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Reefers, it's Friday!
And that means the next episode of the BRS/WWC Hybrid System is finally here!!
Today we take our first step into creating a simple and stable reef tank using a combination of BRS combined knowledge and WWC's method and with that, we aim to prove how ANY reefer can find similar results and create awesome reef tanks using the same system no matter what you choose for tank size or equipment!
We are giving away $15 for you to spend at our Live Sale! Keep reading to find out how to get yours!
Details of our live sale:
The live sale will take place in this thread. We will post a link, price, and image to each coral that you can purchase from our website. Everything is WYSIWYG, and first pay first serve. You must have an account registered on our website to make a purchase. So make sure you are logged in and ready as items will get sold fast.
On Saturday right before the Live Sale starts, we will send an email with a $15 coupon code to everyone on our mailing list that can be used in the live sale. All you have to do is subscribe to our mailing list. You can do so by doing either of the following:
1. Sign up by going to our website at www.piecesoftheocean.com, find the "Subscribe" field on the bottom of the page:
2. Or, create a new account on our website. Once validated and activated, you will be automatically added to our mailing list.
Pricing on the website will be correct in case of any typographical error.
No other prior credit or coupon code can be used in this Live Sale. Our standard Guarantee Policy applies. No cancellation or substitutes on Live Sale orders. One ship out box per customer/no combining ship outs. You can however pick up for your friend.
All rules are subject to change up to the start of the live sale.
There is no free shipping in our live sale. Our standard shipping fees apply ($20 for NY, NJ, and CT, and $45 everywhere else). You only have to pay shipping once when you check out the first time. After you will choose "Local pickup or combine with an existing order" so you don't have to pay shipping again. You must choose a shipping date and pay shipping on your first item or we will not know when to ship your order. Below is a screenshot of what you will see when you check out.
Local pick up
Local pick up is not only welcome but encouraged during our normal business hours. Get 20% off (in store only) on all fish when you pick up your live sale orders in store!
Every hour we will put something nice up on auction within our Auction section of our site. Each auction will run for an hour, with $1 starting bid at $1 increment and no reserve. Anyone that participates in every auction will qualify to win our grand prize of having 50% of the entire Live Sale order REFUNDED, including any auction winning! The number of bids, the amount you bid, and whether you win or not will not affect your chance of winning. One entry per customer. This is an 7-hour Live Sale so there will be 7 auctions total. As long as you participate by bidding in every auction, you qualify! It's as easy as that! All winning auction must be paid for within 30 minutes or we will put it on Second Chances for others to buy. Please remember to read our Auction Rules and Policy before bidding. Abusers will be banned and disqualified!
All communication will be conducted via email to support(AT)piecesoftheocean.com. No PM will be answered during the Live Sale.
Ever heard the term "green thumb" in reference to people who can grow things? Maybe you have have the term "blue thumb" in reference to people who saturate coral photos with blue light!
Today though I want to use the term "Blue Thumb" to describe people who find keeping a reef tank easy!
What about you? How easy is it for you and what do you think contributed to your knack for saltwater aquariums?
image via @irwin_fletch
Sense discovering r2r this past January it has been my go to source for reefing information.Before that it was books,fellow reefers,the lfs and that"other"site.Sense discovering r2r 10 months ago I have gained more knowledge here than from any other source in my 30 plus years of reefing.I have found that if I can't get an answer to a reefing question here one may not exist.So thank you to the r2r community and staff for all your help.The kindness of our members is second to none and should be applauded.
So I would like to know how many reefers are like me?.Is r2r your main source of reefing information?
I'm curious to know what your personal opinions about each since some days I'll end up drooling over the monster tanks, but then when someone has a handful of smaller systems those are all pretty amazing too.
I could see the appeal of both really and how some people just may not be able to have one or the other, thinking especially of those monster systems.
Of course with the larger system brings bigger fish, more automation, and the opportunity for less work. Then with the smaller tanks gives room for more variety, such as a tank with only one specific sort of thing, you could still have fish that may not get along just in separate systems. I'm not strictly talking nano tanks here either though I guess that varies with your definition of nano.
