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As I sit tonight watching my tank I thought,am I completely satisfied with my reef?my answer to that question is no,i don't think I have ever been completely 100% satisfied.i think if I was I would get bored of it.i'm always looking for ways to improve what I already have as I think most reefers are.
we all strive for perfection and few attain it but I believe we all want it.
What would you like to do now or in the future to try an achieve your version of a "perfect"reef?for me I just want more and more corals to fill that want.i'm fairly happy with my fish but always seem to see that one more fish I would love to add but can't have for various reasons.so please chime in and let us know what you would do or like to do to improve your system.i hope we can have some fun with this one.
oh and if you give your tank a 10 PLEASE share a pic.we all gotta see those tanks!i'm a 6.
Curious how long folks wait to permanently place their new coral purchases on their rock work. Do you give them a change to acclimate to your system by placing them on a frag rack or at the bottom of the display before gluing them to the rock work? Or do you just dip and glue hoping they will be okay where you place them?
I personally dip them and place them on a frag rack positioned towards the bottom of the display. I then gradually move the rack up over a few weeks to see how everything does. Once acclimated, I glue them where I think they'll do best.
So what's your process for new corals?
How old is your oldest SW fish?
1) What is it?
2) What is the main reason it has lived so long? Meaning husbandry tips
Ready for a break? Need a vacation from the heat? Maybe it's time to take off... But before you do that, join us for our "Summer Escape Live Sale"
BE HERE at 4pm EDT on Saturday August 4th!
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 (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 August 3rd at 10pm EDT
A few teasers!!!
ROD'S FOOD - WIN A 6 MONTH SUPPLY!!!
Rod Buehler of Rod's Food has GRACIOUSLY donated a 6 month supply of his fine foods to the GRAND PRIZE winner. Please read the details at the end of this thread for more information on HOW TO WIN!
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 4pm (EDT) on Saturday August 4th.
- 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...
World Wide Corals 11th Anniversary LIVE SALE!
2 days of discounted corals, $5 frags, raffle prizes, and fun! 2,100+ items!
Sale starts Saturday, July 28th at 9 A.M. est and goes on for 16 hours straight until 1 A.M. est on the 29th. Then the sale will resume again on the 29th 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.
1st Prize - WWC Gold Coral Club Membership (1 Month)
2nd Prize - Ultra Lord Pack / 4 Frags
3rd Prize - WWC Buttkisser Zoanthids
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 28th - 29th). 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 $19.99 ($12.99 for FL residents).
Purchase your shipping unit as soon as possible to secure your delivery date as shipment numbers are limited by day.
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 8/3, on or after Friday you may come in without appointment. Just choose "Live Sale Shipping/Local Pickup" at checkout.
Out of state shipments will be delivered Wednesday 8/1, Thursday 8/2, and Friday 8/3. (Florida shipments will be delivered on Thursday 8/2 & Friday 8/3. 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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Purchase shipping before midnight 7/26 & post your first initial and last name in this thread along with a full tank shot or image you've taken of your favorite WWC coral to receive a FREE FRAG in your live sale shipment!
Many apartments limit the size of your aquarium, and some apartments may even ban aquariums. I'm curious how many of you live in apartments, what city you live in, and if you have run into trouble or frustrations due to living in an apartment.
I'll start. My building has a 'no pet' policy that no one follows so I keep a few tanks. I have 2 20 gallon freshwater tanks and I'm starting a 10 gallon reef tank in my tiny NYC 1 bedroom apartment. I dread moving day.
I've noticed lately I'm having to clean my glass (interior with magnet cleaner) a little more frequently. I used to be able to go for 3-4 days or so until I started to notice a build up. I'm now having to do it about every other day. It's a must for me because I hate looking at dirty glass. It got me wondering, how often do other have to clean their interior glass.
We are celebrating our 11th year anniversary this month and will be hosting a live sale here in this thread on Reef2Reef Saturday July 14th from 6PM-11PM EST. There will be lots of Zoa's, Chalice, Acans, Acros, Mushrooms, and more at rock bottom prices. We will also be doing give aways and $1.00 frags throughout the sale.
We will post up 5 photos at a time. Each photo will have a name, be numbered and priced. First person to post the Item number on the thread gets the coral. We will hit "LIKE" on the post to notify the customer. Please only post one Item number per post. During and at the end of the sale, we will message each customer for payment options.
