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10/05/2022
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We are sad to say we are downsizing and there will not be room for this beautiful tank in our new place! What’s for sale...
09/06/2022

We are sad to say we are downsizing and there will not be room for this beautiful tank in our new place! What’s for sale is a lightly used waterbox 220.6 Reef model which is tank stand sump and return pump! Taking offers now via messages, calls will only be taken on a scheduled basis so leave a message and wait for a call back please!

PSA: NEW STORE HOURSEFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY WE WILL NOW ONLY BE OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! If you need to come in to buy li...
08/31/2022

PSA: NEW STORE HOURS

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY WE WILL NOW ONLY BE OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!

If you need to come in to buy livestock or drygoods including water please call ahead and book an appointment and we will do our best to accommodate everyone!

Thank you in advance for being patient and understanding!!

-TJ

Introducing: Salifert Potassium Reef TestAs we expand our line of Salifert test kits we are excited to bring this one in...
08/27/2022

Introducing: Salifert Potassium Reef Test

As we expand our line of Salifert test kits we are excited to bring this one in. There’s no overstating the importance of secondary and trace elements in a reef tank especially when you strive to get the best color and growth out of your favorite corals!

Potassium is one of the key elements for successful reef aquaristics. Since it must be available in a suitable proportion at all times, it is also one of these important elements.

Potassium is a macro element with importance for skeletal growth and cell function as well as nutrient conversion, but at the same time also a “fertilizer” for zooxanthellae. It is therefore important to keep the potassium value as stable as possible.

Potassium is contained in seawater in a comparable quantity to calcium, and it is no less important. The correct concentration in relation to the other macro elements is important for the successful aquarium care of corals. If you maintain a reef tank with mixed coral inhabitants and you use a high-quality brand salt mix to perform regular partial water changes of 10 percent per week, a potassium deficiency will very likely never present as a problem.

Potassium in ratio to calcium:

Potassium is a macro element that should always be set slightly below the calcium value (Ca value minus 20 mg/l). The optimum value is between 380 and 420 mg/l. Potassium is a nutrient and part of the supply process for corals and biofilms. Biofilms have many different purposes and are valuable to many types of corals, but specifically to Acropora spp., which we and fellow stick heads refer to as sliming.

Potassium indicator species (Canary in the coal mine): (what coral you can use visually to help determine if levels may be off)

The best indicator corals for potassium concentration are Acropora valida and the red Montipora with foliate growth. Acropora valida shows bright tissue and bright violet growth tips only if the potassium value is correct. The red Montipora quickly becomes pale with potassium deficiency and stops growing, recognizable by the lack of white growth margins.

***We never recommend only using an indicator species as means to dose or reduce dosing any system even by experts; rather this method is to be used as named as an indicator that testing and an alteration may be necessary. Never dose or alter a dosing or maintenance regimen without testing for the element in question!***

When in doubt or without means to test, if an indicator species is telling you something is off it is always a good idea to perform small partial water changes and allow several days for the coral to react to any adjustment. Growth, polyp extension, or coloration recovery will not be instant and never change multiple parameters at once as this can cause more harm than good!!

Test regularly, take your time, and enjoy!!!

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It is true that we are the areas leader in special orders, yet we are also the areas leader in selection of in store spe...
08/27/2022

It is true that we are the areas leader in special orders, yet we are also the areas leader in selection of in store specimen!! Here’s just a sample of the torches in this week! Stop in today and check them out, add some flow to the tank and there’s a price point for any hobbyist!

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PCA Holy Grail Torch We are bringing in some of the nicest corals that Indonesia and the world has to offer. There will ...
08/05/2022

PCA Holy Grail Torch

We are bringing in some of the nicest corals that Indonesia and the world has to offer. There will always be something for everyone from beginner to expert collectors! These HG Torches are some of the brightest and nicest I’ve seen!

