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Yesterday we looked at favorite shrimp. Today I'd like to see what member's favorite snail is and why. Snails are a real workhorse in any CUC and there are many types to choose from. New members often ask which type they should get so maybe we can offer some insight. So what is your favorite and why?
You asked for it, and now it's here! January 27th starting at 11am, it'll be like Christmas morning all over again.
You MUST first purchase a shipping module here. Then shop as much as you like and we'll combine shipping for you.
We will be posting some corals $5, $10, $15 each throughout the sale! Most coral will be deeply discounted. You'll be amazed at some of the value you will find! Enjoy!
No more than four $5 corals per person. For every $5 coral you must purchase another coral as well.
We will have mostly WYSIWYG corals and some UniqueCorals.com limited release stock frags, as they become available, we post on the Reef2Reef.com thread (yes, this thread right here) At that time, that coral will be available for purchase, you can click on the link in the post, which will lead you to the page to buy the coral.
You must complete checkout to secure the coral. Once purchased the item will be market "out of stock". Checkout as many times as you like, your shipping will be combined.
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 will delay your ship date.
Over 850+ corals will be posted starting at 11am PST. You can expect a small batch every few minutes. 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.
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 Sunday night, 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.
- A Triton pack of 3 ICP tests and 3 trace elements
- UniqueCorals.com Malware Millie frag, shipped
- WYSIWYG UC Psychedelic Echinophyllia 3" Colony
- three $50 gift certificates to UniqueCorals.com
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.
Good luck, and happy reefing!
Curious to see how many of you have converted friends or people local to the hobby. I feel like I am a big cheerleader for this hobby, and I am constantly (without realizing it sometimes) trying to find local people to share my passion with.
For me, it's one. @HotRockTarBaby is a local friend and he jumped in to this hobby HARD! Red Sea Reefer 750 XXL, quarantine tank, rock and coral quarantines, and he learns FAST. It's nice to have someone local to help (because no one else has the patience for this hobby that isn't in it or understands), to bounce ideas off of, trade with, etc.
He's a bad influence to me too, tells me we are buying Gem tangs in December 2018!
I know some people "sell" lots of people on this hobby, how many people have you "converted?"
I'm curious what the average age and number of years people have been enjoying this amazing hobby? Is the hobby enjoyed more by the younger people......20yr - 30yrs or us older folk 40yrs on up?
Ive been running SW tanks off and on since 2001 and learn something new each and every day!!
I for one leave everything running when I feed the fish. Could just be me, but I enjoy watching them go a little crazy chasing food all over - it just seems more natural.
What about the rest of you. Do you turn off your pumps when you feed, slow them down or just let them run?
Ok I have spent the last many months researching zoa pox 24/7 and have come up empty handed. WHAT IS IT? Seems like I know nothing about it. Everyone says Furan 2 works for this but does it really? I've tried it plenty of times with no success. ESPECIALLY on highend zoas.
Fellow member @NowGlazeIT offered a good suggestion for today's poll. We had a poll a while ago that specifically asked if you target feed your corals. This poll broadens that a little to how do you feed your corals. It's multiple choice as many may feed different species in different manners. So if you feed your corals, let's see how you do it. Feel free to discuss what you feed below.
Let’s discuss power outages as it can happen to any of us, for any number of reasons. The northeast is bracing for another winter battle so maybe it’s a chance to see how folks prepare for an outage. What do you use a backup power options, specifically for your tank(s). If you’re lucky enough to have a whole house generator with auto transfer switch, then you’re golden. But for others, what are your plans? If you're new to the hobby, you need to have a plan!
There are many, many ways to handle this and I've tried to include the most common methods. Feel free to discuss your plans in details as it may help others down the road.
how much return flow are you aiming for?
With variable pumps, it seems like I am always aiming for higher flow. But I’m not sure I need 3000gph that my Vectra L1 can crank out. (I’m not counting losses in head pressure or elbows and such). Just trying to make a point.
I’ve heard everything from 2x tank size per hour to 10x tank size per hour to much higher. What say you? What’s your perfect return rate are you aiming for? How many times you trying to turn your tank over per hour?
So here are a few pics that I saw floating in an old post recently:
What are some things you've done with skulls or other cool forms in your reef?
These approaches are totally different, but I've seen all work incredibly well, I'm not saying anything against any of them. I think its an interesting question and I'd like to see what you guys think about it. Personally, I take the middle approach.
Do You Know Your TDS?
