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osrascom
11/28/2016, 01:24 PM
Come celebrate with OSRAS at the 2017 5th Anniversary Reef Aquarium Conference! This special event will be hosted by the Crowne Plaza in Warwick R.I. On April 23, 2017. "Meet and Greet" fellow reef hobbyists as they view the several vendors selling over 1000 colorful corals, fish, and dry goods. Relax and listen to OSRAS good friends, Al Ulrich, noted author and reefer extraordinaire speaking on "Aquarium Troublemakers". Make sure to get Al's "The Saltwater Aquarium Blog" to your email box every Friday, and Chad Clayton, from Reef Nutrition speaking on "Live feeds topics for hobbyists and breeders". This years raffle will feature most, if not all of a reefers wish list items, don't forget all the lifestock too! To top off a great day, bring your family and friends to "Dinner with The Speakers", as the hotel chefs have prepared a luscious buffet dinner, including beverages and desserts. Dinner includes a raffle ticket to be drawn by our guest speaker, Chad Clayton. Mark your calendar for Sunday April 23, 2017, 9am-5pm, dinner following! Bring the kids, bring a friend and don't forget your cooler!

osrascom
01/06/2017, 02:08 PM
Early Bird Raffle, Dinner, and membership tickets are on sale now. Get the discount now before prices go up!! http://www.osrasconference2017.com

osrascom
01/09/2017, 11:03 AM
Make sure to check out the OSRAS 2017 conference ad in the March/April copy of The CORAL Magazine!

osrascom
01/10/2017, 02:14 PM
The Start of the sponsor list:

Marineland
Instant Ocean
Red Sea
Tunze
Reef Nutrition
Coral Kings Artwork
Rod's Food
Algae Barn
Zoanthids.com
Bulk Reef Supply
LRS Fish Frenzy
CPR
Aqueon
Coralife
Kent Marine
San Fransico Bay Brand
Ocean Nutrition
Trigger Systems
MeLev's Reef
The Reef Hobbyist Magazine
Coralvue
Reef Octopus
Two Little Fishies
Priscine Energenics (PE Mysis)
Fritz Industries
Cultivated Reef
Santa Monica Filtration
Hydor
CORAL Magazine
Prodibio
Sera
EcoTech Marine
Sustainable Aquatics
Sea and Reef
Tannin Aquatics
Cobalt
Champion Lighting and Supply
Aquacraft
Kessil

more coming!

LKQ
01/11/2017, 10:20 AM
Al Ulrich! The same guy that sends out the newsletters Al? He's great, I've been getting his newsletters for a long time. Looking forward to finally meeting him.

dMarina
01/11/2017, 02:14 PM
Save the date! April 23, 2017

This is the OSRAS 5th Anniversary Conference. Wait until you see the exciting raffle prices offered this year! Early Bird tickets specials are going on now, the best ticket prices we've ever offered! OSRAS supporting members get an even better deal, go check it out:
Http://www.osrasconference.com

waterkrill
01/11/2017, 05:30 PM
How much is it for kids to get in?

dMarina
01/11/2017, 06:20 PM
Children 12 and under are free! So feel free to bring the kiddo's

osrascom
01/12/2017, 10:11 AM
Al Ulrich! The same guy that sends out the newsletters Al? He's great, I've been getting his newsletters for a long time. Looking forward to finally meeting him.

Everyone is really excited about Al speaking. Im sure the speaker room will be packed!!

dMarina
01/12/2017, 04:07 PM
OSRAS Anniversary Early Bird Special Prices

Attendee Non Member Special
Ends March 1st

1.00.........1 ticket
10.00.......12 tickets
20.00.......25 tickets
30.00.......37 tickets
50.00.......60 tickets
100.00.....130 tickets

OSRAS Supporting Member Special
Ends March 1st

1.00........1ticket
10.00......15 tickets
20.00......33 tickets
30.00......48 tickets
50.00......80 tickets
100.00....165 tickets

These Early Bird specials can be purchased at:http://www.osrasconference2017.com

If you'd like to become a supporting member, it's only 20.00 a year! Just think of all those raffle tickets you could buy, & the extraordinary prizes you could win!:bounce2:

Jumb0shrimp
01/12/2017, 04:58 PM
Hi there, long time no see. I was just on the forum and saw the thread about the conference. Congrats on your 5th!
I'd like to offer to help with setup if needed. Unloading, setting up, anything you guys need.

dMarina
01/13/2017, 10:48 AM
Hi there, long time no see. I was just on the forum and saw the thread about the conference. Congrats on your 5th!
I'd like to offer to help with setup if needed. Unloading, setting up, anything you guys need.

