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  1. Species Spotlight: Pseudocheilinops ataenia – The Pink-Streaked Wrasse

    Pseudocheilinops ataenia, better known to most hobbyists as the Pink-Streaked Wrasse, is a very suitable wrasse for nano aquariums and gets along with most fish, as long as they are not too aggressive themselves. Feel free to add your own experiences with this inquisitive little fish in the discussion after you are done reading the species spotlight!
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    Mariculture vs Aquaculture Frags: How to Have Success with Maris!

    While I always think its better to buy aquaculture frags from established tanks as the colors are already mature and you know what you're going to get, getting some mariculture colonies is a nice way to jump start your tank and have it look mature quicker.
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    R2R Reef of the Month: Steve's 410-gallon SPS Reef - May 2018

    My current system is a 410-gallon reef tank featuring mostly SPS corals. I designed the tank room when we built our current home. I wanted the tank to be the main feature when you walked in our front door so the side of the tank can be seen as soon as you enter the house. The tank is three feet wide by eight feet long. It’s always fun to see people’s reactions when they walk in. I have had several delivery guys ask if they could come in and check out the tank.
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    Thinking about Reefapalooza and Orlando

    While sitting here in the gray of Pittsburgh, it has rained or snowed almost every day this Spring, I started thinking about my trip to Reefaplaooza in March and went back and looked at my notes. Yes, I take notes when I go to a show to remind me of what I saw that I found interesting as well as what products or corals I wanted to follow up on, i.e, buy, and the people I talked with. Probably a sign I am getting older, but I prefer to think I am getting wiser as at shows like Reefapalooza...
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    Copper Testing Simplified! Using Hanna Instruments High Range Copper Checker HI702

    Have Trouble reading visual tests when using copper to treat fish for parasites? Problem Solved! I first want to start off saying, I have been in the hobby a little under a year. I have done about everything you can do wrong and had many expensive lessons. That is what brings me to this article and the discovery of the Hanna Instruments High Range Copper Checker. Even though at the time Hanna Instruments could not validate the accuracy of the High Range Copper Checker HI702 in the presence...
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    Why a “Poking Stick” is an Essential Piece of the Reefkeeper’s Toolbox.

    Based on the title alone, you are probably thinking to yourself that this article is a piece of satire or a big joke. Well that couldn’t be further from the truth. Although it may seem rather simple and not at all as complex or intricate as other reef keeping equipment, the Poking Stick in itself is worth its weight in gold in my aquarium experience.
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    It's the EXOTIC MARINE SYSTEMS OVERHAUL MY OVERFLOW & SUMP GIVEAWAY!!

    Welcome REEF2REEFers to the OVERHAUL MY OVERFLOW & SUMP GIVEAWAY!! This giveaway is sponsored by Exotic Marine Systems! This giveaway is all about giving one LUCKY WINNER a super STYLIN' overflow and sump system!
  8. Not a Forum but a Family! #ReefFamily Giveaway

    Good day Reef Family! I am looking to promote R2R in a little different way and I was hoping for your help! If you wouldn't mind I would love to have you take a photo of yourself or your family with your reef tank! I would also like you to hold up a piece of paper or something that reads #Reef2Reef and#ReefFamily within the photo.
  9. Reefapalooza Orlando 2018 Complete Walk Through

    Dedicated to those who would love to attend a major saltwater aquarium trade show but can't. Join us for a complete walk-through of the ReefAPalooza Orlando show room floor brought to you by Reef2Reef.com!
  10. Anemones and why you should wait.

