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CrayolaViolence
04/27/2016, 05:05 AM
Is there only one Frag show that happens in NC each year?

JamesHolt
04/27/2016, 06:38 PM
The Reef Farm has one every year, that's the only one I have seen..
Triad Reef Critters in Greensboro has events around the holidays..

Puffyluv
04/30/2016, 02:26 PM
Sustainable Reefs is the non profit that puts on ReefSMART...I just also happen to work at the farm! :) The Farm does put on events throughout the year...our anniversary, the cookout, and the carnival are the three big ones...but nowhere NEAR as big as ReefSMART! :)

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JamesHolt
04/30/2016, 05:03 PM
I love the setup at The Farm, nice and simple but HUGE..

Puffyluv
05/01/2016, 10:33 AM
Thank you, James! :)

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Fish doctor
05/01/2016, 04:58 PM
What are the dates for these events?

Puffyluv
05/01/2016, 05:00 PM
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160501/2fd46e571081c70be3f9901a05087de4.jpg

The farm events are around the same time every year...changes a little. You can sign up for our emailer at reeffarm.com ...we usually only send out emails for these few events and maybe an extra sale or two. :)

JamesHolt
05/01/2016, 07:28 PM
What, an event near me, on a payday weekend, say it aint so....

CrayolaViolence
05/02/2016, 08:07 AM
Yes I am seriously chomping at the bit for this. Expecting a check in the mail any day, hope it makes it before the show as I would LOVE to have a budget to spend.

CrayolaViolence
05/06/2016, 01:51 AM
I'm guessing if you wait till 12 when it's free to get in all the good stuff will be gone huh??

JamesHolt
05/06/2016, 02:31 AM
probably, gonna try to get there at 11..
I get off at 815 and have to go home to pick the wifey up, but if it is rainy and messy she will not go..

Puffyluv
05/06/2016, 07:37 AM
Looks like no rain tomorrow, at least I hope that's true! ;)

Well, depends what you mean by "the good stuff"...some vendors bring one or two "special" pieces they will only have one of, yes...BUT if you are asking if we will be down to "common" corals by noon...NO, absolutely not!!! I trade at the end of the day, and I wind up bringing back PLENTY of good stuff! :)

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JamesHolt
05/06/2016, 02:30 PM
Wifey decided she didnt want to go, so i will be there at 11 :spin1::spin1::spin1:

Puffyluv
05/06/2016, 03:15 PM
Yaaaay!!! :)

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JamesHolt
05/06/2016, 05:01 PM
Yaaaay!!! :)

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Sorta, wanted her to go.... That would be two entries in any drawing.. :rollface:

Trying to get her out and about...

Untamed Rose
05/06/2016, 09:02 PM
I soo wanna go...but I think it would be a bad idea. :(

Still cycling a new tank and it's maybe halfway done atm with a nice algea bloom going......and there is no way I could go....and NOT come home with Something. I am not that strong!

Puffyluv
05/06/2016, 09:38 PM
Would it help to know that the door prize is a spectapure RO/DI unit, James?

Untamedrose, I feel your pain! :/

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JamesHolt
05/07/2016, 01:50 AM
Would it help to know that the door prize is a spectapure RO/DI unit, James?

Untamedrose, I feel your pain! :/

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Still planning on going,, I will be waiting by the door..
Get off work at 815 ..30 minute ride to the fairgrounds..
Got to kill 2 hours :lolspin:

JamesHolt
05/07/2016, 08:05 AM
Dibs on being first in line !!! 😃😄 😁
http://i1323.photobucket.com/albums/u595/druknar/Aquarium%20Pics/20160507_100319_zpsowrmpunb.jpg

CrayolaViolence
05/07/2016, 10:34 AM
I guess I was expecting something bigger. There were a few really good deals but there couldn't have been more than 12 vendors and that's being generous. I got a couple nice things but not sure I will ever make a drive that long again to a show that small

mandarin_goby
05/07/2016, 11:01 AM
I had way too much fun. Great selection of corals and great prices too! Spent way too much! Until next year :)

JamesHolt
05/07/2016, 11:09 AM
Still here waiting on the raffles,, glad I only brought limited funds, some very nice pieces here..
That bubble tip in the middle is spectacular,, i will put a pic up tonight.....

