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    MACNA XXI : Photos Galore

    We’ve got a bit more MACNA info and images to roll out in the near future, but here’s some eye candy for those who were not able to attend. For those who have never been to MACNA it is a cardinal sin hopefully it will you give you an idea of the event. Better than […]

    We’ve got a bit more MACNA info and images to roll out in the near future, but here’s some eye candy for those who were not able to attend. For those who have never been to MACNA it is a cardinal sin hopefully it will you give you an idea of the event. Better than the exhibitors and the speakers are the people you meet and the discussions that take place.

    MACNA-XXI

    A view of the MACNA floor from the back–it was a huge space.

    Rods-Food

    Rod and SaraB representing the IL reefers. Three new Rods Food blends were on display–Fish Eggs, Algae, and Pacific Plankton.

    TECO-Chiller-Lemonade

    TECO chillers always has a great display, and the best lemonade–kept at a cool 37F.

    EcoTech-Marine-LCD

    EcoTech brought the full Vortech pump line and brought a nice LCD TV to show off their revamped website. More to come on EcoTech and some interesting ideas for Vortech placement.

    Coral-Morphologic

    Colin of Coral Morphologic showed up sustainably collected Ricordea florida.

    Cherry-Corals

    If it’s not hot, then it wasn’t in this display by Todd and Brett of Cherry Corals. This tank was illuminated by LET Lighting’s module T5 system. This tank was full of LPS wonders.

    MACNA-Aqua-Driver-Skim-Clean

    PremiumAquatics showed off the Euro goods, like the Aqua Driver Skim Clean.

    Copps-MACNA

    John “Copps” Coppolino giving his talk on Angelfish. John is a great guy and a good friend–I assure you will not find anyone more passionate about Pomacanthidae than him. In his slide you can see a photo of him with GBD contributor Tetsuo Otake in Japan.

    MACNA-Neptune-Systems

    Curt of Neptune Systems showing off their Apex Controller

    MACNA-UV-Lighting

    UV Lighting exhibited their range of T5 lamps

    MACNA-Fungia

    Plenty of bright corals on display–this Fungia was a looker

    MACNA-XXI-Raffle

    On Sunday we said our goodbyes while many anxiously waited to hear the number called in the raffle. It was a Floridian who walked away with the 300g tank–good luck to Julio with that set up.

    A special thanks to Manhattan Reefs for throwing a great party Saturday night, full of cocktails, guitar hero and a bizarre mix of wigs and devil horns. I am sure some of those stories and photos will become MACNA relics in the years to come. Florida has a big act to follow, but we’re sure it will be just as good–See you there in 2010.

    11 Comments

    1. Brandon
      October 2, 2009 at 9:14 AM | Permalink

      Looks like it was alot of fun. Hopefully I will get to make the trip to FL next year.

    2. Nicholas Sadaka
      October 2, 2009 at 11:43 AM | Permalink

      Hey Eric-I’m one of those “cardinal sin” non-attenders (not exactly good in crowds), so I’m curious how crowded they are. Thanks!

    3. October 2, 2009 at 12:14 PM | Permalink

      Eric, you rock! Thanks for the great pictures and insight!

    4. evilc66
      October 2, 2009 at 1:51 PM | Permalink

      It’s definitely one of those event you have to attend once. If nothing else, it lets you get up front and personal with a lot of equipment that you may never get the opportunity to see. There is also a lot of killer livestock at some unreal prices (I got a major score on some stuff from Unique Corals). Meeting with all the vendors (and being one) is fun too.

      I’m really looking forward to next year in sunny Orlando.

    5. pavlo
      October 2, 2009 at 3:27 PM | Permalink

      eric, i assume you were taking all these pictures; you camera shy? 🙂

    6. October 2, 2009 at 6:59 PM | Permalink

      @pavlo, not at all… there are a few photos of me at MACNA floating around there.

    7. October 2, 2009 at 11:19 PM | Permalink

      Nice job, Eric. Any distinctive trends in equipment this year?

    8. October 2, 2009 at 11:47 PM | Permalink

      Strike me down! I have been looking for a red fungia plate for years! What a gorgeous example! Which vendor had that beauty?

    9. October 3, 2009 at 7:15 AM | Permalink

      @Sean, I believe the vendor was A Reef Creation–but don’t hold me to it. Can any MACNA goers confirm?

      @Mike, One trend was a shift away from traditional metal halide lighting. Others included sustainability and collectors pieces–rare fish and corals.

    10. October 3, 2009 at 7:27 AM | Permalink

      @Eric:
      Its only a matter of time before T5 and LED’s take over MH’s as the lighting of choice. I have been running 100% T5’s for over a year now with fantastic results. I have a tank connected to the main system with MH over it and it gets nowhere near the coloration that my T5 tank has.

    11. October 4, 2009 at 12:14 AM | Permalink

      Thanks Eric.

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