The Jellypocalypse is Upon Us

jellies and fisherman

The Jellypocalypse is Upon Us by Gabbie Bailargeon CNN calls it a "Jellypocalypse" as most beach goers and scientists agree that dangerous jellyfish bloom occurrences have continued to increase each year since the early 2000's.  A jelly bloom occurs when there is a sudden proliferation of jellyfish at a rapid rate, but is usually contained to specific regions.  However, not only do studies show that blooms are more … [Read more...]

A reefkeepers look at the Ebola Virus Outbreak

ebola virus

A reefkeepers look at the Ebola Virus Outbreak by Justin Hester When I first started seeing reports in the news about the Ebola virus earlier in the year I kind of found it odd that the first place my mind wandered was to the world of reef keeping .  Ok, maybe that's where my mind goes with most things, but it did strike me how the spread of this disease plays out in a way that seems all too familiar to anyone that … [Read more...]

U.S. steps up as leader in ocean conservation by protecting the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument

Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument

U.S. steps up as leader in ocean conservation by protecting the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument by Gabbie Baillargeon On Thursday, September 25, 2014 the U.S. took a monumental step in ensuring the protection of our coral reefs.  Since 1906 presidents have been using their executive power to protect more and more federal land (and oceans) under the Antiquities Act.  The premise of the act is to allow … [Read more...]

Product Review: Jebao WP-40 Wave Maker Pump

What's included in the Jebao WP-40 Box

Product Review: Jebao WP-40 Wave Maker Pump by Brian Dunat Overview  We previously did a review on the Jebao WP-25 pump, so we are following up that review with a review of the Jebao WP-40 pump. At ReefNation, we have been using several models of the Jebao pumps to supplement our VorTech pumps. What’s the biggest difference between the Jebao and EcoTech VorTech pumps? The price, the motor placement and the in tank … [Read more...]

Some new frags and some old favorites

RN Purple Encrusting Galaxia

Some new frags and some old favorites Got to making some frags today and to be honest, its been a couple of weeks with it being a bit busier than normal around here.  These aren't on the store just yet. Here is a key for them.  Hopefully they are showing up in this order:)  Send me a PM on facebook or an email at sales@reefnation.com for prices on these before they go on the site later this week. 1 Reef Raft … [Read more...]

Calcium Reactor Modification Part 2: The J Chamber

calcium reactor J chamber

Calcium Reactor Modification Part 2 by Justin Hester A few weeks ago we had done a little experiment to try and raise the pH of our calcium reactor effluent before it returned to the tank.  This week, we took it to a whole new level and got some immediate results! In the past, we've seen "extra chamber"  modules sold for people to add to their calcium reactors in order to give a bit of relief from the low pH. … [Read more...]

BRS MACNA video roundup

courtesy of MASNA

BRS MACNA SPEAKER ROUNDUP by Justin Hester MACNA 2014 was probably the biggest and baddest MACNA yet featuring tons of new and innovative products, reef hobbyists from all over the world, and a killer lineup of guest speakers throughout the labor day weekend.  This year, we are lucky to have all the speakers recorded and available online for those who couldn't make it to Denver.  BRS and MASNA enabled this and I for … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why Teens Should Care About the Ocean

Great Barrier Reef

5 Reasons Why Teens Should Care About the Ocean By Gabbie Baillargeon Long summer days are best spent on the beach surrounded by friends splashing playfully in the clear, blue water.  At the beach, everyone is able to enjoy stunning views of the ocean and if you’re lucky maybe even spot a few dolphins. However on the car ride home, most don't dwell on the thought the ocean might not stay that beautiful forever.  Most … [Read more...]

Never seen an Aiptasia Move Like This

Aiptasia

Never seen an Aiptasia Move Like This by Justin Hester I was staring at my refugium the other day where we breed aiptasia  ( yes I know that sounds crazy)  to feed our butterflyfish.  All of a sudden, I saw this aiptasia jump off its spot and start swimming like a jellyfish!  I guess its no wonder that these two are related!       … [Read more...]

Target Feeding our Auriga Butterflyfish Aiptasia

Butterflyfish eating aiptasia

Target Feeding our Auriga Butterflyfish Aiptasia by Justin Hester Some of you might have seen our aiptasia anemones free swimming on our other video here.  Every few days, we actually grab a handful of them and toss them into our main display for our butterfly fish to eat.  Our 2 Auriga Butterfly fish just LOVE to mow these little nuisance anemones down as fast as we can put them into the tank!  Usually these come … [Read more...]