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Welcome to Reef-A-Palooza California

Reef-A-Palooza provides the perfect venue for marine aquarium hobbyists to meet fellow enthusiasts, exchange information, and trade, and learn about new products. One of our main goals at Reef-A-Palooza, and within SCMAS, is to educate and enlighten the public with the latest knowledge in marine animal husbandry skills and environmental responsibility. For instance, SCMAS fully encourages the rapid advancement and allure of coral propagation as a viable alternative to wild harvest collection practices. As such, many of our booth exhibitors are local hobbyists who grow their own corals specifically to sell and trade at Reef-A-Palooza and similar events. SCMAS thoroughly encourages this type of “green commerce” for both the betterment and future of our hobby, as well as the resulting benefit to the marine environment.

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Reef-A-Palooza California 2017

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Why Should You Attend Reef-A-Palooza California?

Create Vital Connections

Socialize with Speakers, Business Owners, Industry Leaders, Authors, Scientists and Hobbyists.

Explore Products and Technologies

Purchase the hottest new corals or see new cutting edge equipment.

Educate Yourself

Attend lectures from Industry Leaders. We recruit the industry’s highest rated speakers.

Purchase Your Tickets

Attend Reef-A-Palooza California

  • General Admission Pass

  • $20Per Person
    • One Day Pass – Valid for October 6 or October 7
    • Children 12 and Younger Free

  • Diamond Pass

  • $100Per Person
    • Admission Friday, October 5 at 2:30 PM
    • Early Admission Saturday, October 6 at 8:00 AM
    • Early Admission Sunday, October 7 at 9:00 AM
    • 2 Raffle Sheets


Conference Details

  • Saturday, October 6

    • 11:00 AM – Showroom Floor Open
    • 12:30 PM – Speaker
    • 2:30 PM – Speaker
    • 4:00 PM – Raffle
    • 6:00 PM – Showroom Floor Close

  • Sunday, October 7

    • 11:00 AM – Showroom Floor Open
    • 12:30 PM – Speaker
    • 2:30 PM – Speaker
    • 4:00 PM – Raffle
    • 6:00 PM – Showroom Floor Close


Reef-A-Palooza consistently recruits the industry’s highest-rated speakers – as well as intriguing new talent and compelling voices from outside the Reef community.

Marc “melev” Levenson

Marc “Melev” Levenson is a nationally recognized speaker, who regularly recommends supporting local club events, shopping local fish stores, and interacting with others via social media. His other hobby is diving, exploring natural reefs. He has been in the hobby since 1998, blogging his experiences about his own reef on his website to help others learn husbandry skills.

Marc Levenson

Saturday 12:30 pm - Why Every Hobbyist Should Own a PAR Meter
Joe Caparatta

Joe Caparatta aka “Joe Fish”, has been passionately invested in aquarium keeping both as a hobby and primary source of income since the age of 12. He currently owns and operates Manhattan Aquariums in NYC, Unique Corals and Triton Distribution West in California as well as MarcoRocks along with Marc Tetreault in Florida. He has resided in LA since 2012 and is married with 2 young boys.

Joe Caparatta

Saturday 2:30 pm - Building a Commercial Facility
Jake Adams

Jake Adams is a professional marine aquarist from Colorado, reef aquarium author & speaker, and best know as the senior editor of the popular reef aquarium blog, Reef Builders. Jake has a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science, he introduced the concept of 'Gyre Flow' over ten years ago, and these days he is a prolific YouTuber, producing videos on a wide range of reef aquarium topics.

Jake Adams

Sunday 12:30 pm - Reef Aquarium Fundamentals

Dr. Timothy A. Hovanec is the Founder and CEO of DrTim’s Aquatics, LLC. a leading provider of innovative natural bacterial-based products to the aquarium industry including One and Only Live Nitrifying Bacteria. Dr. Hovanec holds over 13 U.S. and foreign patents and has authored numerous papers on aquatic microbiology, water quality and filtration techniques for closed system life-support systems (many of which can be accessed at

Dr. Tim Hovanec

Sunday 2:30 pm - Multiple Ways to Control Nutrients in a Reef Aquarium



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Want to know where to find your way around the show? 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where does Reef-A-Palooza - California 2018 take place?

