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Just Arrived / Re: New To Ohio Reef from, Cincinnati, Ohio
« Last post by Crimsonvice on Today at 12:45:33 »
Welcome. I am in Cincinnati as well, Anderson area.
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Just Arrived / Re: Hey guys, Toledo Ohio
« Last post by Crimsonvice on Today at 12:44:00 »
Thanks for the welcomes, swap was awesome yesterday. Thanks to all that put it on.
Welcome!

Are you talking about the Buckeye Reef swap? It turned out pretty well. Glad you were able to make it!
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Reef Discussion / Premium Aquatics Tour
« Last post by Crimsonvice on Today at 12:35:51 »
I just completed a little write up on Premium Aquatics over on Buckeye Reef. Thought that some of you might be interested in seeing it as well.

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Yesterday I was able to mix a little work and leisure and stop by Premium Aquatics in Edinburgh, Indiana. Normally, they are closed during the week to the public unless you schedule an appointment. Saturdays they are open from 12-3 pm for livestock sales. I was fortunate enough to be able to get a hold of them and schedule a Tuesday appointment. Generally, they prefer appointments later in the week, because Monday and Tuesdays they are busy preparing livestock orders to ship out.

Given the fact that it was a Tuesday when I popped in, and their tank maintenance days are scheduled later in the week, all the tanks where surprisingly clean. Brandon, the livestock manager, was able to give me a quick tour of how they operate and maintain everything from live caught to cultured live rock. I was very impressed with how organized and methodical everything seemed in regards to the designated livestock sections. What really caught my eye was the live caught QT setup. When they receive their new livestock in, they will be placed in this system for 2 weeks. While here they are tenderly cared for and inspected on the regular. Eight 250 watt Aqua UV sterilizers are used to help eliminate any infections or pest that these new tank mates might be harboring. The Royal Exclusive Bubble King 200 is what powers the filtration in the Rubbermaid sump. This is a beast of a machine, and it seemed to be pulling some pretty nasty skimmate.

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In conjunction with their wild caught system, they also have a section for aquacultured fish. They had a variety of healthy looking clowns, bleenies, and seahorses in stock.

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If you are in the market for rock, dry or cured, Premium Aquatics is the place to shop! They literally have tons of Pukani, Real Reef, Walt Smith... and the list goes on. In the center of the warehouse, there are three massive containers that are curing Real Reef, Pukani, and other forms of rock. This is on top of the skids of dry rock that are sitting just a few steps behind me. Brandon explained to me that the export of Pukani rock from Fiji is being brought to a halt, and in the future it may be difficult to find it. So if you are planning a build, and are looking for Pukani, now is the time to stock up! Premium Aquatics has some reasonable pricing on rock and is willing to price match online competitors.

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On the opposing side of the warehouse you will find all of your coral desires. Anything that is your fancy you will be able to find here. It seemed to be slightly picked over, but again I did come in the middle of the week. Yet, I was still able to find a few gems. There were quite a few nice scollys and plate corals. Unfortunately, I am still working on my photography skills and most of the coral pictures I took did not come out well. Regardless, if you are looking for coral on the cheap or looking to spend some of your rent money, you can do both at Premium Aquatics.

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Overall, I had a nice time talking with everyone at the warehouse, and want to thank them for their time in showing me around. I was impressed by the quality of equipment and time that they take in taking care of what brings us joy as hobbyists. It is nice to have a vendor like Premium Aquatics close to the area for Buckeye Reef members. Maybe in the future we can plan a group buy or a Saturday field trip.

 

 

Here are a few random pictures from the day:

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Reef Discussion / Re: Help! Coral death out of no where
« Last post by jmiller1611 on Today at 12:27:20 »
frogspawn is completely dead. the lobo and my elegance both have not fully opened in about a week, but are looking better than they did when the frogspawn was in there still. hopefully they have stabilized
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Contests / Re: Kellyj Zoanthid Grow Contest
« Last post by Humphrey on Today at 11:04:45 »
It's on like Donkey Kong
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WTB / Re: WTB Clean Macro Algae
« Last post by Reeferntraining on Yesterday at 20:18:17 »
Reef to reef this guys refugium looks better than most display tanks mine included
You have contact information for this guy?
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WTB / Re: WTB Clean Macro Algae
« Last post by jfishwild on Yesterday at 19:47:00 »
Reef to reef this guys refugium looks better than most display tanks mine included
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WTB / Re: WTB Clean Macro Algae
« Last post by Reeferntraining on Yesterday at 18:36:27 »
Theyíve been out of Chaeto for a while and donít offer Caulerpa....unfortunately.
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WTB / Re: WTB Clean Macro Algae
« Last post by Heinbaughb on Yesterday at 17:12:10 »
For clean macro, Iíd try algaebarn.com if you canít find it locally.


120 gallon mixed reef.
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WTB / Re: WTB FOWLERI TANG
« Last post by soldiers4christ50 on Yesterday at 16:41:38 »
Oh ok
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