The 2012 Michigan Coral Expo and Swap is put on by The Mid Michigan Marine Club (MMMC) and the Grand Rapids Marine Aquarium Society (GRMAS). This is their 6th annual swap, and even though our tank is not up and running yet, we wanted to go to the Expo and see what it was all about.
We arrived shortly after the Expo opened and were surprised at the number of people already there. There was very few parking spaces left! We paid $3 per person to get in and received a gift bag. Inside was an XL t-shirt, a Foster and Smith catalog, an 8.45oz bottle of Instant Ocean Marine Conditioner, and a package of Instant Ocean Pacific Krill supplements. I’d say this was well wroth the $3 admission.
There was a flood of people upon entering the Expo, all squeezing around each other to see all of the vendors. I thought the building was rather small, and hope they choose a bigger building next year. This being said, everyone was happy, friendly and patient in spite of the cramped space.
The first thing I noticed, aside from the amount of people, was that many people were carrying coolers. Inside, were various containers of the corals and fish they had purchased. These containers ranged from plastic bags, styrofoam bowls with lids, and what appeared to be urine drug screen cups.
We stopped to talk with a few vendors about their corals and other products. One vendor was Josh Nelson from Reef Acrylic Works that displayed some of his fish traps and sumps.
There were thousands of corals, but also fish and invertebrates.
Most of the coral’s were displayed in clear tanks with blue lights to showcase their vibrant colors.
We will definitely will be attending next years Expo. We will have our tank up and running by then, and have learned a lot more about reefing, as well as be able to identify different corals. It will be much more fun to be able to identify the corals we like instead of saying “Ooh! I like this green and pink one!”
We also stopped at Preuss Pets today and took advantage of their 15% off sale, coming home with lights, salt, and other goodies! We are one step closer and learning patience one day at a time.