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Busy busy day. Resetting and making adjustments. Put away everything from shipping days. Deliveries will start arriving today. I am so excited, but probably not as excited as those receiving them lol. Next week looks just as good! Place orders early!

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We are excited to launch our new product. Check out our culturing kits here.

 
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We are so excited to announce the launch of our Website. @Ocean_Queenie and I have invested a lot of time and effort in the preparations. We still need to add some photos and updated photos. Please let us know what you think and any suggestions.

And we have added FREE 2 DAY SHIPPING OVER $50 when purchased from the website. Get your pods faster.

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We are so excited to announce the launch of our Website. @Ocean_Queenie and I have invested a lot of time and effort in the preparations. We still need to add some photos and updated photos. Please let us know what you think and any suggestions.

And TODAY ONLY UNTIL MIDNIGHT place a first time order with us here or on our website and receive a discount code for 10% OFF your next order.

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And we have added FREE 2 DAY SHIPPING OVER $50 when purchased from the website. Get your pods faster.
 
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Such great response so we are extending our new customer discount offer. Make a purchase from our website by midnight tonight and we will ship tomorrow and you will get a discount code for 10% off your next order.

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@Ocean_Queenie and I really pushed to get everything ready to ship, and got to the post office to find it closed. Happy Columbus Day everyone. So now headed home to switch to UPS.
 

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Pods, Pods, Pods, Phyto, Phyto, Phyto

We have it all at great prices. Harvested fresh weekly and Shipped on Monday/Tuesday each week Priority Mail or UPS whichever predicts earliest arrival to your zip!

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As a fellow reefer I love it when I'm cleaning my tank and I find a little water flea flitting across my hand. In the 80's when I was first in the hobby, either pods weren't available or at least the LFS that I visited in Omaha and Denver didn't promote them very well, but I had amphipods (Water Fleas lol) introduced through Florida live rock. Fast forward to 2021 when I got back into the hobby, and they were all the rage. I stocked my tanks with a blend of Amphipods and Copepods but found that it's pretty expensive to purchase everything you want every week, month etc. So I set out to culture my own. over time I kept increasing my vessel size and culturing skills. Then I started to sell some product here on R2R. As per their market place rules, once I determined that I was going to sell with consistency, I was considered a Vendor vs an occasional classified ad customer lol. So I sat down with my wife and we discussed it and agreed to pay for a sponsorship and see if I could make a little extra money.

With Sherry's support and encouragement we set out to determine what we could do to boost our business to cover the additional cost, without increasing our prices. I was in retail management for 14+ years and know there are two ways to increase profits, higher prices or higher volume. Since I recognize that it can get really expensive buying these products I'm determined to offer the greatest value possible. I was running into Phyto shortages for the pod production if I had a good week of orders so I upgraded to 6.8 gallon vessels vs the 5 gallon I had been using. Last week I finally had phyto for me to use after shipping and prepping the pods but barely and since many of our customers are already becoming repeat customers we knew we need to do something different. even if we sold out at this level it isn't enough to cover the added sponsorship expense after purchasing salt (takes a lot of salt), shipping supplies, shipping fees, etc. so we decided to step up our game. And that is how came to life.
Can't wait to start my tanks on this Plankton Buffet!
 
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@Ocean_Queenie and I are so grateful to all our friends and customers in Reef2Reef. Great week of sales, but even more importantly is the number of people who have reached out asking about my shoulder and wishing us luck. Thanks all.
We can still take orders at www.reefbysteele.com for 2 day shipping for tomorrow. Then everything else will have to ship next week. First time customers receive a coupon code for 10% off your next order.
 
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Tonight @Ocean_Queenie is going to set up one of our culturing kit to see if she can be successful by following our instruction sheet. No, she has never cultured anything before. I will answer any questions just as I will for customers, but this is all on her. We think it will be a great experiment. It was her idea. I’m going to give her a challenge and start her with Isochrysis as one of her phytoplanktons. Going to culture Apocyclops. She will be starting with the same starters that we ship our customers.

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@Ocean_Queenie got her cultures going last night. We are experimenting so we can make the best suggestions. She started with a Top Fin air pump designed for a 20 gallon aquarium and it seemed to be enough for both phyto cultures to roil, and small stream of bubbles for pods. However this morning there was no air flow in the second phyto culture so I switched to a 40 gallon recommended Top Fin air pump and will reevaluate later.

