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.

Hybrid Euphyllia Coral are (Slightly) More Common Than we Think

Torchspawn, Frammer, Hamspawn and many others are colloquial names for the many different ways that Euphyllia corals are known to hybridize and interbreed. Some of these are quite remarkable in their appearance that blurs the lines between both parent species,…

Hybrid Dottyback Still Enjoying Life at the Reef Builders Studio

Abby the ‘aberrant’ dottyback is a unique specimen of Pictichromis that was the first fish we ever got at the Reef Builders Studio. Nearly two years after first receiving this fish and starting it out in its own bare bones nano…

LiveAquaria Under New Ownership Following Sale by PetCo

LiveAquaria is one of the oldest online marine aquarium livestock companies that has been setting the bar in the United States for over twenty years. Five years ago LiveAquaria was acquired by PetCo as part of the Drs. Foster &…

Zebra Seahorse, Real Hippocampus Zebra Collected in Western Australia!

Zebra seahorses are a fish that seems like it shouldn’t exist but it does, barely. What we mean by that is that there are examples of seahorses in the wild with perfect black and white stripes, one species is even…

Kessil AP9X Review and Unboxing Video

The Kessil AP9X has been teased since the fall of last year, and yesterday this exciting light fixture finally went live. Clocking in at 185 watts, $839, and with a unique form factor in the aquarium hobby, this is one…

Budget Reefing with Maxspect Jump Products

Reef aquariums are notorious for being known as one of the most expensive hobbies today, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. There’s a lot of ways to save money without cutting corners, and one great way to…

Japan’s CoralMonster is Flexing a Ton of Great Scolies

CoralMonster is a coral dealer in Japan with a knack for scoring some high profile livestock and today we want to take a minute to appreciate their recent haul of Homophyllia australis. Better known as Scolies or Australian scolymia, this group…

API AquaSpin Tests Aquarium Water With Built-In Photometer

The API Aquaspin is an exciting new device designed to automatically test aquarium water. Details about the Aquaspin are extremely scant, no website, no social media posts and even the video is unlisted, but we can glean enough about it…

Tour of our Dedicated Mangrove & Coral Community Aquarium [Video]

For virtually all of my aquarium career, mangrove trees have been a niche of the saltwater hobby that we’ve admired at arm’s length, but not anymore. As you may have seen from the early videos from the Reef Builders Studio…

Moseleya latistella- The First Colony I HAD to Have

Moseleya latistella is a very interesting coral that gets virtually zero airtime in the mindshare of reef aquarium hobbyists. This is completely understandable since most colonies of Moseleya – we couldn’t even find a common name for it – are…