endangered-stony-coral-species Meet 6 of the corals that are in danger of becoming illegal The petition to list over 80 species of stony corals as endangered led to a ruling that 20 of the proposed corals were deemed threatened, and warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. Of those 20 corals, five are Caribbean species which have already enjoyed a thorough degree of no-take protection so these species are
Acropora_cervicornis Endangered versus Threatened: Why should you be concerned?
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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

These pictures of Royal Exclusiv’s 3 meter Dreambox are inspiring

We were teased by the Royal Exclusiv 3-meter Dreambox sump we posted last week and now have more images of this monster sump complete and ready to ship. Built for a 5,500-liter tank (around 1,500 US gallons), this beast of a sump features three levels of mechanical filtration via a bank of filter socks in Read More

Rare fish throwback: Super aberrant and hybrid Emperor Angelfish

Here at the ReefBuilders rare fish department we have amassed a large collection of cool stuff that quite frankly, have been sitting around collecting dust. Stuff that are too outdated for a breakthrough post, but cool enough that we didn’t dismiss. So we’re kicking off our new rare fish throwback series with this super aberrant Read More

Flipper Nano algae scraper magnet review

The Flipper Nano algae scraping magnet is one of the best new-yet-familiar products announced at MACNA 2013, which became available for prime time at MACNA 2014. We picked up a sample of the new Flipper Nano and all we have to say is “where has this algae magnet been all our lives?” What made the 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

Friday Smorgasbord: Reef smells, dogs, camo and drones

It has been far too long between posting our last Friday Smorgasbord and since summer is nearly over and we are all back to the normal grind, it made sense to dust off the typewriter and craft a new smorgasbord post. Here are a few snippets from around the world to entertain, inform and inspire. Read More

First four MACNA 2014 speaker videos now available to view online

The Marine Aquarium Conference of North America is such a seminal event in the marine aquarium community, it’s a gem to be able to gather once a year with friends and colleagues from all over the world. One of the best parts of attending a MACNA is seeing all the different presentations and the information Read More

Cirrhilabrus squirei finally gets an official description

Cirrhilabrus squirei is a new species of fairy wrasse from the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea which was first discovered and collected by Cairns Marine of Australia. The new fairy wrasse species is named after Lyle Squire and the Squire family who own and founded Cairns Marine. Of all the fairy wrasses, C. Read More

The Revolution XT Ring Saw is an industrial coral cutter

The Revolution XT Ring Saw is a heavy duty limestone separating tool that kind of makes regular bandsaws look like toys. We got our first look at the curious form factor of the Revolution XT Ring Saw by Gemini Saws at the Eye Catching Coral booth at MACNA 2014. Bandsaws have become a common sight Read More

Behind the face of LiveAquaria – Kevin Kohen’s fish collection part 1

Any saltwater hobbyist worth his salt or doesn’t live under a rock surely knows about LiveAquaria. On this post MACNA trip, we managed to visit their facility and caught up with Kevin Kohen, the man behind the company. Seeing as we’ve already covered some behind the scenes processes that goes on inside the chocolate factory equivalent of the fish Read More