MACNA 2016 in Photos

13 Sep, 2016

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This past Sunday, the Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) wrapped up in San Diego after another successful year. Hosted by the San Diego Marine Aquarium Foundation, this was the 28th year for what has become the world’s premiere marine aquarium hobby event—and as usual, it featured an impressive lineup of speakers and workshops. Of course, it wouldn’t be MACNA without a packed exhibit space full of the biggest names in the industry showcasing the latest and greatest in technology, products, and a dizzying array of the hottest corals around.

Following an ongoing trend in the hobby and trade, this year’s MACNA, at least in terms of live fish and corals, was all about captive-bred. Importer and wholesaler Quality Marine stole the show with their large, 100% aquacultured display featuring the first public appearance of their new Flame Angels, a cameo from the first Yellow Tangs to be reared in captivity (which, it should be noted, are growing nicely, with little evidence of the HLLE that caused some controversy on their release), and captive-bred Royal Gramma from Australia. ORA, as usual, took the opportunity to display much of their broad portfolio of captive-bred fish, from the rare Kamohara Blenny to their new Yellowtail Blue Damsels. Sea and Reef Aquaculture of Maine caused quite a buzz over the debut of their new Phantom Longfin Clowns, which stood out even in their packed display tank with flowing, luxuriant fins more reminiscent of fancy Betta varieties than marine fish. And, being MACNA, there were dozens of vendors selling frags and colonies of nearly every coral species and strain on the market—again, nearly all cultured or grown in tanks or coral farms.

With such a great crowd of attendees from all over the country (and world), it was tough to get away from the CORAL Magazine booth to explore, but we did manage to put together a photo-heavy highlight reel of some of the most exciting displays and marine life the show had to offer. It is by no means exhaustive, but please enjoy our photo walk-through of MACNA 2016!

This large display aquarium by ProAquatix features their captive-bred Lookdowns, Palometa, and Golden Trevally

This large display aquarium by ProAquatix features their captive-bred Lookdowns, Palometa, and Golden Trevally

 

Plenty of remarkable LPS, like this screaming Lobophyllia colony, were available for sale

Plenty of remarkable LPS, like this screaming Lobophyllia colony, were available for sale

 

A vibrant display aquarium by Tunze, showcasing some of their new products

A vibrant display aquarium by Tunze, showcasing some of their new products

 

The as-yet-unnamed strain of clownfish developed by Sea & Reef Aquaculture of Maine

The as-yet-unnamed strain of clownfish developed by Sea & Reef Aquaculture of Maine

Longfin Black Clown by Sea & Reef Aquaculture

Longfin Black Clown by Sea & Reef Aquaculture

Easily among the most impressive fish seen at MACNA, the new Phantom Longfin from Sea & Reef drew quite a crowd

Easily among the most impressive fish seen at MACNA, the new Phantom Longfin from Sea & Reef drew quite a crowd

The ZooMed Labs booth showcasing their new "Low Boy" frag tank

The ZooMed Labs booth showcasing their new “Low Boy” frag tank

 

Fluval had a number of attractive nano aquariums on display -- here, the Evo 5

Fluval had a number of attractive nano aquariums on display — here, the Evo 5

 

Cultured SPS and Live Rock from Fiji on display at Walt Smith International's booth

Cultured SPS and Live Rock from Fiji on display at Walt Smith International’s booth

 

It wasn't just live fish on display. Scalz Fine Art had some beautiful artwork for sale

It wasn’t just live fish on display. Scalz Fine Art had some beautiful artwork for sale

 

Male Monsoon Fairy Wrasse at Carolina Aquatics' booth

Male Monsoon Fairy Wrasse at Carolina Aquatics’ booth

 

Carolina Aquatics displayed the recently-described Monsoon Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus hygroxerus), the first and only specimens currently in the US

Carolina Aquatics displayed the recently-described Monsoon Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus hygroxerus), the first and only specimens currently in the US

 

Closeup of the ZooMed tank

Closeup of the ZooMed tank

 

