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Join us October 20-21st for the Southwest Florida Marine Aquarium Society event of the year, the 10th Annual SWFMAS Reef Conference
Friday's dinner banquet promises great food, good company, interesting speakers and fabulous giveaway prizes.
Vendors, speakers, a giant raffle, and plenty of fun will greet all guests on Saturday for the main event. 
More information and tickets available at www.reefconference.com.

All VIP and lunch or banquet tickets must be purchased by  October 14th!

 

We also need volunteers for this event. Click here to see how you can help!

 

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We have recently added a new series of great introductory articles titled Saltwater Aquariums 101, written by Ron Lindensmith. Find them HERE in our articles section.





SWFMAS Scholarship Information

In 2012, SWFMAS started offering a scholarship to 1 exemplary FGCU student studying Marine Biology and maintaining a 3.0 GPA. For this year the scholarship winner will be awarded $500 ( + any member donations) and a 1 year individual club membership.

We will announce the scholarship winner here, and we will also list any donations from SWFMAS members and sponsors here!

SWFMAS Scholarship Winners:

Scholarship Donors:

 
2012
Aaron Sipos
2013
Aaron Sipos
2014
Aaron Sipos
2015
Natalie Harvey
2016
Natalie Harvey
2017
TBA

 

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2012
SWFMAS Club Contribution: $250
 
Gulf Coast Aquariums $50
 
Anonymous Club member $50
Total:
$350
 
 
2013
SWFMAS Club Contribution: $250
 
Anonymous Club Member $50
 
Reef Conference Donations $34
 
Meg & Will Gardiner $16
Total
$350
 
 
2014
SWFMAS Club Contribution: $500
 
Anonymous Club Member $50
 
C Lomangino $5
 
Cynthia Rela $5
 
Rare Reef $25
Total
$585
 
 
2015
SWFMAS Club Contribution: $500
 
Reef Conference Donations $32
 
Anonymous Club Member $50
Total
$582
 
 
2016
SWFMAS Club Contribution: $500
 
Anonymous Club Member $50
 
Reef Conference Donations $23
Total
$573
 
 
2017
SWFMAS Club Contribution: $500
 
Auction BioCube Raffle: $315
 
Auction Donaations $8
 
Anonymous Club Member $50
 
 

2017 - Donate at our upcoming meetings and events

(Thank you to everyone who donated!)

Southwest Florida Marine Aquarium Society

SWFMAS is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of aquarists dedicated to the care and conservation of marine life kept in reef aquariums. Our primary objective is to educate other area reef keepers on the requirements of caring for reef inverts, fish and coral propagation. SWFMAS believes that in order for this hobby to continue and flourish, dedicated hobbyists must take a more active roll in their community to educate new aquarists on the less destructive methods of cycling tanks, fish cohabitation, beginner and advanced coral requirements. With many different methods of reef setup and care available from books, Internet, and local fish stores it can create even more frustration for the hobbyist looking for answers. We believe we can help the new hobbyist and advanced aquarist in new methods of caring for these delicate and beautiful creatures. As saltwater aquariums have gained in popularity, so has research into how equipment used can best emulate natural reef settings, provide better quality water, and give the hobbyist more control over every aspect of their tank. This has resulted in a large niche market of equipment. Deciding on which to purchase can sometimes overwhelm newer hobbyists. This is an area where our advanced hobbyist members will be able to provide advice.

• Education of reef aquarist

• Promote better standards for LFS

• Explain how to care for and propagate coral

• Disseminate information from books, Internet

• Provide a network of knowledgeable reef keepers

• Supply a source of propagated corals for other members

President's Message

Welcome to the website and forums of Southwest Florida Marine Aquarium Society!

We currently have over 200 members (a phenomenal community for our 10 year old club), with a fantastic variety of meetings and events. This year we are looking to continue our club's growth and bring even more fun activities and invite more world renowned guest speakers to our meetings. We strive to offer activities suited to hobbyists at every level and keep engaged discussions going about all aquarium, fish and reefing topics on our forums.

Special events to mark on your calendar for this year are our Annual Frag Auction on February 19th and our 10th Annual Reef Conference on October 20th & 21st.

Our monthly meetings are typically held on the 3rd Saturday of the month, and are informal events! These are a great place to check us out, join the club (find more information about joining SWFMAS here), and meet new people that share the same passion for our hobby as you do!

Also, feel free to browse and post in our forums. These are open to all (registration is free), and are the heart and soul of the club, from here you will find out when our meetings are taking place, who is trading or selling equipment and livestock, and a whole lot of answers to questions you didn't know you had! These are a great learning and sharing resource, so don't be afraid to ask questions!


Thank you,

Heather Lloyd,
SWFMAS 2017 President