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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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 Read More

Pink porcupine crab looks is a blend of geometry and crustacean

The pink porcupine crab is a highly unusual species of king crab with crazy exaggerated spines on its head and body. What is fascinating about this decapod’s appearance is how incredibly long the spines are relative to its body, covering the entire surface and even branching from the very front of its head.  The way the Read More

Reviewing the tiny and efficient Tunze DOC Skimmer 9001

Nano aquariums have been growing in popularity and new equipment and technology are finally making it easier to have a slice of the ocean on your desk.  During Interzoo, Tunze released multiple nano gadgets that turned heads and the Tunze 9001 DOC skimmer was one of them.  With a small footprint, super efficient and extremely Read More

Reef Party Alert: Head on down to Nebraska Aquatic Supply this weekend for a day of great speakers and a great time

It’s Nebraska Aquatic Supply’s third anniversary this weekend and owner Jim Gryzanowski has a great time installed for everyone. Jim is a personal friend of us here at ReefBuilders and is a familiar face in the industry. NAS may be new on the block, but let me assure you they mean business. Back in 2010, they Read More

Observations on an unknown acropora copepod parasite

We hate discovering coral parasites of any kind in our aquariums but at the very least there’s a modicum of surprise and intrigue when we encounter something new. The last time this happened we were dealing with the unusual Skeleton Erosion Band disease caused by Halofolliculina corallasia but this week the culprit is something entirely unknown. If Read More

Do protein skimmer neck cleaners really work?

Back when protein skimmer neck cleaners were little more than overpriced novelties, we had serious doubt about their actual efficacy in a real world situation. Just over three years ago a much smaller breed of simple and affordable protein skimmer neck cleaners began to hit the market and we began using a model from Vertex Read More

Red Sea Max E Series will start shipping in 2015

The new Red Sea Max E Series that we saw back in May 2014 might not be arriving anytime soon. Red Sea a major manufacturer of aquarium equipment and supplies worldwide has not specifically promised a release date anytime this year. Rather we are expected to see the new tanks sometime in the first quarter Read More

Fluval wants to give you a GoPro Hero3

Do you want a chance to score a free GoPro Hero3? Then make sure you check out this contest from Fluval. We love gadgets here and have been fans of the GoPro camera for a while, but realize there are plenty of other gadgets that may be a higher priority for you so this contest is the Read More

6 great iPhone applications for identifying and learning about reef fish

If you’re one of the 10 million people who got a shiny new iPhone 6 this weekend, or just happen to have a shiny slab of computing power that fits in your pocket, you should really take advantage of it by exploring a few applications to make you smarter about reef fish. While there are Read More

DIY dosing line holder using a Maxijet clip

Last week while installing the Eshopps two channel liquid doser, we found ourselves in need of a dosing line holder. Despite having a plethora of magnetic dosing line holders, they wouldn’t quite fit into the space alloted for the dosing lines as neatly as we’d like. Therefore we put on our aquarium DIY hat, and Read More

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