Tampa Bay Saltwater is BACK! (lots of photos)

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I have been waiting for the new owners to start shipping, so I could start my next tank. It finally happened and today I got part 1 of "the package"! I had used TBS many times in the past, but this time is the first with the new owners. Shipment arrived via southwest airlines to Milwaukee without issue. I got all the live sand and half of the live rock. Everything was packaged VERY well. The sand is all double bagged and none of the inner bags leaked. The live rock has many bags, because it's rock of course, and nothing leaked out of the outer bag, it was all contained nicely. The rock has amazing life, and I did see some friendly hitchikers (some hermits and snails). TBS ships it all in seawater, same day pickup (airport to airport) so it tends to have little die off. Every tank I've started with TBS I've been able to do safely add fish within days of receiving "part 2" and add SPS coral within weeks of receiving part 2 also.

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No shrimp that I saw. I had a pistol shrimp once. And a blenny once!
Awesome! I had one mantis on my KP and it had since disappeared since putting it in the sump. It’s too bad too cause it was a bright yellow. But I have at least 3 pistol shrimp in the tank
 
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Thanks for the compliment @i_am_mclovin, and glad your shipment arrived safely! Love that sandbed! Keep us posted when you are ready for Part 2 of the Package.

One part of being a rock farmer that we enjoy is packing orders for customers, and yesterday was the largest drop off to Southwest Cargo yet.
We do a lot of prep the evening prior, which helps us in the wee morning hours of shipping day. Many marine life shippers deliver their cargo the night before a flight and it sits until the next day's journey. Not us, air cargo boxes are packaged the same day you receive it.

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Thanks for the compliment @i_am_mclovin, and glad your shipment arrived safely! Love that sandbed! Keep us posted when you are ready for Part 2 of the Package.

One part of being a rock farmer that we enjoy is packing orders for customers, and yesterday was the largest drop off to Southwest Cargo yet.
We do a lot of prep the evening prior, which helps us in the wee morning hours of shipping day. Many marine life shippers deliver their cargo the night before a flight and it sits until the next day's journey. Not us, air cargo boxes are packaged the same day you receive it.

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So far ammonia readings remain at 0, so things are looking good. And yes these kinds of things which may seem small, are actually so impactful to the amount of die off and cycling you have to endure! Packaged up and in my tank in maybe 6 hours, kept underwater in sea water at all times! The tank is looking great so far. :) I really can't say enough about TBS over the many times I've used their rock!
 
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Looks like a small happy oculina robusta.
Very happy indeed, lots of polyp extension. Ammonia remains 0 this afternoon. Saw a few more hermits and snails, got maybe 3 of each. Also seeing lots of spaghetti worms, copepods, and micro brittle stars. These rocks were teeming with life!
 
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I have been waiting for the new owners to start shipping, so I could start my next tank. It finally happened and today I got part 1 of "the package"! I had used TBS many times in the past, but this time is the first with the new owners. Shipment arrived via southwest airlines to Milwaukee without issue. I got all the live sand and half of the live rock. Everything was packaged VERY well. The sand is all double bagged and none of the inner bags leaked. The live rock has many bags, because it's rock of course, and nothing leaked out of the outer bag, it was all contained nicely. The rock has amazing life, and I did see some friendly hitchikers (some hermits and snails). TBS ships it all in seawater, same day pickup (airport to airport) so it tends to have little die off. Every tank I've started with TBS I've been able to do safely add fish within days of receiving "part 2" and add SPS coral within weeks of receiving part 2 also.

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I love to see this happening. I hope it won't be long before the present freight madness subsides so that this becomes more affordable for everyone.
 

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Yea I will admit, the freight charge was not fun. Double what I had expected lol. But still worth it.
A double for domestic freight is now common.

Was talking with @Joe Glass Cages the other day and IIRC he said a shipping container that once cost him $2,500 is now costing him $25,000!
 
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A double for domestic freight is now common.

Was talking with @Joe Glass Cages the other day and IIRC he said a shipping container that once cost him $2,500 is now costing him $25,000!
WOW! That is crazy. I hope this insanity ends soon. :(
 
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Doesn’t look near as good as the old rock. Did they change sites?

Anyway, thx for the update and hope the rock does well in your system.
Having used TBS many times in the past this base rock is on par with previous base rock I’ve gotten. Remember this was part 1 so it’s only base rock you’re seeing.
 

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Having used TBS many times in the past this base rock is on par with previous base rock I’ve gotten. Remember this was part 1 so it’s only base rock you’re seeing.
Ok, Roger that. Let’s see the real deal! Bring on Part 2!
 
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