Personally as much as I would love to have one of those big tanks 125+ I know it's not exactly a realistic dream at this point in my life, I'm still in school, still living at home, and babysitting cash will only get you so far. So to me it sounds a lot more realistic to have multiple more mid size systems, or a bunch of smaller displays plumbed together, those customs tanks are big bucks after all. What are your preferences?
Makes me rethink my whole approach!
I see a lot of discussion on quarantining fish, with a lot of replies simply stating that the problem with this service is that hobbyists just aren't willing to pay more for a fully quarantined fish. I don't know about you, but I would be willing to pay quite a premium for a good quarantine service.
So what is the maximum amount you would be willing to pay for a full qt service on top of the price of the fish?
Edit: By full quarantine, I am referring to fully and properly medicated followed by an observation period. Use humblefish's procedure as a reference.
Edit 2: For the sake of argument, let's assume you are buying from a reputable vendor with great QT practices.
The fire will be going all weekend long!
Reef2Reef LiveSale Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time.
Lots of $5 doorbusters, prizes, and amazing deals.
Frags, colonies, signature corals, limited releases, and more!
If you have participated in any of our past live sales, we thank you! And you know UC will not disappoint!
And as always, all order WILL earn UC Reward points, so make sure you are signed up for UC Rewards. And we combine all shipping automatically for free (provided one shipping module was purchased), so checkout as many times as you like!
You MUST first purchase a shipping module HERE. Then shop as much as you like and we'll combine shipping for you.
Starting Oct 13th at 9am Pacific Time, a photo, price, and link will be posted in this thread to corals as they become available. So get your coffees, or beers, or kombuchas ready at 8:55 and stretch those fast clicking trigger fingers.
No more than four $5 corals per person. For every $5 coral you must purchase another coral as well.
You must complete checkout to secure the coral. If you only have the item in your cart and did not checkout yet, another customer can checkout and procure it. Once purchased the item will be marked "SOLD". Checkout as many times as you like, your shipping will be combined automatically.
All orders are final, no refunds, exchanges, credits, promotional gift cards, coupons, or extra discounts will be applied in the sale. Our Guarantee covers all the corals we ship. If you have a question please ask through thread posts or PM, as our admin office will be closed on Saturday. If you call the office or send a message through the UniqueCorals.com site, you will not get an answer until Monday morning. If you ask for a customization or substitution, we will try to accommodate you but please understand this may delay your ship date.
The $5 doorbuster corals will be spaced throughout. With so many choice items, competition is fierce, be ready for some fast clicking! We do suggest you register with UniqueCorals.com first with your
shipping information so you will have a fast checkout experience. If you are already a registered UniqueCorals customer, great, you are all set to go.
There is NO FREE SHIPPING unless combined with another order from our website over $150 in Livestock.
Please make sure your shipping module is all set before Monday, as we will have a large number of orders to fulfill and we want everyone to get their coral in a timely manner. Please include your full name and order details in any PM or communications so we may properly identify who you are.
You WILL collect UC reward points for all your purchases! Since your checkout experience will be at UniqueCorals, you can bank those points and use them toward any product on the site. Win and Win!
Top Prize: WYSIWYG Croc Island Scoly -valued at $900
#2 - 3 Triton ICP tests, Value of $147
#3 - SPS 4 pack, non WYSIWYG, value of $120
#4 - LPS 4 pack, non WYSIWYG, value of $110
There are 2 ways to enter the drawings. Make a purchase during the sale, or make one post in this thread every hour during the sale hours (11am to 7pm PST). If you do both you get 2 entries. Each person can only win one prize. Drawing results will be posted 5 days after the Sale.
Those entering by commenting in the thread please try to engage with your fellow reefers and not just "check in". You will need to PM us after the sale if you believe you qualified so we can verify your posts. Drawing results will be published 5 days after the sale.
Our admin office opens on Monday and will get to your requests ASAP. Thanks for understanding.
If you see something else you like in the non-LiveSale store, just choose the "Add-on Order" free shipping option upon checkout, and we'll combine shipping with your Live Sale order (provided you have purchased a shipping module, offer only good for livestock orders).
Teaser pics coming soon!
Thanks and good luck.
What do you think is the best fish for a frag tank? Wrasse? Tang? Clownfish? Blenny? Butterfly? I've seen all of these in frag tanks, but let's determine what is the best choice.
