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I'm sooo excited and it's been a looong time coming but we finally are moving forward with our NEW R2R Marketplace!
You might remember we discussed creating a super detailed marketplace, where we would handle payments, arbitrate issues and more. Well you, the membership, for the most part didn't like that we would be that involved with your transaction so we listened. Honestly that was good news for us because it freed us up to take your input and just create a slimmed down, option enriched, more detailed way to buy, sell and trade on R2R.
Some quick highlights...
- More tools and options to create listings...
- Better item search with filters for finding exactly what you want and where you want it...
- New Buyer/Seller Rating and Review System...
- Ability/Option to connect your Paypal, Stripe or Bank to get paid (optional)...
- Member profile upgrade to show items for sale, items sold, user ratings and reviews, etc...
- No Fee to use the Market buying for selling...
- Mobile friendly market...
- Verified Seller Banner...
These are a few highlights but we believe it's going to make for a much more streamlined experience for buying and selling on Reef2Reef. We also believe it's going to make it safer with the implementation of the new rating and review system.
So who's excited?!
If so, what kinds of butterfly fish have you been successful with?
I was thinking about ages and demographics of us crazy reef keepers and I thought it might make an interesting discussion about age. More specifically I'll kick it off with this question.
What, if any, does age have to do with maintaining a saltwater reef aquarium?
I'm also adding a poll about your age because it's been a while since we had one! Would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.
I know everyone loves the leds for this reason and that reason but With Metal Halide being a proven winner over the years why does it seem its a dying breed?
I see a few people swear by them and see great growth as its the closest thing to the sun but I know they do use a lot of power and put off heat compared to leds.
I for one like the look that Mh's give and you mix that with some t-5's and you have a great combo
After getting in and out of this hobby many times over the years, I would like to get a set up going but I really want to go with metal halide and t-5's because I like the look and I know they work good, but my hang up is It will be a very slow process to get enought corals to justify the cost of bulbs and electricity.
With that being said, if just having a few corals to start will it be over kill to use mh/t-5?
I'm still in the shopping phase but my wife said I have to have everything ready before I can bring another tank in the house. I have been know to bring a tank in and let it sit for a few months while getting stuff together or rushing into it and removing and replacing stuff
Thank you for joining us! This is the official Cali Kid Corals/ R2R January 19th Live Sale Thread! Here you will find all info pertaining to the live sale (rules, shipping info, teaser pics...etc)
Sale will begin at 10:00 AM PT and will end approx. at 2:00 PM PT. There will be over 300 + frags with some NEW RELEASES, One-of-a-Kind pieces, Giveways, Raffle Prizes,
$5, $10, $20 frags...and an overall GOOD TIME
SHIPPING: Shipping Modules are available NOW for purchase at a discounted price on our website https://www.calikidcorals.com/collections/r2r-live-sale.
From now until Tuesday 1/14 shipping modules will be $29.99. After that, the price will increase to $34.99 until Friday, 1/18 at Noon PT. Day of sale purchase will be at the regular price of $44.99.
All shipping modules are for Fedex Priority Overnight. Our normal shipping DOA policy applies.
Local-pick is available for So-Cal Residents. Select Local pick-up at check out.
RULES: All corals are WYSIWYG. A picture of the coral will be posted along with a link that will take you directly to our website for purchase. You must complete the check out process to secure the piece. Once purchase is confirmed, item will no longer be available and will be listed as "SOLD OUT.
All orders are FINAL. No gift cards, certificates, or credits can be used on this live sale.
RAFFLE(S): Raffles will take place soon after the Live Sale. Winners will be announced on this thread! Each item purchased will give you a raffle entry e.i. 10 items purchased = 10 tickets.
TIPS: We recommend you register an account on our website www.calikidcorals.com
for a quicker check out process during the Live Sale.
Keep checking this thread for updates, teasers, etc...
We are looking forward to an awesome Live Sale!
- Cali Kid Team
If you're like me when you started this hobby you couldn't stay away from the local fish store. Matter of fact my wife knew that when we traveled one of the things we were going to do is visit any local fish stores we were close to.
It is well known that the local fish store has provided a great deal of worth the the hobby as a whole. In fact without them we may or may not be here today talking about reefs on this forum. Traditionally LFS has been of utmost value and even today many people can't keep aquariums without them.
I'm not advocating one way or another on this subject but I was curious to hear what you thought about the subject and why. So the question is this:
Is the Local Fish Store of more, less or the same importance today as any other time in history for the saltwater aquarium hobby?
image via @TopShelfAquatics
We are giving away $50 to 2 winners to spend in this live sale! Complete the steps below to enter the drawing:
1. Follow us on Instagram or like us on Facebook: @PiecesOfTheOcean
2. Make a post with the image above. You can also download the image here: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7890/46618182622_65b2da093d_c.jpg
3. In the post, tag 3 friends AND us @PiecesOfTheOcean. Remember to tag us or we can't see your post.
* The winners will be selected by random before the sale starts on Saturday. We will announce the winners here, and deliver the $50 coupon code via DM/PM on Instagram or Facebook. Good luck!
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 in real time 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.
Pricing on the website will be correct in case of any typographical error.
All communication will be conducted via email to support(AT)piecesoftheocean.com. No PM will be answered during the Live Sale.
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.
We will be giving away lots of goodies during the sale at random, so be sure to stay in it as much as possible. You never know what you can score while others are not looking!
