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  1. This Black Friday we decided to show you something new- Coquina and worm rock reefs make up significant saltwater environments, but are rarely found in aquaria. Coquina reefs are usually hardbottom habitats, but exposed rocks can create structures resembling plateaus. Coquina rock is made of crushed shells and sand bound together by calcite. The rock itself comes in a variety of colors, usually matching the color of the sand where it is found. The rock is dense, and is a poor choice for filtration purposes. Coquina reefs are dominated by macroalgae, but also feature gorgonians and porites corals. In aquaria the flat pieces can be used to create hard bottom substrate bases, or as ledges for ricordea to hang out on. When Hurricane Dorian broke up portions of the coquina hardbottom reefs and carried them ashore we received permission from FWC to collect the stranded and sun bleached pieces. (Live rock collection in FL is illegal). Worm rock reefs are made of the remains of Serpulidae worms that create calcified tubes. They are similar to feather dusters, (Sabellidae) but create calcified tubes that form colonies. They are not related to Vermetid "worms", which are actually sessile snails. Off the coast of Florida they form huge colonies, covering hundreds of square miles. This particular substrate is not ideal for growing coral. It isn't a matter of composition, there simply isn't enough flat space for it to attach to. For filtration purposes though you would be hard pressed to find a better natural substrate by the pound or volume. These pieces are much lighter and porous than the rock we normally use in our aquariums. The worm holes create intricate pathways for water, and the cluster itself is mostly empty. The surface area available for aerobic bacteria is even greater than that of bioballs of similar size. You can find them both here: https://www.reefcleaners.org/aquarium-store/rock Supply is limited. Coquina can be added to any rock order, and would substitute the weight of rock we would otherwise use to fill the order. You can request up to two pieces of coquina. Let us know what size pieces you are looking for and we can try to accommodate. The worm rock cannot ship with rock, there is a potential it could be crushed. It is light enough to ship with live orders. Very limited supply, these are also victims of hurricane Dorian which we received permission from FWC to collect. Aquaculture Netting should have been popular in this hobby years ago, but I don't see it in much use. This material can be manipulated, cut, and zip tied into just about any shape, and placed into the aquarium to use as filtration media holders, additional strainers, small cages for newly acclimated animals, coral guards to protect from wandering tentacles etc.. The sky is the limit really. Inserts that are baskets placed into quarantine tanks can be very useful later to simply lift the fish out rather than chase them down with a net. We will offer 3 sizes, sold in specific increments. The sizes refer to the size of the mesh, 1/8"inch, 1/4" inch and 1/16th inch mesh. Unfortunately due to size constraints with Priority Mail and Express Mail, it will have to ship separately from live orders for a flat rate of $12.50. It will be available on the website by Cyber Monday. The last thing I wanted to share with you isn't our product at all. It is from Tractor Supply Company, and from now on the hobby has access to $.25 a pound premium substrate. It is this chicken feed supplement: https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/manna-pro-oyster-shell-50-lb It is crushed coral and shells, perfectly suitable for aquaria. I have used it for two years now, it works great. It is very clean, and it has passed every magnet test for metals I have used it on so far. (Can't say that about some of the bags sold for aquaria). It is also heat treated after washing, only very large companies can afford to do this efficiently and most of the companies who supply our trade are not very large. At least not when it comes to comparison with the agriculture market. You can see it here being cleaned by our hermits: [MEDIA=youtube]YN7ijTW2cGE[/MEDIA] We grew the algae purposefully, there isn't anything particular about why it was so dirty before the hermits got to it. $11 for a 50 pound bag isn't too bad if you have a Tractor Supply nearby. Just remember who decided to share this knowledge later on when everyone in the hobby knows about it. I want my credit. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
  2. Halloween Hermits are members of the Ciliopagurus genus, all the species of which are picky about what snail shells they will move into. They like the shape of cone shells, and are nearly always found in them, with olive shells and mitre shells a distant second. These homes are particularly suited for their wide, short and flat bodies. We now have these shells in stock, so you don't have to hunt them down on your own. It took months of marketing research to realize this was a good idea that would save you time, and we are kicking it all off with a free cone shell assortment today with every Halloween Hermit purchase, our treat. You can find our Halloween Hermits Here.
  3. Save 12% off with the code "EarlyLaborDay". You can use it on everything, it will even work on rock. Macroalgae season is ending soon, this is a good time to stock up before the fall, when high winds create rough and murky water. Was another fun summer, thanks for supporting us!You can find us here:http://www.reefcleaners.org
  4. We finally have a good selection of macroalgae back in stock! Use the code "MACRO2018" to receive 20% off all our macroalgae here.If you use the code we will also automatically bump up your penny macroalgae to a full size free macroalgae.Sale ends June 11th or when supplies run out.
  5. Summer starts next week, so it was probably about time I got around to our annual spring cleaning sale. 🙂 Save 15% this week with the code "spring" on everything in the store except rock. We are out of most algae at the moment, but all of our clean up crew packages are in stock, and we have a good amount of tank cleaners as well. Happy Reefing!
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
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