Reef-A-Palooza 2015 Who's Going and Who Wants to Come?

Discussion in 'Events & Announcements' started by Enderturtle, Sep 24, 2015.

By Enderturtle on Sep 24, 2015 at 10:15 AM
  1. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Reef-a-Palooza is California's Largest Annual Reef Trade Show. You can usually expect awesome speakers, demonstrations, and tons of vendors.

    More info here: http://reefapaloozashow.org/

    This year it will be on October 10 to October 11 at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.

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    @Nav, @Ahruk, @Jay Lee and I will be carpooling down to Reef-a-Palooza this year.


    Currently we will be going on Saturday and Sunday. We will be home Sunday night.


    Tentative Schedule:

    1. Leave at 4:00AM on saturday
    2. Check out the show on Saturday
    3. Check out the show on Sunday
    4. Drive home sunday at some time
    5. Be home sunday night.
     
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Discussion in 'Events & Announcements' started by Enderturtle, Sep 24, 2015.

    1. Apon
      Apon
      It was fun and tiring, but not as crowded as the last time I was there. We didn't see any BAR folks on the 2nd day. And no we didn't win any raffles....but the folks at the NVR recognized me and ask too.
      Last edited: Oct 13, 2015
    2. Enderturtle
      Enderturtle
      We went on first day and left early morning second day. No second day for us.

      I wanted some of that Dragons Breath macro algae!!!
    3. sfsuphysics
      sfsuphysics
      NVR probably went like "Awww there's Arnold, we might as well go home and not wait for the raffle"
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    4. Nav
      Nav
      Ok photos.. I didn't have my DSLR or gel filters so excuse all the blinding-blue photos :)

      BSA Corals - had some good rainbow chalices & acans
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      The ReefKeeper Archon - love the dosing modules
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      Sexy Corals - really sexy corals but obviously the most expensive frags on the entire floor!
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      Huge tank at the entrance - Overstocked! Fish eating coral! but some very different fish in there...
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      Your Reef
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      More coral
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      More coral
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      Hottest bounces!
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      Creative jellyfish tanks
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      NVR folks
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    5. Nav
      Nav
      I think this guy was like "I need more Kessils on this?" ;) Count the # of lights in the pic!
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      Some good stuff at WWC
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      AI showing off the Hydra HDs and I got free filter socks :)
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      Two Guys Corals
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      More Archon
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      Jay getting some controller lessons from Michael
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      The RAP Selfie!
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      Awesome talk on collecting coral from the wild. Michael, what Island was that?
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      Kessil's AP700
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    6. Apon
      Apon
      actually the two at the booth said how is the apex.....I have no idea what their names are...but it caught me off guard. I did spend $80 on raffles and won nothing at rap, but its all in fun to support them.
    7. sfsuphysics
      sfsuphysics
      Did you win an Apex at a previous event?

      Man those bounce corals, story at RB mention someone spending $6k on one... not going to comment any further on that.
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    8. Enderturtle
      Enderturtle
      Cool pictures! Reef-a-palooza was a blast!

      I don't think I'm going again next year, saving that trip for MACNA 2016!!!!
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    9. sfsuphysics
      sfsuphysics
      Hehehe, yup, MACNA is finally close enough that it can be reasonably done without much financial hardship (helps that I have family who lives in San Diego)... super duper want to go... really hope I'll be able to though as my life will be turned on end by then.
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    10. Geneva
      Geneva
      @Nav , thanks for taking and posting pictures - almost feel like I was there! Did any of you buy any corals? I always wonder what percentage actually make it in our home tanks!
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    11. Ahruk
      Ahruk
      Yep, I bought 3 and so did mike. All of them survived and seemed to be doing great in our tanks. We came home with 3 zoas, a monti, a pectina and a mushroom. Will try to post pictures soon but been really busy celebrating Mike's bday (took him to the Oddball Comedy festival last night :cool:) and tonight we're off to his mom's for another party xD
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    12. Merith
      Merith
      I bought a good amount of stuff last year, handful of things at rap on the second day and a giant box of stuff from a contact down there that a buddy and I split. Rap stuff was packed into a cooler other stuff was packed in a transship box with some newspaper to fill holes. Everything made the drive and acclimation just fine only thing I could possibly call a loss from transport was a Yuma but their incredibly sensitive coming from the wild and it was a rare color as well which from what I've read seem to have more issues with their native bacteria.

      Anyways as long as you're able to keep up with your tank/tanks following the trip shouldn't be an issue taking things on the 6-8hr drive home. In fact most of the stuff I had picked up aside from the Yuma that only lasted 3 days made it most of the weeks following think I lost about 20% from the neglect that came with recovery and most of the rest I lost in the tank crash a few months later.


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    13. sfsuphysics
      sfsuphysics
      One thing I noticed at an event a couple years ago, is vendors (from fairly far) were simply taking their frag racks and placing them into coolers, with water in the coolers. I think the natural sloshing due to driving is enough to keep water moving enough so it doesn't get too stagnant and corals can breath.

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