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.

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…

Sea Dwelling Creatures shuts its doors temporarily

Sea Dwelling Creatures a popular wholesale provider of live fish, corals and inverts on the west coast has announced they are suspending their operations according to material Reef Builders has reviewed. The current health situation led to the closure with…

Hydros releases Power 4 Wifi power strip

In what is a continuing trend among aquarium companies Hydros announced their Power 4 Wifi power strip for home aquarium automation. The new power strip works with the free Hydros app on iOS and Android allows you to control the…

Reef A Palooza Orlando – Postponed: TBA Date

Reef A Paloolza Orlando, marketed as America’s largest saltwater aquarium show with mostly saltwater aquatics division has announced that is has been postponed. Originally the consumer event show was scheduled to take place between April 25 and 26, 2020 however…

Interzoo the worlds largest pet trade show Postponed for 2020: TBA Date

Interzoo, the world’s largest pet trade show with a sizeable aquatics division has announced that is has been postponed. Originally the trade and event show was scheduled to take place between May 19 – May 22, 2020 however those dates…

Neptune Systems applies for SKY trademark – hints at future Aquarium Lighting Unit [Update: Suspended]

Neptune Systems has applied for a Trademark with the United States and Patent Trademark office for “SKY” – a new light built for saltwater aquariums, specifically reef aquariums and the mark covers these classes associated therein. Industry rumors point to…

Leviathan is the DIY Controller of 2020

Aquarium Controllers have become much more widely available the last few years even as higher end aquarium gear has become increasingly smart and connected. Although there are certainly a lot more aquarists using Profilux, Aquatronica, Apex & Felix Smart, these…

New Kessil A360X series Refugium LED

Kessil just announced their new A360X light specifically for refugiums in aquarium applications. The A360X Refugium, is the X-Series successor to the now older H380 grow light. The A360 Refugium includes a Narrow Reflector that will prevent unwanted light spillage…

What Makes a Saltwater Aquarium a Reef Tank?

In a nutshell, a “reef tank” is an ocean reef that you have put into a glass box. What you put in your reef tank makes a difference as the size is smaller and they need to get along with…

Red Sea dishes more info on REEFERs XL 200 & 300

Red Sea pushed out additional information on the Reefer XL 200 and 300 series of all in one aquarium kits. The XL 200 and 300 are not only larger in size, but they also feature a laminated, plywood cabinet with…