Hi,
Thank you for your offer of help. I will sent you a message with details. Welcome back!

osrascom
01/17/2017, 06:01 PM
Vendors...Shoot me a email with an estimate how much water you will need

osrascom
01/17/2017, 06:13 PM
Make sure to stop by the fragging station at booth 15, with Josh from BlueView Aquatics!

osrascom
01/26/2017, 05:29 PM
New Sponsors!

Spectrapure
OmegaSea
Aqua Fx

Patmurphy
01/30/2017, 08:24 PM
I missed last years conference, I'm hoping to meet up with you guys this year though. The tank took a nosedive about 6 months ago. I've been working on bringing it back ever since. Lost a lot of coral that I started with. So I'll be looking to addd livestock and possibly pick up a heater and a pump if they are available for sale.

osrascom
01/31/2017, 05:32 PM
Everything you would need to put a tank together, will be there.Tanks,lights,heaters,rock,substrate,RO/DIs,supplements,water,corals,fish,sumps,
skimmers.etc..

osrascom
02/01/2017, 11:30 AM
Sponsor list getting bigger:

Chemi-Pure
Jellyfish Art
Blue Life
Seachem
CaribSea

osrascom
02/01/2017, 11:36 AM
Sorry Dave for not mentioning Aquavitro too,

osrascom
02/01/2017, 02:25 PM
Make sure to check out the OSRAS 2017 conference ad in the March/April copy of The CORAL Magazine!

dMarina
02/01/2017, 05:51 PM
Hi Everyone!

Raffle items are being delivered daily. I know you don't want to miss out on the great early bird pricing, so here is a list of ticket prices. It's going to be a GREAT raffle!

OSRAS Anniversary Early Bird Special Prices

Attendee Non Member Special
Ends March 1st

1.00.........1 ticket
10.00.......12 tickets
20.00.......25 tickets
30.00.......37 tickets
50.00.......60 tickets
100.00.....130 tickets

OSRAS Supporting Member Special
Ends March 1st

1.00........1ticket
10.00......15 tickets
20.00......33 tickets
30.00......48 tickets
50.00......80 tickets
100.00....165 tickets

These Early Bird specials can be purchased at:http://www.osrasconference2017.com

If you'd like to become a supporting member, it's only 20.00 a year! Just think of all those raffle tickets you could buy, & the extraordinary prizes you could win!

osrascom
02/02/2017, 08:33 AM
Hi there, long time no see. I was just on the forum and saw the thread about the conference. Congrats on your 5th!
I'd like to offer to help with setup if needed. Unloading, setting up, anything you guys need.

Hey Jumbo! Glad to see ya back. Ill buy you a coral at the conference to help with your new tank!

Biernluce
02/02/2017, 03:10 PM
I will be there. I want to win a pair of designer clowns!

osrascom
02/08/2017, 12:49 PM
Save $5.00 on the the cost of admission! This discount ends on March 1.

osrascom
02/14/2017, 10:28 AM
Yes Jim, you can get a supporting membership and the early bird discounts at the conference website...http://www.osrasconference2017.com

osrascom
02/14/2017, 05:00 PM
RED SEA TANK JUST DELIVERED!!<br>http://i1330.photobucket.com/albums/w566/osras1/banners/redseatank_zpsymmmcsuc.jpg

osrascom
02/15/2017, 01:04 PM
The raffles are piling up...We just had to open a 2nd storage room with more to come!!

Fragcity
02/15/2017, 03:12 PM
Hi,
I'm interested in being a vendor at your swap. I just have a few questions. I've been in the hobby for many years and I sell most of my frags out of my home. Now I'm thinking of branching out but I'm unsure how to go about it. Would I need a permit? Who pays the taxes? Do I charge tax? I'm not familiar with RI law, I'd be coming from New Hampshire.

What would I need to bring? Is water supplied, or do I bring my own? I have so many questions but I'll wait to hear from you.

osrascom
02/15/2017, 05:50 PM
Hey Jack, Im glad you are interested in being a vendor at the OSRAS conference. Ill send you a vendor pac. To answer a few of your questions.. you must bring enough water with you to setup your tank. If you need water during the day,its free..both RO/DI saltwater and straight RO/DI water for top offs. For your question about the permits, every vendor or exhibitor that is selling or taking orders must have a permit. In RI, permits are cheap so I get and pay for everyone's permit. The sales permits vary in price by state. Ex..RI is $10 per vendor, New York- $65. Florida has different pricing for a resident and out of town vendor. These are good for a year, whereas CT is $100 per vendor and is good for 5 years and NH there is no permit needed(no sales tax). I have seen vendors thrown out at MACNA and paying a fine for no permit. All shows have it written in there vendor pacs for the vendors to be sure and have a permit. So I pay for the permits and at the end of the show I give the vendors a tax form for them to fill out. I keep all the vendor permits at the admission desk. Shoot me a email if you have any other questions. My email is [email protected] We have a vendor cap, so there are only a few more booths left. You can pay by paypal. I send out invoices to all vendors for their files.

