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  1. 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.
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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...
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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...
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. February 2017 Photo of the Month Contest: Wrasses

    Welcome to the Reef2Reef Photo of the Month Contest Sponsored by Avast Marine! This month's subject is: Wrasses Entering is easy, just follow these simple guidelines: Enter ONE photo, taken by you of the subject for the month, before the deadline.
  15. The BulkReefSupply Brine Shrimp Hatchery

    Ever notice how many spare parts you can accumulate from reef equipment that you buy? What do you do with all these parts?! Well, I have a mandarin that is doing well, but I wanted to make sure that he was getting all the food he needs. I decided to look into a brine shrimp hatchery. $120....$70...what!?! No way I was going to get any of the reactors on the market with those prices, so I went to the random drawer to build my own. Here's how I did it (and how you can too)...
  16. R2R Reef of the Month Spotlight: Júnio Melo - February 2017

    My name is Júnio Melo, and I am from Brazil. When I was a kid, I asked my mom for a puppy and she gave me a goldfish. She couldn’t imagine the monster she had awakened! In a short period, our apartment was housing 5 comunitary freshwater tanks. I had always dreamed of owning a saltwater tank, and that dream came true in 2005 after graduating and getting married. My wife is a sea lover as much as I am (we are both divers) and has always supported me in these 12 years of saltwater tank...
  17. Florida Frag Swap MOSI Feb 2017

    This year on February 3rd 2017 the reefing community will gather together at a Floridian coral aquarium show that has become a reef hobbyist holiday. Located across from the University of South Florida at the Museum of Science and Industry (Mosi) will host the Florida Frag Swap’s 3rd annual reef show. Florida’s abundant reefing community will explore their favorite coral vendors from across the state and have theopportunity to sample corals from visiting west coast vendors. Amongst the coral...
  18. Omega Coral "There's An App For That" Giveaway!

    Omega Coral "There's An App For That" Giveaway! Omega Coral likes to be social and they want you to stay connected for the best Omega Coral updates! Guess what? There's an APP for that! This is TWO CONTESTS Giveaway!
  19. Making testing easy with a magnetic stirrer

    As we all know testing our system can be time consuming and challenging. Did I time the test, right? Did I count the drops, right? Did I shake the vile long enough? After some thought, I started looking around for a way to simplify the shaking, dropping, and adding the reagent and I came up with using a lab magnetic stirrer. I use Red Sea test kits and also, I have also tried test on Salifert test kits using their vials and it works too.
  20. Video - How to do a Freshwater Dip

    Freshwater dips are a very important diagnostic tool when you have a sick fish. Since it can help flush out the excess mucus that can and does build up in the gills with a parasite infestation, it can be lifesaving as well. It will even confirm a flukes infestation. It’s important to know how to perform a freshwater dip since so much can be gained from it. We are going to go through the steps here together.
  21. The Mysterious Chambered Nautilus

    While not actually a “living fossil” it is a creature that has been around since the dinosaurs with subtle changes in it’s DNA along the way. In person, this cephalopod certainly looks like something out of prehistoric times. In my mind, I always saw them as a cross between a cuttlefish and a snail.
  22. Picking Your Clownfish

    This article isn’t about what it takes to keep a clownfish, but more about what to expect from your clowns when picking them out, pairing up, and beyond. The temperament, size, pairing, willingness to host will all play an important role in how your clownfish will fit into your tank’s dynamic. Choose carefully, because once you have a pair they can live for upwards of 20 years if taken care of properly.
  23. $1000 Giveaway Challenge From World Wide Corals and R2R!

    We're excited to announce that World Wide Corals is sponsoring a fun contest where 2 winners will get a $500 coral box shipped to their door! 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!
  24. Video - How to sterilize a Quarantine Tank

    A quick guide and video explaining how I sterilize a quarantine tank. You can use this method or adapt it to make your own.
  25. APEX GIVEAWAY: Got socks for Christmas so now I guess have to win it!

    Poor reefer that had your hopes crushed on Christmas morning when you opened up your gifts from Santa only to find out that you got socks instead of the super cool, most awesome Neptune Apex Aquarium Controller! Neptune felt sorry for you so they are giving you a chance for redemption!
  26. Fish Disease Index - Pictorial Guide

    Use this guide to find a picture that most closely matches your fish's symptoms. Click the link, if available for more detailed information on the disease and how to treat it.
  27. Yes, Reef Aquariums inspire action.

    Lauren grew up about two hours from where I did, in what is still considered Western Maryland. Both of us lived far from a seashore and made yearly family trips to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Outer Banks is a rich seaside community with a diverse abundance of oceanic life. Much of that life is highlighted at the Outer Banks Aquarium in Kill Devil Hills. Lauren was always interested in marine life, from catching crabs on the sand as a little girl, to studying my aquarium when she...
  28. R2R Reef of the Month Spotlight: Renton777 - January 2017

    This month, R2R is pleased to feature the reef of Nathan Gist (Renton 777). This 200-gallon tank was set up in September of 2012. Now that tank is absolutely packed to the brim with corals with an 80-gallon frag tank to go along with it. Definitely check out this thriving reef!
  29. The NEW IceCap REEF-Cam is HD and goes underwater!

