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  1. This and other articles will be part of a series of guides for people new to saltwater aquariums. Subscribe to this sub forum to check out the whole series. Step One - Choosing an Aquarium that is right for you Space Decide where your aquarium will go. Figure out a spot in your place where you want the aquarium to go seems relatively straightforward, but here are some things you will wish you knew a year from now: Expect salt creep. Salt creep is when saltwater spray, usually contained in a very fine mist, lands on areas outside of the aquarium and then evaporates. When the water evaporates the salt will remain, building up on surfaces. Lids help cut down on salt creep, but it will still manage to accumulate on uncovered portions of the tank, and on nearby surfaces such as walls. Leaving yourself enough room to wipe down the wall and sides of the aquarium with a damp cloth is something you will really want to have, so plan for it now. Water changes will require you to move 10-20% of your aquarium's water volume from a source to your aquarium. Plan for water changes now, to make sure you do not have to carry water all over your house which increases the risk of making a mess and/or hurting your back. Subscribe to this forum to read how to clean a tank like a pro and keep messes and work down in a future article. Make sure the outlet you plan to use can handle your system. With efficient LED lights that don't require chillers to be used anymore this is becoming less of an issue than it was previously. If you live in a cold environment though, heaters can put a lot of strain on your outlet. Make sure you have enough capacity for the job. If you are unsure of how to do this, you may want to consult an electrician or handyman. Consider installing a GFCI outlet, especially if you have children. GCFI outlets are the kind of outlets that you find in bathrooms above the sink. When wet they trip, stopping electric flow to the outlet. They will also trip when pumps, heaters, or other electronic equipment has a current leak. For a more detailed explanation of the safety features of this outlet, see this link. Outlets should not be directly behind the aquarium, they should be offset from the aquarium and out of the way of "the splash zone". Indirect sunlight from a window will grow nuisance algae, try to locate the aquarium as far from a window as possible. Southern facing windows will bring in more light than windows that face north. If you are putting the aquarium on a carpeted floor, consider placing a runner or throw rug underneath it that can handle high traffic and the occasional spill. Moving an aquarium is a big chore, you will want the flooring to last as long as the aquarium or longer. If you plan to change the floor soon, you may want to do it before putting the aquarium in place. If you have wood or tile floors, a padded rubber mat at the base of the aquarium stand will help distribute weight and protect the floor from spills. These are often sold for commercial applications as "anti-fatigue mats". Make sure the floor is level, or shim the aquarium until it is, before adding water. If you have never shimmed something before, this video has a good explanation. Make sure your floor can handle the weight. If it is going on a ground floor above the foundation, you should be OK. If there are supports holding up the floor, make sure they can handle the weight. A rule of thumb for the total weight of an aquarium is 20 pounds per gallon. This "rule" takes into account the weight of the water, the average aquarium and stand, sand, mechanical objects, rock and some room for margin. Make sure the floor can hold it, and when in doubt ask an engineer or whoever is licensed to do that work in your state. Most importantly, make sure you have a comfortable view of the aquarium. If you have to tilt your neck or turn to see it, you will lose out on a lot of good viewing or end up with a sore neck. Size Generally speaking, the shallower and the bigger the tank the easier it is to maintain. Nano-Tanks are aquariums under 40 gallons, and are considered relatively difficult to keep. Support groups have been formed online to help those people who have taken on the challenge. Why shallower? There are many reasons to get a "long tank" vs a "tall" tank. Fish swim horizontally for the most part, rather than vertically, with the exception of seahorses and a few other fish. If you are considering a reef tank, the deeper the tank the more light intensity you will need to penetrate to the bottom. The additional light source might cause too much heat, necessitating a chiller. You can also fit more corals or other photosynthetic life in a wide and/or long tank because there will be more surface area that is exposed to light. The drawback of a tank that is wide and/or long is that they will have more evaporation vs tall tanks per gallon. Why Bigger? If something goes wrong in the tank, the water conditions will change. In a larger tank these conditions will be diluted over more gallons rather than less, and the impact to the tank's inhabitants will not be as severe. The maintenance of a "nano tank " can be difficult because there is little room for error on the part of the aquarist. At some point a huge tank can become an overwhelming task as well because areas within the aquarium can be hard to access by hand, and the volume of water needed for changes can become overwhelming. A "40 gallon breeder" or bigger should give a beginner enough room to make a few mistakes. Features Some things about one aquarium can make them more valuable than others. Here are some things that I think really matter when determining the value of an aquarium: Drilled for a sump - Any tank that has an overflow drilled already into it is worth at least another $100 more in value than a tank without that feature, unless drilling holes in glass is your other side hobby. Sumps are tanks that hold water in a system that the aquarium is connected to, and are usually contain filtration equipment, media, or refugia. More will be discussed in our filtration section, for now just know that a second attached aquarium helps add water volume, keeps your tank stable, serves as a place to hide filtration devices and generally makes your system much easier to maintain. Acrylic vs Glass - Acrylic is lighter and easier to move than glass, and it is also easy to repair. Glass aquariums can rarely be repaired. Acrylic tanks often boast greater clarity than glass aquariums, but they also scratch easier. Many cleaning products and scrubbers that are safe on glass will scratch acrylic. It is up to you to decide which features are more important to you. Glass or Acrylic thickness - The thicker the glass or the acrylic on an aquarium, the stronger it will be. Today aquariums are often made with the bare minimum required to handle the weight capacity they are designed for. Some used tanks come from a time where manufacturers used far more than what was required to build truly strong and reliable aquariums. If you come across one of these that have managed to stay scratch free, you may want to snatch it up. All in One Systems - These are aquariums manufactured and sold as a set to take some of the work out of building your own system. They usually come with lights, a stand, filtration mechanisms, and other required parts. They can offer a good value over a customized system. Aftermarket Modifications - Many popular models of All in One (AIO) tanks such as the BioCube series of aquariums have after market improvement parts that can add a great deal of functionality to these systems. Companies like inTank (unaffiliated) specialize in these parts, and being able to match up parts after purchase may be something of value to you to consider. High Quality Glass or Acrylic - Mass market aquariums usually have standard clarity, but there are higher clarity glass and acrylic aquariums available from custom manufacturers and companies that sell to the higher end retail market. You should be aware of this, and make the decision on which to purchase with this in mind. Two tanks of similar size and shape may differ in value a great deal if one is made of thick high clarity glass and is drilled and prepped for a sump, and the other is standard clarity and thickness glass that you will have to drill, or use without a sump. These considerations are often more important than whether a tank is new or used, the topic for our next article.
  2. 50% off Black Friday Sale