Fragcity
02/15/2017, 07:23 PM
This is great, so I don't have to worry about a permit. Thank you for the vendor pac. I'll go over it and get back to you. I plan on bringing the family along to help with setup and manning the table, is that allowed? All my other questions were answered in your email.
Do you have a website?

dMarina
02/16/2017, 07:31 AM
Hi Jack,
Yes! OSRAS has a website: http://www.osrasconference 2017.com
We also have a club forum: Osras.org Register for free!
I see that your from NH but everyone is welcome to join the forum. Hope to see you there!

osrascom
02/16/2017, 12:30 PM
I don't want to let the "cat out of the bag" yet. A teaser is that it will be happening at the dinner raffle!

osrascom
02/16/2017, 07:37 PM
We received our Brightwell Package too..last week. Dave's a good guy.

Fragcity
02/17/2017, 05:47 PM
Hi Jack,
Yes! OSRAS has a website: http://www.osrasconference 2017.com
We also have a club forum: Osras.org Register for free!
I see that your from NH but everyone is welcome to join the forum. Hope to see you there!

Thanks for the info, I did register on the forum. I'm looking forward to the swap, it sounds like fun. I plan on staying at the hotel so if you need help with setup, let me know. We are staying until Monday morning.
The raffle sounds awesome!

osrascom
02/18/2017, 06:25 AM
There has been a surprise speaker added to the list!!! Keeping checking back, Ill give you some hints:))

osrascom
02/18/2017, 08:50 AM
Any vendors or sponsors that want their logo or banner on the conference t-shirt have to get in touch with me soon before all the spots are taken...

dMarina
02/18/2017, 11:06 AM
Thanks for the info, I did register on the forum. I'm looking forward to the swap, it sounds like fun. I plan on staying at the hotel so if you need help with setup, let me know. We are staying until Monday morning.
The raffle sounds awesome!

Thank you for the offer of help. If you are around at midnight the 22nd, I certainly could use your help. There are people lined up to help, but there is a lot to do. Any and all help is appreciated.

You had asked in an earlier post if you could bring family with you, of course you can! Kids under 12 are free also.

Thank you, and again, welcome to the club!

osrascom
02/21/2017, 05:10 PM
The booths are filling up fast. Like last year , we do have a vendor cap so reserve your booth before they are sold out.

osrascom
02/22/2017, 12:58 PM
A COUPLE OF THE DOTTYBACKS FOR SALE AT OSRAS!!
http://i1330.photobucket.com/albums/w566/osras1/OSRAS/sardottyback_zps5cftc1sy.jpghttp://i1330.photobucket.com/albums/w566/osras1/OSRAS/sardottyback2_zpsohvpdfbl.jpg

waterkrill
02/22/2017, 07:28 PM
I'm looking to buy tickets, if I pay online do I pick them up at he or or as they mailed to me?

dMarina
02/23/2017, 05:30 AM
Hi Kevin,
There aren't actual tickets. When you arrive we will check you in at the desk. You'll receive a goody bag and admission to the show. Bring a cooler for your new corals!
Early Bird Special pricing ends on March 1st, after that admission will be 15.00 at the door.
See you there!

waterkrill
02/23/2017, 07:33 AM
Do I need my PayPal receipt?

osrascom
02/23/2017, 09:48 AM
You can bring a copy if you like. I will have copies of all memberships, dinners, admission tickets, raffle tickets bought before the conference, Remember save $5.00 on the admission price and raffle tickets during the early bird special, ending soon. Also if you dont have a supporting OSRAS membership(ONLY $20) special raffle prices for supporting members PLUS supporting members get in free!!

osrascom
02/24/2017, 11:38 AM
It's been leaked out!!!!Rick Correia will be the dinner speaker talking about fish breeding and his artwork. WOW!!

osrascom
02/24/2017, 12:35 PM
THE NEW OSRAS 2017 POSTER IS NOW AVAILABLE!!!!
http://i1330.photobucket.com/albums/w566/osras1/club%20events/osras2017poster_zpsiihgzltj.jpg

dMarina
02/27/2017, 02:37 PM
Hi Everyone!

Be sure to pick up the March/April issue of Coral Magazine and look for the OSRAS Ad! Bring the ad to the raffle table at the conference and receive a mystery prize!! One per person please.

http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w612/Gallaneal/IMG_2763_zps2cif05uj.jpeg[/IMG]

dMarina
02/27/2017, 04:12 PM
Hi Again,
Since a lot of people have asked about the dinner menu, here it is.
Every year the food has been delicious. Also, every dinner purchase comes with a raffle ticket for the special dinner prize! There is limited seating so buy early.

http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w612/Gallaneal/IMG_2761_zpsiq2r625j.jpeg[/URL]

dMarina
02/27/2017, 04:32 PM
The OSRAS Conference is held in the grand ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick RI, book your rooms early as it fills up fast!

http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w612/Gallaneal/89739e62-b6d5-428e-8711-34711e381e09_zpsjruusala.png[/URL]

dMarina
02/28/2017, 03:28 PM
Hi Everyone!

