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Kdrof's Nanobox Adventure
Get a personal behind the scenes tour of NanoBox Reef with community member Kdrof, who got to spend the day with NanoBox mastermind Dave Fason in North Carolina while his new LED light was personally hand assembled. Many thanks to Dave and NanoBox for your continued support!
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June 2018 Featured Reef - Teenyreef's IM Nuvo 40 Nano Reef Aquarium
Don't miss June's featured reef aquarium! Community member Teenyreef shares the history of his inspirational 40 gallon IM NUVO Fusion nano reef and the progress made over its first two years of life. Brace yourself for some serious eye candy!
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DIY Jawfish House
Some people build bird houses, but on Nano-Reef.com, we build fish houses! Don't miss community member Stoney Waters' classic DIY Jawfish House how-to guide and follow up discussion! Lots of interesting ideas on building burrows for fish. See more on the Nano-Reef Community Forums!
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A 0.5 Gallon Pico Reef Cube
Can you turn a half gallon betta tank into a reef aquarium? Absolutely! Nano-Reef Community member ajkochev shares their unbelievable 0.5gal betta cube turned reef aquarium, now 15 months old! Don't miss the tiny DIY all-in-one filtration system!
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Revisiting Dapellegrini's Inspirational Pico Reef
"Longtime FW hobbyist - first time Reefer..." Revisiting community member Dapellegrini's inspirational aquarium journal chronicling their incredible 5 gallon ADA pico reef aquarium. See how this October 2008 featured aquarium system was built from start to finish, and learn from the ups and downs along the way.
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Some coral reef footage I took in the South Pacific!
Community member dpoltsdsu shares dive footage of coral reefs from around the South Pacific in French Polynesia and the Cook Islands. See some of the coral that we keep in our tanks out in the wild! Thanks for sharing dpoltsdsu!
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May 2018 Featured Reef
Give yourself a little underwater escape with May's reef profile! We're featuring community member SURVEYMAN46123 and his inspiring ephullyia dominated 10 gallon IM NUVO Fusion nano reef aquarium! Learn all about how this aquarium was built and see its progression over the past year and a half!
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April 2018 Featured Reef
Congratulations to community member Narzyzz_12 and his 29 gallon nano reef for being selected for our April 2018 Featured Reef Profile! His 3 year old BioCube aquarium is absolutely jam-packed with aquatic life, you don't want to miss this one!
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Happy 17th Birthday Nano-Reef Community! 🎉
I'd like to wish the Nano-Reef.com Community a happy 17th birthday today! 🎉 🎂

I feel blessed to be host to such an incredible community of people, I am in awe of the bonds that are formed, the knowledge shared and collective support of each other as hobbyists and friends. There is so much wisdom and creativity here, your contributions make Nano-Reef.com such a helpful resource for hobbyists all across the world. Thank you to everyone who dove in and posted a request for help, started a journal, a new discussion, offered answers to questions, and shared an experience. Through the ups and downs of the hobby, we stand by each other in support!
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Soon to be new dad question?
Soon to be a new parent? Community members share their advice on having a reef aquarium in the house with a new baby. Join in the discussion and share your stories!
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Creative Container Contest - Final Results
There's just under 24 hours left to vote for your favorite pico reefs in our Creative Container Pico Contest! After 6 months of fierce competition, we have 20 beautiful container reefs that have made it to the end to compete for one of three prize categories! We need the help of the Nano-Reef Community to vote for the winners! Each contestant has put together a write-up of 250 words or less and chosen three photos to summarize their 6 month container reef experience. Cast your votes today!
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📣 Let's Build A Library: A Call For Writers! ✍️
Seeking volunteers to write articles on these aquarium subjects and their related offshoots. We have so many great discussions here in the forums with tremendous solutions provided to common problems and experiences in the hobby, putting some of these ideas into article form can help provide consistent references for future discussion.

Maybe there is a subject you are personally passionate about, which you can share in an article. Is there a question you're constantly answering here on the forums? Now is your chance to write an article for our information library! You don't have to be an "expert" to write an article either, all you need is experience!
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Cats and Our Tanks
Cats and Our Tanks: What does your cat think of your reef aquarium? We're sharing stories (and some cute photos too!)
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Official Upscales Microlados Acro Grow-Out Contest sponsored by Cultivated Reef
Attention SPS Collectors: We are hosting an official Acropora Frag Grow-Out contest, sponsored by Cultivated Reef, featuring frags of the beautiful Upscales Microclados! Show off your coral growing skills with a little friendly competition and have a chance at taking home the winners pot!
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Do you ever day dream about having a reef tank at work? Make those dreams come true! For March we're featuring community member Draco and her incredible little 2.7 gallon office pico reef. This tiny desktop tank keeps her company Monday through Friday and helps bring joy to the whole office!
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This hobby may test us, but perseverance pays off! This month we're featuring community member Butchy21 and his 26gal bow-front nano reef aquarium, a beautiful 3.5 year old system that fought its way back from a devastating heater failure. Wait until you see it glow under actinic light!
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What are your favorite big public aquariums?
We’re discussing our favorite public aquariums on the forum today, stop by and share the best ones you have visited!
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Snow's Mantis Habitat - New Corals!
Say hello to Morpheus, a G. platysoma Mantis Shrimp! Community member Snow_Phoenix begins the journey of crafting a nano reef for this special little guy, be sure to follow along in his aquarium journal: Morph the Coral Stealer!
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Start 2018 off with a sweet serving of aquatic eye candy featuring community member markalot's stunning 40 gallon nano reef aquarium! Learn all about this reef tank and what makes it tick in January's Featured Reef Profile!
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Throwback Thursday: August 2010 we featured community member Sushi's magnificently sculpted 20 gallon nano reef aquarium. If you're a zoanthid lover, you don't want to miss it!
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Flashback Friday: We're going all the way back to October 2003 with jdsabin1's 20 gallon nano reef, our very first featured aquarium profile! An early pioneer in nano reef keeping, jdsabin1's aquarium was lit by two metal halide bulbs and featured an external refugium for all natural filtration. Simple maintenance with weekly 3 gallon water changes was a key to success!
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Start your day off with a little tranquility. This December we're featuring community member KuruptPixel's 21 gallon Red Sea Reefer Nano that is jam packed with beautiful LPS coral and anemones. Don't miss the tank build day video and very clever water change system!
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How to Perform a Water Change on a Pico Jar
Do you have aquarium chores on your weekend to-do list? You won't believe the ease of maintenance on a 2 gallon pico reef jar, just replace all the water! Having a little reef aquarium at home doesn't have to be a big chore. Nano-Reef Community member Gena walks us through the ins and outs of utilizing 100% water changes to maintain small pico reef jars and vases. Maybe your home or office needs a pico jar too?
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Tidal wave!
Back in 2008 community member eklikewhoa started building a fascinating macro algae tidal wave aquarium that was absolutely jam-packed with life. Revisit this interesting saltwater aquarium journal and be sure not to miss the anglerfish videos!
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We're featuring community member xellos88 and his beautiful seven year old nano reef aquarium for November. A testament to their passion for this hobby, this little 12 gallon reef aquarium has been through a magnitude 7 earthquake and two typhoons! See how this nano tank evolved from the tide pools in xellos88's featured reef profile!
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