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Mark Your Calendars

Postby black hills tj » Sat Nov 07, 2015 10:24 pm

The Great Plains Aquatic Convention will be held in Omaha, NE on April 9th featuring guest speakers Ted Judy and Scott Fellman! The event will include giveaways, hobbyist swap tables, vendor booths, an auction, speakers, and more!
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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby domination2580 » Sun Nov 08, 2015 11:48 am

Hmm...interesting.hopefully I have my things back up and running to be able to attend this

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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby black hills tj » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:32 pm

This will give you a reason to get back up and running! We will have folks from all over the region...North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado...
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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby domination2580 » Sun Nov 08, 2015 2:40 pm

I'd love to go...but will have to see how things go

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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby cdness » Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:54 pm

I am trying to talk the wife into a road trip... Got any recommendations on a good hotel down there or maybe have discounted convention rates at the hotel the event will be at?
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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby black hills tj » Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:31 am

We are working on securing a venue and group rate on rooms!
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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby black hills tj » Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:52 pm

Here's a list of some of the vendors that are attending as well as some companies that have sent some goodies for the event!

Unique Corals
Imperial Tropicals
Mind Blowing Corals
Hagen USA
Custom Aquariums
CEACich Aquatics
Midwest Frags
Aquarium Addictions
Fin-Tastic Fish
Tidal Wave Aquatics
Peabody's Paradise
Kensfish.com
Nilocg Aquatics
Sera
Hikari USA
Fish Freaks
Zoea's Healthy Fish
Klein's Corals
Reef Toys
Coral Collection
Elevate Shrimp
USHIO America
Tannin Aquatics
Rod's Food

I will update this thread with vendors and supporters as they come in!
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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby domination2580 » Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:56 am

How much is the event going to cost?

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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby black hills tj » Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:56 pm

To those walking in the door to shop, meet new people, and enjoy the speakers...hopefully nothing. We are working on gathering sponsors and doing some fundraising to reduce the costs. If it costs more than $5 I'll crap my pants. FREE.99 is the goal!
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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby black hills tj » Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:57 pm

Scott Fellman's presentation is being brought to you by the fine folks at Nebraska Aquatic Supply in Omaha, NE! They have always treated the club quite well. Check 'em out on Facebook and hit them up whenever you are down that direction! If I remember right, any club members with an SFAAS membership card get a discount!
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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby Korrine » Sat Nov 21, 2015 2:15 pm

Hmmm I could probably use a home work break that weekend...
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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby black hills tj » Sat Nov 21, 2015 10:07 pm

I'm happy to say that Matt from Sioux Falls Aquatics will be at the event!



Also...Grant from the Sertoma Butterfly House and Marine Cove in Sioux Falls, SD will be making the trek down to Omaha to give a presentation on LED lighting! The Sertoma Butterfly House and Marine Cove is the first public aquarium to be lit solely by LEDs! They utilize LEDs for both saltwater and freshwater applications.
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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby black hills tj » Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:38 pm

More support is rolling in from...

IcePackStore.com
Bob Smith Industries
Ecological Laboratories/Microbe-Lift
Reef2Reef(Coral and Amazonas magazines)
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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby Tangdiver » Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:11 pm

Can't wait
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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby black hills tj » Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:45 pm

Its been too long since I have updated this...here is a list of speakers that will be presenting at the event!

Here are some details for the 2016 Great Plains Aquatic Convention being hosted at the Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center in Omaha, NE on April 9 and 10! I have included the list of speakers, a schedule, and all the info you need to book your discounted room at the Courtyard by Marriott which is attached to the La Vista Conference Center!

Check out this whopper of a speaker line up!
*Owner of Ted's Fishroom and freshwater legend...Ted Judy!
*Owner of Tannin Aquatics...Scott Fellman!
*The king of green...Luis Navarro!
*Owner of ReefGen...Laura Birenbaum!
*Curator of the Long Island Aquarium...Joe Yaiullo!
*Local hobbyist and behind the scenes guy at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium...Tim Morrissey!
*Midwest Marine Aquarium Society's very own...Steve Miller!
*Curator at the Sertoma Butterfly House and Marine Cove...Grant Anderson!



The Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center has hooked us up with an excellent discount on rooms at the Courtyard, which is attached to the La Vista Conference Center, for the weekend! If you call the Courtyard at 402.339.4900 to book your room, request the Great Plains Aquatics Block and use code GPAR to get the discounted room rate at $79/night! Alternatively you can book online at the following link! Can't wait to see you all there!

http://www.marriott.com/meeting-event-h ... p_mobi=yes


saturday
1000-doors open
1100-Grant Anderson(LEDs)
1200-Laura Birenbaum(Salty speech)
1300-break
1400-Joe Yaiullo(salty speech)
1500-Ted Judy(cichlids)
1600-Scott Fellman(salty speech)
1800-more or less done for the day, maybe a social hour with snacks and drinks?

Sunday
0800-doors open
0900-Steve Miller(QT)
1000-Luis Navarro(plants)
1100-Tim Morrissey(raising anthias)
1200-auction
1400-(end)
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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby domination2580 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:47 pm

I think I'm going.

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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby black hills tj » Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:57 am

domination2580 wrote:I think I'm going.

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Group trip! I'm heading down on Friday evening with my wife. I am not sure when Grant, Matt, or anyone else plans on heading to Omaha.
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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby domination2580 » Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:40 am

Well I don't get off till 4:30 of you are leaving that we can car pool

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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby black hills tj » Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:49 pm

The current vendor list of the 2016 Great Plains Aquatic Convention is as follows:

AznNutty's Saltwater Connections
Klein's Corals
Shipwrecked Cove
The Coral Don
Nebraska Aquatic Supply
Aquarium Addictions
Sioux Falls Aquatics
Midwest Frags
Coral Xpressions
Kolb's Corals
Nebraska Reef Society
Rivers and Reefs
Zoea's Healthy Fish
Freakin' Frags
Coralholics
Printed Reefing Solutions
Midwest Marine Aquarium Society
Fin-Tastic Fish
Operation Tidal Wave
One Stop Aquatics
USBorn Books and More
Dirk's Dry Goods
Reef Deep Aquatics
Fish Freaks
Insane Corals

There is still space, so if you are interested in setting up, please contact us(particularly if you have some freshwater goodies to offer ;) )
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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby black hills tj » Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:14 pm

Any SFAAS folks heading to Omaha next weekend? :)
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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby domination2580 » Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:37 pm

black hills tj wrote:Any SFAAS folks heading to Omaha next weekend? :)

Yes sir

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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby wichers » Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:41 am

I'll show up. ;-)
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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby domination2580 » Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:52 am

Hey matt, are you going to be selling anything and are there going to be sales?

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Re: Mark Your Calendars

Postby wichers » Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:15 pm

Yes sir! They will be flying out of the water!
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