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.

Red Sea to allow stores in United States to Purchase Tanks Direct

Red Sea United States has made a fairly large change on how they service local fish stores. Effective November 1 of this year Red Sea USA will allow local fish stores to submit their orders for Red Seas’s popular line…

Widest Ever Porites Coral Found at Great Barrier Reef

Scientists have found the widest coral yet at a ridiculous 10.4 meters (34 feet) of Porites coral. The newly found coral is 2.4 meters wider than the former widest coral found on the reef. Researchers in the area estimate it…

Aquatic Expo to launch in April 2022 from MACNA With Freshwater

The Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) is set to launch a new show in April 2022. The show, a mixture of both freshwater and saltwater is a brand new format for the MACNA producers. Instead of the usual…

Reef Therapy #16 BRS buys Neptune Systems is must listen to material

In this week’s episode of Reef Therapy our new global reef tank podcast we chat about Bulk Reef Supply purchasing Neptune Systems and what that means for the hobby at large. Plus, Jake details some interesting behavior he observed while…

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…