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 any fish purchase made in store when you pick up your live sale orders!
Having a small piece of the ocean is an ongoing expense for most. Majority of us do not look at this expense as anything negative but rather an investment to be proud off.
In a ballpark, how much is your average monthly expense to keep you and the tank happy and what drives it? (Maintenance, equipment upgrades, livestock additions etc.)
To start the thread, I think I land in the $101 - $150 range, with $20-50 being spent on maintenance and I try(!) to spend less than $100 on new corals every month.
Sorry if similar pool/thread has already been created.
We've all seen coral that we like or don't like, got to have it or don't want it. Some are overrated and some are underrated.
Of course most of this is a matter of opinion but there are those corals that most might consider to be overrated or underrated for various reasons. Could be because the coral does or does not look good in photos, could be because the price is too cheap or too outrageous, could be be because of how slow or fast it grows, etc.
Taking these things into consideration what coral would you consider to be overrated or underrated? Could be a named piece or a whole type of coral.
Most overrated coral?
Most underrated coral?
Photo for interest.....
The cool thing about this hobby is that there are a million ways to do the same thing! Or so it seems.
Since this is a hobby and something we do for fun getting to a place where it's "set it and forget it" is not always the most fun or most successful. Sometimes but not all the time!
That being said what "new thing" are you going to try this year? (approach, method, equipment, aquascape, species etc.)
image via @ChristopherKriens
Happy New Year R2R Family! (well almost at the time of this writing)
I wanted to end this year by saying THANK YOU for the best year ever here at R2R! We've accomplished many things as a reefing community here and I could not be any more proud of such a fine group of people that we have here.
We've had an awesome year and we have a pretty exciting 2019 lined up as well! We've grown at a tremendous rate all the while keeping our family oriented community roots in place! We've been through ups and downs together, enjoyed each other's company, tanks and support. We've learned, grown, upgraded, downgraded, raised $20,000+ for kids and so much more!
We have seen 2.2+ Million people visit the forums who viewed over 50 million pages! We surpassed 100,000 registered users and over 5 million posts! It's been a banner year!
Our team, as always has been amazing. If you only knew how hard each of them work in the background you would be impressed by how much they care. The time and effort they put into this community in invaluable. THANK YOU to all the team including the Team R2R Mods, Reef Squad, Reef Squad Leaders, Forum Experts, Reef Club Leaders, Admins and everyone else who works continuously to make R2R the premier go to platform for Saltwater Reef Aquariums!
Thank you to all of the members for believing in R2R, sharing with one another, teaching, learning, asking questions, keeping tank threads and everything else you do to keep R2R a bustling hub for reefing.
Thank you to all the sponsors of the community for not only advertising but really being a part of the community by interacting with the community on a daily basis. Thanks for answering questions and providing great customer service for your products and services.
We had a great year but I'm more excited about R2R than ever before! We are currently working on a new look for R2R with the same awesome forum functions you already know and love but with even more options to make reefing better! We will be rolling out the new look and options hopefully in January. We also have refined our idea for a better market to make more useful tools instead of trying to totally reinvent what we do here including more thread tools for buying, selling and trading along with a more robust rating and review system to help you find the best of the best sellers and traders. This year we also want are finally going to put together a BEST of the BEST list for the year in products and services and you'll help us do that! We the community will decide and award the most deserving companies.
That being said we will also rely on you, the members, to help us forge a new and better path into the the future of reefing by providing us with ideas, information and data.
So with all this said I would like to ask you a questions.
How do you feel you were impacted by R2R this year either on a reefing level or personal level? Would you mind sharing a few words with us?
OFFICIAL R2R LIVE SALE - January 5th & 6th (Sat & Sun) - Up to 95% OFF - 1500 CORALS - PRIZES - FUN!You guys been waiting for it! Now it's here!
1. 30% Off Code ACTIVATES at 1/7 Saturday 10am PST, 11am MT, 12pm CST, 1pm EST!
2. Code to use is "AFTERPARTY"
3. Please check out completely to secure your order. Having an item in your cart doesn't mean it's saved for you, other customers have a chance of purchasing it if they check out first.
4. Website - www.aquasd.com
Well 2018 has come and almost gone!
Now is the time we can reflect back on our reefing year. I am sure, like me, you have had plenty of things happen that were not so good but also things that you know you did right or just went really well. With that in mind I would like to propose the following question:
What was your GREATEST tank victory in 2018?
Tell us and explain if you will to help others in 2019!
Beautiful reef image via @Bacon505
Hello everyone and happy day after Christmas day! Otherwise known as back to work day. HA!
I was thinking about my tank and at the moment my interest has waned a little due to the holidays and other things. Nothing to be alarmed about as I go through these patches at times as I am sure most of you do. It did get me thinking though about the causes of "losing interest" and what to do about it. So my question for you today is the following:
What causes you to lose interest in your reef aquarium and what do you do to spark your interest once again?
image from the book Barnacle Is Bored
I was looking on Liveaquaria’s site this weekend and was surprised to see 72-78 degrees as the recommended temperature for Acropora. I personally usually keep mine around 76-78 but this seems like a huge waste of electricity if I could run successfully at 72-74. My tank is also in a cool basement so the heaters run quite a bit.
So who here is running a reef aquarium with lower temperatures successfully?
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