    Start off Black Friday sales week with 50% off every item in our Dry Goods section. You will have to scroll through to find all the deals, but the prices are lower than wholesale. You can find our Dry Goods section here: https://www.reefcleaners.org/dry-goods The code to get the discount is "blackfriday50". Thank you for your continued support! Restrictions While supplies last No rainchecks Cannot be applied retroactively to orders previously placed Rock and barnacles are dry goods, but not in the dry goods section of the store and not subject to discount Sale ends 11/25/2017
  3. Stay Safe Texas!

    Hurricanes are the worst. Stay safe out there. Portable battery chargers that you can find at Walgreens and CVS are real life savers if you have intermittent electricity and like to keep your phone on, or have other USB chargeable devices.
  4. Order before July 5th and receive $5 Priority Mail, (items with a * next to their name cannot ship via Priority Mail). In addition we have four different discount codes you can use to save even more on your order, listed below. Save 12% off of Quick Crews with the code "QUICKCREW". These packages come with free shipping.Save 7% off your rock order with the code "ROCKSALE" Rock boxes come with free shipping.Save 15% off your entire order with the code "15percent". Rock and Quick Crews excluded.Restrictions:Discounts cannot be combined. Only for new orders, no retroactive application. Items with a * next to their name cannot ship via Priority Mail.Find the deals here:https://www.reefcleaners.org
  5. Macroalgae Sale!

    Finally starting to get some algae back. It has been a rough few years! Then it dawned on me, I know people in the business - I can just have them go to their spots that are still producing. Now I have tanks full of algae. Not the same variety we had back in our heyday when we had 40+ plus species in stock most of they year, but I have 9 which is better than usual. Some really nice pieces too. Use the code "algaesale" to save 30% off any of the items in our algae section, which means the penny algae sample is now an unbeatable $.007. What can you buy for $.007? An algae "frag", that is what. I am so I will even give you the link to that location - Macroalgae at ReefCleaners
  6. It is back, we will be resuming Saturday service again. However, there are some exceptions. To be eligible to ship on Friday, you have to order with Express Mail and live in a next day location. Otherwise it will arrive on either Friday or Saturday. Additionally, for now there is a $5 surcharge, to cover the cost of the guy who will be packing and shipping orders. This will drop off as soon as there is enough interest in the Saturday service. Going to have some big sales for Black Friday. If you want to know about, or take advantage of them early, let me know. We can do some of the sales now, rather than wait. Just post a reply here saying something to the effect of "I don't want to wait!" And I will post some codes for you to use.
  7. ? Halloween Sale ?

    Free Gifts and Eerily Good Savings. Treat yourself to discounts: Use the code "rockmonster" to save 10% on rock orders. You can also use the code "halloween" to save 15% off any other product, except Quick Crews. Need a cleaner package? Use the code "spooky" to save 12% off quick crews, and any other product, except rock. Plus: Leave a note to the effect of "Send me a treat!" in the comments field during checkout, and we will send a free item of our choice worth at least 10% of your order. Cannot ship with rock though. It will be a surprise. Hope you have a safe and happy holiday! BROWSE THE SHOP Offer Expires 11:59PM Oct 31st. Discounts cannot be applied retroactively. Free items cannot ship with rock orders.
  8. Hurricane Sale at ReefCleaners.org!

