If you’re anything like us you’re craving about as much as the reef community can put out and to answer the call this week we published over two hours of pure reef aquarium video and discussion. We’ve been hard at work on building out the Reef Builders Studio since we first kicked it off way back in 2019 and it almost seems like there’s no end to the projects.
It’s been over two and a half years since we did a nice complete video of our content factory but with a recent visit from Reef Therapy co-host mark van der Wal we thought it’d be a great time to present another full tour of the studio. We can spend a solid hour talking and discussing just about any reef tank setup, from the corals to the fish, the aquascape, equipment and technique etc. so it was a real challenge to cram a look at our twenty something aquariums into two, one hour videos was quite a challenge but we did it.
Having Mark with us was certainly a huge assist in helping us discuss most of the key details of the various fish tanks, coral flats, reef displays and even the freshwater tanks got a little but of attention as well. It was a monumental task to condense every aspect of the studio displays and working tanks into just two hours of content, in fact it took pretty much all day, but we’re proud of how the double feature came out.
We wish we had spent more time adjusting the lighting on some of the aquariums running blue-heavy spectrum so that it would turn out better on camera but in a way we were trying to keep it real. Speaking of keeping it real, we do discuss some of our challenges with having so many tanks at the Studio and inject a bit of #ReefReality by going out of our way to show some of the Aiptasia, algae, and red cyano which is persistent in a couple of the tanks.
With some of the caveats out of the way we are very satisfied with the health of the vast majority of the corals, fish, clams, and anemones and with the overall presentability of the many reef aquarium displays. We spend a lot of time observing the tanks and their inhabitants all day everyday so the look of the corals and tanks simply becomes normal for us which is why it was so enlightening to take a fresh gander at everything with the assist from our long time reefing comrade Mark.
There’s still a lot of things we want to improve because as the corals grow there’s a lot of self-shading creeping up both in terms of light and water flow so we’re looking forward to making some adjustments to some of the tanks in the near future. We sincerely hope you enjoy this in-depth look at our personal-professional reefing space and all that goes into making such a big space work efficiently and we look forward to bringing you a lot more content from the Reef Builders Studio in the years to come.