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    Reef2Reef eXact iDip® Marine Starter Kit Giveaway

    We are thrilled to announce the release of our new eXact iDip® 570 photometer, the second installment of the eXact iDip® Smart Photometer System® line. The eXact iDip® 570 photometer is the perfect tool for measuring the water quality for aquarium/aquatic life in both fresh and marine water settings. Using the patented eXact iDip® Smart Photometer System®, the meter is the first and only to integrate 2–way wireless communication with a smartphone/tablet. The multilingual app is the brain of...
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    Learning and Understanding

    This past fall and winter were a bit trying for my tanks due to the amount of travel I did and the resultant time away from my tanks. I have to admit that they were more neglected than they had been for quite some time and it showed. As a result, I lost a few corals and fish, some equipment failed due to neglect and some things were changed owing to what I learned in my travels. Looking back on why some of these problems occurred, made me think of what I have learned and how I could put that...
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    Keeping Seahorses in Aquaria #1 - Introduction and Setting Up Your Seahorse Tank

    This article is the first in a 6-part series that is designed to help those of you who already have the knowledge and ability to keep marine life in an aquarium, but want to learn the particulars of keeping greater seahorses. Five years ago, I was in the place you are now. I was interested in setting up a tank for greater seahorses and was trying to learn how to do that. The information is available but it can be scattered here, there, and everywhere. It is my hope that this article along...
  4. Preparing Frozen Foods for My Fish and Corals

    I have been involved in a few discussions about how much and how to handle feeding frozen food to the tank, and how I prepare my weekly food for feeding. So here I've decided to lay out my process of frozen food preparation (which includes "slacking" for maintaining the food's freshness).
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    R2R Reef of the Month Spotlight: Tamama - April 2017

    Keeping SPS in an aquarium is nerve wracking, and yet extremely exciting and fulfilling when you appreciate and enjoy the ups and downs of the hobby. I am glad that my tank can be featured in this forum that may help inspire hobbyists to join in the fun.
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    Tunze SmartController 7000 Giveaway!

    Within a single device, the new TUNZE® SmartController 7000 combines all important functions needed to create natural conditions within the aquarium. Till now, this required a variety of controller devices, where the alignment among the individual units often couldn't be implemented in a functional manner. The advantages of the new user-friendly all-in-one solution from TUNZE® are an easy handling, the clear overview and the optional compact installation into nearly any kind of aquarium...
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    Things to consider - Nano Reef Guide

    Some of us reefers have been in this hobby for many years, and some just a few months. No matter what time-frame you have spent reefing at some point a nano-reef could possibly catch your eye, and I'm here to mitigate the intimidation factor that these bite-sized reef's put out, as well as map out a simple stable step-by-step process to maintain a stable marine life environment on a small scale. Nothing here will be high-tech and geared towards beginners but at the same time provide a good...
  8. FishKam Aquarium Remote Monitoring Camera Review and UnBoxing

    Aquarium remote video monitoring has seen a resurgence with the release of the newest underwater camera, but the high cost has many people looking elsewhere. This included me, and this is what I decided to give a try!
  9. Tigger-Pods (Tigriopus californicus): addressing the cold water myth

    top frustrations is the myth that Tigriopus californicus are a "cold water species". I hear this from store owners and hobbyists ALL the time. This copepod is eurythermal. For those of you that don’t know the term, it describes an organism able to tolerate a wide range of temperatures. Tigriopus californicus is both euryhaline and eurythermal, withstanding and remaining active in salinities from 4ppt (Vittor 1971) to 102ppt (Egloff 1967) and temperatures from 4C (39.2F) (Vittor 1971) to over...
  10. Zoas & Palys: A Kaleidoscope of Color

    Show me your favorite, your most coveted, your fastest and slowest growers. Label each picture so we all know what we are looking at and tell us how you keep them growing and looking beautiful!
  11. The Tidal 55 by Seachem- Review

    Seachem has come out with a new hang on back filter for both fresh and saltwater applications. I spent some time with the Seachem rep who took me on a tour of this filter and pretty much sold me on it. Now that I have one, I want to tell you what my thoughts are on it.
  12. SR Aquaristik Pick A Prize Contest (Round 2)

    Everybody wants something a little bit different so we decided to let you choose what you want! The winner of the contest will will receive a coupon code for $100.00 to spend any way they would like at [URL="http://www.SRAquaristik.com"]www.SRAquaristik.com[/URL]!
  13. Aquatic Life Twist In RO/DI Giveaway!

    Aquatic Life Twist In RO/DI Giveaway!The Aquatic Life Twist-In 100 GPD 3-Stage Reverse Osmosis (RO) and 4-Stage Reverse Osmosis Deionization (RODI) filtration systems are very compact water purification solutions that efficiently combine reverse osmosis RO and DI technology with our quick and easy to change twist-in replacement filter cartridges. The new twist-in media cartridge design makes filter changes simple, easy and clean – no tools required and no mess! The twist-in cartridges can be...
  14. Invert Spotlight: Conch

    The conch is an excellent addition to your clean up crew. They are touted for their skills at cleaning and sifting through your sand bed keeping it healthy and white.
  15. Why do I have high nitrates but low phosphates?

