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My tank is fairly small (Red Sea Reefer Nano). 21 gallon display with 6 gallon sump. I have some algae in the DT that is a bit too big for the standard CUC crab. The algae problem isn't that bad as my entire sump is a big refugium powered by a Kessil H380, but still there are some patches and they're growing slowly so I want to get ahead of it. I don't want to feed less (I feed the fish once per day and the corals twice per week) as my SPS coloring loves having some nitrates in the water.
I've been thinking about getting an emerald crab to go after this algae, but my research on how safe they are has been very inconclusive, which is why I want to do the poll. I have two clowns, 1 helfrichi firefish, and 1 Biota captive-bred Mandarin from AlgaeBarn (don't worry he eats prepared foods and is the fattest fish in the tank ). Having said that, these are all small fish. I'm not too worried about the clowns, but the firefish and mandarin sleep in the rock work and I don't want them to fall victim to the emerald. Thoughts?
Had a member suggest a poll that looks at what, if any, fish diseases we have dealt with in our reefing careers. I have to say I've been lucky and haven't had any (at least that have shown visible signs anyway). I hope I didn't just jinx myself. We have some tremendous members that work tirelessly in the disease forum to battle these issues, so I would recommend taking a look in that forum if you need specific help.
But this is just a simply poll to see what you've had to deal with in the past. Too many to list all of them but I've tried to capture the most "common" ones I could think of.
What do you use as a guideline for your stocking density? Is it a certain number per gallon? Is it a certain number of inches of fish per gallon? Is it based on the age and bio capacity of your tank? Or do you just wing it?
It's an age old question and often asked by new members getting in to the hobby. The old Rule of Thumb is 1" of fish per gallon of water. However, the obvious answer isn't so obvious! The true answer is much more complicated and harder to understand.
So what "rule" do you use, if any?
Join us on Reef2Reef Saturday February 3rd for our YR Reef Bowl 2018 Live Sale! Kickoff Time will be at 2:00pm (pacific time).
700+ WYSIWYG frags including our Touchdown Corals- $6 & Field Goal Corals- $3. Also watch for our Coral Blitz throughout the sale where a large block of corals (30+) will be uploaded at once.
Purchasing Guidelines (How the sale works)- We will be posting corals in our Live Sale thread on Reef2Reef in groups of approximately 10 corals every 5-10 minutes. Each picture will have the pricing information as well as a link that will take you to that coral listing on our website. You must complete the entire checkout process on the YR website before you win that coral. Adding it to your cart does not prevent someone else from purchasing it before you.
No sales will take place via personal messaging, phone or email. No emails will be answered during the live sale & please keep PM’s to a minimum. Please post general questions to the Live sale thread so everyone can benefit from the answer.
In order to purchase anything during the Live Sale, you must have a customer account on the Your Reef website. Please include your R2R screen name when creating your account. You may also provide it in the “comments” section of your order. To increase your chance of purchasing the coral of your choice we suggest you create the account and become familiar with how our shopping cart and checkout works prior to the sale.
You may use Credit or Debit cards to complete your transaction. Paypal is not recommended (see below). Paypal checks cannot be used during the Live Sale as the clearing time is 3 or 4 days.
All items in the Live Sale are first come - first serve. If two orders for the same item go through, we will do our best to find a duplicate item to honor the sale. If no suitable coral can be found, a full refund will be issued to the buyer.
Live Sale Prizes & Giveaways-
Shipping Module Raffle!
Every customer who purchases a shipping module prior to the Live Sale will be entered into a drawing to win one of the following.
- $10 Gift Card (1 available)
- $15 Gift card (1 available)
- $25 Gift Card (1 available)
- Frag Pack- 5 miscellaneous frags of our choice (you may choose sps, lps, zoas, softies) (2 available)
The Shipping Module raffle will be held within the first 2 hours of the Live Sale.
Grand Prize Raffle!
We will be raffling off 4 Gift Certificates after the Live Sale. Everyone who participates in the live sale will be entered into the drawing. These Gift Certificates may be used on any future coral orders from our website. Winning names will be posted in this forum within the next week.
Grand Prize- $100 Gift Certificate for Coral
2nd Place- $50 Gift Certificate for Coral
3rd Place- $25 Gift Certificate for Coral
4th Place- $25 Gift Certificate for Coral
· Each of the following will earn you 1 entry into the drawing:
o Each coral purchase
o Every 100th post
o Follow us on Instagram & Tag 2 Friends on our Live Sale Post- https://www.instagram.com/yourreef/
o Like us on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/yourreef
Certificates are good towards any future coral purchase. Dry goods, fish, shipping charges, & live sale purchases are excluded.
Shipping - Purchase $250 in items during the Live Sale and we will ship your order for free! You may combine items purchased during the Live Sale with livestock from the YR website to reach the Free Shipping level. For orders less than $250, the UPS Overnight shipping is only $39.99.
