Ryan Gripp
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Ryan Gripp founded Reef Builders in 2006. He writes about technology, industry and other associated news relating to saltwater fish tanks. He went to Depaul University and has been keeping reef tanks for over 15 years.

Hydor – Financially Troubled Brand is acquired by Ferplast SpA

Hydor – a global brand known for making aquarium equipment and supplies has been sold to Ferplast SpA – a large global company that makes pet products including in the aquatics market. Ferplast has taken over Hydor and told us…

Top Reef Tank Misconceptions -Reef Therapy Podcast Must Listen to Session #6

In this week’s episode of Reef Therapy our new global reef tank podcast we chat about top reef tank misconceptions in the reef aquarium hobby. And oh boy there are a lot of them! One of our favorite misconceptions is…

Reef Therapy – our new global podcast launches

After testing a few episodes – which we like to call sessions. We’re officially launching Reef Therapy our new podcast format to our global audience. For those of you keeping score at home, home office, or office we did not…

Former Foster & Smith Corporate Headquarters listed for $4.7 million

The former Foster and Smith distribution center and corporate headquarters is listed for sale by the CBRE group. The property includes 24.29 acres and over 179,000 square feet of total space. 150,000 square feet is dedicated to a warehouse with…

MACNA 2021 on Sept 3-5 has been canceled – in-person events in 2021 unlikely

While we all endure the pandemic, in-person events like tradeshows and small frag swaps even with the global distribution of vaccines are very risky. Because of this MACNA 2021 has been canceled and will move to a digital-only event to…

Tropic Marin says Pro Reef Salt supply will improve “by the middle of 2021”

Tropic Marin Pro Reef Salt is a popular salt mix designed for reef tanks and traditional saltwater aquariums and a lot of consumers love the salt. As we enter a full year of pandemic-related lockdowns across the globe the thirst…

Live Aquaria Loses their Top Lieutenant – Kevin Kohen Departs

Kevin Kohen has decided to part ways with Live Aquaria the company he helped grow into a major eCommerce player in the specialty aquatics market per a social media post. Kevin was always interested in fish. His interest in rare…

Bulk Reef Supply takes investment from Bertram Capital

Bulk Reef Supply – the popular saltwater aquatics retailer has taken an investment from Bertram Capital. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Bertram Capital invests in growing digital commerce companies such as Bulk Reef Supply to help grow…

Reefbot releases Version 2 with upgraded features

We first spied the Reefbot at an in person event back in 2016. (remember when we could attend in-person events safely?) Then it was known as reefbits but thankfully the company behind the product rebranded and produced Reefbot and started…

Rewatch ReefStock @ Home – Episode 4

You can rewatch the ReefStock @ Home series Episode 4 if you weren’t able to watch it live. The series a spinoff on our popular line of branded ReefStock events we host internationally. Because of the current health environment, we…