Please vote in the poll above and give us your reason in the thread here.
You read that right, we're having our BIGGEST giveaway in history at Bulk Reef Supply and we couldn't have done it without Reef2Reef and @WWC !
You have the whole month of October to enter! Tune in to YouTube Live next week to find out what's going on this dream tank. Then be sure to tune in for the LIVE announcement of the winner on November 1st, where Ryan and Randy will call one of you with the best news ever!
World Wide Corals Fragtoberfest 2018 LIVE SALE!
2 days of discounted corals, $5 frags, raffle prizes, and fun! 2,100+ items!
Sale starts Saturday, October 6th at 9 A.M. est and goes on for 16 hours straight until 1 A.M. est on the 6th. Then the sale will resume again on the 7th for 16 more hours from 9 A.M. to 1 A.M. est.
We will post "what you see is what you get" (WYSIWYG) corals in this thread with a title, picture, the sale price and a link to purchase it from our site. You can only go through the link posted here to buy the coral. You must complete checkout first to win the coral. The same item can be in multiple carts simultaneously, first one to finish checkout wins it and takes it out of stock.
All orders are final, no refunds on livestock. No exchanges, credits, promotional gift cards, coupons, or extra discounts can be used towards any items in the sale. Our 10-Day Guarantee applies to all corals we ship.
Communication will be through thread posts and Private Messages only. Over 2100+ corals total will be posted at random times throughout the whole 32 hours. Expect a batch of 4 - 7 new corals posted every few minutes. You snooze, you lose! It can sometimes be difficult to win items at peak times. Just have patience it is a long sale and items are easier to win as time goes on, please stay positive.
NO FREE SHIPPING unless combined with a non Live Sale/Aftersale and/or eBay order that already has shipping paid for. You must purchase a shipping unit for your Live Sale / After Sale purchases.
*Please include your full name from your order in any PM or post communications regarding orders. We cannot identify you from your R2R screen name.
Polyp Lab Package - Frag Glue Grenade, Coral View Lens, PolypBooster, Reef Roids ($100+ value)
XXL WWC Sunfire Montipora Frag ($299 value)
1 Month WWC Coral Club Gold Subscription ($450 value)
There are 2 ways to enter the drawings. Make a purchase during the sale, or make one post in this thread every hour during the sale hours (9 A.M. - 1 A.M. both days 6th - 7th). If you do both you get 2 entries. You can only win one prize. Drawing results will be posted within 1 week of sale. Those who make a post every hour PLEASE DO NOT say "check in", just make at least one meaningful post every hour during sale hours. You must PM us after the sale if you believe you qualified so we can verify your posts and include you in the giveaway.
We will post corals priced at $5 each throughout the sale! You can buy a maximum of 2, and you must buy at least 1 non-$5 coral for each $5 coral you purchase.
Shipping during the sale and after will be $24.99 ($14.99 for FL residents).
You only need to pay for one shipping unit. Just choose "Live Sale Shipping" at checkout so you are not charged for again for shipping.
No piggy back shipping with other people. We will not hold any orders except for weather/FedEx related issues.
In-store pickups will be allowed by appointment only (call or email) before 10/12, on or after Friday you may come in without appointment.
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A SHIPPING UNIT
Out of state shipments will be delivered Wednesday 10/10, Thursday 10/11, and Friday 10/12. (Florida shipments will be delivered on Thursday 10/11 & Friday 10/12. Choose which day you would like to receive your order. We will refund your shipping unit if you do not purchase anything during the sale.
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If changing your aquascape was as easy as snapping your fingers would you change it and why?
Let’s learn from one another by sharing!
Here is my tip: Aquascape with a vision. Envision large mature corals in those spots on the rockwork.
Will they have room to grow upwards or will they be too close to the top of the water?
Will you have room to clean the glass or will there be spots where even a cleaning magnet will not be able to fit?
Looking for advice.
My tank is 55 gallons in display (system total 70 gallons) with a 2-3 inch sand bed. It's been set up for almost 2 years now. Based on what I see when I vacuum the gravel (it's gross) I've been thinking of getting something to help turn over the sand bed. I already have a tiger conch and some nassarius snails but I think I need a bit more turnover.
