Rest assured that when you shop with us, you are dealing first with reef hobbyists, and second, with experts in reef keeping. We are confident that we can help you to improve your system, but we also know that we will never know it all, and we continue to learn every day. We expect that you too will share knowledge with us, and welcome your perspective.
We look to provide you with the best advice for your system, over our making a sale. Our philosophy is to do our best to keep our hobby as sustainable as possible and by doing so, business will follow. This takes form in many ways. We are not in business just to harvest and sell wild coral. This is easier, but we work hard to propagate and grow coral, and we do enjoy it. We strive to constantly educate ourselves, and our customers, and to be as responsible reefers as possible. We know that reefs are a physiological entity just as the human body is, and we take this into consideration when we work through your setup with you.
When you take home a fish or coral from our store, you can be confident that you are taking home an animal that has had all of the proper steps taken to ensure it is as viable as possible.
What we do with fish: All fish that arrive with us are observed for a minimum holding time. Some fish much longer than others, but we ensure that the fish are eating, are active and healthy, and have the highest probability of making another trip to another tank. We also put the majority of our fish through a low salinity, copper treated water system, utilizing ultra-violet sterilization. This is to ensure there is no disease present with your fish. If a fish does not look right, we do not sell it.
What we do with coral: While easier to acclimate than fish, coral needs to have certain processes followed in order to be not just survive, but to thrive. Our real passion, is aqua cultured corals. We love to grow coral, to color it up, to watch it become more beautiful over time, as it becomes, "tank acclimated." There is a real satisfaction in growing a coral from a "frag" into a fully tank raised colony. It shows real skill and dedication, and teaches patience like nothing we know. And, honestly, it's really fun!
We do however, import and trade coral also. It has a different set of protocols to follow. We inspect corals for disease and parasites, and take appropriate action if there are indications of anything abnormal. We dip our corals, and we do so at regular intervals. Coral parasites ever present in pieces brought in from the wild, and at times by hobbyists, and we make sure they are not present in our system. The last thing we want is to have them roaming our tanks. Most are easily mitigated, and when we receive coral in shipments, potential pests are usually mitigated then and there. Those that are not are caught in quarantine, but we also dip corals prior to their leaving the store if they are corals categorized as needing that process.
You will notice when you pull up to our store, that we are not actually, on a street corner. We hope you will forgive this metaphor. We have started TCR under the foundation of creating first an environment that perpetuates our hobby, and that is then second, a place of business. We really wanted to make TCR a "Cheers" of reef shops. (And we probably have a Norm, or Cliff, or two!) We like to think that when you leave us on any given day, you, or we, will have learned something new. Better yet, both of us will have.
Come check out our store, and look us up on Facebook. (Be sure to "Like" our page too!) Even if you don't have a system, it is worth the look to see the diversity and beauty our ocean provides. We love our hobby, and think you will see this reflection in our tanks.
115 East Whiteside Columbia, Il. 62236 (618) 281-6600