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.

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…

Jeff Milisen Releases The Field Guide to Blackwater Diving in Hawai‘i

Blackwater diving is an otherworldly experience not to be missed. Jeff Milisen an expert on the subject of blackwater photography and has just released a new field guide to the world of blackwater marine life in Hawai’i. Every night the…

Cetus 2 LED Offers The Ideal Wavelength For Low To Medium Light Corals

The Cetus 2 is a pendant-style LED by HME Electronics is ideal for small aquariums with low to medium light corals. The Cetus 2 comes with an updated smartphone app (HME AquaMaster) allowing users to customize and select various light…

What Should You Add First To A New Saltwater Reef Tank

Adding your first tank inhabitants is fun and exhilarating. But, it’s important to add the right creatures at the right time to ensure their survival and the health of your newly established reef tank. Start With A Clean Up Crew…

Time To Frag Birdsnest Coral With Gallery Aquatica TV!

G’day Reefers! Ania the coral fragging fairy has graced us with another frag file video. In this new episode we learn about Seriatopora, Birdsnest coral a diverse, adaptable, and fast-growing corals perfect for beginner hobbyists but not to be forgotten…

Take A 90 Second Dive On Some Of Australias Most Iconic Coral Reefs

Experience the serenity of scuba diving Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in 90 seconds. Harriet Spark of Grumpy Turtle Creative takes us on a journey through John Brewer Reef in the latest installment of her 90-second dives series. This compelling video…

Sunscreen Is Preventing Jellyfish Larvae From Reaching Their Full Potential

A compound found in sunscreen, is delaying the development of some jellyfish larvae, finds a new study from the University of Georgia. Drs Bill Fitt and Dietrich Hofmann tested the ability of jellyfish larvae to swim and metamorphosis, and found…

Women of the Water: Inspiring the Next Generation – Join Piscine Energetic For A Live Video Series

When public aquariums were forced to close their doors Piscine Energetics answered the call organizing a weekly private zoom chat called Quarantining with Curators. These zoom chats were exclusive for public aquarium curators and staff, however, for the next two…

Rare Australian Ornate Boxfish On Display At The Birch Aquarium

The Ornate Boxfish has to be one of the most adorable fish alive. With his geometric striped markings, bright orange tale, and devilish grin, this iconic Australia species has earned his spot in the holy grail fish book. Ornate Boxfish…