5th Annual Mid-Atlantic Marine Aquarium Charity Expo
September 23, 2017 | Chesapeake, VA

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 09/1/2017 and kids 12 and under are free. You can also purchase tickets at the door the day of for $10. Limited quantities of VIP tickets will be available for $40 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 frag cooler, frag deluxe fragging kit  with glue and plugs, a MAMAS sticker, 25 Raffle tickets as well as vendor swag and exclusive deals!!!!!


LOOP® Marine bundles provide everything you need in the lighting and flow department - delivering an amazing reef keeping experience at an incredible value. And with innovative LOOP® control, you can watch clouds gently roll across your reef or crank up the water surges for your anemones – all with a single touch. LOOP® connects and syncs everything into a single, wirelessly controlled network. So whether your setting up a new softie reef, or just ready for an aquarium overhaul, LOOP® Marine bundles make it easier than ever. 

​2017 Vendors

MAMAX will host 27 vendors, including large scale, renowned aquarists and divers, equipment and dry goods companies as well as local aquarium stores. Booths still available . Please email us at info@midatlanticmas.org if you're interested in becoming a vendor!

Section A

Section B

Section C

Section D

A1 - Aquarium Specialty
A2 - Greg's Corals
A3 - Ward's Aquatics
A4 - Pacific East Aquaculture
A6 - Spike's Corals
A7 - Palmetto Reef
A8 - Aquariums Unlimited

B1 - Golden Basket
B2 - Gr8Polyps
B3 - Pet Paradise
B4 - Simply Pets
B5 - Pop Corals
B6 - Josh Pork Sandwich
B7 - iFragit Corals
B8 - Zoanthids.com

C1 - Tank Breakers
C2 - Coral Reef Connection
C3 - Will Ragan Reefs
C4 - Aznutty
C5 - TSM Corals
C6 - NY Coral King
C7 - Madmolly Corals

D1 - Supreme Reefs
D2 - Animal Adventure
D3 - Neptune Systems
D4 - Joe Knows Reefs
D5 - Wet Pet Connection
D6 - Care-a-Lot
D7 - Frags2Fishes
D8 - Murfreesboro Aquatics


 8:45 - VIP Check-In Begins
 9:00 - Doors Open for VIP
 9:30 - General Admission on Sale
10:00 - Doors Open for General Admission
11:00 - Live Aquascape Challenge

12:00 - Raffle 1 - Must Be Present to Win
 1:00 - Neptune Systems Presentation
 3:00 - Raffle 2 - Must Be Present to Win
 4:00 - Doors Close

Our Sponsors

We are so grateful to all of our sponsors over the years. This year packs an incredible list of support and we're honored to have them be a part of our 5th annual expo!​ Sponsoring MAMAX supports our oceans and reefs so please contact us if you'd like to help our cause. A special thank you to our gold level sponsors:

MAMAS would like to thank Shannon Benson for her allowing us to use her amazing photography across our advertising. Shannon is a world-renowned wildlife photographer, author and ambassador for various conservation organizations. She 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: http://shannonwild.photoshelter.com

Chris Downing Volunteer

I volunteered not only because it's a charity, but because it's local! I want the best of the best to come and provide us with corals and products that are available to this evolving hobby.

Elise JeffriesAttendee

I loved my experiences at the MAMAX show! I have been going every year for the 3 years. Great vendors and great time!

Lindsey Corning Attendee

MAMAX is something I look forward to every year. Whether you're looking for basic corals or high end collector pieces, there is something for everybody.

Ben Nguyen Vendor

I'm always looking forward to bringing the hottest corals to this event every year, great vibe and outstanding reefers!

Guest Speaker

MAMAS strives to help educate aquarists of all experience levels by presenting content spanning everything from the reef to the tank. Stay tuned as we announce additional details.

Tom Dachille

Neptune Systems is the leader in aquarium automation and it's hard not to have them in a conversation when discussing reef keeping. Tom Dachille will be on had presenting on the latest innovations from Neptune Systems as well as tips and tricks regarding your Apex. Neptune will also have a booth at MAMAX this year so you can continue the conversation with Tom and perhaps take home an Apex of your own!


MAMAS raises money each year to help support marine related charities around the world in an effort to help maintain and protect our reefs for the future. Proceeds of our 2017 Charity Expo will go to a charity chosen by you, the attendees. After entering the expo you'll have the chance to cast your vote for this year's nominees!


This year we're returning to The Khedive Shriner's Temple 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 August 1st. 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 were available for $89 a night up until 8/1. You can still contact the hotel directly at 757-420-1550 to grab your room. 

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