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CRASE 2008 http://www.craseokc.com

The Central Oklahoma Marine Aquarium Society, COMAS, http://www.mycomas.com , invites you to our annual conference. After the fabulous success of CRASE 2007, Aquariums Tropical Fish Supply and the Central Oklahoma Marine Aquarium Society are pleased to announce the second annual Oklahoma City Conference for Reef Aquarists and Saltwater Enthusiasts (CRASE). This will be a single day event and will comprise keynote lectures by distinguished speakers in the area of saltwater aquariums. In addition, the President of COMAS, Dr. Paul Whitby, will be discussing aquascaping. There will also be a hobbyist frag sale, vendor and trade displays as well as numerous door prizes.

Learning from last year, we have booked a larger venue and expect from 400 to 500 to attend. Hope to see some of you there!

Date: October 25, 20078

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Place: The Conference Center at University Central Oklahoma

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Ron Shimek- Firstly, it is with great pleasure that the organizers of CRASE wish to announce that Dr. Ron Shimek will be returning to CRASE. Dr. Shimek will be discussing invertebrates used as clean up crews, commonly available and some not so commonly available. His talk will encompass the pros/cons and the dos/don'ts.

Adam Mangino- The second presenter is a new face to the CRASE. Adam Mangino is one of the ORA team and is primarily involved with their captive breeding program and in particular he is responsible for the hybridization to create the indigo dottyback. He will be talking on captive breeding of marine ornamentals.

Dr. Sanjay Joshi- Also new to the CRASE is one of the most respected names in reef tank lighting. Dr. Sanjay Joshi has published numerous articles on spectral qualities of bulbs and the effect of various reflectors. It is fair to say the level of expertise he will be bringing to the CRASE is outstanding and I very much look forward to meting him. Dr. Joshi will be discussing various options in reef lighting with particular respect to both T5 and MH technology.

Dr. Paul W. Whitby, who is the President of the Central Oklahoma Marine Aquarium Society (COMAS) and who has over 20 years experience as a saltwater hobbyist is our fourth speaker. Dr. Whitby will be discussing aquascaping techniques.

Prize Draws at the CRASE

The list of prizes is beginning to take shape, please remember to stop by and check as it grows. For now, here are a few of the door prizes we will have:

Gift Certificates to Aquarium Oddballs

Gift Certificates to Aquariums Tropical Fish Supply

Gift Certificates to Zoanuts

And the Grand Prize this year is:

A complete 75gallon Reefready system. This comprises a 75g All Glass mega flow tank (Donated by Aquariums) a custom built Oak Stand and Canopy, 2 4 foot T5 lights, return pump, plumbing for the overflows and a sump. The stand and canopy are not stained so that you can match the system to your house decor. This prize is worth over $1,500.

Admission Price

Adult tickets are $15 each for general admission, $25 with prepaid gourmet box lunch*.

Children are $10 each for general admission, $20 with prepaid gourmet box lunch*.

Each general admission includes one complementary raffle ticket.

Tickets are available for purchase now. Online payment is available through http://www.paypal.com. We need to assess a $2 charge to cover the fees we are charged by paypal. So, adult tickets are $17; $27 with lunch. Child tickets are $12 ; $22 with lunch. For group purchases, please request a total since the paypal fees will vary. Please send payment to [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and include a name and a phone number for the ticket holder. We will hold your tickets for pick-up at the event. If you have any questions, please send a message to the same email address.

Vendor Table Request

One of the main attractions of CRASE is the hobbyist frag sale. We have tables remaining for anyone wanting to come sell frags at the CRASE. Anyone interested in this should contact us at http://www.craseokc.com

If you have never been to OKC, check out all the things to do. We have revamped our downtown into "Bricktown" with lots of fun things including a canal running through it. Make a whole weekend of it. Edmond is a great place for shopping if you have spouses who don't like the hobby.

Thanks-

Sheryl Coley

COMAS PR officer

[email protected]

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Hi All,

On October 25th COMAS is proud to hold the 2nd Annual Conference for reef Aquarists and Saltwater Enthusiasts -or as we call it, the CRASE. The conference will be held at UCO in Edmond at the Nighe Conference Center.