    CAPTURE and SHARE the tranquil beauty of your aquarium with the IceCap REEF-Cam. The first underwater micro camera capable of live streaming in HD (720p) from anywhere using an iOS or Android mobile device. Integrated Wifi.
  30. ATI Giveaway: LIKE us for a chance to win a ATI T5 Bulb Packages!

    ATI North America is sponsoring this contest and giving 3 members a chance to win a T5 Bulb package! Since their introduction in 2000, ATI T5 bulbs have been at the forefront of T5 bulb technology. Today's ATI T5 bulbs are no exception. Continuing the tradition of excellence, ATI uses the latest advances in phosphors (to emit light) and manufacturing techniques to produce bulbs with higher output, better coloration, and more stability. ATI bulbs are also very affordable, making them the...
  31. Aquatic Life Smart Buddie Booster Pump Giveaway!

    Aquatic Life Smart Buddie Booster Pump Giveaway! YOUR Water MADE Better - Increase the effectiveness of your RO system, and REDUCE waste water by up to 65%! Reverse osmosis booster pumps are used to increase the pressure going into your RO or RO/DI system which make it operate more efficiently and can decrease consumption of DI resin. Designed as an accessory for Reverse Osmosis units in areas with low water pressure, or for users that want maximum output and the best quality filtered water...
  32. Fish and Treatment Guidelines (with chart)

    The following chart is a quick reference guide on what QT protocol should be used according to which type of fish you are running through QT. It will give you an idea of which methods are generally safest with certain species but is not meant to be absolute in most cases. All fish are individuals and can and will react differently than the norm to certain medications or situations. Just because most tangs do well in copper doesn’t mean that every tang will do well. The chart is numbered in...
  33. The Past and Future of the Hobby

    At this time of year, we often look back on what has transpired in the past year both good and bad and think about it. For me, it was for the most part a good year in aquarium terms, as I wrote a fair amount, most of my tanks did well and I traveled more than I had in along time and as a result learned a lot and made more friends all over the world. But in thinking about this article I did not want to just write about where things are or were, but also how things may be in the future. In...
  34. GHL $1000 Gift Certificate Giveaway

    With Mitras LX7 fixtures officially shipping worldwide, we want to kick off the year by offering CURRENT and FUTURE LX7 owners the opportunity to win coupons with a value of $1,000 in total good towards any GHL product from our GHL USA online store (respectively, non-North American regions can also participate to win coupons for the GHL Germany online store)!
  35. How Much Two Part Do I Need?

    I'm a two part doser for alkalinity and calcium (and magnesium), and have been repeatedly asked about how to figure out how much of each a new two-parter needs to dose to their tank. This article will cover: 1) Understanding Two Part Chemicals, 2) The Need for Test Kits, 3) A Video Summary on Two Part, and 4) How Much Do I Need?
  36. 2017 The Year Of The Critical Thinking Reef Keeper

    Every year, more and more products enter the reef keeping world, aimed at making aquarists believe that simply by adding the directed dose, they will achieve a measure of success. Some claim to clear up nitrate problems, while others claim to balance water quality and maintain aquatic homeostasis. Each year, my email inbox gets filled with messages from aquarists who feel cheated. They’ve spent hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on reef keeping products believing each one to be the...
  37. Old Tank Syndrome

    Is this a myth? Something we heard about in the deep abbesses of when the hobby started (I think it was on a Tuesday) Is this something we need to worry about. Like we don't have enough to worry about with the heartbreak of psoriasis and wondering if we will be accepted into the "Hair club for men".
  38. Tired of accidentally leaving the water on?

    Have you ever been awakened in the night to the horrifying realization that you accidentally left your RODI system running? You rush groggy-eyed through your house in hopes that this nightmare somehow isn't real. SPLASH! As you step into the utility area, garage, washroom, or wherever you have your unit mounted, your foot lands in a growing flood of purified water which has (at least) left you with an enormous mess or (worse) resulted in a flood that has ruined flooring and/or property... If...
  39. Happy New Year Red Sea MAX NANO Giveaway

    Win a complete plug and play Red Sea MAX NANO tank in white or black. The Red Sea MAX REEF-SPEC® performance criteria is the result of Red Sea’s years of research into the sustainable growth of all corals, including the most delicate “SPS” corals, in an artificial reef environment. This knowledge, gained over 25 years, forms the basis for the specification of all Red Sea MAX® Aquarium systems designs.
  40. R2R Tank of the Month Spotlight: Stylaster - December 2016

    I started this hobby in 1990. Back then I had a 60-gallon system with metal halide lighting and a down draft skimmer. It’s amazing how much technology has changed in the past 26 years! There is a lot more automation now then there use to be and a lot more availability of hardware and livestock. I’m glad to see the hobby has progressed so much over the years. My current system is a 312-gallon acrylic tank (5’x5’x20”) running the berlin method without a sand bed in the system...
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