MAMAX 2016 | The Mid-Atlantic Marine Aquarium Expo

Vendors | Sponsors | Raffle | Speakers | Location | Accomodations

Tickets are now on sale! Get your tickets here!

mamax-2016-inset-1The Mid-Atlantic Marine Aquarists Society (MAMAS) would like to invite you to the 4th Annual 2016 Mid-Atlantic Marine Aquarium Expo (MAMAX) located in Chesapeake, VA on October 8, 2016 from 10:00am-4:00pm. MAMAX is a charitable fundraising event for reef related causes. Proceeds are donated to a charity selected by you, the attendees.

MAMAX is an opportunity for reef aquarists in the mid-atlantic region to come together for a day of saltwater hobby exposure, education, conversation, contests and family fun. With over 30 vendors from across the country, raffles, a kid zone, presentations and contests throughout the day, we have something for everyone.

General admission is just $8 online until 10/1/2016 and kids 12 and under are free. You can purchase tickets at the door the day of for $10. Limited quantities of VIP tickets will be available as well! VIP tickets get you into the event a FULL HOUR EARLY at 9am before general admission to meet vendors, cherry pick coral and pick up exclusive deals. You’ll also get a t-shirt, MAMAS stickers, 25 Raffle tickets as well as vendor swag and exclusive deals!!!!! That’s a $75 value for only $45.

Tickets are now on sale! Get your tickets here!



MAMAX will host 27 vendors, including large scale, renowned aquarists and divers, equipment and dry goods vendors as well as local marine stores. We have several booths still available due to some recent cancellations so please email us at if you’re interested in becoming a vendor!


Thank you to all of our current sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact our staff for details.

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MAMAS would like to thank Shannon Benson for her allowing us to use her amazing photography across our advertising this year. Shannon is a world-renowned wildlife photographer, author and ambassador for various conservation organizations. Shannon has worked as a professional photographer for over 12 years and her award-winning images have been exhibited around the world including Paris, New York and LA. You can support her and her efforts buy purchasing prints and books on her website at:




MAMAX will host a huge raffle at 2:30. Our sponsors and vendors are all contributing.

  • Complete 40g setup w/rock
  • Skimate locker
  • Tons of live foods and additives
  • The Portal
  • Nano frag tank
  • T5 lighting fixtures
  • Live coral
  • Kessil A80
  • Frag racks
  • Chemipure & Chemiclean
  • Look down viewers
  • Dosing container pair
  • Pumps, powerheads and skimmers
  • UV lamp
  • Dry rock
  • Frozen food
  • Gift certificates to vendors
  • LED lighting fixtures
  • Magazine Subscriptions
  • Algae srubber



10:30 – Mark Callahan
Mark has been an avid aquarist for over 22 years and now maintains a 375 gallon tank and, a website dedicated to taking the confusion out of setting up and maintaining a saltwater tank. Mark also is the creator and star of Mr. Saltwater Tank TV a web-based TV show that not only entertains audiences, but educates them as well. Since starting Mr. Saltwater Tank TV in 2010, Mark has created over 260 Mr. Saltwater Tank TV episodes resulting in over 6,200,000 views worldwide. The show has attracted 22,000+ YouTube subscribers and 12,500 + fans on Facebook.

In addition to Mr. Saltwater Tank TV, Mark has authored and co-authored 6 books on including The No-Nonsense Guide to Setting Up A Saltwater Tank Volume One andVolume Two, The Ultimate Guide to Saltwater Tank Cruise Control, The No-Nonsense Guide to Preventing and Curing Nuisance Algae Outbreaks, The No-Nonsense Guide to Marine Fish Diseases, Treatments and Quarantine, and Pre-Travel Planning and Preparation: A Pocket Guide for Saltwater Tank Owners His writing also includes 5 authored or co-authored articles for international magazines such as Tropical Fish Hobbyist and Marine Habitat Magazine.


Joe Yaiullo – 12:30
Joe Yaiullo has a B.S. in Marine Science from LIU Southampton College’s marine science program, and worked for 8 years at the NY Aquarium in Brooklyn, New York as Senior Aquarist. In 1992, he began to shape his plan for a world-class aquarium on Long Island’s East End. In 2000, after toiling for eight long years, his plans and vision became a reality with the opening of Atlantis Marine World Aquarium in Riverhead, NY (now known as the Long Island Aquarium).

Joe, an admitted “Coralaholic”, currently feeds his ever increasing addiction with a 20,000 gallon live coral reef display. As in true coralaholic fashion, a much larger display is in the planning stages. Joe has been featured in many reef keeping books and magazines, has given lectures all over the world, was awarded The Distinguished Alumni Award from Southampton College and was president of the Long Island Reef Association, LIRA for 12 years.

Laura Birenbaum
Laura has been devoted to her career in the reef aquarium industry for over 13 years and has been a fish keeper for most of her life. In addition to her internship at the Steinhart Aquarium, she has worked on many sides of the trade including aquarium retail, wholesale and manufacturing and earned a B.S. in Marine Biology at Western Washington University.

Laura is the proud Owner and Co-Founder of ReefGen, a wholesale coral and fish aquaculture company in Riverhead, NY. ReefGen propagates a diverse selection of coral frags in collaboration with the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center. Laura’s focus and passion has been breeding Dwarf Cuttlefish (Sepia bandensis,) which are now being distributed through retailers across the country. She eagerly looks forward to future cephalopod breeding opportunities with bobtail squid, flamboyant cuttlefish, and more!


MAMAX supports marine related charities all over the world. Each year, our fundraising efforts are donated to a single charity that is voted on by the expo’s attendees. Read more about them below. Do you represent a charity not listed or know of one that should be considered? Email us with information so that our board can review the organization for next year.

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This year we’re changing venues to a larger facility to accommodate more vendors, attendees, cars and activities! The Khedive Shriner’s Temple is located just off Greenbrier Parkway and I-64 at 645 Woodlake Dr, Chesapeake, VA 23320. Attendees coming from just about everywhere will find it easiest to take I-64 and get off at the Greenbrier Pkwy North 289A exit. Merge immediately to the left  and take the first left onto Woodlake Dr. You’ll find the temple on the left. Free parking is available on a first come, first serve basis. Several restaurants and hotels are located within a 2 mile radius of the facility and we’ll be working to get out of town guests a group rate.


MAMAS has worked directly with the Hampton Inn Chesapeake to get a special rate for out of town guests until September 16th. Located less than a mile from our new venue in Chesapeake, The Hampton Inn offers breakfast, a pool and is just minutes from the Greenbrier area which is packed with restaurants and shopping locations. Rooms with both King and Double arrangements will be available for $75 a night (ends 9/16). Contact the hotel directly at 757-420-1550 to grab your room at a discount. Be sure to mention the Mid-Atlantic Marine Expo “Tradeshow” rate with MAMAS when you call.