Freshwater Tanks Deserve High Tech Features Too! [Video]

Freshwater fish tanks are an important part of the broader aquarium hobby with an estimated ten times as many freshwater aquariums as reef tanks around the world. Most of us started out in the aquarium hobby by keeping goldfish, tetras,…

The Rainbow Splice Acro is all Grown Up! [Video]

It’s been just over three years since Reef Raft Canada first introduced the spectacular Rainbow Splice Millepora Acro to the aquarium world and it quickly shot up to become one of the most desirable strains among coral stick collectors. The…

10 of our Favorite Acropora Colonies at Top Shelf Aquatics [Video]

These are challenging times for SPS enthusiast looking for representations of larger corals that are approaching a somewhat mature size, and it gets even harder if you want to see corals in more natural, balanced daylight spectrum to bring out…

10 Reasons Why Saltwater Aquariums are Better than Freshwater Tanks [Video]

Freshwater vs Saltwater aquariums is a perennial debate that would rage more frequently if we didn’t have a near total divide between the saline reefers and softwater aquarists. Once upon a time the vast majority of saltwater aquarists got their…

10 Different Skimmer in use at the Reef Builders Studio [Video]

Protein skimmers are a piece of technology which is unique to saltwater aquariums and they’ve been employed as a tool to clean the water in our hobby for decades. There’s many different ways to combine the mixture of fine air…

Stands are the most Underrated Gear of Aquarium Keeping [Video]

There’s a lot of ‘sexy’ and exciting equipment and gear in the broader aquarium hobby but none is more overlooked yet more crucial than the venerable aquarium stand. Aquarists might put a lot of consideration and research into what kind…

Red Sea Reefs Set the Bar for Peak Stony Coral Growth

In the world of tropical oceans, coral reefs, colorful fish and lots of endemic species the Red Sea has always been regarded as one of the most unique locations on earth. This semi-enclosed Sea has fostered a kind of ‘super…

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…

Everything We Scored While Touring 15 Shops for #LFSsaturday

We’ve been very vocal advocates of local fish stores in our writing, the Reef Therapy Podcast, and countless aquarium shop tours throughout the years. This past holiday shopping weekend we didn’t just talk about supporting these important retail establishments but…