Access to Reef Tools and use of the forums and other services offered by Reef Tools are subject to the terms and conditions of this user agreement and copyright notice and all applicable laws and regulations, including laws and regulations governing copyright and trademarks. By accessing the services herein provided, you accept, without limitation or qualification, all of the terms and conditions in this user agreement. Reef Tools reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time without prior notice. If, and when, any changes are made, they will appear on this page. By using the services of this website, you agree in advance to accept any future changes to the user agreement.
There is no charge for joining Reef Tools! Reef Tools is a community of hobbyists, manufacturers and vendors who share a common interest in Reef Aquariums. If you encounter any violations of the user agreement or have any problems with the site, do not hesitate to let us know through the Contact Form or the Report Post button and we will be happy to address your concerns. Violation on any terms of the user agreement is grounds for removal from the Reef Tools community. We encourage everyone to participate in and enjoy the Reef Tools while at the same time adhering to these rules:
Let us begin by stating that you are a guest, on a privately-owned site. Our intent is for everyone to get along. You are welcome to disagree with other member and voice your opinion, but please do so respectfully. You agree not to post, transmit or link to any threatening, abusive, unlawful, harmful, defamatory, vulgar, harassing, obscene, profane, hateful, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable material of any kind, including, but not limited to, any material which encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, violate the rights of others, or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national or international law. This includes posting matter of a political or religious nature. You will be responsible for, and indemnify and hold harmless Reef Tools and its representatives against any claim arising from any material that you post or transmit. Reef Tools reserves the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you. All members are to have only one user name and are to post under that name exclusively. The moderators can, and will, remove the posting privileges of any person who does not wish to follow the rules, or in the opinion of the moderators is a detriment to the site. Repeat offenders will be banned from using Reef Tools, but please, let’s not let it get to that. Personal attacks, “cyber-bullying”, harassment, etc. are a no-no! Participant may not post to direct others to their any website in which they hold a commercial or financial interest, including informational websites, unless a sponsor account has been created, or explicit permission was given by a Reef Tools administrator. Participants and sponsors my not send out SPAM via Reef Tools using our Private Message, Visitor Message or Email systems. Price Fishing (no pun intended) is strictly prohibited. We reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread or post, for any reason. Any and all communication or material you post or transmit is, and will be treated as, non-confidential and non-proprietary. You assume full responsibility for anything you post or transmit, and you grant Reef Tools the right to display this material on its web sites. Reef Tools makes no ownership claims to any material you post or transmit and agrees that all submitted materials, text, graphics and files remain the sole property of their creator, with individual exceptions such as contest entries specifically labeled as such when solicited.
2. Sponsors, Commercial Posting, Commercial Relationship
Reef Tools assigns Sponsors at its own discretion. Sponsors are welcomed to post commercial posting, including price quotes in their own forum. Sponsors may not post to other sponsors’ forum. Only Sponsors may post commercial content. Who decides what is commercial? We do. If you have any questions, please contact us directly. Sponsors may use only their own forum to direct others to any pages on their official website or another website in which they have a commercial or financial interest. Any Reef Tools member that maintains any commercial relationship with a company or product is requested to divulge such relationship when posting a comment, private message, visitor message or sending an email regarding that company or product.
3. User Profiles, Signatures and Avatars
All terms and conditions of this User Agreement apply to these areas as well. Signatures must be kept to a maximum of 4 lines (including blank lines) and contain no more than two, non-commercial links. Signatures may NOT contain phone numbers, email addresses, IM contact information, any sales pitch or prompts for contact. Signatures must be in standard font size and only two lines may be bolded.
4. Assumption of Risk
Your use of Reef Tools and its services is at your own risk. Neither Reef Tools, nor any of its agents, representatives or licensors shall be liable to you or anyone else for any loss or injury or any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special, punitive or similar damages arising out of your access or use of, or your inability to access or use, the services of this web site and the information available on this web site or arising out of any action taken in response to or as a result of any information available on this web site. You hereby waive any and all claims against Reef Tools arising out of your use of the services of this web site and the information available thereon. Reef Tools does not review or monitor any web sites linked to the member-generated content of this web site and are not responsible for the content of any such linked web sites. Your linking to such web sites is at your own risk.
5. No Warranty
All content provided by this web site contains information, facts and opinions from various individuals and organizations. This content is provided on an “as is” basis without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, other than those warranties which are imposed by and incapable of exclusion, restriction or modification under the laws applicable to this agreement. Neither Reef Tools nor its affiliates endorse or are responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, advice or statement on the service or the sites.
6. Control of Information
By using the services of this website, you acknowledge that Reef Tools does not control the information available on the message boards, chat rooms and other user and member-generated pages and that any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers or other information or content presented or disseminated on any bulletin board, chat room or on any other user or member-generated pages are those of their respective authors and they are solely liable for their content. Although Reef Tools may, from time to time, monitor or review discussions, chats, postings, transmissions, message boards and other user and member-generated pages on this web site, neither Reef Tools nor any of its agents, representatives or licensors is under any obligation to do so. Reef Tools reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to refuse to post or remove any material submitted to or posted on the chat rooms, message boards or on any other user or member-generated pages.