Just a reminder to get your tickets while they are still available at this price.

http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w612/Gallaneal/IMG_2771_zpsmkzhrarx.png[/URL]

dMarina
02/28/2017, 03:46 PM
Now here's a prize to get excited over! You could win this Gryphon Bandsaw at the OSRAS Conference Raffle! All it takes is one ticket and you could be the lucky winner!

http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w612/Gallaneal/IMG_2773_zpspu5aadkk.jpeg[/URL]

DrSimon
02/28/2017, 04:02 PM
I've tried to win it at the last 2 OSRAS conferences...Thirds the charm right? This baby is mine!

osrascom
02/28/2017, 04:43 PM
You have to let me borrow it if you win it :)

dMarina
02/28/2017, 04:52 PM
I've tried to win it at the last 2 OSRAS conferences...Thirds the charm right? This baby is mine!

Hey Mark, make sure you bring Lisa this year, I haven't seen her in awhile!

dMarina
02/28/2017, 04:56 PM
Does your tank overheat in the summer? We have just what you need! This year we are pleased to offer an Active Aqua Chiller 1/10 HP, retail value 379.95! It only takes one ticket to win!
http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w612/Gallaneal/IMG_2777_zpssxr0dghs.jpeg[/URL]

osrascom
02/28/2017, 05:00 PM
HUGE raffle, hand picked vendors, marine companies now asking for booths!
:beer:

osrascom
02/28/2017, 05:00 PM
bring your pickup and cooler..lol

BfishLpond78
02/28/2017, 05:05 PM
Sorry can't make it...got $1,000 saved up and headed to the Frag Farmers Market at E.O. Smith High School!!!


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osrascom
02/28/2017, 05:13 PM
1'll be there....with OSRAS and the FFM it will be a hot spring for everyone!

fitch4
02/28/2017, 05:16 PM
True story.

osrascom
02/28/2017, 05:34 PM
Get the oxygen out hobbyists, after losing your breath at the FFM,a short break then its time to lose your breath at OSRAS! Remember the number 911:bounce3:

osrascom
02/28/2017, 06:10 PM
Sponsor list so far..25 more on the way

Marineland
Instant Ocean
Red Sea
Tunze
Reef Nutrition
Rick's UV Aquarium Art
Rod's Food
Algae Barn
Zoanthids.com
Bulk Reef Supply
LRS Fish Frenzy
CPR
Aqueon
Coralife
Kent Marine
San Fransico Bay Brand
Ocean Nutrition
Trigger Systems
MeLev's Reef
The Reef Hobbyist Magazine
Coralvue
Reef Octopus
Two Little Fishies
Priscine Energenics (PE Mysis)
Fritz Industries
Cultivated Reef
Santa Monica Filtration
Hydor
CORAL Magazine
Prodibio
Sera
EcoTech Marine
Sustainable Aquatics
Sea and Reef
Tannin Aquatics
Cobalt
Champion Lighting and Supply
Aquacraft
Kessil
Spectrapure
OmegaSea
Aqua Fx
Chemi-Pure
Jellyfish Art
Blue Life
Seachem
CaribSea
ESV Aquarium
Brightwell Aquatics
CoralRx
Saltwaterfish.com
Reef Gently
Neptune Sytems
Triton
Unique Corals
Gryphon
Microbe-Lift
AquaticLfe

osrascom
03/01/2017, 02:36 PM
ABC TV conference commercial is in the works. It will be live on March 17th:fish2::fish2::fish2::fish2::fish2::fish2::fish2:

DrSimon
03/01/2017, 05:11 PM
If I miss it on the TV, is there another place I can see it?

osrascom
03/01/2017, 05:14 PM
The video will be on all social media, the OSRAS forum and you tube so you can catch it at any of those spots.

waterlife14
03/01/2017, 05:16 PM
You can see it on the OSRAS facebook page too..

waterlife14
03/01/2017, 05:35 PM
I booked the hotel room this morning. What a great rate! 5 Star hotel! I love the room parties on Saturday night. Im packing my asprin :)

osrascom
03/01/2017, 05:44 PM
What partys ?There aren't any parties.:beer::fun2:

osrascom
03/01/2017, 06:10 PM
Frost, are you going to bring the big Pup with you after Reef Smart?Stick around for dinner after the conference.