    Anemones and Why You Should Wait When is the proper time to add an anemone to your tank? Right away? 1 month? 4 months? WHAT!? A YEAR YOU SAY!? That is correct. In most instances it is better to wait 8 months to a year before adding an anemone to your tank. And here is why: A tank is first started with rock, sand, and saltwater. That tank needs to cycle before adding any livestock to it. This we all know. But what you may not know is even after your cycle has completed your tank is going...
  11. Tips for Identifying Unknown Critters

    We all get them occasionally, those little unidentified critters that magically appear in our tank even after we’ve been so careful to source good quality, clean live rock (sometimes even starting with dry rock) and dipping our corals on top of carefully inspecting everything going into our tanks. But even so, they always appear at the most inconvenient time when we can barely catch a glimpse of them before they disappear into a crevice or hole. This article goes over several methods that...
  12. !!!WILD FIRE...and the INEVITABLE AFTER BURN....

    It’s a pretty easy thing to do. Pick up some good looking maricultures, these days the line between consumer, retailer and wholesale's a little fuzzy anyway, so just about anyone can get their hands on a box of Indo's, or maybe a few wild Aussies. Cut them up into nice extra chunky frags, mount them on plugs and sell away. In fact it’s probably the easiest way to make actual money in this business by a giant margin. And with color hungry hobbyist, hemorrhaging at will, their hard earned...
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    The World Wide Corals $1000 Gift Card Giveaway! Enter today for your chance to WIN!

    We're excited to announce that World Wide Corals is sponsoring a fun contest where 5 winners will win a $200 Gift Card to use at World Wide Corals! WWC is one of the premier places for coral and fish and have one of the best saltwater reef stores in the world! WWC is top notch in stock and customer service!
  14. Flying with Coral - TSA Experience

    So you are in the security line at the airport with well over 4oz of water and some coral in your carry-on luggage.. You inform the first TSA agent you encounter and get raised eyebrows.
  15. Introducing Aquachella!! An Aquarium Festival Like None You've Ever Seen!

    What if I told you that some of the best YouTubers and industry giants from around the country were joining forces to bring you an aquatic festival experience unlike any other!? This August in Chicago, join CoralFish12G, YouTubers from around the world, Reef2Reef, and some of the most well-known names in both saltwater AND freshwater aquatics for 2 days of full-throttle fun and excitement. This will be an experience of aquatic overload that’s sure to blow your mind and be fun for the whole...
  16. Reefing Topics and YOU! Participate and get entered to win $100 cash!

    We're trying to figure out how to "procure" the best reefing topics and engage our members, social media fans, email subscribers etc. and was wondering if we might get some help from you by answering a few of these questions for us?
  17. Jamie Craggs’ Game Changing Work at the Horniman Museum

    Over the years I have witnessed a lot of breakthroughs in the hobby. In terms of propagating corals we have gone from barely being able to keep most corals alive to the point where we can now propagate most corals through some form of fragmentation. Some of these advancements we have achieved have allowed for some damaged reefs to be repopulated by corals that have been “grown out” away from the ocean. In this regard, we should take pride in what we have been able to accomplish and how if...
  18. OR Bar LED Light

    This versatile high performance LED bar lights will blow your mind! Not only that, our OR LED bar lights are ideal for the harsh saltwater environments: Splash, water, and dust resistant/tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP67
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    The Crystal Reef Aquatics Stealth Series-Triton Reef Sump Giveaway!

    The Stealth Series, Triton Reef Sump TRS36 has a 36 x 15 x 16 (35 gallon) configuration and comes complete with all the accessories show below at no extra charge to our customers. These include 5 John Guest fittings and clear solid acrylic tubing for Triton Dosing, John Guest fitting and tube for ATO input, Probe Holder, All bulkhead and piping, Dual heater holders, Adjustable Overflow Control baffle, Algae Guard, Adjustable Skimmer/Refugium Baffle, Adjustable Skimmer Baffle, Media rack...
  20. R2R's Next BIG Author Contest!! May the best article win!!

