Nicole Helgason
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Nicole Helgason is a professional scuba diver and can often be found photographing corals and sharing her passion about coral reefs around the world. Nicole is Reef Builders Event Manager and is responsible for running ReefStock shows in Denver and Sydney. Nicole is also a manager for Reef Builders social media accounts and a weekly contributor to the Reef Builders site. Nicole has a Bachelors degree in Coastal Geography from the University of Victoria, and is originally from Vancouver Canada.

The Best Water Testing Kits For Saltwater Aquariums – Reef Builders Gear Guide

Water testing kits are the foundation of a healthy marine aquarium after all you can’t just look at the water and know what’s going on. Maintaining stable water parameters is the key for fish and corals to thrive, and the…

The Best Sumps For Saltwater Aquariums – Reef Builders Gear Guide

A sump is the life support system of a healthy saltwater aquarium. Some hobbyists may start off with a canister filter and hang on the back equipment, but modern saltwater aquarists choose to use a sump for many beneficial reasons.…

The Best Macroalgae Reactors – Reef Builders Gear Guide

Macroalgae reactors are built with the sole purpose of growing chaetomorpha algae. While it’s possible to grow small amounts of chaetomorpha in a refugium, a dedicated macroalgae reactor goes beyond the humble refugium to create a supercharged macroalgae growing machine.…

The Best Lids for Saltwater Aquariums – Reef Builders Gear Guide

Aquarium lids are one of the most important and overlooked aquarium accessories. A snug-fitting lid will keep your fish in the tank where they belong and cut down on saltwater splashing from your tank. But not all lids are created…

Scientists In Australia Have Discover A Towering Detached Reef

Scientists from the Schmidt Ocean Institute team have made a new discovery, a massive detached coral reef in the Great Barrier Reef–the first to be discovered in over 120 years. The towering reef measures more than 500m high–taller than the…

The Best Salt For Saltwater Aquariums – Reef Builder Gear Guide

Are you guilty of just using whatever salt you can find, or have you ever really given much thought to the salt you are using and why? Salt formulas DO MATTER, and using the wrong salt could be doing more…

The Best Auto Top Off Devices For Saltwater Aquariums – Reef Builders Gear Guide

Salinity is one of the most important parameters to maintain in a saltwater aquarium. Throughout the day water evaporates from your tank, but it’s only the freshwater that evaporates, and the salt is left behind. To maintain proper salinity you…

The Best Dry Rock For Aquascaping Saltwater Aquariums – Reef Builders Gear Guide

Aquascaping is an art form with a function that goes well beyond aesthetics. A beautiful saltwater reef scape starts with well-designed rocks arranged in just the right way to allow for optimal circulation and aesthetically pleasing features like overhangs, caves,…

Philips CoralCare Gen 2 (120V) LED Lights Land In North America

Ready to use in North America the Philips CoralCare Gen 2 lights have just landed! The Gen 2 lights feature a slimmer design, with an updated square form factor, and offer a new wireless control system paired with a smartphone…

The Best Algae Scrapers for Saltwater Aquariums – Reef Builders Gear Guide

We keep aquariums to enjoy what’s inside so it’s important to get yourself a good quality algae scraper. Don’t let algae stand in your way of full aquarium viewing enjoyment. There are two types of algae scrapers. Magnetic scrapers and…