    Here we go with another compelling episode of 52FAQ! Today, Ryan sheds some light on possible causes for imbalanced nutrients in your tank, as well as briefly touches on the Redfield Ratio. So, don your reefer thinking caps and enjoy today's episode! See you in the discussion below!
  16. Fish Spotlight: Anthias

    A group of anthias can add lots of color and movement to a display tank that is large enough to accommodate them. Keeping them in twos is a bad idea for the poor female in that duo. A good qt protocol is absolutely important and feeding can be difficult at first. Be prepared when you buy your first group of anthias and you’ll have a group of beautiful fish for years to come.
  17. You're Not Powerless: Surviving a Power Interruption

    Power interruptions are a fact of life. While some people may never experience one, most of us will, and it will pay to be prepared. Even if you’re an experienced aquarist with many years of success, my hope is that some of these ideas will be novel and provoke innovative thinking. With preparation in mind, here are some tips that could be useful.
  18. Tank Parameters Of Some Masters

    To this day one of the most frequently asked questions I get, and actually that many “old time hobbyists” get is “How do I get rid of the algae in my tank. My first question then is “what are the parameters of your tank’s water? Invariably the answer is my tank’s parameters are “perfect”. I would love to say that this is not the case, but actually a lot of the time their parameters really are close to “perfect”. So this got me to thinking: “What really are perfect water conditions? And more...
  19. ReefAPalooza Orlando Getaway! WIN airfare, hotel & tickets for 2 to RAP Orlando 2017!

    We're super excited to announce that Reef-A-Palooza and Reef2Reef are sponsoring a fun contest where we're going to send one LUCKY winner to the RAP Orlando Show in May! The trip will include Airfare for two, 2 Nights at the Caribe Royale Resort and Tickets to the Greatest Reef Show On Earth, ReefAPalooza!
  20. Beginner Coral: Candy Cane (Trumpet)

    Candy cane corals are excellent for beginners! They are relatively fast growers and tend to be forgiving of lackluster water quality. They come in several colors and are easily fragged. Candy canes are mostly inexpensive as well so they are very attractive for new hobbyists since there is very little investment involved in this coral with potentially great rewards.
  21. Introducing the Atlantik V4 Reef Aquarium LED light!

    Orphek Atlantik V4 Aquarium LED lighting is the most technologically advanced with the highest performance level and maximum photochemical efficiency! By launching groundbreaking technologies Orphek gained respect and recognition as a leader in Aquarium lighting technology and innovation for reef aquariums lights. Our newest Orphek Atlantik V4 reef aquarium LED lighting has taken a giant step into the future with the newest internet technology.
  22. Win a FFF (Frozen Food Feeder) from OctoAquatics!

    The Octo FFF (Frozen Food Feeder) is a great acrylic innovation for feeding frozen foods to your reef! Just drop in your frozen food and watch your livestock feed! It measures 2" x 2" x 3" and is constructed from 1/4″ acrylic. It will hold on 1/2″ glass. Slots are 1/4″ wide. Depending on flow, the food will either fall through the middle divider and out through the bottom, or it will be blown out the side/front.
  23. Frostbite SubZero Clownfish & Prize Pack Giveaway! Sponsored by Sustainable Aquatics

    Sustainable Aquatics’ history and mission is to serve all its constituents; customers, partners, vendors, employees, suppliers, the environment, and future generations by advancing processes and practices that benefit all and make things a bit better in quality, service, delivery, and value. Since 2003 the Tennessee SA Hatchery has bred dozens of species from resident broodstock and every month provides tens of thousands of colorful healthy fish to retailers around the country and globe. Our...
  24. A Tour of Reef2Reef - Posting Tips pt 1

    Whether you are new to forums or not, figuring out how to post to existing threads, creating new threads and learning all the intricacies that can come with each individual forum’s software can take time. The Staff at Reef2Reef would like to make that easier for you. In this leg of the tour we will go over many little things like How To: post, edit your post, create a thread, reply with quotes, quote multiple people at the same time, follow members, “mute” members, report a post, and upload...
  25. R2R Reef of the Month Spotlight: Broadfield - March 2017

    I first want to introduce myself. My name is Toby Broadfield and I am from Normal, Illinois. My overall goal for this setup was to be ultra organized with the equipment, make water changes a breeze (no more buckets), have somewhat of a minimalistic rock scape, and have a stunning display without spending a treasure chest of money on expensive corals. I think I have achieved my initial goals, but there’s always room for improvement. I have kept to my plan of not buying any rare/expensive...
  26. Beginner Corals - Leathers

