by Richard Back
Christmas is time of giving and time of caring. Afishionado and friends are firm believer of this.
We got together to give one very special reefer a Christmas that he won't forget!
Check it out!
Special thanks to 24/7 Aquariums, AP Frags, Reef Gardener and ofcourse my buddy Hernando.
by Richard Back
Maxspect has let out a blip middle of this year (Check Reefbuilders' May article) that they were working on all-in-one box that will help you acclimate your new fish, a frag rack and magnifying glass to observe your animals with more precision. (Fish disease, coral close ups for possible parasites or just to stalk your favorite fish that likes to hide!) Since May, we haven't heard anything about it.
Until now that is.
There are 2 of these unit right now in the States and this is the second unit of the two. It came in unmarked box and honestly I wouldn't have noticed that it's from Maxspect if there wasn't maxspect protector pouch for the magnifying glass. I'm sure that it will be switched to fancy, graphically enticing box that we all come to expect from top brand like maxspect. Overall, every part felt very solid and well constructed. All the inserts and grooves fit/flushed in perfectly and everything was well routed all around.
What I really like about this is that you can use any of these pieces as stand alone units.
One thing I realized and I liked is that the frag plug is made with a locking groove so that it won't fall out of the rack when you have a giant snail or a urchin that likes to bulldoze through everything.
Couple of concerns that I had was that
I spoke to David D'Aquin, owner of Coralvue about these concerns and he has told me that
"Prices on these acrylic plugs should be comparable if not cheaper then standard generic frag plugs and we would be having these plugs in large amounts".
Also we talked about how it is a good idea to do a fresh mount whenever you get a new frag from anywhere to reduce the chance of bringing in any unwanted pests into our aquarium. (We shall dub this as the Paletta way)
Fully assembled as all in one unit if you choose to run it as all in one.
Price on this unit will $100 or less, which is a bargain considering how much acclimation boxes usually costs or how much magnifying glasses for our tanks usually costs. These should be available on the last Q1 of 2017 and if you are in market for one (Let's face it. We all like to buy alot of fish), be sure to keep an eye out for this unit!
by Richard Back
Ah~ That feeling of accomplishment when your little coral fragment grows into a miniature colony then into a gorgeous, mature colony. Not only it shows that you have the blue thumb, now you are entering a realm of elite reefers who keeps mature corals and become the person to envy to your fellow reefing friends. It's a great feeling to have for sure and many of us strive to reach that level of success.
Recently I have been notified that my friends at Hydra Aquatics International had gotten a hold of a 100% aquacultured massive Pink Booby Chalice (Echinophyllia spp) and I got my tail out there to check it out.
Measuring at 11" x 8", this massive colony was a sight to see. Hundreds of eyes, plating well over it's base rock, it was magnificent piece to say the very least. I was told that Hydra will keep the majority of the colony to grow out on their grow out display tank but will start making certain amount of frags available for their customers.
Be sure to keep an eye out on their facebook page here and their website here for more information on it's availablity if you are interested in obtaining piece of this beauty.
Meanwhile, tell me what is your biggest coral? Show off your biggest colony here with your fellow reefers!
by Richard Back
With our current promotion going on, you guys didn't think we would do another promotion did ya?
We have partnered up with I'm A Reefer to give away the HOTTEST Reef T Shirts for this Christmas!
Starting from today 12/12/16, you have until 12/18/16 evening to participate to get your chance to win some awesome reef shirts!
As usual, These give aways are FREE to you guys. No purchase is necessary. We believe in giving back to our reefing community and we will cover everything even to the shipping cost.
This Contest is only for people in the continental U.S. Sorry.
This is how you play.
1.) Like Richard at Afishionado Facebook page.
2.) Like I'm a Reefer Facebook Page HERE.
3.) Share this Contest post on facebook and tag 3 fellow reefing buddies.
4.) Go to https://imareefer.com/ and browse through the shirt section and download the shirt picture that you want to win.
5.) Post that picture of t shirt on the main post of Richard at Afishionado page for this shirt contest on the comment section along with a comment 'Thanks, I'm a Reefer!'
That's it!! We will pick 3 lucky winners on the evening of the 18th! Good luck!!!
by Richard Back
We have partnered up with Reef Nutrition for our December giveaway!
For this month, you get chances to win 2 prizes!
First place prize will be Reef Nutrition Sample Pack
which contains Mysis Feast, Beta Brine, Phyto Feast, R.O.E. , Roti Feast, Arcti Pods, Oyster Feast, Tigger Pods which values around $150.
Learn about them here!
Second place prize will be TDO Sampler Pack which will include their signature Small, Medium, Large size pelletized food.
You can learn about TDO here!
This is how you can win these amazing prizes!
1.) Like Richard at Afishionado's Page Here.
2.) Like Reef Nutrition's Page Here.
3.) On the Main Prize Post on Afishionado Facebook Page, post a picture or video of coral or fish that can benefit from these food and write "Thank you Reef Nutrition!"
4.) Share the post and tag three of your reef buddies.
As with all of our give aways, these are FREE to enter and there are ZERO catches. Play to win and have fun!
Due to shipping costs of refregiated food, we will only be able to ship within continental U.S.
Have fun and I look forward to seeing some awesome pictures and videos!
We will get a group of dedicated writers that will share ideas, product reviews and thoughts.