Tinker’s/Burgess butterflyfish hybrid is a perfect cross between the two 

A Chaetodon burgessi/tinkeri hybrid butterflyfish has been imported into the UK. It’s been ten whole years since we started to see these pop up in the trade but in that time very few if any have made it to England.…

AQUA show 2021 product round up

The UK’s biggest aquatic-only trade show went ahead last week, despite some major marine players being conspicuously absent. Previous exhibitors including Tunze, Red Sea, Tropical Marine Centre and the EcoTech and Triton distributors were all missing this year, resulting in…

OATA Fishing for Facts report is packed full of positive marine trade stats

All reefkeepers have a wobble now and again and wonder about the impact their hobby has on the environment. But the UK’s Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association has painstakingly assembled fact-based data that’s going to make everyone selling fish and keeping…

TMC’s V2 iLumenAir gets a light and mounting upgrade

Tropical Marine Centre has launched an upgraded version of the iLumenAir aquarium light. Named the iLumenAir+, the new model is available in three sizes and boasts new rear mounting brackets, and a new LED configuration.

Maldivian Koi tang comes with valuable catch information

For every aberrant koi tang we feature here at Reef Builders, we’re bombarded by about six more from around the globe. To the point where we weren’t even going to feature this fish, based just on its looks and high…

Yellow Koi Scopas Tang is a Filipino Banana Split

Zebrasoma scopas is a widespread but highly variable surgeonfish species, with unusual color aberrations that are prized by the reefkeeping world. The Indian and Pacific Oceans have produced many freaks over the years from as far apart as Kenya to…

CITES Europe to Discuss Restrictions on Australian Corals

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species will meet on December 3rd to discuss the collection and export of certain hard coral species from Australia.

Neptune Systems controllers coming to the UK

Neptune Systems controllers are very popular aquarium controllers in the United States, with a wide range of Dashboard apps, Android apps and iOS apps, but if you lived anywhere else with anything other than 120 volts you were unfortunately out…

Planctonics range of live reef aquarium foods hits UK via Reef Eden

Simon Garratt’s Reef Eden International has just launched a new range of live aquarium foods that includes a spectrum of live phytoplankton and zooplankton. Reef Eden Planctonics Live Copepod Rotifer mix includes both popular live zooplankton fares, rotifers and copepods,…

The Southwest Marines open day event in Bristol, UK was a smashing success

The weekend of September 22-23rd we had the honor and privilege of attending and speaking at the Southwest Marine open day in Bristol, UK. We’d visited this shop once before back in May right before trailblazng over to Germany for…