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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).
I'm curious what my fellow reefers like to see in a build thread. I do my best to keep my thread updated, fun, varied, and full of pictures but now I want to know what you would recommend to someone starting a new build thread if they would want YOU to follow it.
I'm asking that you only pick your top 4 preferences so we can establish some kind of ranking.
Can you believe it?
It's been about four and a half years since we started the BRS Clownfish Harem tank and today, it's coming to an end. Find out what we learned over the years and what we plan to do with the new space!
Oh, don't forget we're giving away the BRS160 Clown Babies as well! Two lucky reefers will each get around 20-babies to start their own harem tanks! Get your tanks ready!
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Aquarium Specialty 13th Anniversary Shades of Fall Live Sale Announcement
WHEN: Saturday September 29th 12:00 noon EDT (Easter Daylight Time)
We will have hundreds of corals for sale with some corals 40% t0 50% off!!! Including Several $10.00 and $20.00 corals that we have been growing out in our coral farm for 2+ Years. We have fully encrusted frags and many of them are twice the size of frags you would typically see in a live sale. Additionally, many of our WYSIWYG coral photos were taken Mid-August. You may notice new growth or additional polyps when the order arrives at your door.
PRIZES & HOW TO QUALIFY FOR OUR $1000.00+ GIVEAWAY:
- WE ARE GIVING AWAY THESE AWESOME PRODUCTS
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Complete at least 3 of the 6 entries/steps below and purchase at least 1 coral during the live sale:
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Additionally we will be giving away additional items for live sale participants that make at least one post every hour during our live sale. More on that at a later date. Names will be drawn the following Monday and we will PM you through Reef2Reef if your name was selected.
* if you already have an account and you are receiving our newsletter this is counted as 1 of the 3 options. 1 prize per person.
We will post "what you see is what you get" (WYSIWYG) corals in this thread with a title of the coral (almost all corals), picture, the sale price and a link to purchase it from our website. To win, you must be the first person to complete the checkout and the coral is yours. The first person to finish the checkout wins it and the coral is then sold out!
All orders are final, no refunds on livestock. No exchanges, credits, gift cards, coupons, or extra discounts (no reward points) can be used towards any items in the sale. DO NOT USE REWARD POINTS FOR THIS SALE. We will not accept them during this sale. If you already have an account and you have reward points in your account then save those for another time.
Communication will be through thread posts and Private Messages during the sale. Keep in mind we will be very busy during the live sale so be patient with us because we may not respond immediately.
We expect to have over 500 corals total and they will be posted incrementally throughout the sale until all corals have been listed. Expect a batch of 4 - 7 new corals to be posted every 5 minutes or so. This is our 1st every live sale so please be patient with us and respectful to us and others during and after the live sale. We want to make this as great of an experience for you as possible.
SHIPPING - We have flat rate shipping options during the live sale. Please purchase a shipping unit/option before, during or after the live sale at our discounted live sale rate. Shipping is not free and we will not ship out an order unless the shipping has been paid in advance.
To purchase live sale shipping units, please visit this link.
* If you PM us through R2R or communicate with us through email then please include your full name & phone # in your communications. We have no idea who you are through your R2R screen name.
Additionally you may contact us through our website by visiting this link. We encourage all live sale participants to create an account prior to the live sale. Creating an account and signing up for our newsletter will give you free reward points that you may use at a later date but not during the live sale and it will help you qualify for our giveaways (as mentioned above).
Those who make a post every hour PLEASE DO NOT say "check in" or "hi, I'm here" 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.
Shipping during and after the live sale will be $29.99 for the Continental United States and shipping South Carolina residents will...
- WE ARE GIVING AWAY THESE AWESOME PRODUCTS
*Asking for a friend*
When his acros have good PE and look healthy, he feels happy. When they don't, he feels anxious and depressed. Is this as sign of an unhealthy co-dependency, or just a sign he should spend more time, money, and energy taking care of his corals? Again, just asking for a friend...
I thought this would be a great question, answer and tips topic!
1. How do you acclimate your SPS corals to LED lighting and how long does it take? (please specify for acros, montis etc. if you do anything differently) What is your method?
