6boolf.jpg

http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k621/jimsflies/favia_zpso6nlilqi.jpg

http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k621/jimsflies/war-coral_zpszlwieaqa.jpg

jimsflies
02/20/2016, 12:00 PM
Thanks to Reed Mariculture Inc (aka Reef Nutrition) for donating 4 sets of their awesome reef food products to our raffle tomorrow!

http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k621/jimsflies/reef_nutrition_logo_large_zps7ytmoak8.png

We also have all the sizes of TDO Chroma from Reed Mariculture!
http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k621/jimsflies/tdo-reef-mariculture_zpshxb4anyv.jpg

jimsflies
02/20/2016, 12:01 PM
Be sure to stop by the Captive Reefs ('http://captivereefs.com') booth tomorrow for a free spin on our Frag & Swag Prize Wheel. We've got it loaded with new prizes! Everyone's a winner on our wheel.

http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k621/jimsflies/prize-wheel-done-sm_zps7wacndlp.jpg

Jjon23
02/20/2016, 01:38 PM
I am getting so excited. I'm coming from Chicago, I better get some rest now it's going to be a fun Sunday!

that Fish Guy
02/20/2016, 02:38 PM
Be sure to stop by the Captive Reefs ('http://captivereefs.com') booth tomorrow for a free spin on our Frag & Swag Prize Wheel. We've got it loaded with new prizes! Everyone's a winner on our wheel.

http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k621/jimsflies/prize-wheel-done-sm_zps7wacndlp.jpg

I Love the Wheel of Fortune.

Lots of Fun.

I Won a Free Frag Once too.

that Fish Guy
02/20/2016, 02:38 PM
I am getting so excited. I'm coming from Chicago, I better get some rest now it's going to be a fun Sunday!

You are going to have a Blast.

It is my All Time Favorite Swap!

that Fish Guy
02/20/2016, 02:43 PM
The Swap is Tomorrow.

Sunday 2-21-16

Causeway Bay Hotel and Convention Center (formerly Best Western)
6820 South Cedar Street
Lansing, MI 48911

12:00 to 4:30

Jjon23
02/20/2016, 06:57 PM
I will definitely try that wheel of fortune. I'm bringing my son (my lucky charm) to win it for me. lol

gear*guru
02/21/2016, 05:16 PM
Picked up some awesome frags today. Won a few items at the Wheel of Fortune.

Thanks to everybody who made this happen!

that Fish Guy
02/21/2016, 08:36 PM
Thanks for Hosting the Swap Jim.

It was Awesome.

It felt like a Million People Showed Up.

Shells4
02/21/2016, 09:26 PM
We came from Fort Wayne, IN for the first time. It was a great show. Will plan on coming next year. We have been to Preuss pets several times over the years and have certainly never seen a diseased fish there. Occasionally some algae, but rare. It's unfortunate that you had that experience. They r one of the few places that treat fish prior to putting them in their displays for sale.

that Fish Guy
02/22/2016, 07:04 AM
We came from Fort Wayne, IN for the first time. It was a great show. Will plan on coming next year. We have been to Preuss pets several times over the years and have certainly never seen a diseased fish there. Occasionally some algae, but rare. It's unfortunate that you had that experience. They r one of the few places that treat fish prior to putting them in their displays for sale.

Awesome.

That is quite the Drive but you had a great time so it was worth it.

that Fish Guy
02/22/2016, 09:11 PM
The Lansing Show was Awesome!

The Next Michigan Frag Swap will be April 10th in Ann Arbor.

http://www.captivereefs.com/forum/reefing-events/ann-arbor-swap-april-10-2016-a-42873/#post201036

Please click the Link above for more Info.