From: Jim
Date: 2007/10/13 Sat PM 09:22:02 EDT
Subject: thank you thank you!

Dear Sally Jo, Leroy and everyone else at Garf,
I just finally got a moment to write to you and thank you, just how great my reef is now that I follow your Bullet proof system! You all are great, and I am sharing your web site with everyone I meet, wanting to start a reef system, or has one. I have also spoke about you at the local fish store, and boast about how wonderful my tank is now.

I have tried now for 5 years with many many systems, and so many different regiments, too many to mention, some working ok and most not. The end results were always the same, poor water quality, and animals dying, not to mention the amount of money on water testing, test kits, one chemical after another. Only to have the same result...Failure.
Finally I found your web site, but it still took me at least a year, until I set up a small 25 gal. to finally try it your way.

Why oh Why did I wait so long! My 25 gal is incredible! I purchased your grunge, and now follow the SeaChem regiment, and it is unbelievable! I have coralline algae growing on every rock , sides and back of tank, power heads, snails, with colors I have never seen at any local fish store. I have brilliant purples, all shades, and the most beautiful pinks I have ever seen, as well as green, which my tang loves to pick at, not sure if there is a benefit to her but she loves doing it only at the green.

As far as my corals, it is amazing the growth, and self propagation that goes on in this tank, in fact the corals have taken over ever rock and space in my tank. I must send you some pictures, it is really amazing. The other thing I love is...I never test my water. Except for regular hydrometer test.

When I first started my tank I called Leroy and was ready to do a total water change because after a week or two using the seachem , I tested my water, and the calcium level was reading off the chart. Leroy told me stop testing my water and look at your animals, if they are looking good and I am following the bullet proof method, then all should be fine. And it has been! Honestly I do not check for PH, Nitrite, Nitrate, NOTHING, and I have not lost one coral, or fish in 1 year. Oh except for some hermit crabs.. but everything in this small 25 gal, is healthy, and growing like crazy!

I am now ready to set up a 75 gal in my new home, and I am cutting my plenum out ready to get things started. I will be ordering your Aragocretetm Cave Arches and your grunge, to get things going. I am so excited to see how wonderful this system works in a larger tank.

Again many thanks and bless you all for the wonderful work you are doing to save our natural reefs. Sally Jo you especially are in my prayers, and I am so glad I got to speak to you the 1st time I call Garf, your enthusiasm, and the love of what you do came through the phone and made me a believer in your method. I thank you , you have given me such joy, every time I look at my tank...and that is all the time.

Thank you all,
Ocala, Fl.

From: "Martin and Lisa Wilcox"
Subject: Martin and Lisa Wilcox Reef with Argocrete
Leroy and Sally,
Hot off the press are the first two pictures of our reef using some of the Argocrete pieces that we cast.

The casting was so much fun but took a little time to get the hang of it!

We havent put on the backing and completed all the aesthetics, but it's a start!

Our reef janitors seem to be enjoying their new environment. They appear to like the few pieces of live rock we have as well. We must say that it has been wonderful learning about reefs from your website. Sally and Leroy, we wish you the best!
Martin and Lisa Wilcox

From: "James D. Stevenson"
Subject: grunge (it's hardy!)

Dear Leroy,

Just a quick follow-up to an e-mail I sent you a week or two ago. As I'm sure you'll recall (What, you get 300 e-mails a week and you don't instantly recall every one?), I had accidentally put a piece of uncured concrete in my new tank, and cooked the corals when the Ph went to about 8.8 or so, and I was wondering if the grunge was likely to have been blasted too. You will be happy to know that at least some of the stuff in there is alive and doing fine.

I was getting a brown coating (of diatoms, I think) that all of a sudden disappeared yesterday and this morning, and the bed is full of little worms and other crawlies. Must be some seriously hardy stuff. So, in case there's someone who keeps track of that stuff, your grunge can withstand several days of high Ph. The cave rock is now curing in a plastic box in the backyard, and will stay there until the Ph stabilizes, and I'm moving on with the new tank. Thanks again for all the good stuff.

Jim Stevenson

Subject: Love the Grunge!
Thread-Topic: Love the Grunge!
From: "Tom Karvonen"


I wanted to send you a short note to let you know just how impressed I am with your GARF Grunge. I have a 120g Reef with a 6" DSB that I originally seeded with a mixture of original and plus last year when I set up the tank. Since then I had to move the tank and in the process lost most of the detritivore life with the exception of some worms.
I tried ordering amphipods and copepods and mini-brittle stars from other vendors in the hope of re-establishing that abundance of life that I had after adding your grunge, but I never had success with that. I ordered a competitors "mud" that was supposed to be superior, it wasn't. So I just wanted to let you know that when I need to recharge my sandbed I'm going straight to good stuff from now on and ordering Grunge from you.
Thanks for all of your support and great service too.