I don't have room to add another fish so no diamond goby for me. I was thinking of adding a cucumber. My concerns include the toxicity if it dies, is there enough food and will my mantis shrimp go after it?
Should I go for it? Or should I try something else?
I am pleased to announce the 4th Annual R2R Partner Membership Drive is now OPEN!
What is a R2R Partner Member?
R2R has many ways that people can support the community forum from being active, welcoming, buying from sponsors as well as financially and many other ways. Once a year we open up a special membership category we call the Partner Membership which allows the members a chance to invest a little more financially into the forum and in return receive some special recognition, member perks and the chance at some great prizes. Your financial support also enables R2R to grow in various ways by giving us more capital to invest back into the forum and various projects. Please Note: All members world wide are eligible for this partner membership and eligible to win partnership raffle prizes. Please note that all members outside the lower 48 states will have to pay actual shipping for R2R gear and raffle prizes if picked as a winner.
What does it cost to become a Partner Member?
This year we are going to offer two levels of partner membership. There will be a Partner Membership that cost $100 + ship and an UPGRADED Partner Membership that cost $200 + ship. The biggest difference in the two levels of partnership is the amount of raffle tickets you receive, extra swag and NEW for this year is the EXCLUSIVE Partner Member Recognition Award!
What do Partner Members get in return for their financial support?
Besides being able to support the forum financially each partner member will also be able to enjoy some cool Reef2Reef Gear, Partner Member Perks for the year and to top it off you will also be given entry chances to WIN reef gear and gift certificates totaling over $10,000+! Even better this year you get to CHOOSE where you want your prize chances to go and we will have individual winners for each prize. You can win more than one prize of course depending on where you use your tickets and the luck of the draw!
When, where and how will the Partner Member drawing take place?
Well I'm glad you asked! We have always had a LIVE drawing but this year the LIVE drawing will take place within the Reef2Reef Private Partner Forum which all partner members will have access to. Don't take our word for it because you can watch the whole drawing LIVE. When you sign up to become a partner member you will choose where you want your 10 raffle prize tickets to go. We will email you your ticket numbers and place them in the prize box of your choosing just like you do at your local frag swaps or reef trade shows. Then we will pull the tickets from each box LIVE on the forum while you watch. If you're unable to watch live no worries because you do not have to be present to win. We will contact all winners once the live drawing is complete. The drawing will take place on the last day of the Partner Membership Drive which is November 6th at 10pm est.
What are the prizes Partner Members can win?
You will have the opportunity to use your tickets this year how you feel would best suit you and your tank needs. You may also purchase additional tickets as well. The following is the current list of prizes in no particular order. We hope to add more!
- RedSea Aquarium System: Your choice of a Reefer XL 525 Rimless or a Reefer 500 Peninsula ($2599 Value)
- Neptune Systems Apex WiFi Controller ($800 Value)
- ATI Hybrid LED WiFi T-5 PowerModule: Your choice in size. ($2200 Value)
- World Wide Corals $500 Shopping Spree ($500 Value)
- Tunze Skimmer & Recirculation Pump Prize Pack ($530 Value)
- Reef Weeds Limited Edition 2 Painting Set ($160 Value)
- Bulk Reef Supply $500 Shopping Spree ($500 Value)
- Marine Depot Somatic Sump/Skimmer Filtration System ($550 Value)
- ATB 1050a Protein Skimmer ($800 Value)
- Aquarium Specialty $500 Shopping Spree ($500 Value)
- Fishy Business Aquatics $600 Shopping Spree ($600 Value)
- Premium Aquatics $500 Shopping Spree ($500 Value)
How many prize tickets do Partner Members get and can we buy more?
Each Partner Member will be given 10 tickets (30 for upgraded) with your membership and will be given the option to purchase more if you so choose to do so. NEW FOR THIS YEAR: You will tell us where you want your tickets to go for what prize(s) you want to try and win just like you do at a frag swap or aquarium show. We will email you your ticket numbers sometime before the LIVE drawing. You can purchase extra tickets here.
What R2R swag can Partner Members expect this year?
This year we spent a little more on the SWAG but we wanted to give you something nice and change it up a little. We heard some of your requests and we put together a few items we hope...
