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ReefTools visits Elite Reef in Arvada, Colorado. (video)

Posted on Monday, January 2nd, 2012 at 12:36 pm by
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In a recent visit to Denver I had a chance to check out a couple of local fish stores. We ran a quick survey online, and Elite Reef was quickly identified as one of the favorites. Elite Reef is located at 8410 Wadsworth Blvd. Unit F Arvada, Colorado, Elite Reef .

As you walk in, you’ll quickly notice the extensive fish only systems to your right. Beautifully incorporated into the store, rows and rows of aquarium are filled with healthy looking livestock. A quick conversation with one of the store owners revealed the extensive quarantine procedure Elite Reef has implemented, and help hobbyists get healthy, easy to feed fish in their systems. The back of the store is dedicated to the quarantine system, a standalone liverock system and a cleanup crew (CUC) system. There is also a very neat see-through seahorse tank at the back of the store.

The center of the store is dominated by two large coral flats, displaying a nice selection of colorful SPS, clams, zoes, palys, LPS and other softies. The flats are lighted with metal halides and a variety of LED fixtures and lamps.

What we really liked about the dry goods area, is that the owners (previous hobbyists) selected products that they had personal experience and success with. Hopefully you like this video and if you’re someone who shops at or visits this store regularly, please comment below.

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Elite Reef
8410 Wadsworth Blvd. Unit F Arvada, Colorado
Ph: 720-379-8076
Fax: 720-379-8095

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4 Responses to “ReefTools visits Elite Reef in Arvada, Colorado. (video)”

  1. Mike says:

    Thanks for the awesome write-up and great video!

  2. Ashlee says:

    This lfs is AMAZING! we’ve been going there since day 1, and they are knowledgeable, friendly, and incredibly kind. They aren’t just a fish store, they take interest in your tanks and your opinions, and have never done us wrong! The owners, Heather and CJ are incredible.

  3. Cindy says:

    As relatively new saltwater addicts, we checked out every lfs in a 25 mile radius, and Elite Reef outshone the others like a metal halide outshines a CFL. Without their expertise, quarantine system, and amazing customer service, there’s no way we could have been successful in this hobby. The quality shows in everything they do. Heather, CJ, Mike, and the gang are just wonderful.

  4. 3watt says:

    Mike Rice is a hell of a good guy and friend of mine. I’ve been writing for his blog for almost a year now. He’s definitely an asset to the store.
    I had the chance to meet CJ and Heather last fall in DesMoines. They are a couple of great individuals and I’m sure it’s reflected in their business.I hope that I get the chance to make it out and see their store in person this summer.

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