osrascom
03/01/2017, 06:42 PM
OSRAS always takes the speakers out to dinner the night before, Tom and Justin, stop in for a drink. PM me. (Chad ate all the oysters last time he was here, no wonder he always has Reef Nutrition's Oyster Feast with him..lol)

waterlife14
03/01/2017, 06:46 PM
We should warn the vendors about him eating the corals! (Just kidding Chad)

dMarina
03/02/2017, 08:25 AM
Pure Paradise Pets will be in their usual spot at the OSRAS conference this year. Bring the kids, they always have fun learning about exotic species. Yes, you will be able to touch them!

http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w612/Gallaneal/IMG_2798_zpsmkurgdgi.jpeg[/URL]

dMarina
03/02/2017, 09:07 AM
Just one of our great raffle prizes! Many people have shown interest in jellyfish tanks so JellyFishArt has graciously donated their desktop model. It only takes one ticket to win! Good luck everyone!

http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w612/Gallaneal/IMG_2807_zpscorpqd2q.jpeg[/URL]

dMarina
03/02/2017, 10:39 AM
OSRAS has what you need! Win the Neptune APEX in the raffle! Neptune offers a reliable product and great customer service too! http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w612/Gallaneal/IMG_2809_zpsbejur3bk.jpeg[/URL]

osrascom
03/02/2017, 03:29 PM
SOME OF THE GREAT CORALS OCEAN STATE AQUATICS WILL HAVE FOR SALE AT THE CONFERENCE!
http://i1330.photobucket.com/albums/w566/osras1/Ads/osa2_zpsbl1iiwve.jpg
http://i1330.photobucket.com/albums/w566/osras1/Ads/osa1_zpsv55ipci6.jpg

osrascom
03/02/2017, 03:58 PM
We are having the VENDOR TANK RAFFLE again this year. For every $40 you spend buying from a vendor you will get a FREE raffle ticket for the vendor tank raffle. These tickets cant be bought! You can only get them from a vendor. The tank is full of donations from the vendors and Conference sponsors...Continue to add money to your OSRAS conference piggy bank!!

waterlife14
03/02/2017, 04:40 PM
I missed it by just 1 number last year..... Tank full of corals, pumps, fish, rock, plus the supplements, cant beat it.

osrascom
03/02/2017, 05:14 PM
THE SPEAKERS:thumbsup:

http://i1330.photobucket.com/albums/w566/osras1/Ads/chadclayton_zpsbqv6smux.jpg
Chad Clayton
http://i1330.photobucket.com/albums/w566/osras1/Ads/alulrichpic_zpsbkrzcufl.jpg
Al Ulrich
http://i1330.photobucket.com/albums/w566/osras1/Ads/17rickcorreria_zpsy7in0mgp.jpg
Rick Correria

osrascom
03/02/2017, 05:18 PM
I missed it by just 1 number last year..... Tank full of corals, pumps, fish, rock, plus the supplements, cant beat it.

A nice family won it last year.

dMarina
03/02/2017, 08:55 PM
No need to worry about your car getting towed or a parking ticket at the OSRAS Conference. Free parking always! Vendors, just pull right up to the door and it's just a short walk to your booth!

http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w612/Gallaneal/IMG_2825_zps2e9jkrxu.jpeg[/URL]

Fragcity
03/03/2017, 02:28 AM
Hi again, I am bringing my own water, but im worried I won't have enough. You said you have water on hand, do you mind me asking what kind of salt is used?
Thanks in advance.

dMarina
03/03/2017, 08:55 AM
Hi Jack,
Since CaribSea has stopped being a water sponsor for all reef swaps and conferences a few years ago, we make it our self with Reef Crystals.

Fragcity
03/03/2017, 07:46 PM
Great! I use reef crystals also.
Wait, you make the water? Yikes.
I don't think I'm going to need that much but I'd rather be on the safe side.
We are getting geared up!

Vaiodude
03/05/2017, 07:22 AM
Great! I use reef crystals also.
Wait, you make the water? Yikes.
I don't think I'm going to need that much but I'd rather be on the safe side.
We are getting geared up!



Will you be a vendor this year? I don't see you on the vendor map. Always good to see some new vendors and their stock!


Do you have any pics of what you are bringing to the show?!

BfishLpond78
03/05/2017, 07:24 AM
Great! I use reef crystals also.
Wait, you make the water? Yikes.
I don't think I'm going to need that much but I'd rather be on the safe side.
We are getting geared up!



Yea would love to see what you're bringing, do you have a website. Love to pre-order from vendors. Can't find anything on your on the internet or Facebook. It's basically free advertising these days.

Appreciate it!


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Fragcity
03/05/2017, 07:44 AM
This would be a first for me, I've never been to a swap. I'm not a vendor just a guy with a tank of overgrown coral. My grandson and I do this together, as a hobby.

BfishLpond78
03/05/2017, 07:45 AM
This would be a first for me, I've never been to a swap. I'm not a vendor just a guy with a tank of overgrown coral. My grandson and I do this together, as a hobby.