Preferred payment method is PayPal and Square.
We will be posting lots of $1 frags throughout the sale. You must buy at least 1 normal priced coral for each $1 coral you purchase.
Every shipped box will also have a freebie frag included on top of all purchases.
Shipping is a flat rate of $40 Fedex Priority Overnight. No combined shipping with orders outside of this sale. No piggy back shipping. We only ship to the continental US. Local pickup available.
So at 60 years young I decided to get back into the hobby after being out for 28 years.
I did think maybe I was too old but 60 is the new 40, right????????
I purchased a used 60 gallon cube and stand off craigslist. I made a mounting board to hold all my electrical on the back. Because of the door on the stand I made a sliding platform to pull my 20 gallon sump out so I can service it.
My wife is thrilled (if you believe me I have some swamp land to sell) at all the boxes I've received of aquarium products. In fact the UPS and Fed Ex drivers and I are on a first name basis now!
I just hope she never sells it for what I told her I have in it because she is going to lose a ton!
Anyway, I would like to hear how many of you guys are in your 60's or 70's and are still enjoying the hobby.
A couple of months ago we did a poll on what folks do to control Coralline Algae in their systems. Another question often asked is how do I get Coralline Algae to grow? Let's take a look today at what you consider the most important factor in getting CA to grow. Feel free to discuss below.
Over your reefing hobby roughly how much $$$ have you LOST in fish and coral?
I've been reefing since 2007, so 11yrs.
I would say on avg I've lost $150 to $200 a year in dead fish or coral.
So.... I would say in total I've roughly lost $2,000 maybe more
The Top Shelf Aquatics Freedom Live Sale takes place on this Saturday, July 7th! New coral will be posted every 10-15 minutes starting at 12pm Noon (EST) and will continue for 12 hours all the way until Midnight (EST)!
All the coral offered during the sale will be WYSIWYG and linked directly to our website for purchase.
-Open your account on TopShelfAquatics.com now (click on "My Account" in the upper right hand corner of the homepage). This reduces your checkout time and prevents others from purchasing your coral while you are signing up.
-It is better to make multiple smaller purchases during the sale to limit the time items are held within your cart. An item is not yours until you have completed checkout. Holding it in your cart does not reserve the piece!
-Shipping will be added to your first order based on your shipping zip code. On your second, third, fourth, etc. order, make sure you select “Add to an existing shipment”during checkout to avoid paying for shipping multiple times.
**No coupons or other discounts can be applied during the sale**
We will be raffling off a $500 Reef Gear Credit on the day after our Live Sale, July 8th. This credit will be good for any sort of dry goods that you may need for your tank! New pump? New heater? Fish food? Coral Supplements? WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED!
In order to qualify and receive your first raffle entry, you must make at least 1 purchase during the live sale.
Before and during the sale, you can earn additional entries into the raffle by completing any or all of the tasks below! GOOD LUCK!
1. Earn 1 Bonus Entry by liking our Facebook Page: CLICK HERE
2. Earn 1 Bonus Entry by following us on Instagram: CLICK HERE
3. Earn 1 Bonus Entry by posting a Full Tank Shot of your Reef right here in our thread!
4. Earn 1 Bonus Entry for every $100 spent during the sale!
*You may also use your credit towards live stock
**Please send us a PM with the Title: "RAFFLE ENTRIES: (your name here)" once you have completed any of the items above. Please include a screenshot of #1 and #2 and the post number (upper right hand corner of your post) for #3 so that we can verify all of them.
$500 CORAL CREDIT GIVEAWAY
During the Live Sale, we will be giving away a $250, $150, and $100 Coral Vouchers for customers to use during or after the Live Sale. These will be given away at random times throughout the sale for completing certain tasks that will be determined at that time (like answering a math equation, posting a comment with "I LOVE AMERICA" spelled backwards, etc.)
Make sure you're paying attention! We may release clues later in the week!
Communication during the live sale:
Due to the nature of live sales and the amount of attention they require, we may be slow in responding to your questions. Private Messages (Conversations) here on R2R will be the only method of communication that we will be using during the sale. If you need to contact us, please send us a PM here on R2R and include your full name, email, and post number (if applicable) to ensure that your question is taken care in a correct and prompt manner.
If we feel that a particular question is one where an answer/explanation would benefit everyone in the sale, we may post both the question and the response directly in the thread for all to see!