Anaheim Marriott (Platinum Ballroom), 700 West Convention Way Anaheim, CA 92802 USA - Use Access Code ``rap2018`` to reserve your room.

What is Reef-A-Palooza and who is it for?

Reef-A-Palooza is an indoor marketplace where sellers, exhibitors, and hobbyists of all types can buy, sell, trade, showcase their products to the marine hobbyist community.

How can I purchase tickets?

Tickets are available for purchase at the door or online.

How much will it cost to attend?

Tickets are priced at $20 a day at the door. Free – Children 12 and younger.

Are there any discounts offered?

Free - Children 12 and younger.

What is your cancellation policy?

No refunds will be given.

What time does the event start and end each day?

Saturday, October 6 - 11am-6pm and Sunday, October 7 - 11am-6pm

Where is the closest airport?

Orange County’s John Wayne Airport (SNA) is the preferred airport to service the Orange County area.

Does the venue have cash machines?

Yes, ATMs will be available.





Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Anaheim Marriott

(Platinum Ballroom)

700 West Convention Way  Anaheim, CA 92802 USA

Reef-A-Palooza California 2018 is proud to announce that we have moved locations to Anaheim Marriott. Book your room now at the official venue of Reef-A-Palooza California.

Whether you are visiting Anaheim Marriott for work or play, you’ll love our convenient location in the heart of Anaheim’s Resort District. Steps from the Anaheim Convention Center and walking distance to Disneyland®, our upscale hotel is a short distance to the excitement of Angel Stadium and concerts at the House of Blues. You’ll want to explore this friendly city. Space is limited, so book your room right away.

Book by clicking on the link below or call 1-877-622-3056 if you would like to make reservations over the phone. Make sure to use code RAP2018 for reservations made over the phone.

Use Access Code ” rap2018″ to book at the special rates. Hurry space is limited.

Become a Sponsor/Exhibitor?

Sponsorship/Exhibitor Opportunities

Each year thousands of hobbyists and professionals come to Reef-A-Palooza to look for products and services that will enable them to develop their reefing skills, solve reef-keeping challenges and find inspiration to create amazing reef tanks. Most of Reef-A-Palooza attendees directly purchase or recommend the purchase of reef products and services. By exhibiting in 2019 you’ll reach thousands of new prospects each year.

At Reef-A-Palooza your brand will be seen by thousands of hobbiyist, thinkers and doers. Reach the A-List speakers, shot-calling attendees and thousands more who visit the conference annually. If you want to sell your product or service, Reef-A-Palooza is the perfect place to be. Get the most from your visit to Reef-A-Palooza by expanding your reach through marketing and PR. Contact us about our promotional opportunities and find more ways to promote your brand at the show.

Interested in being a Sponsor or Exhibitor for Reef-A-Palooza California 2019?

New Exhibitors/Sponsors

Thank you for your interest in attending REEF-A-PALOOZA CALIFORNIA  (August 17-18, 2019). Please fill out the information below to get show and registration email updates.

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Things To Do In California

Whether it’s a trip for families, couples, single travelers or friends, you’ll find so many things to do in Anaheim, California. Our sun-splashed Southern California city, located between Los Angeles and San Diego, is best known as the home to the Disneyland® Resort and the Anaheim Convention Center. Enjoy all that this premier leisure and business destination has to offer with world-famous theme parks and attractions, celebrated restaurants, award-winning local craft breweries, specialty shops, pro sports, cultural museums, top entertainment and unlimited outdoor recreation. Explore what’s new downtown at the Anaheim Packing District and Center Street Promenade. There’s a lot happening in and around Anaheim. Come and stay awhile, you’ll be surprised and inspired.

Bring the family and plan your trip.