Reeffarmers - This web site is the main distribution site for captive farmed
corals from the farming business Reeffarmers (owned and operated by Steve Tyree).
Steve has been farming and distributing captive stony corals since 1993. Back then, the
captive maintainance of reef building stony corals was still considered impossible by many.
Today there are literally thousands of reef aquarist around the world that are not only
maintaining these corals, but they are successfully farming them. Right now Reeffarmers
is true to its name and distributing corals from many different farmers. We are also even
drop shipping some special orders through farmers now. So if you are looking for that rare
exotic, and you want someone to find the real deal, Reeffarmers has been specializing in
Acropora longer then anyone else right now. We have numerous contacts and can hunt down
that rare to find sps coral. Reeffarmers main product lines include: Limited Editions,
Route Editions, Farmed Sponge Packs, Drop Shipped Exotics and Farmed Corals. All of our
product lines, except the sponge packs, are currently distributed through the Buy It Now
web page. And no, we cannot find the Toxic Spill Montipora or Wet Thumbs Margarita Acropora
LE corals right now. And if anyone has a true lineage source please drop a message to
Limited Editions - These corals have formed the main business within Reeffarmers
over the years. Limited Edition (LE) corals are rare and exotic corals that Steve has
collected and continues to collect where and whenever possible. We do not currently stock
many of the LE corals due to circumstances beyond our control, but are currently looking to
restock our newly established Texas systems with some of the more current and desirable older
LE corals. We also continue to create LE web pages for new LE corals. Our new systems in Texas
have finally stabalized and we have SPS (Acropora, Montipora, etc...) growing very well now.
Basically am aquarist or farmer just sends in good
quality closeup images of the coral they want considered for LE purposes to
email@example.com . If we decide to evaluate the coral because it has potential, all
the farmer has to do is send in two small
fragments of the coral. One will be the Reeffarmers growout seed and one will be the 1st
Edition fragment. For obvious very high priced fragments, Reeffarmers may just acquire
one seed, while the farmers drops ships the first edition fragment to the first edition
buyer. Reeffarmers takes a negotiable percentage of a drop shipped 1st edition and the entire
sale price for an in house 1st edition sale. That will compensate Reeffarmers for the web
page editing, hosting and promotion. Reeffarmers will then grow out the seed long term and
hope to distribute Reeffarmers owned and grown frags in the future. The original farmers are
free to sell their fragments as they choose. Right now we release each
First Edition LE as a Buy It Now on the page at the top of our menu.
Route Editions - In early 2015 Reeffarmers paid a visit to Eric Caamano's
company, Route 66 Marine in Southern California. At the time Eric wanted to start selling
mid to high end captive stony corals to his brick and mortar traditional store customers.
He had already made some mid range fragments and was distributing those. Eric however
had some exotic collector corals he had saved over his prior 10 years in the business.
And he was also bringing in some of the most exotic corals that were being exported at
the time. So Reeffarmers agreed to create a new line of corals called Route Editions
from his incredible collection of corals. We came back with literally around 40 new
Limited Edition corals that would be called Route Editions. Reeffarmers acquired two
fragments of each. A seed for long term growout and a first edition fragment. Route 66
Marine was keeping the seed colony or fragments and would grow them out to sell
wholesale to brick and mortar stores. Reeffarmers would promote the corals and
also growout future fragments from our seed for retail sale on this web site.
Unfortunately little did we know that Route 66 Marine would be forced to close just 3
months later. They ceased operations on July 3rd 2015. They had also lost many of the
seed colonies due to heat problems and system failures. We believe only about 10 of the
original 33 Route Edition corals that we made LE, still remained at Route 66 Marine as
parent colonies or frags at the time of their closing. A business associate of Reeffarmers
is trying to acquire 6 of those seeds. We will update each Route Edition web page with
the status of the parent colony situation. We also had about 7 more Route Edition corals
in house that were not yet made official LE's and a business associate just happened to
have been acquiring whole exotic colonies from Route 66 Marine in the weeks before their
closing. We anticipate to be growing and selling about 40 to 46 Route Edition corals
once we are done processing all these corals. There will be no more Route Edition corals
after that. Going forward these will be a core group of corals that Reeffarmers grows
and sells and in many cases, there are no seed colonies remaining. Only frags that
Reeffarmers currently has or previously distributed. A few frags for some of the corals
were also sold by Route 66 Marine and shipped to stores. We will update that info on their web
pages, but they shipped no more than about 10 of the Route Editions because they experienced
some heat problems early on when we started this program.
Farmed Sponge Packs - Reeffarmers utilizes natural filtration systems based on Steve Tyree's
Zonal Filtration Methodologies. We currently do not have any protein skimmers on any of our 2
farming reef systems. These zonal filtration methods primarily rely on cryptic sponges, but can
also utilize sea squirts and bi-valves. Steve Tyree harvests excess cryptic organism growths and
distributes these organisms via Reeffarmers on the Farmed Sponge page. The cryptic organisms
are transported via tiny rock pieces that have cryptic organisms attached to them. These are
seed rocks that can be utilized to seed a cryptic filtration zone with cryptic organisms. We
recommend that customers fill the cryptic with some cheap bald porous old reef rock or structure.
Then add our tiny seed rocks on top of the base rock. We are also constantly looking to lower the
price of these packs, primarily caused by the living cryptic organisms that need to be shipped
completely under water. So shipping costs are a significant factor in setting our prices.
Drop Shipped Exotics - Recently Reeffarmers helped a few stony coral collectors find a
few rare known LE corals. We located the true original corals and had them drop shipped to the
customer. So there appears to be a need for finding true lineage corals. We will eventually expand
the Drop Shipped Exotics distribution section, but for now send us any requests. Reeffarmers has
specialized in stony corals, primarily the SPS. But we can also some times find that rare LPS.
Please note we are adding our first Drop Shipped Exotics section to our Buy It Now web page. Some
old school SPS from one of the OG original farmers. Atlantis Aquarium. We are even making large
captive grown mini-colony branch sections available for purchase. Atlantis has been growing some
of these corals for over 10 years.
Farmed Corals - These corals are non-LE corals that Reeffarmers either grows in our Texas
facility or distributes from other growers around the country. We typically travel around the
country at least 8 times a year now attending coral shows where we deliver and acquire corals
along the way. So you never know what may pop up on our Buy it now web page.