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We are running a sale on 25kg boxes of Fritz Blue Box salt. Regular price is $79.99 and they are currently $69.99!!! Thi...
07/28/2022

We are running a sale on 25kg boxes of Fritz Blue Box salt. Regular price is $79.99 and they are currently $69.99!!! This is a salt that we have been using in the store and in every service account we manage. The sale is running through the rest of the month and ends August 1st!! Limited supplies and at this price they won’t last long!!!

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07/24/2022

As we wrap up the day and weekend of a very successful campaign we would like to thank all of our clients that made it in to take advantage of our great deals! Stay tuned for more deals and exciting drawings next week!!! See you all then!!

This Friday and Saturday (07/22-07/23) we are having a huge livestock sale!!25% OFF SELECT COLONIESBOGO FREE SELECT FRAG...
07/22/2022

This Friday and Saturday (07/22-07/23) we are having a huge livestock sale!!

25% OFF SELECT COLONIES

BOGO FREE SELECT FRAGS

15% OFF LIMITED RELEASE CUT TO ORDER

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PCA: Brain Splatter TenuisWe have small frags of this beautiful tenuis that are a great buy and addition to any collecti...
07/22/2022

PCA: Brain Splatter Tenuis

We have small frags of this beautiful tenuis that are a great buy and addition to any collection! This Friday and Saturday only these frags are not only priced to sell but we are doing an additional 15% OFF in store only!!!

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Introducing: PCA Lamplighter This smooth skin is still coloring up nicely and for anyone that is infatuated with or coll...
07/19/2022

Introducing: PCA Lamplighter

This smooth skin is still coloring up nicely and for anyone that is infatuated with or collects smooth skin acros or acros alike, this is going to be a knockout collectors piece. It is part of our Limited Release collection and is almost ready for cutting. We have slowly been moving it into higher PAR to ensure it doesn’t bleach and retains and incorporates all the colors!!! Keep tuned for your opportunity to grab a PCA Lamplighter soon!!!!

We will also always do our best to provide a species and we are close to pinning this one down, thinking Acropora carduus, post a comment if you want to chime in on speciation!!!

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07/18/2022

is releasing some amazing new limited release Acropora, follow, like and share!!!!

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07/18/2022

PCA Mind Melt Mille frags

PCA Mind Melt Mille frags being made as soon as this post loads! This is a Limited Release and is the first time we are ...
07/16/2022

PCA Mind Melt Mille frags being made as soon as this post loads! This is a Limited Release and is the first time we are offering any cuts off this colony! The magenta flesh is beautifully contrasted with amazingly lengthy aquamarine polyps, and to melt the mind further, this specimen creates amazing blue tips as it grows into your water column! To all Acropora, SPS , and or Mille collectors, this is a must have. We will post the frags that are cut and available as soon as they settle in and open up!!

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BigR WD went under the knife! There are frag sizes for everyone (last picture is a joke but survived so I’m not sure if ...
07/16/2022

BigR WD went under the knife! There are frag sizes for everyone (last picture is a joke but survived so I’m not sure if I’ll sell, kind of proud of a single polyp frag), smalls, mediums, large, and XL pieces! Got a little carried away and cut off three years of growth but time to spread the love!!! All available!! Every piece is colored up and priced to sell compared to any other source!

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This specimen is a real deal WD acquired by myself from Mike B. (RIP BigR, we all miss you), at a show, and is currently the brightest piece in the system!!

Featured Product: Fritz Zyme 9Zyme 9 contains live saltwater-specific strains of live nitrifying bacteria proven to redu...
07/14/2022

Featured Product: Fritz Zyme 9

Zyme 9 contains live saltwater-specific strains of live nitrifying bacteria proven to reduce fish loss due to toxic levels of ammonia and nitrite. Nitrifying bacteria can take weeks to naturally establish colonies in new aquariums while ammonia and nitrite can reach lethal levels in only a few days. Fritz Zyme 9 provides the proper balance of bacteria proven to rapidly seed biofilters, greatly reducing the natural cycle time allowing for safe, faster addition of livestock.

