Hey you! RSVP to the Event! ^^^ SHARE THIS POST!!! SHARE AS A PUBLIC POST ON YOUR PERSONAL FACEBOOK TIMELINE! Greater Iowa Reef Society & CEACich Aquatics Present: Spring Fest 2017! March 11th, 2017 Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center Des Moines, IA Heads up!! There is a bit of construction at the fairgrounds: here is how to get to the parking lot. If you come from University, just ignore the detour sign that tells you to turn right - that is there to keep the locals from driving like mad hatters around the Knapp building! Event Day Schedule: Doors will open early for check-in (exact time TBD) 11:00am - Speaker Scott Fellman 12:00pm - Show Floor Opens 2:30pm-5:00pm - Live Auction 5:00pm-5:30pm - Raffle $5 General Admission FREE for GIRS and CEACich Aquatics Club Members FREE for all 17 and younger Speaker: Scott Fellman My name is Scott Fellman, and I’m the consummate “fish nerd/entrepreneur”! Much of my life centers around tweaking protein skimmers, scraping algae, cleaning up spills, or figuring out how to unglue my fingers. I’ve been keeping freshwater and marine aquariums since I was a kid, and during that time, I have maintained all sorts of aquariums, fish bowls, plastic boxes, and just about anything that can hold water. My passion is creating natural-looking and functioning biotope aquariums which represent unusual ecological niches. I love this hobby and the crazy people in it! I’ve mentored fellow hobbyists for over fifteen years, starting on Bob Fenner’s WetWebMedia.com site, where I was also Co-Editor of WWM’s Conscientious Aquarist online magazine for a couple of years. In 2006-2007, I served as president the Marine Aquarium Society of Los Angeles County. I’ve written many of articles for publications such as the late Freshwater and Marine Aquarium Magazine, Ultramarine UK, Tropical Fish Hobbyist, Marine Fish and Reef USA Annual, Amazonas, and many online venues, such as Reef Addicts, Advanced Aquarist, and Reefs.com, Reef Builders, and Reef2Reef , as well as my daily blog, “The Tint”, on my Tannin Aquatics web site, where I blog on a variety of aquarium-related topics. In addition to my writing, I have racked up the frequent-flyer miles, traveling all over the U.S. and internationally, speaking at clubs and events about all sorts of reef-and aquarium-related stuff. I have presented at MACNA XIX in Pittsburgh, MACNA XX in Atlanta, MACNA XXI in Atlantic City, MACNA XXII in Orlando, MACNA XXIII in Des Moines, MACNA XXIV in Dallas, MACNA XXV in Florida, MACNA XXVII in Washngton as well the old IMAC Conferences in both Chicago and Long Beach and numerous other local events. I’ve spoken several times at the Reef-a-Palooza conference in my native So Cal, as well. I keep threatening to complete a book before this century is over… I was co-owner of Los Angeles-based online marine livestock retailer, Unique Corals, which specializes in sustainably-collected, aquacultured, and captive propagated corals, fishes, and invertebrates to the hobby. We enjoyed amazing growth and a large fan following in the four years I was with the company. Following my lifelong passion to embrace unusual aquatic niches, I sold my interest in Unique in 2016 to launch Tannin Aquatics, which specializes in providing what we like to call “aquatic botanicals”, as well as other goods and ideas for specialized aquatic hobbyists. We’ve enjoyed meteoric growth, and have turned on many hobbyists to this exciting speciality since we’ve been in operation. When I’m not trying to replicate the oceans, rivers and streams of the world in my aquariums, I’m usually surfing at my local beach, hiking the canyons of Malibu, writing, or just chilling at home with my wife. UPDATED LIST OF RAFFLE ITEMS!! *Subject to change Reef Nutrition (1) Reef Nutrition liquid food Reef multi-pack (1) Reef Nutrition liquid food Freshwater multi-pack (2) Reef Nutrition liquid food "Most Popular" Reef multi-packs (3) sets of TDO Chroma Boost pellet pouches Rod's Food 5 Saltwater Multi-packs 10 Freshwater Smallmouth packs 5 Freshwater Largemouth packs CaribSea 80 lbs of Life Rock + Supplements! ^ a lot more supplements en route.... Bulk Reef Supply 2-part Total Package w/Dosers! Synergy Reef Shadow Overflow & T-shirt! AquaUltraviolet Advantage UV Sterilizer! Marine Depot RODI & 3 T-shirts! Hamilton Technology Digital Timers & LED Strip Lights! Ecological Labs (Microbe-Lift) Variety of products! Dr. Tim's Aquatics Freshwater & Saltwater products! Polyp Labs Product Packs! MACNA 2017 2 full conference passes! Hydor Prodibio Products! Oceans Wonders (2) N52 Mag Rack Pro, Epoxy, Glue, & new Frag Plugs! American Aquarium Products AquaRay TMC AquaBeam LED Light Strip! Boyd Enterprises Chemipure Products for Saltwater & Freshwater! Bashsea Various Products! CORAL Magazine / Reef2Rainforest 2 Subscriptions! Avast Marine Multiple Gift Certificates! Vivid Aquariums Multiple Gift Certificates! Dave Roth 3-Frag Pack! Kessil Lighting A80 Tuna Blue LED Light Fixture! A little bitta this probably.... LRS Foods Reef Frenzy Frozen Food Packs! Air, Water & Ice 50 10-Micron Sediment Filters! These will go into grab-bags for the first 50 GIRS members through the door https://airwaterice.com/filters/sediment-filter-10.html Aqua-Tech Co & Fritz Aquatics HUGE donation, well over $1000 worth of products! So much stuff, the packing list is easier to post!! STILL...more to come!! VENDORS GIRS Hobbyist Vendors Justin Theroux (jtfraggin) Check the thread often for updates!