UPS increases rates at the end 2019, UniqueCorals will keep the rates the same for its customers

By Toni Nancy Xiong
on January 12, 2020

UPS increases rates at the end 2019, UniqueCorals will keep the rates the same for its customers

Effective December 29, 2019, UPS made the following changes:

  • The rates for UPS® Ground, UPS Air and International services will increase an average net 4.9%. 
  • A Rebill fee will be assessed for each request to change the billing account for a shipment. 
  • A Prohibited Item fee will apply to packages containing prohibited articles or restricted articles not in compliance with all UPS policies and procedures and applicable laws and regulations if found in the UPS system. 
  • Value-added services and other charges will apply to undeliverable packages returned to the shipper. 
  • UPS reserves the right to assess a late payment fee in an amount set forth in the UPS Tariff/Terms and Conditions of Service if an invoice is not paid in full by the invoice due date. 
  • The weight threshold for applying an Additional Handling surcharge will be lowered from 70 pounds to 50 pounds actual weight for UPS Ground and UPS Air services.
  • The list of ZIP codes to which Delivery Area Surcharges and Extended Area Surcharges apply will change. See updated zip code listings below (under 2020 Preview Rates) for more information.
  • A processing fee will apply to each request to file a single entry under Entry Type 86 for a shipment that normally qualifies for U.S. customs clearance under a consolidated manifest.
  • The rates for certain value-added services and other charges will increase.

All shipping carriers including UPS and FedEx increased their rates for 2020.

Shipping costs have gone up on average 4.9%, and in some cases more, due to weight threshold lowered from 70lb to 50lb, and Saturday Delivery fee increasing, etc.

At, we value our customers, and we want you to have the best online shopping experience. There are many variables at play when it comes to shipping, such as weather, hub delays, delivery driver delays, and other unpredictable mishaps. 99% of the time it is due to the carrier and we cannot control the transit process. We very much appreciate you trusting us to do everything in our power to get your animal to you safe and sound, and also working with us to ameliorate any shipper issues. THANK YOU!

UniqueCorals will absorb the increases and not raise shipping prices to show our gratitude. We hope you will continue to shop with us in the coming year and beyond.


R2R LiveSale December 14 + 15th, 9am to 5pm 2 Days Event

By Toni Nancy Xiong
on December 09, 2019

R2R LiveSale December 14 + 15th, 9am to 5pm 2 Days Event

Shop amazing deals and Win!

Update: Winners announced! Congratulations!

-Grand prize: WYSIWYG Torch of the Gods (value of $1049) - Karen Nation
-Second grand prize: WYSIWYG Texas Twizzler (value $500) - Antonio Cardenas
Additional prizes:
- 1 SPS premium frag pack (value $120) - Phil Lanza
- 1 LPS premium frag pack (value $110) - Kenneth Provenzano
- 4 winners of: 1 pack of Triton ICP and N-DOC tests (value $98)
- Patrick Koo
- Wilford Fong
- Chris Matthews
- Ray Gudelanis
- 1 Great White GW-5 Skimmer (value $329+tax+free shipping) - Luke Reschke


It is that time of the year to spread the holiday cheer, and boy do we have some treats for you!

Our LiveSale will be a 2 days event, with a ton of corals to choose from!

You must purchase a shipping module in order to shop LiveSale items (unless you have paid for shipping on items from our main store, or have purchased $150 or more in the main store). 

R2R thread for full rules and tons of teaser pics.


Grand prize: 1 lucky winner will receive this WYSIWYG Torch of the Gods (value of $1049)

Second grand prize: 1 lucky winner will receive this WYSIWYG Texas Twizzler (value $500)

Other prizes:
- 1 SPS premium frag pack (value $120)
- 1 LPS premium frag pack (value $110)
- 4 winners of: 1 pack of Triton ICP and N-DOC tests (value $98)
- 1 Great White GW-5 Skimmer (value $329+tax+free shipping)

That's $2500 in prizes!! Free to enter, please see full rules.

Good Luck!

Raffle: Every purchaser will receive an entry. If you choose not to purchase, you just have to comment once per hour in the thread for the LS event to receive a free entry. You really can't go wrong either way.

Black Friday & Thanksgiving Sale Specials Announced!

By Toni Nancy Xiong
on November 18, 2019

Black Friday & Thanksgiving Sale Specials Announced!

Holidays Season is finally here!

Tis the time to be merry and enjoy all those amazing savings.  We will have specials all week long November 25th to December 1st.

Our Black Friday Thanksgiving Sale is going to be huge this year! We have something special for every reefer in your life.

Without further ado, here are the savings: 

Pax Bellum ARID & Accessories-  20% off
DaStaCo Calcium Reactor & Accessories - 15% off
Panta Rhei Hydrowizard Pumps & Accessories - 10% off
Triton Bioscience - 15% off
Dalua Great White Skimmers - 20% off
Illumagic LED Lights & Accessories - 10% off
SeeClear MagSleeve - 20% off
XFLO UV Sterilizers - 10% off
MarcoRocks - 15% off
PolypLab - 15% off
Neptune Systems - 10% off

AND there will be jaw dropping livestock promos & doorbusters as well.

Keep your eyes peeled!


Often coupons can be found on these sites: WeThrift

Hooray for Joe! We are proud to see you speak at Reefapalooza Chicago in Octorber

By Toni Nancy Xiong
on October 08, 2019

Hooray for Joe! We are proud to see you speak at Reefapalooza Chicago in Octorber

Ever wondered why some people can have a super enjoyable reefing experience, while others huff and puff, and labor through it all?  The process makes all the difference!