We truly believe in this product and use it in store, in service clients systems, and at home. There is no overstating the importance of the biological filtration in all aquaria and should be maintained regularly, not forgotten about once the system has cycled. We recommend regular dosing of this product no matter the age or maturity of the system and especially within the first year and or after any agressive water changes, deep cleaning, filter media changes, adding new livestock, or chemical treatments which may damage your bacteria colonies.

We carry 16 oz, 32 oz, and the gallon sizes, making it cost effective for any size system. Stop in and grab a bottle and we assure you, your aquatic loved ones will thank you!

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Nitrifying and heterotrophic bacteria back in stock at PCA!!!  supplies us as a store and the industry alike with the hi...
07/06/2022

Nitrifying and heterotrophic bacteria back in stock at PCA!!! supplies us as a store and the industry alike with the highest quality of full marine bacterias in a blend like no other! Don’t settle for anything but the best and we have sizes for all including up to a gallon of Zyme 9!!!

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PRE-JULY 4TH SALE AT PORT CITY AQUASTUDIO!!!!! Come join us this Saturday July 2nd in celebration of our country’s indep...
07/02/2022

PRE-JULY 4TH SALE AT PORT CITY AQUASTUDIO!!!!!

Come join us this Saturday July 2nd in celebration of our country’s independence and enjoy savings all round!!

50% OFF WATER (RODI AND SALT)

15% OFF ALL FISH IN STORE

20% OFF PREPAID SPECIAL ORDERS FISH, CORAL AND INVERTS

BOGO 1/2 OFF FRAGS ANY PRICE

AND FINALLY BUT CERTAINLY NOT LAST!

COME IN WEARING ANY PATRIOTIC GEAR OF ANY KIND AND ENTER YOUR NAME IN THE DRAWING FOR A FREE ULTRA ACROPORA TENUIS!!!!

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Back in town MIDWEEK SALE!!!!To show our appreciation for all of our clients and their patience while we closed last wee...
06/29/2022

Back in town MIDWEEK SALE!!!!

To show our appreciation for all of our clients and their patience while we closed last week for a wedding, we are repaying the kindness and offering 10% OFF ALL LIVESTOCK & 15 % OFF PREPAID CUT TO ORDER CORALS INCLUDING OUR SIGNATURE INDO ACROPORA!!! This sale will be running Wednesday June 29th and Thursday June 30th!!! Closing the month out strong and preparing for a huge July!!!

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06/23/2022

To all of our valued customers: PCA will be closed the remaining day of the week for a wedding, and will be reopening under normal business hours starting Wednesday next week! We will be back in town and in and out of the store earlier in the week if you need supplies please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate all your needs!

-TJ

Quick teaser!!!! All coral wait till you see some of this!!! Don’t miss the deals we are giving on special prepaid order...
06/16/2022

Quick teaser!!!! All coral wait till you see some of this!!! Don’t miss the deals we are giving on special prepaid orders!!!

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06/15/2022

Ptyalism…enough said

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Stocking Acropora!!!As the tanks mature and we get closer to where we want to be we will be bringing in more Acropora an...
06/15/2022

Stocking Acropora!!!

As the tanks mature and we get closer to where we want to be we will be bringing in more Acropora and more of the more delicate harder to find specimen! Colonies, mini colonies, and fragments will be available precut, as well as cut to order!

We have a shipment of fish and corals landing today full of amazing specimen and special orders! We take special orders everyday and every week!

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1540 S. 2nd Street Unit 100
Wilmington, NC
28401

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Great product!! I use this in the store and at home!
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Awesome new addition, we get Clown Triggers in regularly and they never last long! This is an iconic fish in the hobby and a favorite to many! Best price in town guaranteed!!! Come see him today Port City Aquastudio
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