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  1. 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...
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    Reef2Reef Reef Spotlight of the Month: Renton777

    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!
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    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.
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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)!
  9. 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?
  10. 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...
  11. 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".
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    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.
  13. R2R Tank of the Month Spotlight: Stylaster

    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. Build your own rock for practically free

    Building rock is easy, cheap and looks better than real rock
  15. Using Lightroom to Develop Aquarium Images

    What I'm about to show you is pretty basic and should be similar across all software packages. We are basically just importing the image and then making adjustments to basic things like contrast, saturation, sharpening, etc. Instead of writing it all out and trying to illustrate the process with photos, I figured it would be easier to understand if watching a video. So sit back and enjoy this little off-the-cuff tutorial that shows my typical steps for processing images of my tank. Hopefully...
  16. How I Got Started in the Hobby in 1971

    How I Got Started in the Hobby in 1971
  17. Aquatic Life Twist-In 100 GPD 4-Stage RODI Giveaway!

    The Aquatic Life Twist-In 100 GPD 3-Stage Reverse Osmosis (RO) and 4-Stage Reverse Osmosis Deionization (RODI) filtration systems are very compact water purification solutions that efficiently combine reverse osmosis RO and DI technology with our quick and easy to change twist-in replacement filter cartridges. The new twist-in media cartridge design makes filter changes simple, easy and clean – no tools required and no mess! The twist-in cartridges can be easily changed in only seconds with...
  18. Pipefish

    I would like to discuss one of my favorite fish, the pipefish. Pipefish to me are so much different from normal fishy looking fish that I can't help but to love them. There are more things different in pipefish than similar to normal looking fish. They are so different that at one time, in the 1800s pipefish were considered to be insects instead of fish. They probably got that idea because they have an external skeleton composed of bony plates instead of scales so when you pick one up, it...
  19. Euthanasia - is it morally sound?

    It's likely as aquarists we will encounter a fish that is sick and suffering. Do fish deserve the same dignity other pets are afforded? What must be taken into consideration, when determining if a fish is a candidate for euthanasia.
  20. 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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