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.

Threatened Controller Manufacturer Attempting to Shut Out New Lower Cost Competitor

The Hydros Aquarium Controller is an exciting new ecosystem of connected aquarium devices from CoralVue designed to help aquarists put their reef tanks on cruise control. However, before it could even launch it seems that one of the incumbent manufacturers…

North American Online Retailers expect delays with packages this holiday season

Shopping online has become more popular during the current health situation the world is facing. While that may be good for online retailers – the shipping carriers or those that merchants have hired to deliver to consumers from distribution centers…

TSM Aquatics is Committed to FULL 30-day Fish Quarantines

TSM Aquatics, the upstart retailer that has doubled in size every year selling incredible corals and fish, provides one of the lengthiest and most comprehensive quarantines in the industry. While most national retailers of fish and corals state at least…

Nero 3 Submersible Wave Pump quietly released by Aqua Illumination

The new Nero 3 Submersible Wave Pump was quietly released by Aqua Illumination just in time for the end of the year. The new Nero 3 is about half the size of Nero 5, which is perfect for nano tanks…

PETCO Sells LiveAquaria to Holding group owned by Tropical Fish International

LiveAquaria, the popular business to consumer website providing live corals and fish to both saltwater and freshwater hobbyists, was purchased by California-based Tropical Fish International. Tropical Fish International (TFI) is a large wholesaler of livestock with its main operations located…

MACNA 2021 – Set to arrive in Atlanta, Georgia September 3-5

When and where will MACNA 2021 take place? MACNA 2021 will take place in Atlanta Georgia from September 3-5. Previously we reported on MACNA 2020 being shut down due to the current health environment across the world caused by the…

MACNA 2020 has been Canceled

With the current impact of COVID19 on the aquatics industry, we were wondering what if any announcement MASNA would make regarding their 2020 MACNA conference. We just received word from MASNA the 2020 MACNA conference scheduled for Fri, Aug 28,…

Impacts of COVID-19 to the Saltwater Aquatics Industry

As you read this you are most likely at home somewhere in the world. That is the new reality facing many of us today – and like most of us, we have a lot of time to dedicate to our…

Interzoo “2020” rescheduled to June 1-4, 2021

Interzoo has been postponed to next year and will thus be held in Nuremberg from 1 to 4 June 2021. Zoomark International will be moving to 2022 to accommodate the change. Interzoo, the world’s largest pet show by volume is…

Interzoo postponed to 2021 – no date set

Interzoo, the world’s largest pet trade show which happens every two years has announced the show will be postponed beyond 2020. Due to the current health situation, the organizers decided that Interzoo can no longer be realized in 2020. They…