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.

2021 Blue Harbor Calendar Steps it up with Interactive QR Codes

The Blue Harbor Calendar has been the time keeping tool for the global inner reefing community for over a decade. We’ve celebrated this awesome collection of rare reef fish photos for many years but there’s some new reasons to look…

Branching Turbinaria from Eye Catching Coral is Full of Mystery

Turbinaria is simply an awesome group of stony corals that are full of diverse and very durable corals. In some ways the hardiness of Pagoda, Cup, and Scroll corals is more similar to typical soft corals, making them a good…

Reuniting With Two of Our Favorite Damselfish, Chrysiptera starcki & C. springeri

Damselfish get a bad wrap in saltwater and reef aquariums but for over twenty years this group of hardy colorful fish has remained one of our absolute favorites. Almost no other group is as diverse, easy to feed, and colorful…

Yellow Carpet Anemone is a Sensational Stichodactyla

The yellow carpet anemone recently discovered by Outback Aquatics might be the last shade of the rainbow to be seen in this beautiful reef animal. We’ve seen and enjoyed some amazing specimens of Stichodactyla carpet anemones in blue, red, green,…

Algae Scrubbers, How We Grow Massive Amounts of Chaetomorpha

Managing nutrients is one of the most important aspects to keeping a healthy, balanced reef aquarium free from unwanted algae. Curiously, one of the best ways to do this is to actually encourage algae to grow in a separate part…

Auriga Butterflyfish Successfully Cultured by Frank Baensch

The threadfin butterflyfish might be plain among the Chaetodon and not frequently celebrated by saltwater fish keepers, but it’s still an iconic species on tropical coral reefs. Also known as the Auriga butterflyfish, Chaetodon auriga is incredibly hardy, adapts very well…

Newa Maxi Powerhead is the True Heir to the Legacy of the Maxijet Pump

The Newa Maxi Powerhead is a small submersible aquarium water pump that should be familiar to both fresh and saltwater aquarists alike. For over decade now the ‘Maxijet’ has suffered from a sort of identity crisis due to a disconnect…

Longfin Damselfish have Domesticated Mysis Shrimp

One behavior that separates humans from other creatures is our propensity to domesticate different animals for our own benefit, but it turns out we’re not alone. It’s well known that some insects such as ants and termites ‘farm’ fungus and…

Aquarium LED Light Colors Explained [Video]

It’s quite impressive how many colors can be found in modern reef aquarium LED lights, and the numerous lighting control channels and the colors that ride on them can be quite overwhelming for the uninitiated. In the good old days…

Rainbow Master Cynarina Raises the Bar for these Unique LPS Corals

Cynarina lacrymalis is one of the more unique corals out on the reef, often endowed with a unique combination of polyp shape and vibrant coloration. A ‘typical’ colorful Cynarina is frequently a bright pinkish red overall with large inflated bubbly…