For those of you who weren’t able to attend this year’s TFP/NCPARS Winter Frag Event, you missed a great time! Over a 6 hour period on that frigid Saturday (Jan. 30), our retail store was what can only be described as a reef geek’s dream. What spends most of the year as our pond fish and plant display room, became a sea of people, tables, and tanks. The event had over 400 attendees in the swap area, thousands of coral frags of all kinds, great deals from our manufacturers, and a whole lot of smiles. A big thanks and congratulations to everyone at NCPARS and the TFP staff who was involved organizing and working the event, even though it got a little crazy for a while, things went smoothly and we all had a great time. Read More »
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Hello everyone! We are only ten days away from the second annual TFP/NCPARS Winter Frag Event, being held here at our retail store in Lancaster, PA . On Saturday January 30th our store will be invaded by coral reef enthusiast from all over the northeast, we are looking forward to having a great time, and a great turn out. Last years event was a blast, everyone had a great time, we think this year will be even better. The event is open to anyone who wants to attend, there will be an admission charge to enter the frag swap market area, and have access to the special speaker presentations, and Raffles. Visit Fragswapper.com to pre-register and get more information. Pre-registration is not required. Whether your just starting out in the reef hobby or you’ve been collecting for years, you may find something awesome to take home to your tank. There should be in excess of 1,000 frags available between the swap and TFP’s own stock! Read More »
Dave here. I just got back from a trip to California to visit with the folks from Ecoxotic, a new aquarium lighting company that specializes in LED technology. Many thanks to Ecoxotic for the opportunity,not only was the trip informative, but it is much warmer in southern California than it is here in frosty Pennsylvania. Ecoxotic has just started shipping product this month, and we will have it here at TFP very soon, so I wanted to give a quick rundown of the new products that we will be carrying from this exciting new company. Read More »
Hey readers, Dave here. It has been a busy couple of weeks here at TFP leading up to the holiday season. It has been especially busy for me, as the top of my to-do list suddenly changed to repairing the touch tank. Originally installed in 2002 (as somewhat of an experiment), the Marineland Touch Tank was in dire need of a makeover.
After many patches and repairs over the years, the old tank liner finally had so many holes in it that it could no longer hold water. The liner needed to be replaced! For anyone who has ever replaced the liner in their pond, you know what an ordeal that can be. We found a temporary home for our touch tank celebrities, and jumped into the physical mess of getting the old liner out, including removing the hundreds of pounds of rock and substrate. Luckily, we are out of pond season here in Lancaster, so we had the advantage of being able to convert one of our Koi holding systems to saltwater, as a temporary house for our touch tank buddies, while their home is being renovated. Next we’ll be getting the newer, more flexible liner installed and getting all the animals back home! It’s a whole lot going on, in a short amount of time.
Many, many people (both local and distant) visit the store, in part to see the stingrays and other creatures in the display. There has been a parade of sad faces come around the corner, expecting to see their touch tank friends, but finding destruction in stead. Never fear, the rebuild will only take a few more days, and the touch tank will be better than ever! Along with the new liner, there are also some filter upgrades taking place behind the scenes. We are truly sorry about the down time for the touch tank, this is the first time we have closed it since it opened seven years ago.
Stop in soon and see the stingrays in their newly renovated home.
Hi, Dave back again, just wanted to share with you some of the amazing Tridacna Clams that we have been seeing over the past few weeks. The diversity of colors and patterns that we have received in recent shipments may be the best that we have ever seen. That is saying something, given that I have seen thousands of clams over the years, but every time I walk past the clams lately, I cannot help myself from stopping to admire them for a while.
The photos shown here are just a sample of some of what we have had in stock, many were snatched up before we could even get pictures taken of them. These clams have been coming from a number of sources, both captive raised and wild stock. We have gotten some really nice farm raised T. derasa and T. squamosa from ORA (oceans reefs and aquariums). The Derasa Clams in particular have had really nice color patterns.
We received some really amazing T. maxima clams that were wild harvested from Tuamota, a chain of island atolls in French Polynesia. We are expecting a new shipment of these Maxima Clams in the coming weeks, which we are eagerly awaiting. We only got a few of these specimens from the last batch that were imported, and were sorry we did not get more. These may have been the nicest Maxima Clams that I have ever seen.
We have started to see T. crocea clams become available again, they had become scarce earlier this year. Most of the Crocea Clams in the hobby are coming from Vietnam these days. These wild harvested clams have been coming in a nice variety of sizes and color morphs.
Check out our YOUR CHOICE section of our livestock page in the coming weeks for all of our WYSIWYG clams and animals, as we get some more of the beauties in stock and up for sale.
Hope that you enjoyed the photos of some of our clammy eye candy!