Bristle Worms: Friend of Foe?

diving the goldcoast

Bristle Worms:  Friend of Foe? by Justin Hester The bristle worms that many of us see in our reef tanks can get right up there with spiders in terms of their fear factor, but like most other "scary"  creatures in nature, once you learn about their biology, their outward appearance usually makes more sense. To this day, I still crack up when I see people's first encounter with bristle worms documented on a post or a … [Read more...]

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...]

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 for prices on these before they go on the site later this week. 1 Reef Raft … [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...]

Sharknado 2: The Second One


Sharknado 2: The Second One Tonight on the SyFy network fans of the atrociously amazing Sharknado can witness the megalodong of all sequels, surreptitiously named "The Second One".  I won't go so far as to call the plot on the second installment of this nature vs nature dramedy an instant classic, but the social media following the first go around garnered was really almost as amusing to witness as the movie itself.  I … [Read more...]

New Reef Raft USA Corals coming soon

Reef Raft USA Corals

New Reef Raft USA Corals coming soon by Justin Hester Tony at ReefRaft USA has been known for bringing some pretty sick pieces into the reef hobby over the years.  I've seen many of them first hand on my business trips out to California over the years.  Here are 3 that are hot off the presses over there at Reef Raft USA.  They don't even have names at the time I am writing this.  As they get names, I'll come back … [Read more...]

New Coral Release: Reef Exotic Watermelon Milli

Reef Exotic watermelon milli

  New Coral Release: Reef Exotic Watermelon Milli by Justin Hester Finally getting some nice size frags of this coral going.  Its a stunner as far as its color, but to get that you usually have to have it up pretty high.  We have moved a second colony of it a bit further down in less light and its been nice enough to offer us up some arms that we are able to frag and share with you all.  Look for it here in the … [Read more...]

New Coral Release:Tyree Rouge Milli

Tyree Rouge Milli

New Coral Release:Tyree Rouge Milli by Justin Hester This week we are proud to release one of our all time favorite corals, the Tyree Rouge Millepora.  This coral has been sought after by SPS collectors for years and we are excited to be able to now offer it through our catalog of sustainably grown frags. What has made this coral so unique is its contrasting coloration of lime green to yellow polyps over a deep … [Read more...]

New Coral Release: Sexy Samoensis

Acropora Samoensis

Sexy Samoensis Here is a shot of our acropora samoensis.  This coral actually came to us about 4 years ago from a local reefer here in Chicagoland that was doing some work on his tank and needed it out of there for a while.  We placed it medium in one of our display tanks and then gradually moved it to the top where it sits today.  In fact, you can see it on the live ReefNation webcam on our homepage.  Its on the top … [Read more...]

Scientists make new biodegradable plastic from shrimp shells

Harvard Shrilk

Scientists make new biodegradable plastic from shrimp shells   by Justin Hester   Don Ingber, director at the Wyss Institute, at Harvard has recently announced a new biodegradable plastic that comes from combining the properties of shrimp shells and silk.  The new substance is clear and can be used in many of the most common forms of plastic from egg cartons to plastic bottles.  The scientists are … [Read more...]