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Christopher Marks, March 29, 2005 in Surveys
Where do you buy your corals?
All of the above;)
Most have been from fellow hobbiests and online. A few have been form a Mom and Pop store and one from a chain store.
Back of Tigahboy's tank....
All of the above, too. Many from the same place as Reefer Addict. I find that I can get a better deal and help another person out at the same time when I connect w/ other reefers.
Mostly Mom & Pop Stores, but I do buy online some times.
Mostly from a few LFS, and local Reef Club members.
Mostly lfs and fellow reefers. I find that buying from other hobbyist are the best. I can meet new people with the same interest. Its always fun to meet new people.
I would buy online more, but i don't like buying in bulk and if you just want one piece, it just isn't practical. I mean who wants to buy a 49 dollar frag and then pay like 30-40 in shipping so that the total frag is like almost 100 dollars. Just isn't practical for me atleast.
I buy equipment online and I buy all live stock at the local fish shops so I can see what Im purchasing.
mostly other reefers, and LFS, but some online
Always from a mom and pop shop lfs. I just like supporting local people who are intersted in the hobby and are providing a great service to those involved.
My tank is about 80% from a nano reefer, you know who. Hahaha. The next 10% LFS.
Local reefers and work. Ah, the point where working at the LFS gets to be nice....
I am thinking about purchasing a 12 gallon nano setup. I'm in an area with one store that carries Marine supplies, some LR, corals and a few fish but its 75 miles away...so I would probably order from the internet. Live Rock first.
I have a long time before I worry about adding corals or fish. When the time comes, I'd like some zoo's and by that time maybe my "local" store will have some.
All of the above
I started out buy from local stores until I joined the Bay area reefers, now I just goto frag swaps and get it for free, well I donate frags for frags.
I'm currently in Utah going to school, and there are absolutely no saltwater stores nearby, so it's only so often that I can get there, but there is one AWESOME family run store down in Orem, that I absolutely love, it's a three hour drive each way but well worth it. They're also online too, http://www.aquaticaonline.net
LFS Mostly but mine closed!
60-70% lfs and rest from local reefers.
A(singular) LFS that I have great faith in local reefers I also deal with a couple of the guys that work at the lfs and buy from their personal tanks
Cleaners I get online, when the girl who gives me her discount is in the I buy whatever I can at my LFS, but my prefered methods are getting frags from other non-nano reefer tanks and hitting up the aquaculture sites in the DC area.
LFS and Dr.MAC's (he's a little bit of a drive). I start swapping and buying from the classified soon.
i can tell you where not buy your corals: THELOGICALREEF.COM
be aware they are carriers of the infectious RED BUG
Recently got some stuff from Pookstreet.
All I can say is OUTSTANDING!
My LFS has zero variety.
Internet for me ...
I purchase a ton of stuff online for my larger tanks. The best one IMO is Liveaquaria. If you are looking for a specific rare coral then other vendors may be a better bet but for your standard trade corals they have the best shipping / warranty policy of all the vendors I've used.
Here is an example of a nice Acopora Loripes I bought from them recently price was $33, part of their 3 of $99 special. Shipping was included and they have a 14 day warranty.
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