Another sleek all-in-one aquarium at Fluval's booth, the Evo 12

Another sleek all-in-one aquarium at Fluval’s booth, the Evo 12

 

One of the display tanks at Kessil's booth

One of the display tanks at Kessil’s booth

 

It wouldn't be MACNA without plenty of the hottest corals for sale from vendors all over the US. Here, SD Corals (a local company) showcases some amazing Scolymia, Bounce Mushrooms, and much more

It wouldn’t be MACNA without plenty of the hottest corals for sale from vendors all over the US. Here, SD Corals (a local company) showcases some amazing Scolymia, Bounce Mushrooms, and much more

 

Captive-bred Royal Gramma were on display at Quality Marine's booth in their first public appearance

Captive-bred Royal Gramma were on display at Quality Marine’s booth in their first public appearance

 

Quality Marine's captive-bred Flame Angels were among the highlights of their impressive, 100% aquacultured fish and coral display

Quality Marine’s captive-bred Flame Angels were among the highlights of their impressive, 100% aquacultured fish and coral display

 

A tank-raised trifecta: a captive-bred Yellow Tang, Flame Angel, and Maze Angel are all living, breathing evidence of recent breakthroughs in marine fish breeding

A tank-raised trifecta: a captive-bred Yellow Tang, Flame Angel, and Maze Angel are all living, breathing evidence of recent breakthroughs in marine fish breeding

 

Captive-bred Banggai Cardinal at Quality Marine's display

Captive-bred Banggai Cardinal at Quality Marine’s display

 

The Orbi Cardinal, another captive-bred fish currently available to hobbyists, in front of a backdrop of Bali aquacultured LPS corals

The Orbi Cardinal, another captive-bred fish currently available to hobbyists, in front of a backdrop of Bali aquacultured LPS corals

 

Another view of the captive-bred Maze Angel on display by Quality Marine

Another view of the captive-bred Maze Angel on display by Quality Marine

 

These fish, from the first batch of yellow tangs to be bred in captivity, are growing up healthy and appear to be thriving

These fish, from the first batch of yellow tangs to be bred in captivity, are growing up healthy and appear to be thriving

 

Dropoff-style tanks like this one at the Digital Aquatics booth were a popular display at this year's MACNA

Dropoff-style tanks like this one at the Digital Aquatics booth were a popular display at this year’s MACNA

 

Planet Aquarium's massive dropoff aquarium is a creative aquascaper's dream tank

Planet Aquarium’s massive dropoff aquarium is a creative aquascaper’s dream tank

 

Captive-bred blenny diversity on display at ORA's booth

Captive-bred blenny diversity on display at ORA’s booth

 

ORA didn't disappoint with their always-impressive edgeless reef display, this year featuring their captive-bred Kamohara Blennies (among many other fish)

ORA didn’t disappoint with their always-impressive edgeless reef display, this year featuring their captive-bred Kamohara Blennies (among many other fish)

 

One of the coolest fish on display at MACNA was this Ornate Cowfish from Australia at the Ecotech Marine booth

One of the coolest fish on display at MACNA was this Ornate Cowfish from Australia at the Ecotech Marine booth

 

A nice selection of Hawaiian fish in one of Aqua Illumination's displays

A nice selection of Hawaiian fish in one of Aqua Illumination’s displays

 

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About the author

Mike Tuccinardi
Mike Tuccinardi

With a background spanning retail, wholesale, and aquarium fish import, Mike Tuccinardi began working at a local fish store in his early teens and has been following the fish ever since. After a stint in Florida working for a major importer and tropical fish farm, Mike has traveled through Asia and South America visiting aquarium fish exporters, collectors, and fishing communities. He currently serves on the advisory board of Project Piaba as well as the steering committee for the IUCN’s Home Aquarium Fish Sub-Group (HAFSG). When not traveling, Mike resides in Boulder, CO with his wife and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Science. He is a Senior Editor of AMAZONAS and CORAL Magazines.

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