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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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]!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. 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.
  9. Reef2Reef Meet & Greet! FREE Food, SWAG, Music, Prizes and more!

    We're super excited to announce our very first R2R Meet & Greet on April 9th at the WWC Coral Farm the day after ReefAPalooza! Join us for a time of getting to know one another, eating some great food, picking up some free swag and more! The cost is FREE! We appreciate the whole crew at World Wide Corals for opening their doors to us for a chance to check out their awesome coral farm and to maybe go home with some coral as well! They don't open to the public very often but who are we kidding...
  10. Cave Tank Build Tutorial

    Hows it going, thank you for joining me on this build. One day I was watching a nature show and saw this deep sea scene with hot volcanic spouts and shrimps on them and I said "I want one" and on the journey I went to find me a cave tank. I already had a pretty good feeling that this wasn't going to be something you can buy and so I decided to make me one. I took me a couple weeks to fully complete, but in the end it came out great and I loved every second of it. This is that build and how I...
  11. "Where are you" Tunze Skimmer Giveaway Contest!

    Skimming, filtering and aerating a saltwater aquarium without power consumption is impossible. But, no unit uses less current than TUNZE® DOC Skimmer 9410. At a power consumption of only 11 W (15 W), the DOC Skimmer has equivalent performance to much larger skimmers consuming more than twice as much power. In addition, no settings are required, it is extremely silent and it is easy to operate.
  12. Inland Craft Fragtastic Giveaway!

    The Inland Craft DB-100 diamond band saw is the most perfect tool for cutting all types of coral precisely, effectively and most successfully! The stainless steel, diamond band saw blade designed for sawing glass, stone, tile, ceramic, shells and more will cut through even the most hardened structure of stony coral. A built in speed control allows you to cut different types of coral at different speeds increasing the odds that your fresh cut corals frags will thrive! Integrated internal...
  13. Elos Test It and Feed It Giveaway | 3 Winners

    ELOS: the ultimate supplements and equipment for marine and planted aquariums. Elos is an aquaristik company that is exclusively dedicated towards the development, production, and marketing of specialized, high quality products for the aquarium market. We apply the latest advances in marine and fresh water sciences into our manufacturing and products. We are environmentally responsible as well as respectful of the key ethic rules on employment and production. Almost all our products are made...
  14. Vertex Omega 150 Protein Skimmer Giveaway

    The Vertex Omega skimmer is one of the nicest skimmers you can find in or out of its price range for tanks up to 150 gallons. Vertex Omega 150 Protein Skimmer is engineering and style as you would expect from Vertex at an attractive price point. Wine bottle body shape with solid construction,V-150 Skimmer pump, pinwheel impeller, custom volute and pumphead, titanium screws, ozone port and silicone coupler.
  15. New Year, New Giveaway: Win a DELTEC Skimmer! - A R2R Exclusive Contest

    Hi Fellow Reefers, Robert, Kelly, and the rest of the crew are hard at work filming new Marine Depot videos to release in the New Year. We wanted to invite you all to join us on our adventures in reefkeeping in 2018 by subscribing to our YouTube channel!
  16. R2R Reef of the Month Spotlight: Rob's 300g Deep Dimension - January 2018

    I have been in the reefing hobby since 1996 close to 22 yrs. I've had freshwater aquariums since I was 7 yrs old, so I'm considered an old hand and pretty much a lifer. No breaks by the way, always had a tank running. This tank has been up and running since 2013 upgraded from a 185g which I had for 9 years prior. I've had about 3 reboots due to too much growth, which is a good problem and keeps my love of this hobby interesting and what I consider a piece of art that's always changing.
  17. Hanna Reef Professional Kit Giveaway

    Hanna Instruments care about the success of your saltwater aquarium! It's been said that saltwater aquarium keepers are not keepers of coral or fish but rather keepers of water! That's why Hanna not only cares about you but cares about your water! Hanna Instruments has a history of developing innovative products that make analytical measurements easier to perform at an affordable price. Many innovations introduced by Hanna are now the norm for the instrumentation industry.
  18. LRS "Live With Larry" Giveaway

    The goal of Reef Frenzy Radio is to produce content which is informative, relevant, and interesting to the saltwater aquarium hobbyist. Working as an aquarium food manufacturer I have met amazing people in the hobby with diverse backgrounds. This podcast will provide a way for them to share their knowledge with hobbyists! LRS has offered up a nice prize package for this giveaway as a way to promote this awesome new channel! You may not know it but LRS now distributes PE Mysis, Reef...
  19. Toys For Kids 2017! The kids win and you could win big as well!