Purchase your Shipping Module before the Live Sale at a Discounted Rate ($25). Available now thru Saturday 2/3 before 1PM (pacific time). You select the shipping module with the corresponding shipping/delivery date that works for your schedule. There are a limited number of shipping slots available each day. Please make your selection as soon as possible to ensure your desired shipping date is reserved.
If you purchase the shipping module in advance and you reach the free shipping threshold your shipping cost will be refunded. Saturday Delivery will have a surcharge of $20 (free shipping applies to only the standard shipping fees).
Local Pick Up - Will be available starting on Wednesday 2/7 after 1:00pm. Please verify with us the day you wish to pick up your order so can be sure to have everything ready for you.
Live Arrival Guarantee - We offer a 7 Day Arrive and Thrive guarantee on all Live Sale items as well as the majority of items on our site.
For more information, please visit- http://www.yourreef.com/acclimation-and-live-arrival-guarantee.html
Good Luck everyone & thank you for being a part of our Live Sale! We appreciate your business![/ATTACH]
A discussion came up recently about the 6-line that I found very interesting. So, I want to load up on anecdotal evidence.
If you have a 6 line wrasse with another wrasse please add to the discussion with your tank size, the order you added them in, and the species of wrasse they are with. Of course, any other comments or advice are welcome!
Tired of the cold weather? Need some HOT livestock and GREAT deals? Join us for our "Winter Fest Live Sale"
BE HERE at 3pm EST on Saturday February 10th!
Want to win a $200 gift card for use DURING the sale? It's pretty easy. Follow the steps below and you will be automatically entered into a drawing for a $200 gift card that can be used DURING (or after) the sale.
1 - "LIKE" our Facebook page:
2 - "SHARE" our Facebook post about the sale:
3 - Sign-Up for our newsletter and CONFIRM your subscription in the follow-up email that you receive (you must confirm your subscription to be entered)
4 - Make a post in THIS thread
5 - When completed with the steps above, send an email to email@example.com with your name so that we can verify your entry and I will send a confirmation reply.
The winner will be drawn and listed in this thread on Friday February 9th at 9pm EST
I am happy to announce Mark from ME Coral has donated a ton of product for various giveaways. A "one-shot" of ME Coral Dip and/or Super Food will be in EVERY ORDER. A perfect amount for one dipping session and/or feeding of your new corals. We also have several other products such as amino acids, coral food, KH and CA additives and more. Be sure to check them out at www.mecoral.com
Todd from Todd's PODS has graciously donated 3 sets of tisbe sp. copepods (2 bottles in each set) to our live sale customers. These will be given out randomly throughout the sale. If you are ever in need of pods for a fuge, restocking or new tank, Todd is the guy. Checkout their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Todds-Pods-246647835705931/?fref=ts
Joe Knows Reefs Live Sale Rules:
- WYSIWYG corals will be posted in this thread beginning at 3pm (EST) on Saturday February 10th.
- Each post will contain a picture of the coral, price and a link to our website to purchase the coral.
- The first person to successfully "checkout" with the coral will "win" the coral. Just because the coral is in your shopping cart does NOT mean it is yours...the "checkout" process must be completed.
- We will accept both PayPal and Credit Cards during the sale. Our website is encrypted with a dedicated SSL Certificate for security measures.
- You MUST create an account to purchase any of the corals in this sale. This helps us AND you - to ensure your corals wind up at the proper destination etc.
- Corals will be posted at random during the sale. Typically within every 15 minute window a post of 8-14 corals will be made. Those posts could occur at 12:02 or 12:14...or we may even make a post at 12:14 & 12:16 to spice things up...
- Private messages WILL NOT be answered during the sale.
- Rarely, due to technical glitches, two customers may end up purchasing the same coral. This has only happened a handful of times in the past. If this occurs, the first transaction to post will win the coral. The second customer will either have the option for a replacement or full refund.
- All orders are final - no exchanges, add-ons, or refunds - no exceptions. However our "Alive-Arrival" guarantee WILL apply. In the event that a coral arrives DOA the customer MUST provide a clear photo of the DOA coral within 2 hours. After approval, the customer will be provided with a full credit towards a future purchase.
- Shipping will be a flat $40 for this sale.
- We will provide only 3 options for shipping dates for this sale; either Monday 2/12, Tuesday 2/13 or Wednesday 2/14. On Sunday 2/11 we will create 2 new threads for shipping - you will need to post in the specific thread for your desired shipping day.
- LOCAL PICKUP: Will not be available until Wednesday 2/14 or any day thereafter.
- Shipping will be provided by FedEx Priority Overnight service with delivery by 10:30am in most areas.
- SHIPPING MODULE CAN BE PURCHASED HERE at any point before the actual start of the sale.
- There will be NO FREE SHIPPING on this sale - we will already be selling items at a lower rate than normal AND we also incur the cost of shipping containers and ice packs.
- We will not combine shipping with other customers. If you and your friend want to split your corals, you must do so under one account. Combining orders on a sale this large...
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.
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