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The country’s hottest coral vendors will be in force at ReefStock 2013

If you are as excited about ReefStock as we are, allow us to stoke the fire a bit more by introducing the amazing list of coral dealers coming to Denver in a couple of weeks. Short of MACNA or Reefapalooza,…

Friday Smorgasbord: Hobbyists save the wild reefs, bisexual fish and more

Can we get a “hellz yeah” for hobbyists doing their part to help save the wild reefs? We’ve known this for a while, but finally there is some scientific evidence that the hobby is helping to preserve reef ecosystems. A…

The huge success of MACNA 2012 bodes very well for the marine aquarium hobby

Without any numbers to go on, it’s safe to say that the crowds and energy of MACNA 2012 was objectively very big and very excited this year. MACNA, the Marine Aquarium Conference of North America, is the oldest and largest conference…

Red wagon wheel Fungia fralinae is a planetary alignment of perfect features

The red wagon wheel Fungia fralinae is a “new” coral strain which really caught us off guard, not only for its stunning beauty but also for its consistent appearance. The Fungia fralinae with the pattern like a red wagon wheel…

RB personal shopper: Lobophyllia and Symphyllia edition

It’s been a long time coming but it seems like we’ve finaly hit a heyday of sweet and unforgettable Lobophyllia and Symphyllia colonies. When the LPS craze first hit with the Acan Lords, and then to other Acans and scolies…

How to: Reverse-photoshopping a totally blown out coral photo

Let’s face it, the online coral WYSIWYG space is completely inundated with unrealistic photographs of corals for sale. The Photoshopping of coral images has reached such extreme proportions that it is getting extremely hard to even believe your eyes when…

Reef Builders Staff picks best aquarium products of 2010

It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed since we last published our list of best aquarium products of 2009. If you needed any indication that 2010 was a big year for aquarium products, consider that last year…

Sustainable Collection vs. Captive Breeding – Is There Room For Both?

You’re seeing it everywhere.  “Sustainability”.  You’re going to see this buzzword-of-the-decade coming up more and more as we debate a more responsible marine aquarium trade for the future, such as Ret Talbot’s hot-off-the-presses article on PNG’s Seasmart Program in this…

Thoughts on Reefapalooza 2009 and fashionable coral names

And so it goes, Reefapalooza 2009 has come and gone.  First off, I have to hand it to the folks at SCMAS – WELL DONE… What is really amazing is that even though this thing has evolved to “major event…