    It's that time of year for giving and our members at [URL="http://www.reef2reef.com"]www.reef2reef.com[/URL] love to give! If you are a seasoned veteran of REEF2REEF then you know we help unfortunate children get gifts, clothing and food at Christmas time. Every Christmas for the past 9 years we have had a toy donation drive and every year the members of R2R and the reefing community step up and give to make Christmas dreams come true! Last year alone we raised over $11,000 and bought gifts for over 100 KIDS!
  20. Reefing After Dark – Bioluminescence in the Reef Aquarium

    In all the years that I have been an aquarium hobbyist, there have been a few moments that have put me in awe of nature and the wonders contained within our oceans. Recently I have experienced one of these moments, and I feel it should be shared with the reefing community. I want to draw some positive attention to one of the natural wonders in our aquariums that often goes unnoticed. One topic that has always interested me is bioluminescence which is defined by Haddock, Moline, Case as...
  21. Heating large tanks with your gas hot water heater. Save 40% on energy cost!

    On average, 40% (±15%) energy cost savings over electrical heaters (depending on how efficient your hot water heater is). For my tank (I have an abnormally cold basement), I use 1500w of heaters and temperatures drop slightly at night. I also have a 1000w metal halide lighting system, which takes over most of the heating for 8 hours. But I figure I can say I average 1500w of heating 6 months out of the year, for half of the day. So my yearly heating cost of my tank is approximately $375....
  22. Synergy Sumptacular Giveaway

    Are you looking for the perfect sump that not only looks awesome, but has over the top performance? The Synergy Reef™ CL-34 model sumps are your answer. We have designed this model to meet the demands of the reefer who demands more than the average off the shelf sump. We hand build each one to meet your needs. Need slight modifications in length to be able to fit this in your stand. Want it to flow right to left or left to right? We can do that! Try that with an off the shelf sump. The CL...
  23. Tunze Osmolator DOUBLE Giveaway! FREE to enter!

    The Tunze Osmolator 3155 is one of the safest ATO’s available. It utilizes an electronic eye sensor to monitor water levels and a backup float switch sensor with an optional audible alarm. The controller protects the quiet metering pump from running dry and reports an empty storage tank. Two magnetic holders for sensors and multiple mounting brackets included as well as a pump. LED indicator lights the Osmolator will allow you to visually see if their are any issues with your top off system....
  24. Automatic Frozen/refrigerated food dispenser

    I wanted a way to automate feeding of diverse and healthy foods to both corals and fish. Dried coral food and pellet food in an automatic fish feeder are decent options, but picky fish tend not to get fed, smaller foods are hard to accurately dispense, and the variety of the food is lacking. There have been successful attempts at frozen food dispensers, but they are too complex for my taste. So I made a refrigerated food feeder. The hardest part of this by far was getting the preservation of...
  25. Testing the Big 3 Parameters

    After collecting a few tests, reading threads and new tests being released all the time I decided to put this article together. Did I learn a couple of things? Yes. I have learned not to rely on just one test only, but have a couple of test on hand to check against the other. Also there is always human error in testing
  26. Coral/Invert Quarantine Time Frames

    The purpose of this article is to outline time periods required to properly quarantine (QT) marine corals & invertebrates. While unable to host ectoparasites the way fish do, corals/inverts are still able to “carry” fish diseases in one of two ways: Free swimmers and Tomonts. The information contained in this article only takes fish diseases into consideration. It DOES NOT take coral specific pests into account, such as Red Planaria, Acropora Eating Flatworms (AEFW) and Montipora Eating...
  27. LED Diode Replacement – Instructional Article

    Over the last few years, we have seen more beginner and moderate reefers becoming more and more inclined to attempt DIY projects. Anything from building a custom roller mat or an algae turf scrubber to attempting a stand build using two-by wood. With LED’s becoming more popular, the need for changing diodes for spectrum preference changes as well as burnt out diodes is becoming more of a norm.
  28. POLYPLAB CATCH ICH EARLY CAMPAIGN

    Medic is a highly effective water conditioner used to control external fish parasites present in both marine and freshwater environments. It contains a reef-safe oxidizing agent and is particularly effective against: Marine Ich - Crytpocaryon irritans, Freshwater Ich - Ichthyophthirius, and Marine Velvet - Amyloodinium ocellatum.
  29. A R2R Reef Spotlight: Bring the Reef Home By Joseph Chi

    There is no doubt that keeping a reef tank at home isn’t the cheapest hobby, nor is it effortless. However, a reef tank at home brings so many wonderful things to our lives. My name is Joseph Chi. In 2004, I owned my first marine tank in California. Now, after buying my first house in Taiwan, I’m maintaining my second SPS dominated tank. This tank has been up and running since January 2, 2015. This tank, like life, has had its many ups and downs. You can find its progress video here:
  30. Share your reef and win a GHL Mitras LX7!