    CALLING ALL WRITERS and ASPIRING WRITERS!! REEF2REEF is offering YOU a chance to win CASH for CREATIVE CONTENT! Welcome to R2R's Next BIG Author Contest! May the best article win!! There's no limit to number of submissions allowed, but the following criteria do apply to all submissions...
  21. R2R Reef of the Month: Fadi's 180-gallon SPS Reef - April 2018

    My Name is Fadi Abu Tahoun. I am from Jordan and currently live in Riyadh - Saudi Arabia. My thanks to Reef2Reef for featuring my tank as Reef of the Month spotlight. I am in love in Acropora corals and Angelfish, and I always wanted to make a reef tank that has them all. Keeping a reef here in this part of world is not an easy task. All of my equipment is bought and shipped from the USA to Saudi Arabia, and for live stock I have had to travel and drive more than a thousand miles to nearby...
  22. Source Water: Choosing and Maintaining your RO/DI Filter

    Tenji is pleased to present a series of exclusive articles for Reef2Reef members. We will be delving into the various aspects of reef keeping, focusing on tried and true methods that can be implemented by aquarists of all levels. Our first installments will be concentrating on the most basic aspect that is frequently overlooked; your source water.
  23. Is this an Eclectus or Jawbreaker? The Sand Bar Coral Farms Discoma Giveaway!

    Sand Bar Coral Farms is a family owned and operated business located in Mission Viejo, CA, specializing in rare, hard-to-source corals as well as the familiar favorites. Their stock of happy, healthy, and sustainably sourced corals, clams, and invertebrates are meticulously cared for using automated monitoring systems and protocols that allow them to produce consistent stock and set up safe quarantines when needed.
  24. Tunze SmartController 7000 Giveaway!

    Tunze SmartController 7000 Giveaway! Control your Tunze pumps, lights, heaters, CO2 system and many other accessories, all through WiFi with The Tunze SmartController 7000. The new controller lets you connect and sync all of your accessories together through a single controller giving you maximum control through individual channels.
  25. The Greatest Reefing Show On The Planet Celebrates 5 Years! Check out why you don't want to miss it!

    Reef-A-Palooza Orlando takes place April 7 & 8, 2018, at the Caribe Royale All-Suites Hotel and Convention Center. This marks the 5th year anniversary of the show in Orlando, Florida. Reef-A-Palooza is a two-day event with over 140 of the industry’s leading coral, fish, and dry goods vendors. The main purpose of the show is to provide an enjoyable, positive atmosphere that promotes education and product knowledge for everyone, from the beginning hobbyist to the advanced hobbyist....
  26. The WATERBOX PLATINUM Giveaway! It's Bling Bling!

    The WATERBOX platinum are designed to make purchasing an aquarium for beginners up to professional aquarists simplified. Each Aquarium is water tested and designed by professional engineers with over 15 years experience. We are happy to announce this platinum giveaway of a platinum aquarium system!
  27. Has the hobby gotten too expensive and how does it compare to the past?

    I have been in this hobby for a long time, but I am not going to act like an old codger and say I remember when Flame Angels were a quarter and corals were a dollar. Nor am I going to get into a discussion of how a frag costing more than a major appliance is good for the hobby or even what it means. I have difficulty comprehending this as well as how so much money and so many new hobbyists have come into the hobby. The latter at east in part driving the former. Also it is not my job to tell...
  28. Your Guide to Aquarium Photography #7 - Post-processing

    Post-processing is a very controversial topic with many people opposing post-processing pictures simply because people have optimized processing techniques to make coral colors pop beyond reality. This has led to inflated prices and lots of disappointment when one purchases a coral based on an over-processed picture. Regardless of the above, post-processing remains a critical step in the workflow of a photographer, and with tank photography, post-processing is important to bring the pictures...
  29. DIY Universal Battery Backup For Your Reef

    A few days ago (3/2/2018) I lost power in the recent Nor'easter. I had a battery backup system in place, and thankfully it functioned fairly well. However, I had upgraded my aquarium since I had originally planned out the battery backup and the system did not last nearly as long as I wanted it to. The battery took frequent recharges from my car to keep going. I've since re-evaluated my system and in the process, decided to write a post about general-purpose battery backup designed for reefs....
  30. Your Guide to Aquarium Photography #6 - Top Down Shots

    Top down shots have gained popularity in the last several years and are used by most online vendors for most of their coral shots. By simply taking away any glass between the camera and the coral, the effect on clarity, white balance, and color rendition is amazing.
  31. MAKE TESTING EASY! - A New GIVEAWAY From Hanna and Marine Depot

    Marine Depot is excited to announce we've teamed with Hanna Instruments and Reef2Reef to MAKE TESTING EASY! 1 winner will be randomly selected on April 6 to receive a Reef Professional Kit and Digital Seawater Refractometer — a $410 value!
  32. Reef Dreams is a Dream Come True Event for all reef aquarium hobbyists!

