reefs.comMACNA20158The Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) is the largest marine aquarium conference in the world. The gathering brings livestock vendors, equipment manufacturers and everything in between together for a three day extravaganza of reef geek utopia from around the world. Forget holidays, for me this is the most sought after weekend of the year. This year the Washington D.C. Area Marine Aquarist Society (WAMAS) hosted the conference at the Wardman Marriott in Washington D.C., and what a MACNA it was!

I was working a vendor booth which didn’t allow time to take many pictures, but my good friend Hubert Chan did. If you didn’t have a chance to visit, here are some great pictures and a video to appease your blue thumbs. Next year the conference is being hosted by the San Diego Marine Aquarium Foundation (SDMAF). You can find more information on next year’s MACNA here. We’ll see you there!


Alternative Reef


Real Reef Rock Display


Captive Bred Seahorses at Pacific East Aquaculture


Karen Talbot Art


Dirk’s Equipment


Cubic Jellyfish


Reef Octopus


A.I. Lighting


Anemone Tank


Ice Cap


The photographer Hubert and I, with Jess photobombing

  • Austin Lefevre

    Austin Lefevre founded and owns Aqua Box, a group of passionate professionals who bring unique aquarium systems to fruition worldwide and offer fully quarantined and conditioned fishes to the US retail market. Austin has been a bonafide fish nerd for his entire life. When the kids in elementary school were reading Dr. Seuss, Austin was reading Jacques Cousteau. He's been in the aquarium industry since 2002 working in local fish stores, coral farms, and headed up a fish breeding program. He's been an avid SCUBA diver since the age of 12 and consistently seeks new aquatic adventures.


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