MindStream Aquarium Monitor goes live on Kickstarter

The MindStream Kickstarter campaign kicks off today with the new, potentially revolutionary new water monitoring device going to the first round of backers for the totally reasonable sum of $499. Currently, aquarium water quality management and testing can be one of the most time intensive, laborious, and expensive parts of keeping a marine aquarium. If

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The Fragging Phenomenon Part Deux

In 1992, I wrote my first article on the fragmenting of corals, fragging for short. At that time fragging corals was primarily done on soft corals and was done more out of the necessity to preserve the corals we had, rather than to share the wealth or any other reason. At that time, our success

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Neptune Systems presents inaugural “Marine Aquarium Hobbyist of the Year” award in September

Know someone in the hobby that is making a difference? Have an awesome person in your club going above and beyond to help fellow hobbyists succeed? Then Neptune Systems is looking for your help. Neptune Systems is doing its part to recognize the great people that make this hobby so fun with the inaugural Marine Aquarium

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Marine BioSystems puts a biopellet reactor inside a protein skimmer

Marine Biosystems, the company that brought us their unique new 3D printed biopellet reactor with the complete whole chamber spinning design have another innovation up their sleeve. While it is poorly illustrated in the video below, what Marine Biosystems has done is to put a biopellet reactor right inside a protein skimmer. Some companies have tried

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Vectra M1 and L1 pump specs, pricing and availability announced

The Vectra L1 DC pump that was leaked a couple of weeks ago has a little brother, the Vectra M1 pump, and both new pumps have the specs and pricing to rock the aquarium world. It was revealed today that these two new QuietDrive powered DC pumps will see the same aggressive pricing that we

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The top 6 new species of marine life this month

There have been a lot of new species descriptions in the last handful of weeks, and there are lots that can be said about each of them. We’ve covered them all individually but we wanted to bring your attention to what makes each of them special. Each of these new species of fish and corals

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Take our latest survey: The rise of the “connected” aquarium

With the growth of the connected home, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the “connected” aquarium with our latest survey. Click here or on the image below to answer a few questions about how internet-enabled aquarium devices are becoming the norm. Whether its via WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet or cellular connectivity,

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The Panda banggai cardinalfish mutation reappears

It’s been almost three years since we first reported about the the Panda Banggai cardinalfish mutation, and we’ve heard nary a peep more about this exciting fish. The Panda Banggai is the first domesticated marine fish strain to show up outside of the massive number of designer clownfish available to the aquarium hobby. Thankfully, ardent fish

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Now you see it, now you don’t — the secret behind the sea sapphire’s magical disappearing trick

The sea saphire seems to disappear right in front of your eyes and researchers have uncovered its secret. With a quick flex of its body, it reflect light frequencies the human eye simply can’t see. Sea Saphires come in a variety of colors and the animal often is referred to as “the most beautiful animal you’ve never seen”,

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Japanese coral video is in “supernatural” high definition

We share a lot of rare fish and exotic coral eye candy here on Reef Builders, and Japan has its fair share. There is coral “porn”, and then there are superbly close and exquisite corals that look so surreal and perfect, that not even fresh wild corals can truly compare. Corals in the wild have to

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