ReefBuilders welcomes new blog contributors Guin Burnard and Rich Ross

As you may have noticed, things are happening here at ReefBuilders. We are staying busy reporting the world of science, art and hobby of the marine aquarium and everything associated with it but the site has grown so much readership…

Top Ten New Species of Reef Fish of 2017

More than any other year 2017 felt like it was jam packed with a deluge of new species of marine fish being described. These included many from the tropical reefs that we all so love but there were even more…

Some Gorgeous New Reef Species Discovered In Easter Island

Every year there’s a great number of reef fish described but many of the coolest fish, as far as aquarists are concerned, are discovered by a small band of usual suspects. Therefore it comes as no surprise that the California…

Friday Smorgasbord: Floating art, dolphin stampedes, tidepools and more

We are a society built on consumption and our reliance on plastics is having a major impact on our environment, especially in our waterways and oceans. We’ve know about the floating islands of plastic, like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and other horror stories…

Friday Smorgasbord: Underwater art, resort get scrapped, library won’t get ‘Tanked,’ staycations, and finding NEEMO

It’s Friday and we have a slew of fun, interesting and unusual posts for our Friday Smorgasbord. In this week’s edition we have underwater art, a library that won’t be getting ‘Tanked,’ an interesting take on staycations and we’ll be…

Sea urchins may be one gigantic eye

It appears sea urchins might just use their entire body as one huge eye. Previous research has shown certain marine invertebrates react to light even without apparent “eyes” leaving scientists to wonder how did they see but new research suggests…

Waikiki Aquarium’s outdoor reef display chronicled in this video from the year 2000

The Waikiki Aquarium’s outdoor stony coral reef display has long been one of the first great examples of stony coral growth in a captive environment. The dense coral growth, amazing colors and the pioneering techniques that are a part of…

Richard Ross: Collecting/Farming in Tonga

Sitting down and listening to Richard Ross giving us the inside slant at farming and collecting corals in Tonga was a pleasure. Rich,who besides working at the famous Steinhart Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences is a cephalopod guru. Farming in…