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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 2016

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California 2016 Event Highlights

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.

Don’t Miss Out

$20 Admission Fee

Free – Children 12 and younger


Conference Details

  • Saturday, 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

  • Sunday, October 8

    • 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.


Sanjay Joshi in real life is a Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University. He has been a reef addict since 1992, and currently keeps several reef aquariums at home including a 500G SPS coral dominated reef. He also co-manages the 500G aquarium at Penn State. He has published several articles in magazines such as Marine Fish and Reef Annual, Aquarium Frontiers, Aquarium Fish, and Advanced Aquarist. In addition, he has been an invited speaker at several marine aquarium society meetings in the US and Europe. He received the MASNA award in 2006, for his contributions to the marine aquarium hobby.

Sanjay Joshi - Saturday 12:30 PM

Tales from the Travel Crypt: How to build more robust reef systems.
Bob Fenner

I was born in Rhode Island, the smallest State of the U.S. but grew up in the orient as my father was career military. We had very few jobs ``on base`` for the ``dependents`` but I was fortunate to secure employment at a fish store that was associated with a restaurant in downtown Sasebo. Other vainglorious work overseas includes two years working for a Betta culture business, collecting and processing marines in Manila.Back to the U.S. in the late sixties I stuck to the trade as a retail clerk, a livestock wholesale worker (for Pratt's in San Diego), and eventually formed an aquarium service business with a school friend. Have been an avid hobbyist since first memories. Active in the local SDTFS from the sixties; helped in development of all three goldfish/koi clubs in San Diego. At times more active in scientific (AVMA, IAAAM, ASIH) and industry professional/business associations.

Bob Fenner - Saturday 2:30 PM

Anemones for Aquarium Use, Husbandry

Julian is an American writer on marine aquarium fishkeeping. He is an alumnus of the University of Florida where he studied zoology, graduating in 1988. Sprung has authored articles in aquarium hobby publications such as Freshwater And Marine Aquarium, Seascope, Advanced Aquarist Online, Aquarium Frontiers, Marine and Reef Aquarium USA, Practical Fishkeeping, Tropical Fish Hobbyist, and Coral. Sprung is one of the authors of The Reef Aquarium 3-volume book series (self-published).
In 1991 Sprung, with fellow marine aquarium enthusiast Daniel Ramirez, co-founded the company Two Little Fishies, Inc., a manufacturer of marine aquarium supplements, media, and accessories.

Julian Sprung - Sunday 12:30 PM

Little Stories II

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 and he has research experience with spawning corals in the Caribbean.

Jake has consulted on the design and installation of jumbo reef tanks, retail stores , aquaculture, mariculture and research aquaria. When he isn’t speaking to reef clubs or writing for marine aquarium publications, Jake also likes to enjoy freshwater fish & planted aquaria.

Jake Adams - Sunday 2:30 PM

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where does Reef-A-Palooza - California 2017 take place?

777 W Convention Way, Anaheim, California, 92802, USA

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 7 - 11am-6pm and Sunday, October 8 - 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.




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Hilton Anaheim

777 W Convention Way, Anaheim, California, 92802

Reef-A-Palooza California 2017 is proud to announce that we have moved locations to Hilton Anaheim. Book your room now at the official venue of Reef-A-Palooza California.

You’ll be close to Disneyland, Downtown Disney, The Grove of Anaheim, the finest restaurants, attractions, theaters, shopping and nightspots. 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  877-776-4932 if you would like to make reservations over the phone. Make sure to use code RAP for reservations made over the phone.

We’ve arranged special room rates, but space is limited, so…

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 2017 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 2017?

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Thank you for your interest in attending REEF-A-PALOOZA CALIFORNIA  (October 7-8, 2017). Please fill out the information below to get show and registration email updates.

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.