In Store Pickup:
Available starting Wednesday, July 11th. Please confirm your order is ready for pickup prior to coming into the store. With dozens of orders, we want to ensure you receive the proper pieces.
Shipping Procedure and DOA Policy:
-Free shipping will be unavailable due to the already lowered prices.
-Discounted Flat-rate shipping of $29.99 (Cont. 48) and $14.99 (FL Residents) will be offered for the live sale.
-All live items are shipped by FedEx through Priority Overnight Service.
-Orders are shipped Monday-Thursday and are scheduled to arrive by 10:30am local time the following day. Remote shipping areas may be delivered later in the day.
-All Livestock is inspected and placed into clear plastic bags. Each bag labeled with their common name.
-Each piece is double bagged to reduce the possibility of leaks during the shipping process.
-Insulated Styrofoam boxes are used on all orders.
-Packing peanuts accompany the livestock for shipment stability.
-Top Shelf Aquatics staff will determine the use of heat or ice packs based on the weather at the time of shipment.
-We can hold corals for up to one week once payment has been received, unless other arrangements are agreed upon. Beyond that, we are not responsible for the coral, and cannot guarantee replacement of the same coral purchased.
-In the unlikely event of a DOA (Dead on Arrival), you must send a very clear digital photo within 2 hours of delivery (Fed-Ex posted time).
-Top Shelf Aquatics cannot be held responsible for mechanical issues or weather delays that may cause your Fedex shipment to arrive late.
-In certain rare occasions, we may ask you to ship back the deceased animal, so please do not dispose of it until we have contacted you in regard to the matter....
Starting to see more and more "I'm going on vacation, what do I do" type threads. It got me wondering how long folks have ever gone away and left their tanks unattended. For me personally, I had a 10 day stint and came back to find everything perfectly fine, with the exception of some dirty glass!
With the proper preparation, it is possible to be able to walk away and enjoy a vacation and not worry about the tank. Well, maybe worry but not obsess. I wrote an article on this topic some time ago that between the information and the responses, covers the vast majority of planning.
So, how long have you gone away without having the tank looked in on?
Join us on Reef2Reef Saturday July 21st for our YR 14 Year Anniversary Live Sale from 10am-4pm pacific time/ 1pm-7pm eastern time. 700+ WYSIWYG frags, $5 & $10 corals & awesome raffle prices!
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 post). 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.
Every hour we will be offering discount $5 corals. These discounted corals are being offered as a thank you to those who participate in the live sale. Each $5 or less coral purchase will require the purchase of 1 regular sale item priced at $15 & above. Limit 3 per customer.
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 7/21 before 9am (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 7/25 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!
I understand why you need to use a GFCI outlet but I got to thinking about what would happen if you were on vacation & had no one to look after your tank while you were gone. If the circuit was thrown for any reason & no one was there to reset it you would probably lose everything in your tank. With the length of time we have had home aquariums many people have never had them & still don't so are they really needed.
I get asked a lot about color recommendations for reef tanks. We designed our layout to be pretty balanced, but I find a lot of our customers choose to run the blue channels (3, 5 and 6) much higher than the white channel (4). This question goes for the V2 and the older models, too. What do you run your blues at in relation to your white channel?
The answer is formatted as a ratio of White:Blue, so 40:60 is 40White:60Blue for example. We were gonna ask this by kelvin rating, but I find that to be largely subjective and hard to measure.
Answer the poll and compare answers in the thread below!
Photo Credit Ron from FL
I see it get asked a lot "What combination of T5 lights should I be using?" So I thought it'd be interesting to start a "Mega Thread" if you will, of peoples thoughts on what combination of T5 lights and their benefits.
This can pertain to both LED/T5 Hybrids as I see it get asked primarily of new users utilizing the Aquatic Life fixture; and to T5 fixture users.
I'll start out:
There are two combinations I recommend for the Aquatic Life fixture;
#1 (and the setup I'm currently running) would be 2 Blue+ and 2 Actinic (3 and 3 for the 6 bulb ATI, and 4 and 4 for the 8 bulb ATI)
#2 - 2 Blue+, 1 Coral+, and 1 Purple+ (3, 1, and 2 for the 6 bulb fixture, and 4, 2 and 2 for the 8 bulb fixture)
So what combination do you use?
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