This year we have dedicated an area for a mini trade show and joining us are several local vendors as well as many national/internationally known names. These include Reeflo pumps (who manufacture the sequence range), Reef Nutrition, DTs Phytoplankton and PFO lighting who will be bringing their range of light systems. The local Vendors include Aquariums of Edmond, Zoanuts, Marine Extreme of Wichita and Aquarium Oddballs of Tulsa. These vendors will also have dry goods, such as powerheads and other material for sale at the conference.

Dr. Ron Shimek

Firstly, it is with great pleasure that the organizers of CRASE wish to announce that --after a great deal of requests from COMAS members---Dr. Ron Shimek will be returning to CRASE. Dr. Shimek will be discussing invertebrates used as clean up crews, commonly available and some not so commonly available. His talk will encompass the pros- the cons- the dos and the don'ts.

Dennis Tagrin

As the owner/ operator of DTs phytoplankton, Dennis is one of the most renowned names in phytoplankton culture an use in marine aquariums. His expertise in the growth and selection of strains for marine aquaria is second to none.

Dr. Sanjay Joshi

Also new to the CRASE is one of the most respected names in reef tank lighting. Dr. Sanjay Joshi has published numerous articles on spectral qualities of bulbs and the effect of various reflectors. It is fair to say the level of expertise he will be bringing to the CRASE is outstanding and I very much look forward to meting him. Dr. Joshi will be discussing various options in reef lighting with particular respect to both T5 and MH technology.

Dr. Paul W. Whitby

Dr. Whitby is President of the Central Oklahoma Marine Aquarium Society (COMAS) and has over 20 years experience as a saltwater hobbyist. Dr. Whitby will be discussing aquascaping techniques.

Adult tickets are $15 each for general admission, $25 with prepaid gourmet box lunch.

Children are $10 each for general admission, $20 with prepaid gourmet box lunch.

Each general admission includes one complementary raffle ticket. Tickets can be purchased through paypal: [email protected], or at the door. See the website www.craseokc.com for more details.

One of the most anticipated features of the CRASE is the door prize/raffle. This year we have a great selection of items. These include the following, as well as many more items:

Gift Certificates to Aquarium Oddballs

Gift Certificates to Aquariums Tropical Fish Supply

Gift Certificates to Zoanuts

Reeflo Dart Pump

Gift Certificates from Drs Foster and Smith

Live Rocks from Tampa Bay Saltwater

Assorted Chemicals from Marc Weiss Products

Gift Certificates from Air Water Ice

Mag Drive by Danner

50 gpd Pinnacle RO unit From Seachem

4 Complete sets of AQUAVITRO products http://www.aquavitro.com/

As well as donations of livegoods from all local and frag vendors.

And the Grand Prize this year is:

A complete 75gallon Reefready system. This comprises a 75g All Glass mega flow tank (Donated by Aquariums) a custom built Oak Stand and Canopy, 2 4 foot T5 lights, return pump, plumbing for the overflows and a sump. The stand and canopy are not stained so that you can match the system to your house decor. This prize is worth over $1,500.

We sincerely hope you can come join us on October 25th. CRASE 2008 is shaping up to surpas last years event and I am sure you would have great time.

Should you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected] or visit the CRASE website www.craseokc.com

Regards,

Stephanie Kohl

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btw,

If anyone wants hotel or travel information, please don't hesitate to email me. We have negotiated reduced rates with the Downtown Marriott and the Sleep Inn in Edmond. The downtown Marriott is in the heart of Bricktown which offers a variety of great restaurants and other attractions. The Sleep Inn is less than 5 minutes from the venue.

Just let me know if you need anything. Thanks.

Stephanie

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If you are attending the CRASE and plan on spending the night, the rooms at the Marriott need to be reserved by Monday, Oct. 13th.

Their regular room prices are much higher and rooms will revert to that price after Monday. The links on the CRASE web site will automatically give the discount price so be sure and use the links. Hope to see a bunch of you there!

Sheryl

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