    Leathers are one of the best starter corals around. Some of them can grow quickly enough to be considered invasive (the Kenya tree comes to mind here), but most are moderate growers, easily fragged, and won’t break the bank to purchase or care for.
  27. A Tour of Reef2Reef - Account Settings

    In this part of the series we are going to talk about how to set up your account and preferences. Tricks and tips on how to make your Reef2Reef experience more personalized for your needs and for who you are.
  28. A Tour of Reef2Reef

    This is a wonderful community full of people who have knowledge and experience that are willing and able to help you with your hobby, but it can be frustrating if you don’t know how to get that information. We will help you with that right here with this series of articles aimed at helping you get the most out of your Reef2Reef experience. In part one, we are taking a tour of the site and where the different areas are located and what they are for.
  29. Corals and Their Behavior: A Hobbyist Perspective

    Although they do not swim, they are hunters, using stinging cells called nematocysts to capture and kill their prey. But in a sense they are also food gatherers as well, because in building the reef they cause upwelling, and in doing so gather up nutrients that would otherwise not be available. Most remarkably of all, they are farmers, cultivating photosynthetic organisms (zooxanthellae) that are typically single-celled algae called dinoflagellates in their tissues. Corals are also exhibit...
  30. Beginner Corals: Pulsing Xenia

    Xenia is a great starter coral, but should be added to your tank with caution. It’s ability to spread quickly can be a draw or allow it to smother out other, slower growing corals. If placed carefully, it’s possible to have xenia in your display without worrying that it will take over the whole tank.
  31. Aquatic Life Halo LED Complete Lighting Package Giveaway!

    Aquatic Life Halo LED Complete Lighting Package Giveaway! Sponsored by AquaticLife.com Developed with one of the leading designers of aquarium lighting control in the world, our feature-rich HALO Controllable LED Lighting System advances the art of aquarium lighting to new levels. The Aquatic Life HALO LED fixtures create amazing shimmer for your aquatic environment, and the desired color and light intensity are easily adjusted with the simple turn of a dial. The addition of next-generation...
  32. Tunze Reef Swag Pack Giveaway!

    Tunze Reef Swag Pack Giveaway! This month we're making it EASY to have many entries! All you have to do is one or more of the following things to qualify to win a Tunze prize combo.
  33. Spouse Doesn't Get It?

    Hiding the receipt from your most recent trip to the fish store, getting home early so your spouse doesn’t catch you acclimating something new into the tank. The old stand-by “No honey, that’s always been in the tank” only works a couple times before they catch on.
  34. Magnets and Your Tank

    Who doesn't love playing with magnets? I do. Magnets are very handy for attaching equipment to our tanks - frag racks, probe holders, float switches, filter sock holders, small skimmers...etc. How do you know if the magnets you're using are "reef-safe"? I'm going to break down the two main types of magnets commonly used in our aquariums and cover the pros and cons of each. Using the wrong type of magnet can have adverse effects on your tank's inhabitants, so this information is very...
  35. How to Drill your aquarium and install a Shadow Overflow

    Here is the video that shows you how to drill and install the Shadow Overflow on your aquarium. If you have any questions regarding this procedure just let us know in this thread.
  36. Testing Reef Lights: What would you like to see?

    BRStv Investigates is teaming up with Reef2Reef members to get your feedback on what you would like to see in regards to reef tank lighting! With that in mind, we want to know; what you would like to see us test and/or challenge in regards to reef lighting?
  37. What to look for when buying fish at your LFS

    Ideally, when you buy a fish you want it to be perfectly healthy, eating right away and have a guarantee that it won’t die right away. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case at most local fish stores. Our policy at the LFS I work at is “no returns, no exceptions” and I find this to be the case at every LFS I have visited. You may find a few exceptions to this rule and if you do covet that LFS and bring them lots of business so they can stay open.
  38. Incrementalism in the Hobby

    There is an old Southern axiom of how to cook a bullfrog. You can’t just pop it into boiling water because as soon as it hits the hot water it will sense that the water is too hot so it will hop out. Instead you put it in cool refreshing water and then gradually increase the heat. By doing it that way before it realizes that the water is getting hot it is too late and it is cooked. As far as I know cooking bullfrogs is not a major aspect of reefkeeping, but that example is a good way of...
  39. How to Quarantine Coral and Inverts

    Operating a coral and invert QT can be lifesaving, reef saving and money saving in the long run. Going through the trouble to quarantine your fish and be sure there are no diseases in your tank is great but can still result in disaster without also running the rest of your livestock through QT as well.
  40. ReefStock 2017: Denver Reefing is Going Strong, 10 Years On

    ReefStock is an annual reef conference in Denver, Colorado which is one of the most influential and longest running events of its kind in the world. But reef shows don't have to be huge to be great, and ReefStock is a great example of that. ReefStock, the official Reef Builders event, is coming up on its tenth show in a few weeks, and we hope to see you there.
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