Reefers with an addiction
It’s not often you can say you already have your dream tank, but that is the case for Tyler, owner of Coral Vault. 11 years ago, after having a Dog Face Puffer things started to snowball as Tyler became addicted, as many of us do. Over the years he has learned from battling outbreaks and practiced patience as he dealt with water parameter swings. It was in 2018, when out of necessity, he began selling coral to help bring in extra income to support his family. What started out as a side hustle turned into a brand that brought both family and the local reefing community together. Tyler is grateful that you have allowed him and his family to be a part of your reefing journey.
Before he became an owner, Evit was a hobbyist. His passion started when he went fishing with his Dad and caught his first fish; he was hooked. From there Betta bowls turned in freshwater systems and eventually he switched to saltwater tanks. He has had multiple tanks, including frag tanks over the years, and is currently working on a new tank build. As a torch lover and an SPS master, Evit understands how important patience is when keeping reef tanks, in fact, the challenge of growing and nurturing a coral, and getting them to color up in different setups is one of his favorite parts of the job and hobby. He knows how great this community is, and believes that as long as we support small businesses and each other, the hobby and industry will only continue to get better. Evit’s dream tank is one that is large enough to get in and Scuba Dive with the fish and corals.
Joshua jumped head first into the aquarium hobby in 2009 and a year later in 2010, he was working at an LFS to manage both the fresh and saltwater departments at an LFS and in January 2021 he became the Coral Vault manager. Like many hobbyists, he has multiple tanks, but his main tank is a 100 gallon mixed reef. His favorite corals are LPS, but the movement of Torches and the bright colors Wellsos can add make them some of his favorites. Despite having been in the hobby for over a decade, he understands that there is always something new to learn, and recommends letting your tank talk to you. It’s easy to get caught up chasing numbers, but reef tanks are mini ecosystems and will show signs if something is out of balance, so make sure to pay attention. Joshua’s dream tank is a 1,500 gallon shark and stingray tank.
We all remember our first tank that got us into the hobby and for Kendall, Coral Vault’s Reef Engineer and Aquaculturist, it was a 29 gallon Craigslist find 10 years ago. Now, he has 3 systems ranging from a 210 gallon system all the way down to a 1 gallon pico mixed reef. His love for Zoa’s is clear when you see his 50 gallon Zoanthid propagation system. He loves seeing the excitement and awe in new hobbyists coming into the shop but his advice to take your time, always do your research, and test frequently is beneficial for both beginners and advanced aquarists alike. Kendall’s dream tank is a 350 gallon SPS dominant tank that needs a calcium reactor.