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.

Hydor Koralia Giveaway

The Hydor Koralia was the first affordable propeller pump to really put great water flow within reach of reefers world wide. This year Hydor launched the 3rd generation Koralia and it’s packing a ton of great new features to help…

An introduction to coral crabs, good and bad

There is surprisingly little information specifically about coral crabs in aquaria.  Every now and then some hitchhikers arrive on our aquacultured and wild corals and we are able to gain a bit more insight into the life of coral crabs. Some crabs…

Reef Builders Instagram Eye Candy

In case you haven’t heard, Instagram is an easy way to share pictures and videos and Reef Builders has been at it for a while now. We’ve built up a whole lotta great pictures and videos on the Reef Builders…

Friday Smorgasbord of various aquarium fish stories

It’s beena hot minute since we’ve had an installment of our Friday Smorgasbord of various stories from around the web. So today we’ve come up with a few articles all about fish, from the Reef Builders archives to keep you…

Hands on with the Cubic Orbit 20 Jellyfish tank

Ever since I heard about the Cubic Orbit 20 Jellyfish tank, all I could think about was jellyfish, jellyfish, jellyfish. We first came across the Cubic Orbit 20 Jellyfish tank last year at InterZoo and couldn’t be more excited to set it up when…

How to feed a coral reef tank

We can sometimes forget that corals are living animals which have a mouth and digestive system, and therefore need to eat. While the first step in keeping corals alive and healthy is a properly lit and flowed tank, feeding is…

Deep sea exploration of the Canadian northeast Pacific Ocean

Ocean Network Canada (ONC) in Partnership with the exploration vessel Nautilus, research vessel Thomas G. Thompson, and the University of Victoria have launched a three week long expedition in the Canadian northeast Pacific Ocean. As part of the expedition the E/V…

Top 5 things to see at the Birch Aquarium in San Diego

This past week we visited San Diego to give you an idea of whats to come for next year’s MACNA conference. We found lots of great local fish stores and had a wonderful tour of the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute…

Nyos Calcium, Magnesium and Carbonate Hardness test kit review

In addition to the easy-to-use Nitrate and Phosphate test kits, the NYOS Reefer line also includes some very well thought out tests for the mineral components of seawater, including Calcium, Magnesium and Alkalinity. With Ecotech Marine now distributing NYOS products in…

Nyos Phosphate & Nitrate test kit review

NYOS is a progressive brand of marine aquarium products which has recently teamed up with Ecotech Marine to make inroads in the American side of the marine aquarium hobby. The Reefer line of marine aquarium test kits are some of…