Would love to see a pic of overgrown coral! Especially since you and your grandson are doing it together!


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Vaiodude
03/05/2017, 08:03 AM
This would be a first for me, I've never been to a swap. I'm not a vendor just a guy with a tank of overgrown coral. My grandson and I do this together, as a hobby.



What table should I look for you at? Would love to support you and your grandson's hobby! My kids are also involved with my tank and it adds a lot of fun to it!

dMarina
03/05/2017, 09:53 AM
Fragcity is not going to be a vendor at the OSRAS Conference, he is not welcomed here. He has also been banned from our forum. There's always got to be a shite stirrer.

Anyway, the conference goes on without him. On a positive note, our Grand Prize has arrived. Goody bags are being filled, we are busy trying to put together a great show for everyone!

fitch4
03/05/2017, 10:04 AM
Always one in the bunch...
I wish you guys the best of luck with your conference and look forward to seeing you in a week!

osrascom
03/05/2017, 10:13 AM
I dont know who you are... but we are all hobbyists and you posts doesnt help any of us. Agreed Jon. If you didnt know the deal, then get out of the hobby..word travels fast..See everyone at the FFM in a week...If anyone runs into this guy tell Myself or Jon. Lets have some fun...

osrascom
03/05/2017, 05:39 PM
On a positive note, our Grand Prize has arrived. Goody bags are being filled, we are busy trying to put together a great show for everyone!

Yeah the Grand Prize arrived and laid me up in bed all day Saturday..lol But some Excedrin and Im on my feet again. But Ill need some help getting it to the Plaza in April.. Any strong volunteers out there with a truck?

osrascom
03/06/2017, 12:23 PM
Goody bags are being filled , last call tomorrow for anyone that wants to put specials in the bags

dMarina
03/08/2017, 09:52 AM
Our Grand Prize this year is a Marineland 120 gallon tank complete with stand, canopy, lights, filter, heaters! It only takes one ticket to win! Make room in your house, because YOU could be the winner!

http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w612/Gallaneal/IMG_2852_zps0afjnido.jpeg[/URL]

osrascom
03/09/2017, 09:52 AM
THE BEAST!!!!


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dMarina
03/13/2017, 05:32 PM
Preparations are underway for the 5th Anniversary OSRAS Conference, we are working hard to make this a very special event for you!

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dMarina
03/14/2017, 07:44 AM
Be sure to visit booths 34 & 35 and say hello to Rick! Get your dinner tickets before they sell out so you can hear Rick speak about fish breeding while you enjoy your meal! http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w612/Gallaneal/IMG_2871_zpswywm0om3.jpeg[/URL]

dMarina
03/14/2017, 12:32 PM
OSRAS is excited to present Chad Clayton! He will be speaking at the OSRAS 5th annual Anniversary Conference! Don't forget to buy dinner tickets, you'll be able to have dinner with the speakers! http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w612/Gallaneal/IMG_2891_zps10yczec1.jpeg

dMarina
03/14/2017, 12:37 PM
Please welcome Al Ulrich, author of Saltwateraquariumblog to the OSRAS Conference. Al has been in the aquarium hobby for nearly 30 years! We can't wait to hear him speak! http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w612/Gallaneal/IMG_2877_zpsnk7s1dzq.jpeg

NewReefStruggle
03/14/2017, 08:16 PM
I will show. Would be nice to get a little more info

osrascom
03/15/2017, 12:01 PM
Any info you might need is at http://www.osrasconference2017.com :bounce1:

osrascom
03/15/2017, 12:03 PM
Flying in? Crowne Plaza Hotel is only 15 minutes from the airport...Driving.off of I-95 -directions on the website

saturn20
03/19/2017, 08:01 PM
Just wondering if any one going has gone to both this and FFM? I'm just wondering how they compare? I live in CT but I may be in the area that weekend.

waterlife14
03/20/2017, 02:16 PM
I go to both of them every year. OSRAS has some of the same vendors with new stuff that wasnt sold at the FFM. Better venue, better speakers, much larger raffle, cheap to get in, dinner available, hotel discounts, free parking. go to http://www.osrasconference2017.com :wavehand:

fitch4
03/20/2017, 02:49 PM
Not sure I agree with all of that...
The OSRAS is more of a conference than a swap. The FFM has more coral vendors and is really aimed at being the biggest coral swap around. OSRAS looks aims to be more of a speaker/dinner type conference. You will find a subset of the FFM vendors and few new ones at OSRAS, but no where near the number of vendors/corals. Its at a hotel in one of their conference areas so you have more space to walk around.
The speakers at OSRAS are good national quality speakers, who don't come out this way often, which again is one of the focuses there. Not sure I would knock Justin Credible but, each to their own...
The raffle is similar in size with many similar items. Each one has some nice stuff in it, some different stuff and quite a bit of repeats. I would not say that they is a significant difference between them there.
Admission is $10, or $35 if you want dinner. More expensive than FFM, but $5 is certainly not a reason to not go.
My two cents, go if you are thinking about it. Its a different thing than the FFM, smaller and less chaotic, but a nice chance to hear some speakers and see some vendors.

