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.

Get A Jumpstart To Reef Keeping By Adopting An Old Aquarium

Two months back we adopted a seven-year-old 90g reef tank, with all its fish and corals. We’re happy to report everyone in the aquarium, including several new members of the family are growing happy and healthy. Adopting or buying an…

Red Sea Releases The New ReefLED 160S

The new Red Sea lights are designed for reef aquariums, with the certified Reef Spec light output to give you exceptional growth and coral coloration. The new 160S series offers even more penetration even in deeper and wider tanks. The…

Transfer Your Freshwater Skills And Setup Your First Saltwater Aquarium

Making the switch from freshwater to a saltwater aquarium is easier than you think. If you already have the skills to maintain a freshwater aquarium you only need to familiarize yourself with a few new techniques, additives, and saltwater aquarium…

Slide-Loc Offers Versatility For Transporting and Treating Coral Frags

Slide-Loc containers caught our eye with their customizable frag rack system. The locking channel design offers versatility for transporting lots o’ little frags or spaced apart for larger more aggressive corals. Avoid plastic bags and carry your frag container for…

Could Artificial Upwelling Help Reduce Coral Stress During A Bleaching Event?

We’ve often pondered, would pumping cold water up from the deep help corals during a bleaching event? It seems we’re not the only one to ask this question, as a new study published this week tests the hypothesis.  A study…

Flamboyant Cuttlefish Spend Most Of Their Time Blending In With The Sand

Lookup any pictures of the iconic Flamboyant cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi) and you’re sure to see it’s flashing bright purple and yellow hues. However, a recent study proves their colorful patterns are only a display, and they spend most of their…

Biota Now Shipping Captive Bred Animals Direct To Consumer

Biota has just launched their new direct to consumer retail website. Now you can have a fully stocked reef tank with cultured and captive-bred animals. Biota offers over 130 livestock from fish to corals and invertebrates, something for every level of…

Takaki’s Japanese ‘Nature Aquarium’ Style Reef Tank

Calling all freshwater planted tank aquarists, we need more of you in the saltwater hobby!! If this beautiful split tank design is any indication of how the mind of planted hobbyist translates to the saltwater world… Join us!! Takaki Yagisawa…

Dream Reef Tanks From #reefbuilders Instagram

We’ve been watching all your Reef Builders posts, and just want to thank everyone for continuing to share your amazing reef aquarium displays using #reefbulders on Instagram!! Not a day goes by where we aren’t completely blown away by your…

Vancouver Aquarium Will Close Indefinitely Due To COVID-19

It’s a sad day when your local public aquarium announces they are closing their doors indefinitely to public programming. But that’s the world we’re living in these days and unfortunately, it’s probably not the only aquarium to face this tough…