So, You've been hearing a lot about this MACNA XXI
thing, right? But you're not too sure what it's all about? To start it's being held in Atlantic City, NJ. September 25th, 26th and 27th. MACNA stands for Marine Aquarium Conference of North America. The name may be misleading to you, maybe you think that this isn't something that you can attend? Well, we're here to tell you that you CAN attend, and if you're an everyday average reefer that's even more of a reason to come! (more to follow on that subject!)
MACNA is a three day event. You may be thinking, what could you possibly do for three days that has to do with your saltwater reef tank? Well, let me tell you! It's a great place to LEARN. There will be some of the industries leading speakers, touching on all sorts of topics that range from water flow, chemistry, aquascaping, water filtering, keeping/breeding ornamental fish and so much more! Now, we also understand that not everyone likes to sit and listen to someone speak. There really is no worry here, you can head on over to the trade show floor. This is where you're probably going to be overwhelmed. (but in a good way...trust us!)
The trade show floor (or the exhibitor area) is where you'll find all of the latest and greatest products for your saltwater reef (or fish!) tank. There are way too many vendors to list, you're probably better off just heading on over to the MACNA XXI
website and looking at the EXHIBITOR MAP
. If after looking at that you're still not happy, there will also be workshops demonstrating everyday reefing techniques located around the exhibitor hall!
Ok, maybe you would like to bring your spouse or significant other but they really aren't into reefing. Well, a good selling point would be that this years MACNA is being held in Atlantic City, NJ. I'm pretty sure most of you have at least heard of it. There are lots of things to do there during the day (or night) including the beach, boardwalk, casino's, and plenty of shopping. In addition to that, they may also enjoy listening to The Nerds
(a local NJ band) that will be playing at our Friday night reception. Then at the banquet (yes, a banquet too!) on Saturday night, John Chatterton
will be speaking. He is featured in the book Shadow Divers
and has also been on the History Channels Deep Sea Detectives
So in a nutshell, you get three days FILLED with Speakers, Vendors, Workshops, Raffle Prizes (yes, those too!) and a chance to meet and hang out with other reefers from around the country! It doesn't get much better than that.
So come on out and visit us in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 25th, 26th and 27th. You and the family are sure to have a wonderful time!
Visit MACNA XXI
for the full details!