Small change, as we were preparing to set up, Sherry asked what the pinkish red phyto was, and so since she loves pink, we switched to Rhodosomas salinas for her second culture. This is the one deprived of air for part of the night last night so we will keep an eye on it. Note that the Rhodo culture is set farther from the lights as it wants to be eased into full light over a few days. Here is what the setup looks like. Sherry is excited and says if she can do it, anybody can.

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What would you recommend as an amount to replenish my pod population on a 115g total volume system? I last added some maybe early summer this year and I feel like there are still plenty for now

I have a lemon peel angel who makes her living on eating pods-all day every day. She does get distracted and pecks at my leptastrea and zoas. Id like to keep her supplied with frequent pod additions.
 
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What would you recommend as an amount to replenish my pod population on a 115g total volume system? I last added some maybe early summer this year and I feel like there are still plenty for now

I have a lemon peel angel who makes her living on eating pods-all day every day. She does get distracted and pecks at my leptastrea and zoas. Id like to keep her supplied with frequent pod additions.
It would depend on how often you wanted to add them. Maybe 32 Oz every two weeks of 1/2 gallon 64 Oz once a month. Check the glass at night and see what you can attract to determine how quickly they are being depleted. Since I ship all life stages and not separated adults, they may sustain longer for you as the Apocyclops hangs on the rocks as juveniles and then more free swimming as adults which can let them reproduce in the aquarium more consistently. If we were to set you up on a subscription you would receive a 10% discount.
 
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@Ocean_Queenie is checking her cultures and they are growing. Still a little worried about the Rhodosomas salinas as it didn’t have flow the first night. But it appears to be in suspension so might be OK. Still a day or so before she is supposed to move them closer to the lights.

Last night I sieved and reset one of our pod collections. Tigriopus, Tisbe, and Apocyclops are all ready to go. Awesome density. They are literally mowing through the phyto, hungry pods are healthy pods.

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Just a little look at some of them.



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@Ocean_Queenie is checking her cultures and they are growing. Still a little worried about the Rhodosomas salinas as it didn’t have flow the first night. But it appears to be in suspension so might be OK. I think she will wait until tomorrow to move closer to the lights.

We are going to have a great harvest this week. Place your orders soon at www.reefbysteele.com soon to get yours reserved. FREE 2 DAY SHIPPING on orders over $50. And our customer satisfaction guarantee is your assurance of receiving great quality.

Use code R2RLOVEPODS for 10% OFF.

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Deep rich 10 species phyto for healthy reef. We have a dense population of pods this week. Get our Plankton Buffet and give your reef ALL IT CAN EAT!

Use R2RLOVEPODS coupon code for 10% OFF.

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Still able to ship tomorrow and 2 day on Wednesday.

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R2RLOVEPODS coupon code for 10% off.
 
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So @Ocean_Queenie has had her culture going for 7 day now and it is looking really good. Not quotes done, but with losing air to her Rhodosomas on the first night she is super pleased. Here is what it is looking like now.

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Notice the pod water is really light, so she poured a little water through a sieve and man was she impressed with the number of Apocyclops pods she has grown. She added them back and added a little more phyto. And this is what it looks like with the lights on.


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Notice how much lighter the phyto looks when lit. You have to turn the lights off to check it as you can see how dark it is in the first picture. She is going to split and restart her phyto when we get back from picking up our daughter from school.

Here is a peek at her pods.



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So the debate is on, does @Ocean_Queenie keep her phyto she harvests to dose to a tank? She will have to keep a portion to feed her Apocyclops copepods because she has decided to keep her cultures going. So please give us your vote in the comments!!

Does my wife

A. Sell her phytoplankton?

B. Give it away as a gift with purchase?

C. Use it to dose our Red Sea 350?

D. Evaporate it and make some health/nutrition product?

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Check out our copepod harvest kit. Only $39.

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Order now at www.reefbysteele.com
Use coupon code R2RLOVEPODS for 10% OFF.
 
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We have about 2 gallons of pods and 4 gallons of phyto that could be shipped Monday.

Here are a couple of examples of what our customers are saying about us. Thank you so much.

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Remember to use COUPON CODE - R2RLOVEPODS at check out for 10% OFF

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FREE SHIPPING AT $25
FREE 2 DAY SHIPPING AT $50

A little secret, our Black Friday Sale will offer bonus discounts for customers who have purchased from the website before the sale starts.
 
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We still have pods and phyto that can ship tomorrow or Wednesday (with FREE orders over $50 or paid 2 Day service). We have extended our sale through midnight. Use coupon code R2RLOVEPODS and take 10% off your entire order. These bottles are packed with life for your fish and reef.

@Ocean_Queenie really got after it today and everything was wrapped so nice. Thanks honey.
 

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