Tom Karvonen
Project Manager
Northern California Division

From: Greg King
Subject: reef janitors

I have had my 75 gallon reef tank set up now for about two years, and was beginning to get very frustrated. It seemed as if the algae blooms were coming very frequently. I was almost to the point of giving up. Then I found mine and my tanks savior "GARF!!!" I have recently purchased a reef janitors pack, and within two weeks my tank looks a million times better. I honestly can not say how many thousands of dollars I have spent trying to control algae in my tank.

The product you advertise and sell is the best ever. My live rock looks live again, the base rock and crushed aragonite has never looked so good. This has to be the very best investment that I have ever made on any aquarium I have ever owned. BTW I also got ten pounds of GARF GRUNGE, exceptionally good stuff. If anyone really wants to see a huge difference in the appearance of their tank, new or old, listen to what these guys have to say.

Greg King
satisfied customer

Date: 2007/10/21 Sun AM 12:37:51 EDT
Subject:thanks for the grunge

We received our grunge eight days ago, and already we are seeing crazy things in our tanks. one of our tanks was set up from scratch 6 weeks ago and had little life other than the aragonite that I got from a friend. This tank now has many little critters crawling around after one week, and all of our three tanks are crystal clear like never before.
The virgin tank was in diatom bloom, and was never scrubbed by hand, now is so perfectly clear. Thanks again. I look forward to ordering more stuff later. I was going to order critters, but my wife suggested that I order the grunge. I am glad she did.
Peter Smith

From: "Smokey Sturtevant"
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 02:13:04 -0700
Subject: Corals

Greetings Leroy and Sally Jo,
I purchased a couple of corals from you about a year ago. The "Green Slimer" is an incredibly fast grower. In the last six months, my local LFS has not had to purchase "commercial" corals because I have been able to provide him with enough soft and hard coral cuttings to meet his needs! I wanted to thank you for the superb corals and for letting me provide "home grown" corals for my local market. You will be hearing from me soon for more of your beautiful corals.

Take Care,
Smokey Sturtevant, Asst. Mgr.
CompuServe Aquaria/Fishnet
Billings, Montana

Dear AZA Research Partners,

Thank you again for your continued efforts in the Symbiodinium study. We have processed and analyzed your first group of shipped samples. Following is a brief progress report for the current AZA Symbiodinium study.

This report contains a brief review of the methods used in this study; an explanation of the data found your previously forwarded Excel spreadsheets, and a list of suggested readings.

Once the samples arrive at the NY Aquarium, the live samples you send are labeled, accessioned, and placed in culture for future Symbiodinium studies. The Symbiodinium from the preserved samples you shipped are extracted from the coral host with an airbrush (to blast the coral tissue off the skeleton) and a centrifuge (to help separate the cells from- for example- the denser bits of loose skeleton). Then, we work the samples through a series of- primarily- chemical steps (e.g. organic extractions, alcohol washes, enzyme reactions, etc.) which result in- mostly- isolated Symbiodinium DNA. Next, the Symbiodinium DNA is taken through a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) which make millions of copies of one particular gene, the large subunit (28s-like) rDNA gene (common in all known Symbiodinium types).

Next, a procedure called restriction fragment length polymorphism (RPLF) analysis is performed. The PCR products are digested into smaller pieces with restriction enzymes (TaqI and HhaI).They are then carried through agarose gel electrophoresis, which separates the various pieces of DNA, by their sizes. The resulting RFLP pattern of DNA bands, tagged with a chemical stain in the gel, is photographed under UV light. The gene from each Symbiodinium type (A, B, C, D, etc.) is digested in a different way by the restriction enzymes and therefore produces a characteristic pattern or 'DNA footprint' on the gel (observed in the aforementioned photograph).

From: "YI, SU I [AG/2001]"
To: "''"
Subject: Customer service
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2001 13:17:48 -0500

I just wanted to write and thank all of you for your great customer service. I recently had a shipment that didn't get to me for two days due to DHL having mechanical problems at one of their stops. When I receved my shipment, all of the bags were very warm and by the next day I had lost almost half of what I ordered. I called in the morning and Leonel was kind enough to resend everything that I had lost. In fact on one of the plugs, there was a zoanthid that I had wanted that was in several of your pictures. Just getting that single polyp made my day. This has been my 3rd order not including the last reshipment and I have been very happy with everything I have received. I have more variety in my 2 small 5 gallons than my local pet store has in his 2 125 gallon reef tanks. Thanks again and I'll be sending some pictures soon!

