How can I find out about current specials?
Generally on our Facebook page, website and in store.
When do you update inventory with new items?
We will post up new livestock at least once a week, most likely on Facebook, we will also share awesome new products that we get excited about!
Will you test my water?
Absolutely! As a matter of fact, we insist on it before we sell you livestock. It is still in your best interest to have a reputable test kit on hand, and at some point we will recommend you have one.
Where does your marine life come from?
UPS, FedEx, Delta and a really cool driver named Dennis. Just kidding, we do everything we can to purchase tank bred and tank raised fish, however a large portion are still wild caught.
What is your guarentee on fish?
Great question! Our policy is pretty much straight forward. This is a living creature, we do all we can to ensure it is in good health, educate you on quarantine and care of the animal, but it is in your control when you walk out the door. Our store is about success, we don't succeed if you don't. So we educate, answer questions, insist on accurate water tests, and won't sell you an animal if we think something isn't right, or if it's not in the best interest of the animal. As a hobbyist, you assume a certain risk. That being said, we work hard to take care of our customers, if we have been testing and caring for your tank, we address any incident on an individual basis.
Do you sell aquarium salt, salt water, fresh water, glass or acrylic aquariums?
We are a full service store. R/O filtered water and pre mixed saltwater, along with the tank you are looking for!
What is the appropriate salinity for my saltwater fish aquarium?
Fish only, 1.022-1.025
What is the appropriate salinity for my coral reef aquarium?
What is live rock?
When you go to a concert you see a ...too easy, I know. Live rock is a certain type of rock that has been harvested from the ocean. It is essentially pieces of reef that have broken off, filled with both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria’s and numerous types of critters.
Do you sell live rock?
Absolutely. Along with other types of manmade rock that has been injected with good bacteria’s.
What is the pink/purple stuff that covers the rock?
Hopefully its coralline algae, but some people mistake pink for Cyanobacteria. If it's coralline, you can't really scrape or remove it. Whereas cyano can be blown or brushed off.
What is substrate?
That stuff in the bottom of your tank. Gravel, Flourite, sand, etc.
What is live sand?
How does live sand benefit the aquarium? Let's refer back to live rock, good bacterias! Live sand and freshwater substrate is just a packaged form of beneficial bacterias. Does it help? Yes it does. Is it consistent? No it's not. Lots of different factors can happen deserving of a good face to face conversation! Can you use "dead" sand? Of course! And we now have lovely little bacteria spores in bottles that aren't affected by extreme temps and shipping.
Does buying saltwater fish affect the environment?
It definitely improves everyone's mood! But if we are talking about the ocean, nowhere close to what we do and use in our lives that has an incredible impact on the ocean. Our hobby has led to us captive breeding numerous creatures, and continues to place us steps ahead in our learning and ability to become more sustainable along with understanding how big of an impact humans have on this ecosystem.
How do I acclimate the fish before adding it to my aquarium?
Float the bag in the aquarium for 5-10 minutes for the water temperature to adjust. Then open the bag, add a small amount of your tank water to the bag. Secure the bag so it doesn't float off, wait about 5-10 minutes, discard (not in tank), a small portion of water, add more from the tank, repeat this process as long as your local fish store recommends for the fish. Then gently pour the fish in a net and take him down to a nice, quiet safe spot. It will help to feed your existing fish along with turning the lights down. We have some other tricks to share to help this process, just ask!
I thought my shrimp or crab was dead, but I just saw it again. What happened?
Growth and renewal, it shed.
What is fragging?
Fragging is when we take larger colonies of corals and we cut or "propagate" to make more. It is one of the ways we use to not take from the ocean, and share in unique specimens. We have come to learn a ton of information on the care of corals by doing this.