Most Popular Marine Fish to Buy in 2016

»Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Blog, Patrick D, Saltwater Fish, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Most Popular Marine Fish to Buy in 2016

Most Popular Marine Fish to Buy in 2016

Most Popular Marine Fish to Buy in 2016 The following list compiles our best sellers among the small tropical group. Most of these fish make great nano reef inhabitants (30 gallons and under). Reef keepers of all sizes desire these fish for their color and behavior, making them the most popular among all marine hobbyists. For most of these fish it is advised to only purchase one per aquarium, regardless of size.   #8 Filamentosa/Flasher Wrasse These small wrasses get their name from the extraordinary dorsal fins and “flashing” colors. They are all from the Indo-Pacific reefs and must be fed Calanus Arcti-Pods to retain their colors. #7 O-Spot Prawn Goby These sand-movers and shakers are one of the most desired nano fish because of their symbiotic relationship with pistol shrimp. They are inexpensive, hardy, and fun to keep. #6 Maroon Clowns They are the only clownfish with a separate genus (Premnas). They use a unique spine on their operculum to spar with other clownfish and conspecifics, thus never add them with other clownfish. #5 6-Line Wrasses A hardy wrasse that stays small (less than 1.5 inches). Although look out! They can be aggressive toward other tankmates later on. #4 Yellowtail/Blue Damsels Only keep one per aquarium. These smallish guys never hide and are some of the most resilient yet docile Pomacentrids. #3 Royal Grammas This beautiful small basslett comes from Caribbean waters, often seen by divers off the coast of Florida. #2 Green Chromis One of the most widespread fishes of the Indo-Pacific tropical reefs, they can be kept in groups in 40 gallons or larger. We recommend not starting with them and only purchasing SHIEC-collected specimens. Come in and ask about this sustainability effort! #1 Ocellaris Clowns “Nemo” – Almost all in the trade are Aquacultured. This is a huge step for our industry. If interested, please call or stop in with any questions you may have on these fish. As an added bonus, mention you saw them on “the most popular 2016” list and get 20% off any of these fish for purchase. Stay tuned for Most Popular 2016 medium...

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A Thank You to our Maintenance Clients and Team

»Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Blog, Patrick D | Comments Off on A Thank You to our Maintenance Clients and Team

I was talking with some of our maintenance clients recently and they brought up a few remarks I would like to share with you. They said to me “It is one thing to be looking at a dirty tank and paying someone to clean it, but Chris not just did so, he then listed a dosing regimen for our reef, two easy jobs for us to do weekly, which changed our tank.”   Another client who keeps African cichlids said to me that their fish have never been so colorful than before and asked me what Jason was doing while cleaning. I said it was the spirulina/astaxanthin food he was bringing, not so much the cleaning.   Recently I received a call from a client who wanted to compliment me on the maturity Nelson had at their home, as their 2 year old was having a meltdown. “He not only dealt with our children and the dog, he made the tank pristine, and cleaned up after himself to where you wouldn’t have known he was there.”   And one of our high-end discus clients asked me just last week, “Why isn’t Jimmy in the store, coaching your planted discus keepers? He is outstanding with tricks and husbandry care on these habitats.” Well I said he is maintaining a lot of other clients who value his services and there is no time to have him in the shop.   A thorough aquarium cleaning is what we all want. A professional, mature aquarist who cares and is meticulous with advice to offer, is priceless.   I thank all of our service clients for their patronage and support. As well, I thank the techs for their hard work, dedication, and compassion for aquatic life.     Thank you, from Pat, Eric, Jason, Jim, Patrick, Chris, Ryan, Kristen, Nelson, and Dibyarka.     -Patrick Donston Owner of Absolutely...

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Aquariums to Buy, New Jersey

»Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Blog, Patrick D | Comments Off on Aquariums to Buy, New Jersey

Aquariums to Buy, New Jersey  By Patrick Donston   Ohh, those wonderful ten gallon starter kits. You know… the ones we find in garage sales or flea markets more than antiques. Even better are the little 2 – 5 gallon bow kits we so often see in Walmarts, K-marts, Petcos, or Petsmarts. The aquarium that so many novices purchase with grandeur of fish! “Just look at the photo on the box, I can do this!” Hopefully better than my venture to raise a sea-monkey family. (You know, like the add said in the back of the magazine) – – – Ha! Most struggle or fail. ☹ How about those coffee table tanks, wall-picture tanks, or my favorite; the “self-cleaning” ones? You‘ll find these beautiful art ensembles online, Sharper Image, Sears, etc. OK – – – These folks know all about fish keeping because anyone can do it – – – right? Yes, even the sales clerk at Spencer Gifts… I know the last time I needed help with plumbing I didn‘t go to my local hardware store, instead I asked the check-out cashier at my local grocery. Ahhhh, that didn’t go so well… Why are these marketing “scams” a sham in itself? Because they are not designed to be easy or realistic to what we envision as an aquatic habitat. Quite frankly the life support systems in most of these aquariums purely stinks. Now I know I‘m supposed to be promoting aquariums, keeping fish, and the value pets add to our daily lives. Yes, I am poking fun at aquarists who‘ve made these mistakes (myself included). I‘ve purchased the sea-monkey kit at the curious age of 7 on a visit to the Pittsburgh Zoo. My eyes glowed with excitement. Oh the scattered ideas of what I will do with my own “farm‐raised family of monkeys”? Only, with crushing defeat the sad little boy threw it in the garbage. Soon after, I owned the 10 gallon starter kit. I would take everything out monthly and clean it meticulously. Water quality? What’s that…? Fish died often and I would pester my mom to take me back to the pet shop to buy more…but still, I loved it! People often ask me how do I know so much about the care of all the fish we carry. I reply, “I‘ve killed a lot of these fish while learning.” Yes, most of us know, some of these kits and ridiculous aquatic‐art ensembles are not conducive to success. On the flip side, we live — we learn — and just maybe love animal welfare enough to step it up and pay it forward… All my best to all of you that love fish and realize the importance of preservation to our natural aquatic ecosystems. Peace ~~...

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