Articles from mdbannister

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    Win a $250 BRIGHTWELL AQUATICS SHOPPING SPREE at Marine Depot!

    Marine Depot is excited to announce that they've teamed up with Brightwell Aquatics and Reef2Reef for a BRIGHTWELL AQUATICS SHOPPING SPREE! 1 participant will be randomly selected on August 31st to receive $250 to spend on ANY Brightwell Aquatics products they like! That's right: YOU get to pick your own prizes! It's super-duper easy to enter and YOU CAN ENTER UP TO 3 TIMES (or more with bonus entry options)!
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    The AquaSD $600 CORAL GRAB GIVEAWAY! 3 WINNERS!!

    WOW! It's definitely summer, and @AquaSD is bringing THE HEAT with this AWESOME DRAWING! Not 1, not 2, but 3 (yep... THREE) R2R members will WIN BIG with this $600 CORAL GRAB GIVEAWAY! Will you be one of the 3??? Only if you enter! So get started!!
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    The PROFESSIONAL WATER TESTER GIVEAWAY!! By Hanna Instruments and SaltwaterAquarium.com

    Great news, everyone!! Hanna Instruments and SaltwaterAquarium.com are teaming up with Reef2Reef to bring you the Professional Water Tester Giveaway! This giveaway will take one lucky winner's water testing to a Whole New Level!!
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    The CRYSTAL REEF AQUATICS "CUSTOMIZE MY REEF TANK" Giveaway!

    Crystal Reef Aquatics does AMAZING work whether it's building your custom designed reef aquarium or bringing you one of their stealth sumps (including models specifically designed for the Triton Reef System and Red Sea Reef Series) or one of their other great products. They are also a retailer for all possible aquarium equipment and can work you up an amazing package deal if you are putting together a new build! These guys know what they are doing! And now we're excited because Crystal Reef...
  5. R2R Reef of the Month: Elder1945 - An Innovative Reefer's Spotlight - July 2018

    I want to start this month's article by saying that this month's feature is a bit different. Where we normally feature a particular noteworthy reef for our Reef of the Month Spotlight, this month, we have decided to spotlight an innovative reefer and show off 2 of his current systems (he has 3 going at present). @Elder1945 is an extremely creative reefer, and we are glad to share his systems with you! Be sure to follow his builds and other innovative projects as he shares them with our...
  6. *** The OCTO AQUATICS "Choose Your Own Prize" GIVEAWAY! ***

    It's the "CHOOSE YOUR OWN PRIZE" Giveaway from Octo Aquatics! This is your opportunity to choose your own amazing prize from Octo Aquatics' amazing line of acrylic innovations (such as the Octo Lid™, FFF™, Magnetic Heater Holders and MORE)! Click here to enter to win a $150 credit towards any products of your choice!
  7. Enter to WIN a Tunze 9404 Skimmer!!

    Tunze Skimmer Giveaway! Enter to win the Tunze 9404 Skimmer. The DOC Skimmer 9404 compact is very easy to install, features silicone feet for a completely silent operation and can be easily positioned in every nano cabinet filter.

    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 prize combo...
  8. 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.
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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.
  13. R2R Reef of the Month Spotlight: Anton Post's Dutch Reef - August 2017

    Hi! My name is Anton Post and I’m a 29 year old guy from the Netherlands that got into reef tanks three years ago. I’m currently keeping a Red Sea Reefer 525 that has been running since January 2016. I’m very honored to be featured in this month’s Reef of the Month article on R2R! I hope you enjoy the article and pictures. If you have any additional questions please feel free to ask in the tank thread!
  14. R2R Banners and Their Meanings: What are all these labels under everyone's usernames?

    As a member of the Reef2Reef community, perhaps you've noticed that some members seem to have labels (sometimes a whole stack of 'em) under their username. Maybe this is something you're just now noticing, or perhaps it's a question you've been muddling over for a while but just never got around to asking... What the heck are these labels and what do they mean? Well, keep reading because today I'm going to work on unpacking all of the different user "banners" you'll see around R2R.
  15. R2R Reef of the Month Spotlight: Mark's Rimless NPS Paradise - May 2017

    SPS corals were my passion until I got my first dendro and sun coral. I researched as much as I could about them, and finally last year after moving into my new home, I was able to set up a tank dedicated only to NPS corals and deepwater fish. I am totally in shock , having my second tank nominated as ROTM 6 years later, and I am especially proud of this one, as most ROTM are still SPS tanks and most people view them as the pinnacle of reefing. I hope this will bring more awareness about the...
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