Jake Adams
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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.

Reef Labs – A New ICP Testing Service from Florida

Reef Labs is a new ICP water testing service which expands the number of companies offering critical examination of saltwater aquarium chemistry in the United States. The inductively coupled plasma machines are located inside of Reef Masters, a saltwater aquarium…

I Got Stung By a Ball-Tentacle Shroom!

Shrooms or corallimorphs are classified as some of the most innocuous of all stinging ‘corals’ and they tend to be at the bottom of the aggression pyramid in most reef environments. The smooth surfaces of Discosoma and most Rhodactis don’t really have…

Looking towards the Reptile Hobby for ‘Real’ UV Light

There’s been a lot of discussion around the role of ultraviolet light in reef tanks and the health of our corals, especially with the rise of LED lighting fixtures that are missing it. In the classical era of reef keeping…

Maxspect Explains Why They Went With a 160 Mesh Media Bag

Chemical filtration can be an important tool for maintaining water quality in a reef aquarium and these days most reefers use some sort of flow through media reactor for use with GFO, activated carbon or aluminum oxide medias. With so…

Everything We Scored While Touring 15 Shops for #LFSsaturday

We’ve been very vocal advocates of local fish stores in our writing, the Reef Therapy Podcast, and countless aquarium shop tours throughout the years. This past holiday shopping weekend we didn’t just talk about supporting these important retail establishments but…

RVS Fishworld Collected The Most Misbarred Regal Angelfish to Date

Regal angelfish are a unique and singular species in their own genus so they don’t have any close relatives with which to hybridize, but they do offer fanciers their own kind of ‘shiny pokemon‘ to keep a lookout for. With…

LifeRock Flatz Helps Make your Rock Shelves Purple

LifeRock Flatz is a new shape of dry rock from CaribSea which, as its name implies, is a nice flat shaped rock useful in many aquascaping scenarios. With the rise increasing popularity of dry rock for creating reef tank rock…

Green ‘Grafted’ Heronensis is one of the Rarest Corals

The Hero Coral, Turbinaria heronensis, is one of the most interesting of all pagoda cup corals because it can exhibit a range of growth forms. Sometimes hero corals are completely branching like a delicate looking Duncanopsammia, other times it’s nearly smooth and…

There Wouldn’t be a Reef Builders without Champion Lighting & Supply

Last week we learned of the passing of Perry Tishgart, an undisputed pioneer in the aquarium industry and the founder of Champion Lighting & Supply. Perry was a man who can best be described as being rough around the edges…

Branching Heliofungia is the Ultimate Holy Grail of ‘Torch’ Corals

There has never been another coral that has enjoyed such a moment of hype a popularity as the torch corals and vendors and collectors alike are constantly on the lookout for the next hottest strain, the holiest of grails as so…