Puffyluv
05/07/2016, 01:08 PM
We have 18 vendors (some with multiple tables) plus however many community sellers...sorry to hear that CrayolaViolence, we are the biggest show in the state and growing, though! We have to make sure we have enough attendance to warrant more vendors...or they will be disappointed in sales and not come again!

Thanks, guys, glad you had a good time and found some great deals! :) Look forward to the anemone pic!!!! There are some beautiful ones out today! :)

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j_mazzy
05/07/2016, 01:15 PM
We have 18 vendors (some with multiple tables) plus however many community sellers...sorry to hear that CrayolaViolence, we are the biggest show in the state and growing, though! We have to make sure we have enough attendance to warrant more vendors...or they will be disappointed in sales and not come again!

Thanks, guys, glad you had a good time and found some great deals! :) Look forward to the anemone pic!!!! There are some beautiful ones out today! :)

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I know from experience that starting a show is extremely hard work. But with the right drive it will get bigger and better. expect the next couple years to be the sweet spot, where you get great corals for great deals and don't have to search hard. In 5-10 years you better be first and you better be quick to get the good deals.

j_mazzy
05/07/2016, 01:16 PM
PS. I would love to hook up with some of you NC fellows. Been out of the hobby for a while and am building a new 170 reefer. I will need some frags.

CrayolaViolence
05/07/2016, 01:29 PM
We have 18 vendors (some with multiple tables) plus however many community sellers...sorry to hear that CrayolaViolence, we are the biggest show in the state and growing, though! We have to make sure we have enough attendance to warrant more vendors...or they will be disappointed in sales and not come again!

Thanks, guys, glad you had a good time and found some great deals! :) Look forward to the anemone pic!!!! There are some beautiful ones out today! :)

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Well I definitely did my part in supporting it as I purchased three corals. Very nice ones as well as a clown fish. For some reason, I had in my head, it would be wall to wall vendors. Just my own overblown expectations. However, if a particular vender is back at your next show, I will most likely be there. This time I didn't have room for what I wanted to buy from them.

Puffyluv
05/07/2016, 03:28 PM
Ooo, let me know which one, I will be sure to send them a personal invite early on! :) I am so glad you found some nice things...we did used to have wall to wall vendors...but that was when we were in a much smaller space, lol! ;) We are in a "growth process" at the moment! :) Thanks again for all your support! :)

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Puffyluv
05/07/2016, 03:30 PM
Thank you jmazzy! We have been doing ReefSMART for about 6 or 7 years now...we used to do two shows a year and they were much smaller then! We would love to work with you!

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mandarin_goby
05/07/2016, 04:00 PM
I love the new venue...plenty of space! Looking forward to next year already.

Got a gorgeous bubbletip, zoa covered rock and elegance coral...plus a maxima clam, some acans and a lot of other things. Everything is opening up and looking great - super healthy stock!

CrayolaViolence
05/07/2016, 10:58 PM
Glad it wasn't wall to wall as that building was small enough. LOL. I will say the door gifts for the early birds was *EXTREMELY* generous. That alone made paying the entry fee to get in worth it.
It was just a Looooooooong *** drive. And I don't travel well. I can't find their card right now but they were from Ohio. One local vendor told me the reason he didn't bring much (although he had awesome prices and I bought from him) was he didn't even know there was a show till the day before. Not real sure how to get the word out on this kind of thing. If there is a national reef club, has anyone considered printing a "show catalog" to send out to people or at least publish on the net. I used to do dog shows and getting the word out about shows was always a big thing. They also used to club shows like club XYZ would cover a 3 day weekend. Maybe you could even set up competitions with "show pieces" that people could vote on or judge or whatever. Competition can bring people out of the wood work. ;)

