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Member Comments on Recent Posts

by John Tullock Member Jeremy Russell writes that some of his comments got bounced. If this happens to you, please let me know directly via email. I always place an email link in my by-line at the top of each post. We welcome your comments and correspondence, and will try to determine why any comments fail ... Read More »

January 2, 2014 ·

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Happy New Year!

by John Tullock Happy New Year! New Year’s Day is always a time for reflection, resolutions and re-commitment. From all of us at Aquarium Life Support Systems, I want to say “Than You!” for your business and your support during 2013. We look forward to a prosperous 2014. We have resolved not to give up ... Read More »

January 1, 2014 ·

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Leopard Wrasse Breakthrough

by John Tullock Long considered one of the more difficult reef compatible fishes, the leopard wrasse, Macropharyngodon mealeagris, is nevertheless a beautiful and interesting member of the Indo-Pacific fauna. Numerous articles have been written concerning proper care of this fish, with some specimens surviving in captivity for five years or possibly more. However, the vast ... Read More »

December 12, 2013 ·

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Fall Season Forecast

by John Tullock The uncertainty created by the standoff in Washington over the country’s finances has eroded consumer confidence and the mood does not bode well for the coming retail season. If the issues over the debt ceiling and continued funding of the government are resolved before Halloween, it is possible that much of the ... Read More »

October 14, 2013 ·

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Advocacy Group to Protest False Waveline Claim

by John Tullock Check out this post from Reefbuilders. Apparently Waveline has used the UL logo on its packaging without actually having its products evaluated by Underwriters Laboratories. If you have product in stock, you might want to check the packaging and call your wholesaler for more information. We will post any updated information as ... Read More »

August 23, 2013 ·

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Amazon Buyer Beware

by John Tullock Check out this screenshot from, regarding their customer service on Sicce merchandise. As everyone knows, Sicce is a sponsor of this web site, and I am their Director of New Product Development for the USA. We confirmed that the review is legitimate, because the customer ordered the parts from our Knoxville ... Read More »

August 22, 2013 ·

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A Retailer’s Opinion on the MAP Pricing Debate

[Editor’s Note: This post comments on an articles from the trade magazine, POND, written by John Olson.] By Leah Wood A hot topic in the aquatics industry is MAP Pricing. Should manufacturers have MAP? How will they effectively control it? What IS MAP? Let’s start there: MAP is when a manufacturer establishes the lowest price ... Read More »

August 19, 2013 ·

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The Wrong Attitude

by John Tullock Are some manufacturers so desperate to move inventory that they are willing to sacrifice the good will of long term customers for any level of sales? It would appear so. Aquarium Life Support Systems recently rejected an application from one “dealer”  who wanted to purchase products from a certain manufacturer. The rejection ... Read More »

July 16, 2013 ·

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Praise for Sicce Calanus

by John Tullock I just received the following email from Leah Wood, assistant manager at Aquarium of Knoxville: “Sicce has provided us with another revolutionary aquarium product! Recently, they launched Calanus Marine Zooplankton, a food containing 100% natural copepods harvested from the Arctic Ocean. Calanus contains no preservatives. It will keep in its dehydrated form ... Read More »

July 9, 2013 ·

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Bradley Caldwell Closing in OH

by John Tullock Pet supplies distributor Bradley Caldwell is closing it Dayton, OH, distribution center, according to news reports. The closing means the loss of 81 jobs. None of the reports cites a reason for the closure.

June 24, 2013 ·

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