Joe is going to expound his knowledge in this area, and give step by step instructions on how to start and maintain an "ultra low maintenance" reef tank.

This one is not to be missed.  If you cannot personally attend Reefapalooza Chicago, don't worry. will be recording the entire thing and will share it on Youtube.


New Illumagic Vitamini LED Super Actinic LED Lights Available Now

By Toni Nan Xiong
on August 25, 2019

Great article on the Vitamini lights by ReefBuilders…/new-illumagic-vitamini-led-supe…/


Available now in 36" size and 42" size, both comes with 1 pair of arms so you'll have everything you need to get these up and running right away.

The #UCgrowout Contest and Giveaway Sept 2019 to March 2020

By Toni Nan Xiong
on August 13, 2019
Official Rules:
Purchase growout frags here:

Hello all,
welcome to the #UCgrowout contest. Its always exciting to bring home that new gem with major potential. This competition will highlight a sweet tenuis that has started to already show some real potential. Hints of pinks, oranges and yellows are already beginning to show!!!!!
-The contest will begin the first week of September. Final judging will commence the first week of May 2020. 
-Each frag will be purchased ahead of time and delivered on the customer's requested delivery date.
-Different sized frags will be available to purchase at different price points- ( Please note the contest is not based on final size but final overall growth from each frags first photo to last. Purchasing a larger frag does not mean you will have an advantage.) 
-Frags will go on sale Saturday August 10th at 12pm pst. They will be first come first serve on our website. Please search "ucgrowout" to find them on our website.
- Each contestant will be required to post a picture of their frag by the first Sunday of each month or they will be disqualified. 
-The pictures are to be taken in the same spot of the tank from month to month so there is a reference for overall growth. We do however encourage additional pictures showing off color and growth from different angles as well and additional videos. 
- One photo in actinics and one photo in whites is required each month. We suggest using a polyp lab lens for actinic photos. 
-The frags will be judged on overall growth and overall color. 
-There will be a winner for the most overall growth and one for the best overall growth and color.
-A $25 shipping module will need to be purchased for the frag at the time of purchase. You are welcome to add it to any UC order that qualifies for free shipping for no additional charge. 
-Please share with hashtag #UCgrowout
-Please sign up for Contest List below

Post details of your tank with your first picture for the month of September.
Please list the following:
1. What lights you are using?
2. Are you using a doser or CaRx?
3. Do you dose aminos or use any other supplements?

First Place: Winner will submit a name for this new upcoming UC Signature Piece, UC Jd Jr. frag, Polyp lab food, and 3 UC Signature Acro Frags! WOW! Retail value of $1400+
Best overall growth: Polyp lab food, 4 Pc Acropora frag pack. Retail value of $500+
UC JD Jr..jpg



Good luck, and have fun out there!

A visit on a rainy day, by Eat_Sleep_Reef and Aquaman_shalom to our 6000sf coral warehouse

By Toni Xlong
on February 04, 2019

"Had a chance to visit unique corals. All I can say is what an amazing facility with amazing people behind it." - Eat_Sleep_Reef


Joseph Caparatta's article in Wall Street Journal

By Toni Xlong
on July 30, 2018

Joseph Caparatta's article in Wall Street Journal

The reporter Candace Taylor form the WSJ sought out Joseph Caparatta, owner of UniqueCorals and Manhattan Aquariums, to interview him about the ins and outs of owning a shark, as Shark Week was soon upon us.

Joe was happy to help out.  He gave his expert advise and opinions over several interviews.  Although the article steers the average person away from shark ownership, for the record, Joe thinks they make great pets! Haha.  As it is with all marine animals in the home, the owner needs to be knowledgable and diligent for the animals to thrive.

Joe has been in Newsday, New York Post, New York Times, and worked with The Today Show, the Ricki Lake Show, Sea World, Martha Stewart Living, Law and Order SVU, Microsoft, Miss Universe (the production), Blue Man Group, Wells Fargo, JetBlue, the Food Network, Dennis Publishing (of Maxim Magazine), Bloomberg, Century 21, Sony Music, James Gandolfini, Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Tracey Morgan, Ice T, Chevy Chase, Mariah Carey, Tina Fey, Calvin Klein, Maxwell, Bass Pro Shops,Nordstrom's, NYU,and many other commercial entities, art and entertainment shows, and famous clients who wish to remain private.

Now we add the WSJ to the list. 

Full article is here:

The Brand New

By Toni Xlong
on October 25, 2017

The Brand New

It is the moment we have been waiting for - the new website is here!

With a new system, we bring you a much better shopping and checkout experience.  Search is more intuitive and effective.  Customer files are more secure.  Checkout is easier and faster than ever.  And all of your data is protected under strict privacy laws. does not save any login, or financial data.  We strive to have 100% uptime and our servers will be 100% secure.

Be sure to check out the rewards program!  You earn points as you shop, to spend on future purchases, anyway you like.  You will get 200 points just for signing up, and another 200 points on your Birthday each year!  You'll also receive points for posting on social, or earn real $ for referring a friend, and they will receive 10% off their entire coral purchase!  It really is a win-win!

Hope you like our new site, and please excuse any minor hiccups as we work to smooth all wrinkles.

Happy reefing!