2. What are some valuable things you have learned acclimating sps corals to LED lighting both good and bad?
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I was driving and I thought is larger really easier? Sure the water is more stable but what about tank maintainence with all the sand, glass, and water mixing so on.
Let me know.
What I want to know is this some saying a businessman started to sell more corals at their fishtank store? and after that the placebo effect has set in to make it true.
To me smaller is easier.
I’ve also heard saltwater is easier than fresh and it isn’t.
Another HUGE THANK YOU to all of our wonderful customers! To help clear up the site a bit, here's a sweet 30% discount code to be used when checking out!
Code will be active till Weds 9/12/18 Midnight PST (3am EST)
The Code only applies if you input it through check out, No Exceptions. Please do not ask to adjust your order/s with the code. Thank you!
"Wow you have an amazing tank" so are you smarter than me? I don't think so.
In this hobby you'll face trial and tribulations just like anything else in life. Joyous times and sad times. Growing times and just plain ignorant times! That being said have you ever seen someone else's amazing tank and think to yourself, "I'm just as smart as that guy?"
I don't mean this to sound bad or judgemental trust me, but I've known people and based on what I know about them and have seen of them I'm kinda shocked at how successful they really are when it comes to growing corals in their reef tank. There are many things we can successfully do in a reef tank but for argument sake let's talk GROWING CORALS! When I say growing corals I mean things like, corals are thriving, corals are colorful, corals are growing, etc.
So WHY oh why am I struggling to keep monti caps alive or keep basic "beginner" corals alive much less keeping them colorful? This is a rhetorical question because for some reason my "new" tank just started clicking and corals are growing and sps are colorful and coralline is the most dominant algae! My new, almost 1 1/2 year old tank is doing better than ever!
I'm just as smart right? So what the heck am I doing now that I wasn't doing then?
I'm hesitant to say because of the newer methods of maintaining a reef tank but for me I believe it's as simple an answer as this, water changes! Could that be the final piece to the puzzle? I've added more flow, I've added more equipment, I've added UV, I've tweaked my CUC, I've changed my filters, I've done this and done that but not until now have I seen glimpses of glory past. Glimpses of color and growth. Glimpse of, gasp, success?
Maybe the combo of gear and measures I have taken have finally equaled something more than negative? Maybe my aquarium is reaching maturity? Maybe the water changes have been the cherry on top of the proverbial reef tank cake! Maybe it's luck?
I don't know but one thing I do know is that my reef addiction is at an all time high! As you can tell by my ramblings, quotes and exclamation points I am fully persuaded that I am on the road to reef glory!
For those of you that care I started changing about 15% of water each week for a 60% monthly turn over. That's no small feat for me and my 400+ gallon system but man for now it seems totally worth it!
For those of you who will ask for photos.....soon! It's not amazing yet but frags are growing and colors are awesome! For now here is where it all began....
Would love to hear your thoughts on this?
Are you just as smart as "the other guy?"
Although it's difficult if not impossible to get fish to actually school in an aquarium (unless it is very, very large), some do tend to shoal to some degree. Thought it might be an interesting topic to discuss what your favorite shoaling fish is and what type of success have you had with them displaying the shoaling/grouping behavior.
Obviously the poll is not an all inclusive list so feel free to discuss a fish species you've had success with if not on the list.
Fun fact website Wednesday poll. So many people view the site using their smartphones, I thought it might be fun to share a little tip. Have you ever noticed when holding the phone "normally" (in portrait mode) you don't see member's signature blocks? Well if you turn the phone sideways (landscape mode) the signature block appears, including any links they may have to their build threads, etc. So if someone ever says "click the link below" and you don't see the link, try turning your phone sideways.
Note: This is when viewing the site on a web browser or the mobile version of the site. I don't believe this works when using Tapatalk or the R2R app.
How about some TEASERS
So I’ve created a thread and I’d like to hear your thoughts and experiences with alkalinity. My tank is about 5 months old. I initially started running alk at 7.5-8, dosing ever hour. My LPS and softies looked good. I decided to increase the alk slightly and am now running 9.8. My LPS has never looked better. More polyp extension and my acans, blastos and lobos are puffier than ever. I plan on making this tank primarily a SPS tank here soon and I know I’ll have to lower my alk, but for now I’m loving the way the everything looks.
