This’ll be my first post (especially considering I just made this account a few minutes ago), but stoked to be here! I’m a long time lurker and reef-tank-admirer of at least three years so it feels great to finally get proactive with it all.
As a bit of an introduction, my names Orly, and as mentioned I’m in western Canada! Smack dab in the city of Vancouver to be exact. I’ve been in proximity to the freshwater hobby my whole life by way of my dad, but his presumptions about how hard/expensive the saltwater end of things was stopped him from ever dipping his toes in. The classic tale, go figure.
Beyond that i’ve kept my own freshwater tanks for close to two years now, having kept everything from shrimp into amphibians and semi-aquatics, and a few months ago I decided it was finally time to take the plunge into salt, so to speak.
Right now i’ve got a Fluval 13.5 Evo on hand, but no stand yet so my next task is to build the stand to my liking and go from there. The plan is to mod the lighting as well as set up ATO and dosing pumps. That said the budget doesn’t allow for those purchases yet (with the viral recession and all that...) so i’ve decided to hold off putting the build together until i’ve got all my ducks in a row. But it feels nice to take it slow! Lying it wait and planning out every aspect certainly makes me feel more in control and like less will go wrong, hopefully (lol).
Since i’m so new, if anyone knew of local Vancouver hobbiest groups with online spaces (facebook maybe?) and wanted to send them my way, I’d love that! I’d love to make some friends so I can stop talking my boyfriends ear off lol.
I’m also a girl and knowing how few and far between we can be in these spaces, if you are too my DMs are always open! Id love to make more female reefer friends and who knows, maybe one day soon we can all band together and nerd out on facetime with glasses of wine lol.
Anyways, that’s all i’ve got for now, but thanks for having me y’all!
just to tack on to this - Fish Addicts in Langley is a great spot for livestock . Eric has always done his best to bring in special orders for me - also a good place to find some great used itemsThe local scene has been rather stagnant for a number of years, I'm not aware of any gatherings or swaps since about four years ago now. That was supposed to change last year but fell through.
In terms of where the action is happening, Canreef.com buy/sell has a decent Vancouver focus.
On facebook both Coral Hoarders (https://www.facebook.com/groups/479661259535735/) and RASWA (https://www.facebook.com/groups/505547336770308/) are where a lot of coral moves. A backup for each is on mewe, they have links in both FB Groups for it. For general groups Reef and Saltwater Aquariums of British Columbia (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1759733580945162/)
Aside from that, retail wise there isn't much other than J&L Aquatics in Burnaby. James from the groups was set to launch his store before covid hit, shorelinecorals.ca. Other than that, I won't touch any other stores for livestock.
Some of us are lucky in that we don't have a spouse so no one to answer to!! (Best thing about being not married!)Welcome to the best family around. Sure we fight sometimes, but we all have the same goal of creating beautiful aquariums and not letting our spouses know how much we spend on the hobby. LOL