Featured Reefs

Two Year Update of the 1-Day Nano Reef Tank Build

We love new and exciting reef aquarium gear as much as the next diehard hobbyist and it’s literally the lifeblood of the Reef Builders blog. But at the end of the day our main goal with reef aquariums has always…

A Realistic Video of World Wide Coral’s Amazing Collection

One of the most challenging aspects of sharing pictures or video of blue light heavy reef tanks is trying to genuinely represent the fluorescent colors of so many different coral species. Smartphone camera sensors are particularly sensitive to the overwhelming…

Grafting Live Corals for Better Growth and Nicer Shapes

The biggest challenge in reef keeping is keeping the alchemy of light, flow, nutrients and chemistry stable for long enough that corals grow to an appreciable size. But once corals really take off, our favorite part of reefing is grooming and…

The Stony Coral Jungle Reef Tank of Evan Montgomery

Evan Montgomery has been reefing for quite a while and during his time assisting at the Reef Builders Studio he’s sharpened his reef building skills even more. We’ve featured Mr.Montgomery’s reef tank a couple times over the years but this…

Reef Trigger Built an Impressive Modern Japanese Style Reef Aquarium

Ever since we posted our first story about a ‘Japanese Style Reef Tank’ almost 12 years ago we’ve been asked very often what exactly qualifies as a Japanese Style. We’ve yet to really be able to come up with a…

Takaki’s Japanese ‘Nature Aquarium’ Style Reef Tank

Calling all freshwater planted tank aquarists, we need more of you in the saltwater hobby!! If this beautiful split tank design is any indication of how the mind of planted hobbyist translates to the saltwater world… Join us!! Takaki Yagisawa…

Dream Reef Tanks From #reefbuilders Instagram

We’ve been watching all your Reef Builders posts, and just want to thank everyone for continuing to share your amazing reef aquarium displays using #reefbulders on Instagram!! Not a day goes by where we aren’t completely blown away by your…

Meet Tyler’s Coastal Lagoon Gorgonian Reef Tank

Tyler aka Inland_Reef on Instagram set up this 42g coastal lagoon Gorgonian tank and you know we just had to learn more. Gorgonians are truly an under-appreciated coral, and it takes a skilled aquarist to make these somewhat dull corals…

Kevin’s Reef Tank Is An LPS Masterpiece

We’re really been enjoying checking out all your aquariums on Instagram including this LPS masterpiece which popped up under #reefbuilders. We reached out to Kevin aka Yaboikevin42 to learn more about his tanks and to get a few tips on…

Gaze Into This Crystal Reef Ball by Mini Ecossistemas Brazil

We’ve looked into a crystal ball, and this is what our future holds. A thriving mini-ecosystem contained in the most mystical crystalline orb. We were spellbound by this “show de bola” saltwater crystal ball and reached out to Fl├ívio Akira…