JamesHolt
05/08/2016, 05:59 AM
Just waking up from yesterday, 28 hour day for me,, had a ball though..
I only took $120 with me as I have a limited amount of room for stuff right now, (8" Pico) but I still bought a Toadstool(ReefFarm), a Duncan, Palythoa Grandis ,got another frag just cant remember what it is, waiting for it to open up..
You could have easily spend $1000 in a heartbeat, there were alot of nice pieces..
Won 2 tee-shirts, bottle of pods, got a free frag at the door, received a huge Hollywood Stunner (around 5") from The Reef Farm..
They gave out a bunch at the end for the ones how didnt win any of the livestock/coral drawings...
I took some pics of what I thought were the most spectacular pieces, I will post them and pics of my new frags up later today..

Good job on the show,cant wait till the next one..

JamesHolt
05/08/2016, 08:10 AM
Here are the two that turned out, not sure what happened with the rest..
Original pics
http://i1323.photobucket.com/albums/u595/druknar/Aquarium%20Pics/Coral%20Pics/coral_zpsc6by2ywp.jpg
http://i1323.photobucket.com/albums/u595/druknar/Aquarium%20Pics/Coral%20Pics/nem_zpsubua23jg.jpg

After my attempt at editing them, too many colors for my colorblindness...
Dont know how to deal with that reflection, didnt even see it when i took the pics..
http://i1323.photobucket.com/albums/u595/druknar/Edited%20Photos/ff8c8107-95a8-4d39-b2fc-93efa68160ff_zpsgyznv2u4.jpg
and the Anemone, it was brighter in person, i cant get it right today...
http://i1323.photobucket.com/albums/u595/druknar/Edited%20Photos/95723f71-273f-46ad-8773-e0c9337e99ea_zpsxlt9dvru.jpg
I will put up the ones i bought later today in my Pico thread http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2574312

Kris2274
05/09/2016, 02:29 AM
Hi, my name is Kris and i am moving back home to Wilmington after 20 years of being in Houston . We have a pretty big Facebook group there and i been searching for one in the Wilmington area and have not came across any so i decided to make one. (Wilmington Reef Connection). If you are in the area of North and South Carolina please join.

aznnutty
05/09/2016, 10:20 PM
Hey guys thanks for the support and business at ReefSMART, it was a fun time and nice meeting everyone. Grace and BJ puts in a lot of work to do this show every year and it's very much appreciated!

Hey james if u need help with the pics I can post the originals of those corals but it would have to be approved by a mod so I won't break any rules

Crayola it was nice meeting you and thanks for making the drive out. It's always worth it for me to drive from ohio to meet new faces and talk about corals. Hope your fully upgraded next year for some big pieces

Kris2274
05/09/2016, 11:11 PM
Carolina Reef Connection on Facebook

Puffyluv
05/11/2016, 05:50 AM
CrayolaViolence - I hope you didn't mean the building we were in this year was small! :0 We drove cars through the walking path during set up! :)

Reef Hobbyist Magazine always runs a feature on which shows are running until their next issue. Sadly, there is only one active Reef Club in the state...and we already advertise with them. If anyone has any other advertising venues please share, we will absolutely check them out! Love the idea of a "show piece" competition!

The vendor that didn't know of the show until the day before was Pet Supermarket - I think my mass email got caught in spam for some people. :( We cannot usually accept vendors that late...as we have to pay for the tables and provide a floorplan...but we squeezed him in since he has attended so many previous shows!

The advertising we really need to work on is attendees...the vendors that come from far away need to have enough business to make the show worth coming.

Fintastic in Cary was very generous in their donations! They were responsible for the suprise free frags at the door...we are very grateful!

JamesHolt - Thank you so much for posting the pics! We were a bit understaffed this year (getting to be a usual thing) and we didn't have anyone able to take pictures the day of the show. :( Would it be alright to use your pics in advertising? They look great to me! :) Thank you so much for putting in such a long day at the show! :) So glad you are enjoying your pieces!

