Articles from mdbannister

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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.
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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!
  13. 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...
  14. A HUGE Thanks to Our Awesome Toy Drive Sponsors! (Check out these great prize donations!)

    Right now, we'd like to take a moment to highlight the awesome sponsors who are giving to help make this drive awesome! This thread will showcase each of the sponsors who are donating one (or more) of our great raffle prizes! Please help me in thanking each of them for their generous support of this drive and helping children in need to have a special Christmas!

    We at REEF2REEF are truly blessed to have such awesome sponsors who not only carry great product and provide the community with...
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