    The GHL Mitras LX7 takes LED lighting technology to new heights. With 72 LEDs, 6 evenly-spaced clusters, 9 LED channels, 99% reflectivity, wide spectrum range from UV to far Red, and exceptional light spread, your corals will grow like no other. Enter to win a Mitras LX 7206 and light your way to the reef tank you’ve always wanted!
  31. New product launch Atlantik V4 Compact

    After bringing the Atlantik series one step forward, Orphek is now launching and introducing to you the New Orphek Atlantik V4 Compact Reef LED Lighting For Optimal Coral Growth and Color. Orphek is now offering the same exquisite quality LED solution for reefers owning aquariums with the size of 39″ x 27″/ 100 x 70cm! The light comes with 42 customized dual chip LEDs with infra red spectrum, rendering a natural color to your tank. The Atlantik V4 Compact technology brings built-in...
  32. Are Captive Bred Fishes The Only Way?

    Nowadays it’s not uncommon to see a hobbyist say, ‘I’m only stocking my tank with captive bred fish.’ Of course, their heart is in the right place, and it’s understandable why most people would think this is the best route forward for wild reefs. But is it? Is captive breeding the only way?
  33. Hunter Hammond: A “Fairy” Inclusive Look at Keeping & Mixing Cirrhilabrus Wrasses | MACNA 2017

    If you have ever wanted to keep or really learn about Fairy Wrasses then you have to watch this talk from one of our R2R experts from MACNA! Here's a great talk about keeping and mixing various Cirrhilabrus Wrasses from Hunter Hammond.
  34. CLAIMED - Boom Corals Kessil AP700 Giveaway

    We're excited to announce that BoomCorals.com has generously donated a Kessil AP700 for one lucky member of our community to win! We appreciate them sponsoring this contest and best of luck to everyone who enters!
  35. R2R Partner Member 2017 (Ultimate Tank Giveaway)

    From time to time we get request from members wanting to do more to help R2R grow and looking for more ways to support our great community. I am pleased to announce the third annual partner membership drive that will allow you to help R2R expand and grow as well as get some cool reef gear and have a chance to win the Ultimate Tank Prize Pack and more! This is going to be a limited one time yearly membership and we will only be accepting partner members for a limited time.
  36. My Regal Tang and Chloroquine Phosphate....

    Journey of a Regal Tang Meet the newest addition to my reef tank. This Regal Tang has been through the ringer and come out the other side in a miraculous and amazing way. He went through almost 4 months of quarantine and I’ll admit that this was the most frustrating fish I’ve ever dealt with. I was sure he would die at least four times during the ordeal. Against all odds, he made it through everything, all the meds, the moves and transfers, and ended up healthy and active – if a little...
  37. SHARE Your TANK 4 a TUNZE Giveaway!! Enter to WIN a Stream 6105!!

    It's the Share Your Tank 4 a TUNZE Giveaway! You could win a Tunze 6105 Turbelle Stream Pump! The contest is simple. Share your aquarium and you get entered to win!
  38. The significance of reef tank lighting; a semi-scientific documentary.

    With the constant debates about different lights and which is better, I figured I'd share a recent experience. Many people believe lighting is everything, and expensive lights will keep expensive corals. Many other people believe that water parameters and husbandry play the biggest role. And the majority of people probably fall somewhere in the middle and agree that you can't value one over the other; they are all important and need to be given equal attention. This article will look at a...
  39. We finally tested the Black Box LED... Compare notes? | BRStv Investigates

    There were so many requests to test the Black Box LED that Ryan finally had to bring one in and test it. We can't wait to see where this thread goes, so by all means share your thoughts and opinions and experiences with these lights!
  40. Joe Yaiullo: Bonsai Reef Keeping in a 20,000 Gallon Box | MACNA17

    If you haven't checked it out yet, we've been releasing the MACNA 2017 Guest Speaker videos on YouTube! Here's one that we released yesterday with Joe Yaiullo, who talks about pruning and shaping your corals and how it relates to their overall health as well as being aesthetically appealing!
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