osrascom
03/20/2017, 02:58 PM
Either way you look at it..OSRAS and the FFM are to two hottests shows every year in the Northeast.. This year the FFM was on March 11th. I was there. OSRAS is on April 23rd. Fitch what is the date for the 2018 FFM?

osrascom
03/20/2017, 03:03 PM
Oh, Im definitely not knocking Justin Credible..a great speaker and a standout in the marine hobby. Tom from Neptune mentioned that he was bringing Justin with him to OSRAS. Unfortunately we dont have room for him to speak, but Im sure he will be happy to answer any of your questions.

fitch4
03/20/2017, 05:23 PM
FFM 2018 is on March 3rd, already working on putting it together.

dMarina
03/20/2017, 06:54 PM
Hi Everyone!
Happy first day of spring!
Just a quick reminder that the Early Bird Raffle pricing ends tomorrow March 21st.
So don't miss out, get your tickets!

Osrasconference2017.com

Jumb0shrimp
03/21/2017, 03:21 PM
Is it too late to get the early Bird tickets?

dMarina
03/23/2017, 09:30 AM
Supporting members admittance is free to the conference, so check your cards to see when your renewal date is. Anyone wishing to become a supporting member can do so now or at the conference.
The Early Bird raffle prices have ended, but card carrying members will still be able to buy tickets at a great price.

dMarina
03/24/2017, 02:53 PM
First time seller this year, welcome Manny's Reef. Be sure to stop at booth 17 and say hi!

osrascom
03/25/2017, 06:08 PM
I Just told him to save one of his lobos for me until the conference. Still looking for a big colony leather.

osrascom
03/30/2017, 03:13 PM
Company Logos on the Conference t-shirts is now sold out.
T-shirt sponsors:
Sea and Reef
Neptune Systems
Tunze
Reef Nutrition
ESV
Reef Breeders
Ocean State Aquatics
Orphek
AquaFX
Red Sea
Quality Marine
Larry's Fish Food
Marineland
Instant Ocean

osrascom
04/01/2017, 06:59 PM
The month of April is now upon us. Do you know what that means???? ONLY 23 MORE DAYS UNTIL THE OSRAS CONFERENCE:bounce3::bounce3:!!

osrascom
04/01/2017, 07:25 PM
IN 22 DAYS THIS BALLROOM AND ROOM 2 WILL BE FULL OF THOUSANDS OF CORALS,FISH,VENDORS,EXHIBITORS, HOBBYISTS AND RAFFLES! THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN! :thumbsup:http://i1330.photobucket.com/albums/w566/osras1/club%20events/Crowne%20Plaza%20Hoteballroom_zpstoav99on.jpg

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Scranton
04/02/2017, 03:38 PM
How many people attended last year?

osrascom
04/03/2017, 02:44 PM
523 Attendees

osrascom
04/05/2017, 01:19 PM
The vendors:

STC
PaulyWalnut
The Tankbreakers
Demos Aquacultured Corals
Hatchway Corals
Aznnutty Corals(4 booths)
Supreme Reefs
The Reef Shoppe
OBSCURA Reefs
Headie Corals
Boston Aqua Farms
San Francisco Bay Brand
AC Corals
Blueview Aquatics
Rock Hard Reefs
Manny's Reef
Dr Art's Corals
Frag Freaks
Ocean State Aquatics(4 booths)
MO's Reef
Aqua Dreams(2 booths)
Reef Breeders(2 booths)
I Grow Corals
Pop Corals
Fin's Aquarium
Reef Nutrition
Fritz Aquatics (3 booths)
Agcore Fish Foods
Stellar Corals
ESV
Brightwell Aquatics
Neptune Systems
Living Reef Orlando
Sea and Sand Reef

dMarina
04/05/2017, 04:42 PM
Dinner tickets are becoming very limited, please let us know if you plan on attending dinner. There will be prizes and our guest speaker Rick Correira! Here is the menu:

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dMarina
04/06/2017, 07:55 AM
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saturn20
04/07/2017, 09:32 AM
I bought my ticket online, paid with paypal - how will i get ticket or get in?

osrascom
04/07/2017, 02:53 PM
All pre-bought tickets will be picked up at the registration desk when you come in. I will have a copy of everyone's paypal payment for tickets and prize drawings.

dMarina
04/12/2017, 07:57 AM
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osrascom
04/12/2017, 01:46 PM
OSRAS REEF AQUARIUM CONFERENCE 2017 TSHIRT


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dMarina
04/12/2017, 03:28 PM
The OSRAS Conference tee shirts will be available for purchase at the conference April 23rd.

osrascom
04/14/2017, 10:54 AM
GETTING THE TOP OFF WATER MIXED

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osrascom
04/17/2017, 01:44 PM
A couple of things to remember at the conference:

-Make sure to bring a cooler or something to carry home you corals and fish in.

