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Old 01-30-2015, 10:28 AM   #1
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What wholesaler does your lfs use?

Just curious if anyone knows the main wholesaler their lfs uses. My favorite store gets almost all their fish from Quality Marine. Quality quarantines and has excellent stock.


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Usually Quality or sea Dwelling Creatures are what most use. I prefer the trans shippers myself. At least for corals.
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Usually Quality or sea Dwelling Creatures are what most use. I prefer the trans shippers myself. At least for corals.

Qualities corals are pricey and mostly colonies. I agree, I've kinda gotten to the point of not buying corals at retail price as it gets way more expensive. Try to trade or wait for swaps...or friends who donate free ones


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Many folks want colonies over frags. Ask your LFS to order from Underwater World. They do offer assortments of frags.

-edit....I think they all do. It's just not a common practice to order in frags because most want larger pieces.
What I would do is get a couple local reefers to split pieces you like. Then you can frag it 2 or 3 ways and there's your cheap frags.
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Many folks want colonies over frags. Ask your LFS to order from Underwater World. They do offer assortments of frags.

-edit....I think they all do. It's just not a common practice to order in frags because most want larger pieces.
What I would do is get a couple local reefers to split pieces you like. Then you can frag it 2 or 3 ways and there's your cheap frags.

I've recently started seeing more reef gen and ora frags at places actually. But yeah I agree on the whole colony thing. Most ppl do want bigger stuff to fill out the tank.


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ORA only sells frags, and they have nice stuff, but 40 and 50 bucks a frag is a bit hard to swallow, for me at least. These are the guys responsible for the whole price gouging trend you see now....300 dollars for a single eye of some chalice.....insane! I refuse to pay those ridiculous prices. That's the reason I got a retail license in the first place.
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I agree the market on some stuff is insane. The whole chalice craze has gotten a bit out of hand


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Chalice, zoas, acros, acans, anemones....you name it.
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Chalice, zoas, acros, acans, anemones....you name it.

I'd have to agree 100%. And then you get somebody with the illustrious idea to make up some whacked out name. This is a situation that turned me off saltcritters.com. They did an "experiment" by creating the "Collectors Corner". It was the same frags listed in another section, but they were charging upwards of 4x the actual value just because of a "name". I asked if they revealed what the actual price was during checkout and charged the lesser of the two. Their reply was simple. "If you weren't smart enough to look around and see the same frags at lower prices, then it's your fault". So, I won't be shopping with them.


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Be that as it may, it all depends on the market. Would I pay 60 bucks for an frag I think is amazing? With no availability of coral around me the answer is simple, yes. Would someone who is living down somewhere near the ocean and there are several LFS to choose from with huge selections? Probably not. Do people who can attend frag swaps or other events? Probably depends on the rarity of the piece.
That said, do I think some prices are way out of control? Definitely. Hundreds of dollars for anything that we put in our tank is too much. If something is THAT rare, then it should be housed at an aquarium or museum for public viewing.
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