    We are excited to announce and invite YOU to “Reef Dreams” the first annual saltwater aquarium trade show in Charleston, SC! Organized and hosted by longtime Reef2Reef sponsor Joe Knows Reefs, “Reef Dreams” is sure to become one of the largest aquarium trade shows on the east coast. The Reef Dreams lineup includes some of the best and most popular livestock vendors in the industry, including manufacturers and even your very own Reef2Reef.com! With plenty to do and its great history, it is...
  33. Fragging 101 I Goniopora

    Methodology: The method I use for fragging the majority of hard corals is primarily the same with the cutting tooling being an Inland band saw. Cooling liquid used is fresh mixed saltwater with enough iodine to color it a light amber. This helps to disinfect cuts as they’re made which has shown to greatly increase frag survival. All corals are stored during cutting in a small bucket holding water taken directly from their home aquarium. This water is used both to keep them wet as well as for...
  34. R2R Reef of the Month: Joe's 270-gallon SPS Reef - March 2018

    A big thank you to Reef2Reef for choosing my tank for their Spotlight. This tank is going into its 10th year so this spotlight is really appreciated, even more so that this is the 2nd version of this tank. The first crashed after a nasty bryopsis infestation led me to discover that an invasive sponge got into my tank and eventually forced me to remove my coral and rocks. Then a series of crashes set me back. I was thinking at one point I would have to break the whole tank down and start from...
  35. SR Aquaristik Pick A Prize Contest

    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]!
  36. DIY LED Wall Mount! Check it out!

    Hey guys! I decided to post up my diy led mount for anyone who is looking for a sleek idea and or just a way to hang their lights. I will definitely say I’m not the original person who came up with this idea. I see many who use tv mounts however I haven’t seen anyone do it like this. Either way I would like to thank everyone who has used similar ideas as it helped inspire me to do this.
  37. Your Guide to Aquarium Photography #5 - Taking Better Pictures with Mobile Phone Cameras

    This article answers the question: How can I take better pictures with my mobile phone? Different mobile phones have different tools that make it easy to take a good picture. It takes a little bit of trying to find out what works best for your tank, lighting, and the shots you are after.
  38. Your Guide to Aquarium Photography #4 - Shooting with a DSLR Camera vs. Mobile Phone

    This article will focus on the differences between using DSLR cameras and mobile phone cameras for aquarium photography. The discussion always used to be DSLR vs the point-and-shoot camera for aquarium photography. Social media, discussion groups and dedicated applications on mobile phones coupled with improvements in mobile phone camera technology have made for more use of mobile phone cameras for aquarium photography.
  39. Things I Miss About the Hobby

    Being with some of my long-time friends a bit ago, we started reminiscing about the early years of the hobby and some of the things that used to be common or major parts of the hobby and how many of them were gone. I am typically not someone who dwells on the past, but I must admit that I do miss some of the things that made the early days “fun”. Maybe I was just young and found simpler things more enjoyable or maybe it was because everything was simply new and exciting. Regardless of the...
  40. The Simplicity Skim and Dose Giveaway!

    Our Simplicity DC Skimmers use an adjustable DC pump and needle wheel, regarded as one of the best methods to shred air and water in order to create micro-fine bubbles. The long contact time between the water and the air that our skimmers provide is key to successful protein skimming. The bubble plate, wedge pipe indicator, air intake adjustment and controllable pump allow you to achieve the best performance for your unique system.
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