What are your thoughts and experiences with alkalinity and polyp extension?
If you had to choose and could only have one type (SPS, LPS, zoas, non-zoa softies, or NPS), which should you choose?
Vote in the poll and let us know!
Bonus points if you include a pic of your tank and/or favorite coral.
There was a discussion over the weekend regarding the use running an airstone/bubbler full time in your aquarium. The discussion revolved around oxygen/gas exchange and stability of pH. It was suggested a poll was created to determine how many actually utilize an airstone full time in their systems.
So, let us know if you do. If you do, let us know if you run it in your display or your sump/refugium. I've added the skimmer as an option as well as there are some skimmers that utilize an airstone.
Please feel free to discuss your reasoning for utilizing an airstone in the thread.
Shipping modules are up on the site for purchase. You can purchase shipping any time before, during or after the sale. We will sort out all your orders based on your name and email address, please try and keep it consistent throughout.
Please note we use the DATE YOUR ORDER SHIPS, not the day you will receive it!
#1 Shipping modules are $39.99 and are available now. Modules will be for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday ship outs, buy the module for the day you wish to have your order shipped!!! There are a limited number of ship outs for each day so buy early to get your preferred day. We will search the site using the last name/email used on the shipping module order to combine all orders for a single ship out. If you don't purchase a module we won't know when you want to ship. UPS overnight is the service used to transport your purchases. Use the same name and email address for ALL of your orders. If you are picking up please email us the morning you plan to come so we can have it ready for you.
#2 If there is a UPS delay for whatever reason we will not refund shipping charges. If a loss is incurred and we replace a shipment, the purchaser must pay for shipping again, no exceptions.
#3 We will not combine orders from different people, please do not ask. Payments must all share the same email address or we will assume that these are two different orders from two different people. Simply placing the order under the same name but using a different funding source will force us to treat them as two different orders and two shipping modules will apply. If there are different names associated with each order when I check for accuracy they will all be treated as separate orders. Keep in mind we pay more than we charge for each and every one of these shipments. NO TEAM BUYING!
#4 All sales are FINAL, no refunds, no exceptions. Do not ask us to exchange one item for another after you have purchased it. Don’t ask us to cancel an order after the sale is over, you made a purchase and in doing so stopped someone else from buying said item so please follow through.
#6 Prices on the website are the only 100% correct prices, we try very hard to make the posts match the website but we are only human and errors can occur.
#7 Please try and be fair, snipers need to exercise restraint.
#8 If an item sells more than once we will only honor the first person to purchase said item, the others will be refunded. DOA’s will not be replaced, they will be refunded. Please do not be angry if we have to refund you, in many cases we are selling at or below cost and cannot supply additional pieces. This particular rule is common among all live sales regardless of who is doing the sale and I have posted this rule multiple times within the thread so it should not be a surprise.
#9 Post your “check ins” in the dedicated raffle thread that will be created September 9th (you have to post your check in’s to be entered, no posts, no entries).
#10 Reef trivia or caption this contests will be done every hour. These are a lot of fun and please keep entries clean and family friendly. Prizes will be GC’s or T shirts. Gift Certificates will be for $25 or $50 and must be used within 60 days or they will expire, use it or lose it, no exceptions. Don’t be upset if the 60 days has passed and you find your GC to be unusable.
#11 We are going give $50 Gift certs at every 1000th post too so stay tuned and be active! (It starts with the post number of our first picture set). Same Gift Cert rules apply, use in 60 days or lose it.
#12 Gift Certificates will be emailed on September 9th.
#13 ***If you don’t buy a shipping module we won’t know what day you would like to ship, we use the shipping modules to search the site and get organized. We do not create a “shipping” thread.
*these rules may be modified right up to the start of the sale but not after*
Please do not send PM's, email us at email@example.com PM's will not be answered.
Please remember R2R's family friendly forum policy. Profanity, vulgarity, or masked vulgarity of any type and vendor "bashing" will not be tolerated and can lead to members being excluded from the forum for the duration of the live sale. Please review Reef2Reef's Profanity, Vulgarity and Masked Vulgarity rules here: http://www.reef2reef.com/forums/cherry-corals/anno...vulgarity.html
What AWC system do you have? Benefits? Negatives?
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