We just had a fantastic IMAC this year and broke all records for the number of attendees and exhibitors. If you have never attended a major reef aquarist’s conference let me give you some idea of what to expect. There are 3 days of lectures by some of the world’s best-known experts and authors in the hobby. You can ask them questions after their presentations or get together with them later in the bar or any time you run into them in the hotel. We already have experts like
Dr. Ron Shimek
Tullio Dell Aquila
Dr. Markus Huettel
Dr. Andrew Rhyne
Dr. Sanjay Joshi
lined up. Some speakers will be discussing advanced topics, of interest primarily to experienced reefers, others will be discussing topics of interest to new hobbyists. There is also a large exhibit hall with displays by major manufacturers and livestock dealers (with fabulous prices and great deals). They will be showing products you NEVER see in your LFS
. And there is the Big Raffle with prizes donated by the exhibitors. But, for many people, the best part is getting together with other hobbyists and all the partying that is going on.
The next International Marine Aquarium Conference will be on June 1, 2 and 3, 2007 in Chicago at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare. We now have an Early Bird registration for just $125 that covers everything, including the Gala Banquet on Saturday night and the Speakers’ Reception on Friday night where you can mingle with the speakers and other attendees.
So hurry over to the IMAC website www.theimac.org
and sign up for what we believe will be THE event of the year for reef aquarium hobbyists.
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Just in case you have never been to an IMAC, here is how you can get an idea of what to expect. Just go to www.theimac.org
and scroll down to the bottom of the home page. You can see major portions (and in some cases their entire talk) of the presentations given by some speakers in the past. These include:
Eric Borneman, “Oxygen and the Reef Aquarium”
Gregory Schiemer, “Fishes in the Marine Aquarium”
Barry Neigut, “Keeping and Caring for Tridacna Clams”
Dr. Ron Shimek, “Myth Takes About Sand Beds”
Anthony Calfo, “Coral Farming”
Jeff Mitchell, “Diseases in Hippocampus”
Randy Reed, “Culturing Copopods and Rotifers”
Julian Sprung, “Goniopora Husbandry”
Richard Harker, “Coral Growth vs. Spectral Quality”
Eric Borneman, “Reef Aquarium Myths”
Dr. Ron Shimek, “A History of Sand Bed Organisms”
And the best part of this is that you can see them for FREE. Make sure to turn off your popup blocker.
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I just wanted to remind you that we are having a Raffle only for people who register early for IMAC. The prize will be a 300 gal
per day RO
unit from AQUA FX valued at $800. The number of tickets you get for the raffle depends on when you register. It decreases each month. There will be NO tickets for this item sold at the conference.
So hurry over to www.theimac.org
and sign up now to get the most tickets. You can also see a photo of the unit. NOTE: The registration fee goes up at the end of this month.