A while ago, WhiteCloud told me about a LFS
in Maine called AquaCorals. They do mostly internet business apparently, since they are only open 3 days a week for a few hours each day, check out the website here:
Anyway, this place is about 45 minutes to an hour from my house so I was not too excited about making the drive when there are 3 marine stores close to where I work. Then I saw on the website that they had Tropic Marin Pro Reef salt in stock AND Cleaner Shrimp in stock. I have been trying to get a Cleaner Shrimp locally for weeks with no luck at all. I have been wanting to try to Pro Reef for a while too, and this was the only place I can find that had it.
So, I make the trip on a Saturday, found the place and went in. First thing I notice is that they have a very large number of corals (for Maine), well organized and priced fairly. The equipment prices are much cheaper than every other store around here as well. The lady working there was super nice to me and we chatted a bit. I picked up a box of Pro Reef salt, a nice Cleaner shrimp, and a Banded Serpent Star. The Star was only $10 compared to $20 at other places in the area. I spent about $60.
Last weekend, my wife wanted to go check the place out, so we went up together and picked up my first group of Corals, a Maxi Jet 600 (cheap!), and a new batch of Nasarrius Snails (mine are getting eaten by Hermits). My wife likes the place, and the lady working there. Spent another $100
Yesterday I get an email, this week AquaCorals is having a half price live rock sale! HALF PRICE! That makes the rock just $2.50 a pound for Shelf and just $4 a pound for Fiji. Tonight after work I am going to drive up there again, spend more money, and go home happy...
Once tax returns come in, I am going to go pick out another batch of Corals too
2x Sunburst Platys (2M, 2F) // 3x Neon Tetras (?) // 2x Cherry Barbs (1M, 1F) // 2x YoYo Loaches (?) // 1x Bushy Nose Pleco (M) // 1x Clown Pleco (?) //
-30# Live Rock
-Mixed Snails (Nassarius // Cerith // Astrea // Black Turbo // Mexican Turbo)
-8x Blue Leg Hermit Crabs // 1x Banded Serpent Star // 1x Cleaner Shrimp
-1x Royal Gramma // 1x Percula Clownfish
-2x Mushroom Leather // Metallic Green Star Polyps // Pulsing Xenia // Striped Xenia // Blue Mushroom
-Remora + Maxi-Jet 1200 // 2x Maxi-Jet 600 // Maxi-Jet 400 // Visi-Therm Deluxe 50 // Current USA Orbit 2x 40w PC