I do not know if everyone tests their TDS. I do. This does not mean it is important to everyone’s system, but if it is, I am sharing my recent experiences. My primary intent is to make a recommendation to those who buy RO/DI water or saltwater from a store: if want to start with pure water, test the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) yourself. I assume if you have your own RO/DI system in your home or business that you check it, or have meters in line, but perhaps you do not?
First off, I am blessed with several local fish stores (LFS) near me. I live 30 minutes north of Manhattan and there are many options in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. Most I have seen are good stores with clean tanks, beautiful corals and healthy looking fish and inverts. I have generally found staff to be quite helpful and knowledgeable.
Additionally, in my area, we start with excellent tap water. I have lived in three cities in Westchester County and the TDS of the tap water has been between 35 and 45. NYC and the Bronx I have seen reported about the same or even lower. I have read some local water reports and could almost use my tap water directly. The big problem with that is the Phosphate level runs very high at 2-3ppm (several years of API testing).
Over the past couple of weeks I have visited four of my favorite LFS nearest me to purchase RO/DI water. In each case I was surprised by the TDS level of the water. In two cases, I called before going in and was told the level was 0. One seemed surprised I asked, saying “it’s RO/DI water.”
Here are the numbers from the four stores in ascending order:
Okay, 253 is nuts, but it is correct. I will talk more about that in a minute.
Two things jumped out to me right away:
- if you buy RO/DI water or saltwater from a store, you should test the TDS yourself, and
- these LFS are likely using the same water in their own displays, and in a couple of these cases this was a little scary.
The two lowest samples I collected, the 7 and the 14 TDS, I further tested for Phosphate. In both cases the result was barely detectable. That led me to use them as intended as change water for some dry rock I am curing. The LFS that tested 14 told me they do replace their filters every month since they go through a ton of water and I believed them. I understand that filters, membranes, resins, etc. can degrade quickly with constant use.
The sample I got that was 41 TDS I dumped out. It was higher than my tap. I speculated at first that maybe they filled my jugs with tap. I gave them the benefit of the doubt after speaking with them. The person felt terrible and offered me store credit. Their store is pretty new and I considered maybe they had not yet changed out their filters since the initial setup. They followed up with me and noted they had replacements on order. I still wonder how long they have used it in their own system.
The 253 TDS number was shocking and baffling. I tested multiple times while also testing other known sources to confirm. I obviously dumped this one right out. After much speculation, my best guesses are the person (a newer employee) somehow gave me the waste water from the system, or the collection containers themselves were heavily soiled. Perhaps it was some fluke or mistake. It does not really matter. The point is if I had just used it without testing I may have had issues.
I firmly believe that it is ultimately my responsibility alone whenever I add anything to an aquarium. That is why I test no matter what I am told. I urge everyone to test all pure water they purchase or make with a TDS meter.
A good TDS meter can be purchased for $20-30 and the test is fast and easy. Just dip the probe in the water. Some areas have terrible tap water to begin with and there is only so much an RO/DI system can accomplish. In these areas it seems crucial to test.
My research so far has shown me two things:
- the TDS of the RO/DI water available from local stores was regularly higher than I expected, and
- none of the stores themselves (to be fair the staff who helped me) knew the actual TDS of their RO/DI water and, when I asked, none knew the TDS of the tap water they started with.
I said in the beginning of this thread, I consider all of these stores good, clean, honest and helpful. RO/DI water sales are a very small part of these operations and their system’s filters degrade over time. They probably all go through a lot of water. My point is not to bash anyone (and I do not care to name names). I only want to suggest anyone regularly buying RO/DI water or saltwater from a store should test the water themselves. If you buy saltwater, then ask them if you can test their RO/DI water or buy a small amount if you feel weird asking.
Water quality is pretty important to the life in our systems, so I felt I should share my own limited observations. What do you think? I am honestly unsure how concerned people really are with the purity of their water. These threads seem to suggest many are, but what is the reality. Do a lot of folks use tap? If you buy your water do you test the TDS level? Does the store you buy from test it? How high a TDS number is acceptable to you? If you have your own RO/DI system, do you test? How high do you let it go before swapping out filters? I would love to hear other’s thoughts and experiences. Thanks!
I've read where many people say the chaeto/macroalgae needs to tumble and others say it's not necessary. I harvest mine every 2-3 weeks (and a lot of it) and I personally do not have my chaeto tumble in the fuge. So I'm curious to see the comparison between tumblers and non-tumblers.
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