    Matthew is coming! If not a direct hit, it will come near us. We are that dot on the map. As a result I would very much like to evacuate the critters in our tanks before the weather changes. We should be able to ship all week unless it speeds up. Right now it does not look like it will affect the West Palm area, (where our packages fly out of), until Friday at the earliest. You can help us with our evacuation, by using the discount code "MATTHEW' worth 20% off everything in the store except rocks. It will be good until Wednesday night at 11:59pm. Thank you for your support over 9 hurricane seasons now!
  9. Labor

    Happy Labor Day Weekend! We hope you are enjoying yourself. Rock Sale! Order before Tuesday, September 6th and receive 12% off of rock, or any other item in the store with the code "LABORDAY". We very rarely get to have discounts on rock, so if you plan on getting rock this is the time to stock up. Find our rock section here. Everything else on sale too! Quick Crews with free shipping can also be discounted with this code, as well as our other cleanersand our new Dry Goods section. Save 12% off your whole order with this code: LABORDAY Thank you for all of your support over the years! Restrictions: Discounts cannot be combined. Only for new orders, no retroactive application. Items with a * next to their name cannot ship via Priority Mail.
  10. Buy One Get Sale at ReefCleaners.org!

    Live items are not considered dry goods by the way.
  11. We have a Buy One Get One Free Sale today on all dry goods, except rock, Nyos rock "cement", and barnacles. Buy any dry good, and get a free one of equal or lesser value at no cost. Just send us the names of the items you would like to receive for free and we will add them to your order. You can do this in the comments section, or a follow up email. In either event we will contact you if we don't receive a list to ensure you get to take advantage of the sale. Thank you for all of your support, we appreciate it! John This offer cannot be combined with other discounts. Use these links to help make navigating this section easier, or just jump right in and see all of our dry goods here. Food Cleaning Supplies for Glass Aquariums Cleaning Supplies for Acrylic Aquariums Nuisance Control Filtration Media Water Conditioners Additives and Supplements Browse by Brand All Dry Goods Choose the type of food: Whole Item Foods Coral Food Plankton Pellet Food Flake Food Live Food Food for Herbivores Food Enhancers Or see all of our food offerings here. Browse by Brand: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Bay Brand Boyd's Brightwell Continuum Coral Frenzy ESV Flipper Hikari Joe's JW Kent Kordon Lee's LifeGuard MagFloat New Life Spectrum Nyos Ocean Nutrition Poly Lab Python Red Sea Reef Source Salifert Seachem Selcon Two Little Fishies
  12. Independence Day Sale @ ReefCleaners.org! Order before July 5th and receive $5 Priority Mail, (items with a * next to their name cannot ship via Priority Mail). In addition we have four different discount codes you can use to save even more on your order, listed below. To top it all off, we have added 130 new items to our store in the last month. QUICKCREW Save 15% off of Quick Crews with this code. 12PERCENT Save 12% off your whole order, except rock orders with this code. ROCKSALE Save 7% off your rock order with this code. DRYGOODS Save 20% off of Dry Goods with this code. This is the last major sale of the summer! You can shop the store here. Thank you for your continued support over the years! Restrictions: Discounts cannot be combined. Only for new orders, no retractive application. Items with a * next to their name cannot ship via Priority Mail.
  13. Reef Cleaners now carries an extensive line of dry goods! This expansion hopefully will allow you to get more value per shipment. We have very competitive prices on Food, Testing Supplies and Cleaning Products. Even better, we are running a 15% off sale to kick off the expansion. Use the code "DRYGOODS" (do not include quotes when entering) to save 15% on any Dry Goods Order, Rock and Barnacles Excepted: See all of the 112 New Products here. Food New Life Spectrum, Bay Brands, Two Fishes, Hikari, Coral Frenzy, Ocean Nutrition, Polyp Labs and more will ensure there is something for everything in your tank, including both fish and invertebrates. Browse our new food additions here. Cleaning Supplies Our favorite cleaning products, including the best prices on Flipper, and MagFloats as well as regular algae pads and scrapers. Browse our cleaning supplies here. Testing Supplies We carry Salifert and API testing kits, to offer you both high quality and good value options. Browse the testing supplies here. Sale ends June 26th, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. Subscribe to this thread for random flash sales, and goofy contests.
  14. Clean up Crew Sale!

    We are currently offering a 15% discount on all of our "Quick Crews", that come with free shipping. They are reef safe clean up crews designed to tackle common algae issues in over 50 different standard tank sizes, and come with or without hermit crabs. To receive the discount use the code "quick" during checkout. You can find them here: http://www.reefcleaners.org/cleaner-packages-with-free-shipping Happy Reefing!
  15. Black Friday Sale!

    You can save 10% off any order (rock excluded) placed today at www.ReefCleaners.org. To take advantage of the sale, use the code "blackfriday" at checkout. Thanks for the support over all these years, we appreciate it!
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