Aznnutty - Always a pleasure!!! As usual, I could hardly see your booth through the crowd of people around it...I know I will be seeing a lot of these beauties on cell phones as people show them off to me! I would love if you could send me any original pics you have of the corals you brought to the show...we are SO low on pics!

If anyone else out there has any pics from this show, PLEASE send them to [email protected] we would love to use them!

Thank you for the Facebook recommendations, Kris! :)

Thank you to EVERYONE for making it such a great show...we really appreciate it! See you again next year (first Saturday of May) same time, same place! :)

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HobosReef
05/11/2016, 06:48 AM
Sorry I missed this show. I am pretty new to the hobby with my tank up just over a year and am not terribly connected. How do I get on a mailing list so I do not miss it next year. I am just down the road in GSO.

Puffyluv
05/11/2016, 08:00 AM
We don't have an attendee mailing list...it just now occurred to me this might be something people would want! Some of the other vendors may send out emails when the show comes up...I know The Reef Farm does. I will pm you with that info! If you are on Facebook you could "like" our page...that would give you updates as well! We should be having it on the first Saturday in May again next year...

Reefsmartexpo.com

https://m.facebook.com/ReefSMART/

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CrayolaViolence
05/11/2016, 08:57 AM
[QUOTE=Puffyluv;24518894]CrayolaViolence - I hope you didn't mean the building we were in this year was small! :0 We drove cars through the walking path during set up! :) /QUOTE]

No. I just expected more people and vendors. For some reason I had it in my head there would be dozens and dozens of people with booths and a much larger variety of stuff for sale. I guess I was basing my assumption off of the reef shows my LRS guy has attended and described. The quality of stock at this show was great. I just wish there had been more.

JamesHolt
05/11/2016, 12:12 PM
Puffyluv you are more than welcome to use them, I can send you pics of the frags I bought also if you wish..
If I had known you would need more pics I could have taken a lot more...

that Fish Guy
05/11/2016, 12:23 PM
Glad it wasn't wall to wall as that building was small enough. LOL. I will say the door gifts for the early birds was *EXTREMELY* generous. That alone made paying the entry fee to get in worth it.
It was just a Looooooooong *** drive. And I don't travel well. I can't find their card right now but they were from Ohio. One local vendor told me the reason he didn't bring much (although he had awesome prices and I bought from him) was he didn't even know there was a show till the day before. Not real sure how to get the word out on this kind of thing. If there is a national reef club, has anyone considered printing a "show catalog" to send out to people or at least publish on the net. I used to do dog shows and getting the word out about shows was always a big thing. They also used to club shows like club XYZ would cover a 3 day weekend. Maybe you could even set up competitions with "show pieces" that people could vote on or judge or whatever. Competition can bring people out of the wood work. ;)

All Shows are Listed Here so People Know in Advance.

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2534922&page=6

More Shows are being Listed All the Time so Keep Checking Back for More Updates.

If you know of a Frag Swap that is not on the List Please Make a Post about it so it can be Added to the List. :)

JamesHolt
05/15/2016, 11:34 PM
Puffyluv, I finally got to take pics of the ones I got at reefsmart..
Grandis palythoa
http://i1323.photobucket.com/albums/u595/druknar/Aquarium%20Pics/Coral%20Pics/20160515_171208_zps7duvhka3.jpg
Duncan
http://i1323.photobucket.com/albums/u595/druknar/Aquarium%20Pics/Coral%20Pics/20160515_171224_zpscc5xbs7j.jpg
Zoahttp://i1323.photobucket.com/albums/u595/druknar/Aquarium%20Pics/Coral%20Pics/20160515_171244_zps5gjpbikj.jpg
And my toadstool from The Reef Farm..
http://i1323.photobucket.com/albums/u595/druknar/Aquarium%20Pics/Coral%20Pics/20160515_171301_zpsd0utkoqn.jpg

Puffyluv feel free to use these pics if you want to...

