| Leonel was one of the most patient people I have ever worked with. When it came to waiting for corals to grow, I never heard him say that he wanted things to grow faster or wanted the tank to do better. He just followed all of the rules of the bulletproof reef system, and he has enjoyed each and every day of the process.
In this picture you can see how much the tank has matured in 6 months. This tank contains only tank raised animals - many of these animals have been in our collection for over 6 years, and they have been propagated more times than I can accurately guess. I love to take pictures of this tank, but am often found fighting the reflection of a window. So for this picture, I had LeRoy drape me with a dark cloth, which keeps the reflection out, and gives me a direct front view of Leonel's nine-month-old aquarium.
However, it was at about this stage that I heard the first negative comments; Leonel said he was running out of room. Leonel said "I don't know how you make room for so many things." I smiled, for this is truly an emotion I had encountered along the way. I asked him to step into my office, and I showed him how much rock I had in my tanks. It reaches from the very front of my tank to the very back of my tank. It is now full to the brim, but it is over six years old.
The next thing I knew Leonel was out of the office finding pieces of our Aragocrete branches that we have called Tonga branches. He was gluing the branches in place and within a wink of an eye he had many corals glue to these new pieces of rock.
In this picture you will see many sps corals growing and thriving in this young of tank. Also with only three 30-watt bulbs and one reflector providing the necessary light for the animals to thrive. The one benefit Leonel had over me was that he knew this could be done. He also never ever faltered from the bulletproof reef recipe. He follows it to the tea.
He started with all man made rock, tons of GARF grunge, reef janitors, low light, no skimmer for the first six months, Instant Ocean salt, 2 maxi jet power heads, sea chem. supplements, aged tank water and a willingness to enjoy each step of the development of a reef tank. This experience is supposed to be fun and rewarding. I often tell people you need to enjoy each day with your reef for this is a growing Eco-system and it will continue to change. I am found to be constantly cutting and propagating corals this is a fun stage but so is every single step of the way.
FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS WE HAVE WORKED VERY HARD TO PURCHASE, TRADE, AND SAVE AS MANY TYPES OF CORALS AS WE CAN.
We will continue to provide the most current data on reef farming for both education and profit.
Sometimes I forget how fun it can be to watch the Reef Janitorstm as they go about their duties. It is important to have the mixture of crabs and snails custom picked for your reef aquarium. Both Leonel and Norm are experts in algae control. You can be sure that they will choose the right mixture from GARF's extensive collection of algae eaters.
The GARF staff knows that each aquarium is different and they will ask about the size, lighting, and age of your reef. Summer is the most important time to add extra janitorstm because there is more light and the reef will be a bit warmer. When you order any Reef Janitor pactm you can pick a free coral or two pounds of GARF's FAMOUS GRUNGE LIVE SAND ACTIVATOR Reef Janitors tm or call toll free 800-600-6163.
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|Many of the rare corals are offered to our members for 2 years before they are put on sale. We will soon have an E-mail list that will list the rarest color forms of sps corals and soft corals such as Xenia and Mushrooms.|