Over 1000 hobbyists traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this year to attend the 19th annual Marine Conference of North America. This three day event was full of great information. 21 talks were scheduled throughout the conference on every aspect of the hobby, as well as coral fragging demonstrations. One talk I especially enjoyed was about how to set up a green house for coral propagation. A few other popular ones were European Reefkeeping & Aquarium Photography.
Throughout the event, vendors were present displaying their hardware, additives or livestock. Each day was filled with opportunities to learn, discuss, or just visit with old friends. One my favorite reasons for attending MACNA each year is to meet people that I've only had the opportunity to chat with online, finally putting a face to that username seen so often. I'm an equipment junkie, so I tend to spend all of my time checking out all the skimmers, pumps, and goodies on display throughout the conference.
The Pittsburgh club put together a excellent conference, and those that attended this year were blessed with free breakfasts, free liquor in the evenings (open bar!), plus the opportunity to win items during each day from a few of the vendors. And those that attended the talks also had the opportunity to win a BioCube tank. Speakers would ask a question at the conclusion of their talk and the person with the matching answer scored a new tiny tank. How cool is that?
Plenty of pictures were taken, and these have been sorted, organized
and linked over a series of pages. I hope you enjoy the images.
Pictures, in no real particular order. Just go with the flow if you will. Images have been divided over a series of pages to break up download time.
My day started much too early after being up much too late with much
too much to do for much too much too long. A bit much, right? Anyway....
(btw, do you ever notice if you type one word too many times, it begins
to look like it's spelt wrong? )
I start off my day with a good breakfast daily.
The night before, I ran into a shady looking guy - from EcoTech Marine
- with a cardboard box. Quickly I knew he had to be tackled, relieved
of his stuff, and.. um, I better not add any more details to avoid legal
When asked later about the incident, he remained silent.
This is Randy, owner of Champion Lighting
Some products, including Ken Stockman's overflow drain (white PVC thing)
Coming soon: 1.5" Sea Swirl with all black PVC connections. Kinda neat.
Deltec set up a pass-through booth, where you could enter from a couple
of directions and see all their goodies. Prices vary, and often what you
see is already sold prior to the show. That way the new owners can pick
up their newest toy at MACNA. Doug was smiling non-stop; he loves MACNA
almost as much as I do.
This is Anthony Calfo, who just celebrated the 12 month anniversary of his magazine "C - The Journal." His magazine featured several pages about the conference and carried the program schedule within. Every person that attended the show got a free copy.
To his right is the owner of Reef Exotics, who owns acropora.net where
I've purchased my ReefLux bulbs.
Reef Exotics sells this new reflector. I saw one in the Sunday raffle
Here is the MACNA XX booth for 2008. If you want to go, or even think
you MIGHT go, sign up immediately because the longer you wait, the higher
the entry fee. www.macnaxx.com
This is the MASNA booth. To the right is smiller, RC moderator. I don't
remember the sweet woman's name to his left so feel free to fill in the
Here is Geo's booth, and look at the beautiful reactors. Geo himself
is seated direction beneath the ".com" of the banner.
I don't know who this tall guy is, but how could you not buy one from
a salesman with that smile? ;)
I've never heard of this site, but did wander through this area to meet
some RC Lounge Lizards.
Hikari was represented.
The view from my room in the hotel wasn't bad. To the left, some beautiful
green trees rose up the hill, and to the right of a tall building was
a view of the nearby mall. On Thursday night we walked over there to eat
dinner at Hoolihans.
PFO Lighting, with Joy (formerly of Harbor Aquatics) who has now become
their rep. Joy was the person to sell me my very first blue Maxima clam
in 2002 at MACNA Fort Worth. Their booth compared the Solaris LED lighting
to a MH bulb with two tanks using PAR meters.
Pure Reefs was selling their Cati-Ani system, as well as a few other
products. They are based out of Colorado, I believe. Kip's a friend of
mine, but he wasn't in these pictures. We met via RC years ago, and at
MACNA Boston actually shook hands for the first time.
Reef Sanctuary, owned (at least in part) by Travis Staut of Reef-Life.com
- I saw Travis later that day.
These were the 12 pictures that won Picture Of The Month on their site.
The guy on the right is a swell guy with no name. :o
Tunze was represented by Roger of course, based in Austin. I think he
blinked as he normally appears smiling and relaxed. ;)
Random shot of what I would call an intersection between some booths.
This dendrophyllia (closed up) was $250. Two years ago, they sold for
$50 per polyp.
This Maze coral was hyper-extended, with the green barely visible and
the brown tissue literally moving in the flow. Very unusual and interesting.
Seachem's booth was full of goodies.