Puffyluv
05/22/2016, 06:29 AM
Awesome!!!! Thank you, James! Did that paly come from Supreme Reefs? If so, I got the same one! :)

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Puffyluv
05/22/2016, 06:30 AM
Going to use these pics on our Facebook page! :)

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JamesHolt
05/22/2016, 07:16 AM
Not sure who I got it from, only one there who had them so probably was them...

CrayolaViolence
05/25/2016, 10:27 PM
All Shows are Listed Here so People Know in Advance.

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2534922&page=6

More Shows are being Listed All the Time so Keep Checking Back for More Updates.

If you know of a Frag Swap that is not on the List Please Make a Post about it so it can be Added to the List. :)

I know, but not everyone is on this site or knows to check the computer for frag shows. There are some people who still rely on hard copy to get news. This particular vender didn't even have an email address. That's why I suggested getting some sort of paper copy reef meet schedule mailing list together mailed out (to those who want it on paper) and the rest can be e-mail. It might help with expenses and even club profit if you could get together with a bird and reptile show and rent a bill board 60 days before the show for a month off one of the main highways, but that might be out of the way.
I just know with dog shows, the superintendent (whichever show group is putting on the show) mails out a catalog about 4 months before a show. A master list of shows is kept on the AKC or UKC website for electronic access. But these are main registries. Is there even a national reefing club people can join? If not, maybe there should be. It could bring a lot of people together.

FattyK21
06/16/2016, 07:13 PM
Sup Guys
I live in Mebane and am putting together a 50 rimless right now
Got out for a few years after my 150 kinda bombed

but anyways Id love to go to a show or 2 around here
Just hope it'd be a 2 day sat sun deal cause i work sat :/ lol

Puffyluv
06/16/2016, 07:22 PM
Awesome, FattyK21! We are the only large event in NC, and it is always a Saturday...our next move will probably be a two day show, but we have to get attendance up first. I assure you, however, it is well worth taking off work for! ;)

CrayolaViolence, we do have listings in Reef Hobbyist magazine...in the issue just before the show. Beyond that, I don't know of any hard copy outlets...we could put up a sign up sheet for a mailer, but I think most people don't like to give their physical address these days...but it is worth a shot! If you or anyone else wanted to start a site for shows to list and market for that, I am sure everyone who runs a show would list! There are so many free forums to list on these days, though, that it may not be worth the cost of the site to whomever runs it, because most non profits would probably be unwilling to pay unless it got VERY popular...sort of a catch 22 there! ;)

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Puffyluv
06/16/2016, 07:23 PM
Oh, and a far as a national club, there is I think it is called Aquarium Societies? Not sure...we aren't a club. :)

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FattyK21
06/17/2016, 07:08 PM
Oh yeah
If i know when the exact date is i can def take off work

Just let me know when
Im sure i can get a few people to go to like the wife and her mom and dad

Puffyluv
12/05/2016, 03:39 AM
Just found this from last year! :) ReefSMART is April 22nd...we are accepting vendors now! :)

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Puffyluv
04/17/2017, 08:48 AM
Final! :)https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170417/1e0d28624101d47fe936f2d49165e9a7.jpg

JamesHolt
04/17/2017, 05:52 PM
Think I will take my camera again, I know I will be taking a fold up chair..

Puffyluv
04/17/2017, 06:16 PM
Camera??????? Oh please...I will bring you a chair myself if you will stay and take website/Facebook worthy shots of the show!!! Corals, crowd shots...stand up on a table and take a view shot of the whole building at it's busiest, that kind of thing!!!!

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Puffyluv
04/17/2017, 06:18 PM
And, you know...give them to me afterwards, LOL...if you can post on our page on FB or share the pics to my personal profile that would be wicked awesome and also worth a few free raffle tickets to me!!!!! :)

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JamesHolt
04/18/2017, 12:42 AM
Camera??????? Oh please...I will bring you a chair myself if you will stay and take website/Facebook worthy shots of the show!!! Corals, crowd shots...stand up on a table and take a view shot of the whole building at it's busiest, that kind of thing!!!!

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Not standing on a table, could be a bad thing as I am not a featherweight..:lolspin:

I will get you a bunch to look through..