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.

Deciding Between an Orange Scoly and an Orange Acan

This weekend while visiting the Rocky Mountain Coral Farmer’s Market we were faced with an interesting dilemma that we thought would make for a fun short read. At the booth of Jesus Corals we spotted two different corals sporting our…

Rescaping the Nano Reef With New Torch Corals [Video]

The Red Sea Max Nano aquarium that we set up in one day and then untouched for a year has been one of our funnest concepts we’ve shared on video. While we thoroughly enjoyed demonstrating what is possible with the most…

Kessil W2K is 720 Watts of Pure LED Power

Kessil has made some really bright lights over the years but the Kessil W2K is looking like they’ve finally nailed down the formula. We got our first hints of Kessil’s super-powered LED light ambitions with the Kessil A2000 as far…

Coral Vita is Using Aquariums to Restore Corals in the Bahamas

There are countless companies and non-governmental organizations that have the mission statement of restoring coral reefs, two notable examples are Vincent Chalias’s Ocean Gardener in Bali, Indonesia and the Coral Restoration Foundation in the Caribbean. Coral Vita is one of…

Aqua Knight V3 & Pico V2 are New Budget Lights from Spectra

The Aqua Knight V3 and Pico V2 from Spectra are two new small and wallet-friendly ‘pragmatic’ LED lights for aquariums which are ideally suited to lighting small tanks and lower budget setups. We were never really fond of the Aqua…

New Tubastrea Species Discovered in Hong Kong: T. dendroida, T. violacea & T. chloromura

It’s not everyday we get to learn about new species of corals, most of the recent description being of newly discovered soft, Octocoral species, but today we celebrate three new inductees to the Scleractinia hard corals. The three new described…

Japan is Sourcing Some Big Juicy Yellow Tangs from Ogasawara

If you’ve been wondering where all the big, vivid yellow tangs have gone the answer is that they’re still in the wild, most of us simply can’t get them since Hawaii shut down collection and exports from their waters. But…

The ‘Cleanest’ Flavocoronatus Butterflyfish Appears at SDC-ERI

The gold crown butterflyfish, Chaetodon flavocoronatus, is one of the rarest species of butterflyfish that we’ve been writing about since 2009, but had never seen for ourselves until last week. Closely related to the tinker’s butterflyfish from Hawaii, the declivis butterflyfish…

Why Do Urchins Like to ‘Wear’ Corals and Rubble as a Hat?

Owners of some short spined species of urchins such as tuxedos and pincushions may have noticed their spiky echinoderms occasionally sporting an assortment of rubble or coral. We often admired this remarkable phenomenon which looks quite interesting, but as we’ve…

The Frankentank – Building One Large Tank from Two Smaller Ones

You may have heard of pet rescues and shelters, usually for our furry pets like cats and dogs but there is a growing number of places around the country that specialize in rescuing overgrown and very large monster aquarium fish.…