About Us

Established in 2006 Reef Builders covers the aquatics industry for keeping saltwater tanks and has been featured by CNN, MSNBC and Wikipedia as a definite source.

Ryan Gripp,  Founder & Managing Director
Ryan Gripp is a commerce technologist with more than 14 years experience in the retail industry. He started his career with ecommerce using Miva Merchant and more recently has implemented complex large-scale systems (Oracle ATG). Ryan’s expertise also includes conversion optimization, retail analytics, and customer experience and order management architecture. Throughout his career he has changed the way executives think about their customers and led teams who fundamentally changed how and why consumers shop. He founded Reef Builders in 2006. He writes about technology, industry and other associated news relating to saltwater fish tanks.

Jake Adams, Creative Director
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.

Nicole Helgason, Event Manager

Nicole has a passion for scuba diving and coral reefs. Nicole has a Bachelors degree in Coastal Geography from the University of Victoria and has managed dive centers around the world.

Brian Blank, Senior Editor
Brian Blank has been blogging about the aquarium industry since 2007 and writing with Reef Builders since 2009. Brian has been involved in spurts of aquarium keeping since he was a youngster. Most recently he has kept freshwater aquariums throughout the 1990s and briefly ventured into saltwater before breaking down the tank while in college. He ventured into the reefing world in 2006 finally fulfilling his dream of a larger saltwater tank. As a DIY nut and gadget fanatic, he brings a passion covering new products and innovations while leaving the livestock to the other incredible writers at Reef Builders. He often pens a Friday Smorgasbord column that explores the wild, wacky and wonderful side of the aquatic kingdom. Brian studied PR and marketing at San Jose State University and works for a high-tech PR agency in San Francisco. Brian and his awesome wife Veronica and baby daughter live in Pacifica, California, where his aquarium is currently on hold as he works on updated his home.

Comments (11)
  1. Frank says:

    Jake can you please contact me?
    I’m Frank from Franks Tanks in Fort Worth, Tx…one of the creators of a fairly new product called F-Aiptasia. I’d love to talk to you about it.
    817-343-2920 please sir!

  2. Shawn bourque says:

    Hello I ordered one of your T-shirts with the expectation of receiving a beginner coral poster and I never received it. I received the T-shirt but not the poster

  3. Dustin Overs says:

    Hey jake I’m a big fan watch a lot of your videos!! I have a spot on my tank stand that’s reserved for stickers for places I have been and coral shops I have bought things from but I figure since I watch so many your videos I would love to get a sticker for the stand. Please send me a email back at [email protected], also do more tank tours I like them more then anything

  4. Jake, I am considering starting to dose Acropower to my 265 gallon mixed reed. How much per day so you reccommend dosing per day?

    Keep up the good work, love the videos!



  5. Chetan Brid says:

    Respected sir/madam,
    I Mst.Chetan Vilas Brid a student of Aditya College of Architecture, Mumbai currently in 5th year B.arch doing my thesis research on coral conservation. My topic is “Coral Rehabilitation And Knowledge Centre”.
    I request you to help me regarding coral conservation.
    So I need to contact you for the same hope you will help me with your valuable information. Waiting for your response on mail so I can contact you.

    Spaces required for your research (what type of equipments for the research or for preserving them)
    The sizes of the instruments, machines, tanks.
    Plans of your research lab

    Thanking you,

    Yours sincerely,

    Chetan Brid

  6. Seven Wei says:

    Hi Jake

    My name is Steven Wei. Our manufacturer and company is Vastocean Aquarium Inc. First year in USA, We brought Red Starfish Skimmer to USA and also We are CADE Aquarium System North America exclusive dealer. Our manufacturer made many aquarium accessories. Please contact me if you interested to carry our stuff on your website. My contact info is listed below.Thank you so much!!

    Email. [email protected]
    Cell 734 383 7888

  7. Mark S Melnick says:

    I need HELP to finish the set up of s Name Skimmer!!!

  8. Jonas Leite says:

    Dear Jack Adams, it’s a pleasure to see the article “Gramma brasiliensis Builds Nests Like a Bird” posted at RB. I’m one of the author of the complete manuscript (Bird-like complex nesting behaviour by the Brazilian-endemic reef fish Gramma brasiliensis. JR Leite, PHC Pereira, EG Sanches, RL Moura, M Hostim-Silva Marine and Freshwater Research 69 (6), 982-986.)
    It would be very important that the post in RB had the title or the link of the article that was used as reference. The dissemination of our work is very important for us to continue doing research with ornamentals here in Brazil.
    Best regards,
    Jonas Leite

  9. Glynn Forman says:

    Hi jake …met you many years back in durban south africa ..did some dives and drank to much whisky …enjoy your site and videos. Just wondering if you could assist with my 15 yr old 20000l reef … in the last year phosphate control is getting more difficult to hold on range ..0.1 ppm… nothing has really changed other than the size of the fish ..big angels etc. about 200 fish all told . i have to use lanthanum otherwise it just moves up quickly to 0.4 which then brings on coral problems rtn colour loss etc .. Do you believe in the old tank syndrome story of saturated po 4 in the aragonite meaning every timeThe you drip it out the water column it just come out the imbeddded rock immediately ? interested to know your views on this … getting a bit tired of weekly drips !!!!!!

  10. Fred Chidsey says:

    Hey guys, I am curious….I live locally in the Denver Metro area.. Is the reef builders shop open to the public any days or times? I would love to come and check out the setups

  11. Emma Lai says:


    How are you ?
    We are Fujian Re-Creation manufacturier, who are own designs or custom artifical coral in the
    market. This is Emma.

    Ref. the artifical coral, we use hard and soft polyresin,and our designer supplys the designs
    solution for customers.

    I am sincerely to establish long and friendly business relationship with you.

    Looking forwarder of your reply.

    Emma Lai
    Fujian Re-Creation (Magic-Aquarium) Manufacturer
    ADD: 15A,Guojun Building,
    No.1222 Xiahe Road,
    Xiamen,China (ZIP): 361004
    TEL/WeChat: 0086-180 3030 2304
    FAX: 0086-592-5970828
    Email: [email protected]

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