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Nation’s Largest Two-Day Aquarium Show Slated for October

Posted: July 24, 2012, 9:00 p.m. EDT

The Southern California Marine Aquarium Society is slated to hold Reef-A-Palooza, a saltwater aquarium show featuring coral frag swaps and manufacturer booths, in October 2012. The event is the largest saltwater aquarium show in the country, organizers reported.
In 2010, Reef-A-Palooza saw more than 3,200 saltwater enthusiasts visit, according to reported figures. Attendance hit 3,900 in 2011, and more than 4,000 ticketed attendees are expected when the show opens Oct. 20. By comparison, the prestigious Marine Aquarium Conference of North America logged 1,500 attendees at its 2010 event.

“I never once thought it was possible for Reef-A-Palooza to go from a backyard frag swap to the largest marine aquarium event in the country,” said Greg Carroll, president of the Southern California Marine Aquarium Society, based in Orange County, Calif.

New products surface at Reef-A-Palooza every year, such as The Portal. Here the viewing device, affixed to the outside of the tank, allows passerbys to see animals like this bubble coral greatly magnified.Photo by Clay Jackson
The gathering of aquarium enthusiasts and vendors is held annually on the third weekend of October at the Orange County Fair and Exposition Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. This year’s event takes place Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21.

More than 80 vendors are expected to help fill a 20,000-square-foot exhibition hall. They will exhibit and sell aquarium products, as well as many saltwater fish and corals. Several fish and coral experts are scheduled to speak, and hands-on workshops will be offered, organizers reported.

The event features raffles of aquarium merchandise, including LED light fixtures, protein skimmers, salt mixes and aquariums. <HOME>

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