-Memberships can be bought at the door.You can then get in for FREE. (Also you get special discounts on the raffle tickets!)You must show the volunteer at the raffle table your OSRAS membership card to get the raffle discounts.

-Vendors, admission, membership and the raffle table all take cash and credit cards.

-To win any livestock, or the grand prizes in the raffle you must be there to win.

-Be courteous to all attendees.

-Feel free to take any brochures of the items for sale or in the raffle.

-Take a business card from all the vendors to use for future buys.

-The vendors have traveled a long way to participate in this conference, a thank you for coming would be nice.:wavehand:

dMarina
04/17/2017, 04:13 PM
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dMarina
04/18/2017, 07:29 AM
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dMarina
04/18/2017, 07:36 PM
April 23, 9am, Crowne Plaza Hotel
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dMarina
04/19/2017, 02:47 PM
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dMarina
04/20/2017, 10:32 AM
Livestock has arrived!

dMarina
04/20/2017, 02:02 PM
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osrascom
04/20/2017, 04:48 PM
Don't forget to participate in the OSRAS 2017 Scholarship Program:bounce2:

Scholarship Requirements

-All applicants must attend the OSRAS conference on April 23, 2017 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick Rhode Island. There will be a booth setup for the applications to be filled out.


-Applicants must bring student id or class schedule, after applications is complete you will be given free admission into conference.


-Listen to the speakerís lecture, feel free to have a 1 on 1 talk with all the speakers !


-Please email ([email protected]) in an essay on what you would like to do to help with the future of the knowledge necessary for professional or academic work in the field of aquaculture and fisheries. This includes knowledge in the areas of ecology, oceanography, biology, physiology, health, reproduction, nutrition, behavior, and genetics in the marine world. Evaluate the importance of diversity, equity, and justice, as well as the role of social factors (e.g. culture, economics, policy) on aquaculture and fisheries from local to global scales.


-Submissions are due by July 1st, 2017 for the school year 2017-2018.

osrascom
04/21/2017, 08:08 AM
Weather Sunday......

RI - 58 degrees, no rain

CT- 60 degrees ,no rain

dMarina
04/24/2017, 07:33 AM
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osrascom
04/24/2017, 04:14 PM
So it's Monday,the day after the OSRAS conference. Hope everyone had a good sleep after being awake all those hours. I have great thanks , to all the vendors(that drove hours to get to the conference) with thousands of corals and fish. The speakers, Al Ulrich from PA, Chad Clayton from CA, and a great homeboy from MA as our Dinner speaker, Rick Correira. A unforgettable group. With a big clap of hands for Brenda and Debbie(who this conference would not been able to go on without them),Ricky Hogan,Steve Hatch,Carl, Kevil Vinal , Hap, Joe Lawton, and Rose, Maryanne , Amie, Cindy and Jovita (are friends from Connecticut) that were a big help also. Thank you to all the companies that sponsored the conference with the big donations. Make sure you check out Scott Crowe's ( from OSA) video! Thanks again And we can't forget the 539 attendees that came to the show.

LKQ
04/25/2017, 02:06 PM
I had a great time and came home with 4 new corals! Caught up with a coupla friends that I haven't seen in awhile, all was good. Thanks to the folks that put on the show.

DrSimon
04/28/2017, 07:39 PM
Been out of town since Sunday night, I just want to say thank you for putting on a great show as usual. It was a fun day, the kids had a blast. See you again next year!

sniper2be
04/29/2017, 07:33 AM
Was a great time. Will be at the next one!. Did anyone happen to pick up a braven bvr-1 Bluetooth speaker during the break down. I left it there accidentally after I cleaned up. Black with blue trim and a spash of white paint. Left near table 1

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dMarina
04/29/2017, 12:41 PM
We are happy that you guys had a good time! Great to see you Mark, even if it's only once a year! ��
Sniper, I did not hear of anyone finding a Bluetooth speaker, did you call the hotel? Maybe it was turned in to lost and found.

sniper2be
04/29/2017, 12:49 PM
Yeah I left it on tank breakers table when I was cleaning up and Byron said he left it there.. I have tried multiple times talking to different people at the hotel.. this was my last ditch effort. Thank you for a great event.

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dMarina
04/29/2017, 02:54 PM
Geez, I'm sorry I couldn't be of any help.

Thank you for your kind words! We were glad to have you!

osrascom
05/05/2017, 10:18 AM
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