This story begins at Reef-A-Palooza 2018. I saw some shockingly well-conditioned Gem tangs at the TSM Corals booth. I’d never heard of this place and had to know more about their practices and why their fish looked so fat and healthy. They explained their quarantine process, and I was pleasantly surprised and impressed. My friends Mark and Al knew I was enamored with these fish, so they gave me some raffle tickets. I almost left early on Sunday, but I’m so glad I stayed, becauase I got a call from TSM Corals to tell me I’d won a Gem tang right after the show started wrapping up. My friend Judy had to hold me up, I was so emotional. They allowed me to pick my favorite one, bagged him up, and sent me home with him. Of course I planned to quarantine and condition the fish for a month before treating it for Cryptocaryon with copper. I set up a 30 gallon quarantine tank using some live rock and a sponge filter I keep in a bin for emergencies, and acclimated my new most prized possession. I have every medication known to fish and was prepared for anything. But nothing bad happened. The Gem tang attacked his algae clip within minutes of being put into his new quarantine tank. Over the next few weeks, I realized the tang had nothing to fix, and I didn’t know how to handle it. I’m so used to new arrivals needing to be de-wormed, de-fluked, and treated for Crypto, but it was clear this fish didn’t need me. All I had left to do was enjoy it. I got in touch with TSM Corals to ask what they did to make my fish so healthy, and it turns out they use a quarantine and Crypto eradication procedure very similar to my own. I was getting messages from friends in the area who sang the praises of TSM’s procedures and fish health. Ray has been keeping saltwater aquarium since the 80’s, and Matt worked as a biologist at a public aquarium, so that’s why their quarantine procedures are so thorough. TSM Corals’ website says “All fish undergo treatments for various diseases, parasites, and bacterial infections as part our standard quarantine period. Our livestock is also conditioned to accept prepared frozen food prior to being sold. We will not sell any livestock that we know or suspect to be unhealthy.”
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The facility is large, 5000 square feet. It seems larger when you’re there because it’s so well organized and clean. If you get tired while you’re shopping, TSM Corals has a comfortable couch facing an enormous display tank complete with gorgeous colonies and a male Lennardi wrasse. I ended up spending far less money than I had planned to, simply because the prices were so reasonable! I left with an expertly packed box of stuff for two of my own tanks, and for my parents’ tank. Of course I always recommend quarantining new fish and at least treating them for Cryptocaryon, but if you absolutely refuse to quarantine and you want to find a source for high-end fish that have already been treated and conditioned, check out TSM Corals in Westville, NJ.