Su, Ankeny, IA

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Date: 22 Aug 2000 13:46:02 +0000
From: "Mark DeFrancisco"

Hello Leroy,
I just had to write you to thank you for everything that you and your staff have done to help me create such a beautiful reef tank. Let me start by saying that I would never have done business with any internet company in the past. I am very careful about how my money is spent. YOUR BEAUTIFUL PICTURES ON THE WEB SITE CONVINCED ME TO GIVE YOU A TRY. BOY AM I GLAD I DID!

I started out by purchasing some garf grunge and reef janitors. The janitors have completely cleaned my tank and are busy working every day. I had an algae bloom that I could not control, and now, in only a few weeks, it is not only gone, but the tank is spotless!

The grunge is the most beautiful substrate I have ever seen! I have found numerous little corals and sponges growing in my tank, and I am experiencing a coraline algae bloom much faster than thought possible. Also, every experienced reef keeper that has seen my tank wants to know what the heck is that? Being used to seeing plain sand or crushed coral, they are delighted and mystified by the beauty! It has also added a level of stability and overall health to my tank that is amazing!

Next, as you know, I have ordered a few shipments of corals from you. I can't believe how fast they grow, and how beautiful they are! This is of course in addition to the rare species that you offer. Never in a million years could I have found the rare and different corals you have sent me. The pet shop, or reef "experts" would never have most of these beautiful rarities!

As a matter of fact, my local coral supplier has seen my tank and he cannot believe his eyes! He has told me that with over thirty years in the reef aquarium business, never has he seen such a beautiful tank! The "show" tank in his store is very pale by comparison!

I have told him that thanks to some real professionals in Idaho, this type of tank could be a reality for anyone! I am sure he will order from you soon, as he is most jealous of my aquarium, and has to have some for his own!

I will send you some pictures very soon. I am sure that you will agree, this is truly a beautiful, healthy, thriving, 90 gallon reef aquarium. I owe most of it to you and your staff!

From grunge, janitors, magic reef dust, and your help in recommending food and additives, everything I followed from what you have suggested has helped my tank achieve more goals than I ever expected! THANKS AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING! I CANNOT WAIT TO RECEIVE MY NEXT ORDER, VERY SOON!

Mark Defrancisco
Trenton, New Jersey

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Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 12:54:07 -0500
Subject: Reef Janitors

Hi, I just wanted to send a note and tell you how glad I am that I purchased some reef
janitors from you. I had been reading as much as I could on your wonderful website and
decided that I needed to get some. I have a 20gl tank with 5 chunks of live rock in it about
the size of a large grapefruit. I was having trouble with a diatom algea bloom when I made
my order. Those little guys had that tank almost completely clean in about a week. I no
longer have to clean the glass myself. Thanks !!!

Terry Otis

Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2000 22:23:04 -0600
From: "Peter Laskaris"
Subject: Re: algae bloom

>I recently started a 90 gal reef tank
>I used about 2inches of aragonite sand, 10lbs garf grunge, 45lbs of cured live rock, 75
> mixed snails, 60 mixed hermit crabs, 2 powerheads, and a sump which acts as a 3rd
> powerhead
>the tank has been set up for about 2 weeks and I haven't seen a sign of an algae bloom
>I find this amazing since I havent used a protein skimmer in my past experience I had
> noticed that my corals do better in a system without a skimmer
>do you think I will have or have a chance of an algae bloom? thanks
>Peter Laskaris


 You did right the first time and any algae that started was eaten by the organisms in

 the grunge and the Janitors. You are in for smooth sailing. We often do not use skimmers for

 about six to eight months, and then we use a small SeaClone from Aquarium Systems.

Thank you so much.
LeRoy Headlee
Director of Research
Geothermal Aquaculture
Research Foundation


Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2000 22:16:06 -0700
From: Shannon
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Subject: many, many thanks
I wanted to let you know how thankful I am for your hair algae janitor crew.

I experienced a severe algae problem in my 45 gallon mixed reef in late 1998. I battled the
algae for about 7 months trying blue-legged hermit, Sally Lightfoots, frequent water
changes, and suctioning. While these methods kept the algae from progressing past a certain
point, it did nothing to alleviate the problem.

My boyfriend heard about GARF from a bulletin board and suggested I take a look.
This was a real reef-saver.

After removing the blue-legged hermits, I had your crew shipped to my office and took an
early lunch when the livestock arrived. I followed all of your suggestions and began to see a
difference within a month. The tank that had become a chore is now my pride and joy.

I am working part time in my LFS and am the "go-to" person for our customers with hair
algae problems. I always refer them to GARF and am completely honest
when I tell them that your janitors were the only thing that worked.

Once again, many thanks for the great service and for getting my tank turned around.

Shannon Baxter

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