Aquafest show connects hobbyists in Yorkshire LFS

As a country, Britain is bad at fish shows. Wrecked by egos and politics, getting 50 plus people into the same room to share a common passion is often much more difficult…

We’ve been on a coral ID course. Here’s why you should too.

We’re feeling high on reef life this week, as we’ve just finished a four day BYOGUIDES Online Coral ID workshop with Russell Kelley. As the title suggests, this virtual, live workshop is held by author and science communicator Russel Kelley…

Observations on a “new” soft coral in the hobby, Paraminabea rubeusa, by Julian Sprung

After so many years enjoying and looking forward to the coral feature articles that Jake Adams wrote and Vincent Chalias still writes for Reef Builders, I came across a coral that inspired me to want to compose a gushing, over…

Nutramar Shots and Pellets now available from Quality Marine

Quality Marine is supplying a new fish food called Nutramar. Available in “shot” and pellet form, the new food will be available in four recipes, and for tropical and marine fish. The shots are in large spherical form and can…

The New Octocorallia: Scleralcyonacea (And A Few Remaining Mysteries)

Having now fully explored the Malacalcyonacea Part 1 and Part 2, it’s time to turn our attention to its sister group, the order Scleralcyonacea. These clades are roughly equivalent in terms of species-level diversity, but whereas the malacalcyonaceans included many…

Reef Factory to launch Social Reef portal

Reef Factory is finishing the software on a new project which it says will connect Reef Factory users to each other using IoT technology. Called Social Reef, the new software aims to connect social media software with the all-encompassing Smart…

The New Octocorallia: Malacalcyonacea Part 2

In our previous installment of this series, we met with a diverse array of Soft Corals and Gorgonians, including most of the species familiar to aquarists. Amongst these were a hodgepodge of ex-Scleraxonia, ex-Stolonifera, and ex-Alcyonacea genera, now all lumped…

Four Aussie corals allowed back into UK for first time since the ban

A UK supplier has imported four coral species for the first time since the Queensland-UK import ban was imposed in 2021. Since then, all corals from The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, have been prevented from import into Britain due to…

The New Octocorallia: Malacalcyonacea Part 1

In our previous review of octocoral classification, we saw that anywhere from 3–8 orders have traditionally been used to organize this group’s bewildering biodiversity, based on morphological assumptions of increasing complexity within the evolutionary history of these corals. It was…

Get some Reef Therapy with Shane Danger Coleman

It’s been a difficult time since Jake passed away and one of the questions amongst the editorial team was what to do with Reef Therapy. Starting as a casual recording of reef-related conversations between long-term friends Jake Adams and Mark…

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