During the last weekend in June, for the second year in a row, the New York Reef-A-Palooza took over the Secaucus-based Meadowlands Exposition Center for two days of underwater fun. Reef-A-Palooza is America’s largest saltwater aquarium show. The extensive event was born to provide aquarium hobbyists the opportunity to meet, teach and learn from fellow aquarium hobbyists, experts and professionals.

Each of their offerings showcased a wide variety of saltwater fish, coral colonies, coral frags, and tropical fish, as well as reef-keeping supplies and state-of-the-art technology to help aquariums operate at full capacity.

Reef-A-Palooza started on the West Coast, but travels out to the East Coast a couple times every year for the countless fish enthusiasts on this side of the country. Anything you could possibly need for aquatic pets, the show has, from live coral and gourmet fish food to high-tech lighting fixtures and dynamic aquarium equipment.

There is really no other aquarium event like this in the Tri-state area, so it’s not surprising that enthusiasts travel from hours away to purchase top-of-the-line merchandise, sample exclusive products and interact with friendly, like-minded people.

The Coral Dudes

According to their website, Reef-A-Palooza’s main goal is “to educate and enlighten the public with the latest knowledge in marine animal husbandry skills and environmental responsibility.” But it’s not until you actually attend the show and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of aquatics and underwater habitats that you understand the necessity of these events. Reef-A-Palooza constantly provides starting, intermediate and expert aquarium owners with an unparalleled arena to discuss aquatics, expand upon their knowledge and just have an all-around great time.

Reef-A-Palooza travels back to its home state of California on November 19 and 20, then swims to Orlando from May 6 to May 7, 2017, before finally coming back to the Garden State on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25, 2017. I highly recommend attending the event when it comes back.

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