jake-vincent-video The Show Episode 5: Jake & Vincent talk about coral farming and diving the Flores Sea If you don’t know who Vincent Chalias is by now you must have been living under a very big piece of live rock. Following on the successes of Bob Mankin in the Solomon Islands and Walt Smith in Fiji, Mr. Chalias is one of the pioneers of aquarium coral mariculture in Indonesia. In recent years Vincent
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Hands on and first impression of the Kessil Spectral Controller

California greatly increasing Consumer Protections for Pet Insurance that include aquatics

California is one of the few states that have added new provisions to pet insurance, which includes aquatics. The new law is increasing consumer protections for pet insurance. The pet insurers are now required by law to disclose important information regarding their policies, standardize definitions, and provide consumers with a 30-day “free look” period, under Read More

The new consumer aquatics lifecycle

Back in the 90s many folks got a freshwater tank and kept fish like the simple goldfish. They gradually progressed into keeping full-blown saltwater tanks and the progression from gold fish to clownfish took many years. Today, we are seeing a different behavior pattern, which has them jumping directly into keeping a saltwater tank. The Read More

Endangered versus Threatened: Why should you be concerned?

While yesterdays event scared just about everyone in the greater aquatics industry we might come to expect that more often as different petitions make there way around federal bodies that deal with the ESA. A lot of folks think we are safe if a species is listed as only threatened versus endangered but for the Read More

USFWS Los Angeles: We are now advising the trade of coming ESA listings

We have confirmed the USFWS was incorrectly restricting some wholesalers regarding the 20 species of corals recently listed as threatened as illegal to import. Apparently the local offices in Los Angeles were interpreting things different than the folks back at the National Marine Fisheries (NMFS) who control the listings. We spoke directly to Paul Mckinn, Assistant Read More

USFWS Los Angeles: It is now illegal to import frogspawn & certain deepwater acro species

Update:  9/16/14 4:15PM CT Waiting on a call back from the Office of External Affairs regarding the validity of it being an honest mistake. Update 2: USFWS Los Angeles: We are now advising the trade of coming ESA listings We have just confirmed The United States fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) at the Port of Los Read More

Fish Stores: Are you ready for Apple Pay?

If you own a fish store you might think about looking at your point of sale software. According to Apple, the company sold 4MM pre orders of their new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus which is their larger 5.5” smartphone version. With the iPhone 6—Apple announced their new contactless payment system called Apple Pay, Read More

The Worldwide Aquatics Industry is in Jeopardy

PIJAC –one of the if not only organization that is actively working in the interests of the aquatics industry announced a major update to the active petitions and strategy surrounding our dear friends at the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD).  Ultimately the group is asking for all of us to support them as they protect Read More

The top 4 Reef forums for the reef community

We thought it might be cool to list the top reef forums in the overall hobby. And we have complied a list below for your reading pleasure. Read More

We’re moving: New server environment coming soon

When I first built Reef Builders way back in 2006 I didn’t expect to see such an overwhelming response to the original idea for the industry. Since that time we have grown substantially in terms of raw traffic hitting the site every day. The time has come for us to upgrade our backend servers to Read More

New Patent US8646934 aquarium light strip revealed

We get several goods delivered to our respective Reef Builders’ offices located around the world. One such package caught our eye more than others. In the package from Ecoxotic was a new patent that recently got approved as officially official. The patent in question US8646934 references an aquarium light strip, which describes the abstract, as Read More