SEPTEMBER 22, 2018
2PM - 12AM EST
JASON FOX 7TH ANNIVERSARY LIVE SALE!!!
600+ corals starting from $5
CHECK IT OUT!
Corals will be first posted in a thread on Reef2Reef.com HERE
Click each post image or visit our website to purchase HERE
1. You must create an account on our website to place a order.
2. We will post a frag every 2 mins or less on this thread HERE (REEF2REEF.COM) with a link to our website. Frag is sold to the first person to complete check-out.
3. First come, first serve basis. All purchases must be made through our website.
4. Shipping is $50, unlimited items, Fedex Priority Overnight.
$25 shipping to New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, or District of Columbia.
We only ship to the Continental US.
NO PUERTO RICO, HAWAII, or ALASKA SHIPPING.
5. No free shipping.
YOU PAY SHIPPING IN CHECKOUT FOR YOUR FIRST PURCHASE.
For every additional purchase, there is no additional shipping cost.
6. No holding, no exceptions.
CHOOSE CORAL DELIVERY DATES DURING CHECKOUT of:
Tues 9/25, Wed 9/26 or Thur 9/27.
7. All Purchases are final. No returns and no exchanges.
8. No PMs or Emails will be answered during the live sale.
9. Due to the amount of people purchasing frags, two people can place orders for the same frag at once. We will honor the order that comes through our website first. The other person will get the same frag if available or a refund.
10. WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS. NO PAYPAL DURING THE SALE.
JF FRANKIES NEOPHOBIA
How many of you are growing and coloring up your acropora corals under lower PAR levels?
If that's you what is your current PAR and what type of lighting are you using?
image via @TCK Corals
I've been reefing for several years now and I think I have enough experience to begin questioning a few things in the hobby. Obviously from the title, I'm skeptical of hermit crabs being truly beneficial in a reef tank.
When I first started in the hobby my absolute favorite thing was my hermit crabs, I remember them bustling around in my empty tank (it was nearing the end of its cycle and I added some hermits to help clean up the cycle algae). I really enjoyed watching them eat the fish food and run around. I noticed that the algae on the sandbed and rocks was going away and I was really pleased that I had a good clean up crew (at the time it consisted of snails, hermits, and an emerald crab). I was a little worried that I kept finding seeing my hermits wearing my snail shells, but I assumed that the fragile snail had died and the hermit had helpfully scavenged the dead body and was using the shell. In the years to follow, I saw them eat anything that died in the tank and I noted they weren't at all picky. For this reason they are great to have around, they are awesome scavengers and they are pretty cool to see in the tank, they add a lot of life.
Later, when I ran into problems with algae, I added a few more hermits to the tank (my course of algae removal is: manual removal, replenish CUC, turn off lights), the remaining snails I had died (I knew by know that hermits ate snails but I figured that hermits were likely better, after all thats what I had been told) but I didn't see them eating any of the algae and by the time I turned the lights back on they had instead taken the chance to eat some of the LPS weakened from light depletion. I then went to my LFS and picked up a turbo snail, a few ceriths, an emerald crab and some margaritas and threw them in the tank and algae was finally eliminated. I saw that the hermits really hadn't done anything to help and had actually hurt the tank by eating the LPS.
Now my tank has only about 5 hermits in a 35 gallon reef, along with 5 nassarius, 1 turbo, 2 margaritas, and 2 ceriths. My hermits are always stomping on my poor zoanthids, causing them to close up to avoid the grabbing claws of the hermits, eating the food I try to give to my gobies and pistol shrimp, and forever tormenting my helpful snails as well. I no longer have an emerald crab in the tank, they always get too big and are in my sump now so when a bit of turf algae popped up in the tank two days ago I figured I'd let the hermits try to get it. It's still there now and I'm really considering giving them all to my LFS, I'm tired of them. Will there be any real repercussions from getting rid of them, after all, in my experience all they do is scavenge dead things and my nassarius are far better at that?
I'd love to see what the general consensus of their merit is so here is a poll, I'd love to hear about your experiences as well as if you've found that only certain species are acceptable (I've found that all hermits are bad, but maybe there are some I missed or you disagree with).
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