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ATO - Cheap, safe, well explained(?)
Nano-Reef Community member mooker shares his clever and cost effective DIY automatic top-off unit build plans, make your own ATO to maintain the salinity of your reef aquarium!
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Banasophia's 16gal Nano Reef - March 2019 Featured Reef
Community member Banasophia's 16gal BioCube is home to an incredibly diverse array of reef life, including a unique collection of non-photosynthetic corals. This nano reef aquarium has seen tremendous success in its first year, learn how it all was created in March's Featured Reef Profile.
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GraniteReefer's 1.75 Pico Reef - February 2019 Featured Reef
GraniteReefer's fascinating little 1.75 gallon pico reef began as an entrant into our Creative Container Pico Contest in the fall of 2017. In this featured reef profile, GraniteReefer shares his experiences in building and maintaining a thriving pico reef over the last year and a half, you don't want to miss this one!
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Cannedfish - January 2019 Featured Reef
Don't miss Cannedfish's Les Bon Tanks Rouler, our January 2019 Reef Profile! This IM Nuvo 10 gallon mixed reef aquarium is home to an incredibly diverse array of coral, showing tremendous growth this past year and the most vibrant colors. Learn how it's done from the man himself!
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Tips for Preventing Freezer Burned Reef Food
I feed a few different frozen foods and it takes a while to go through them, even with my heavy feedings. I keep everything sealed up and try to get all of the air out of the bags for the flat packed stuff, but I am still seeing quite a bit of freezer burn, even with the blister pack cubed foods. I think a lot of it has to do with the defrost cycle and the constant thaw/freeze cycles. The food seemed to last longer when I had a bunch of bottles of water in the freezer to minimize cycling.
 
What does everybody do to minimize freezer burn with their frozen foods?
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William - December 2018 Featured Reef
We finished 2018 with a beautiful featured reef profile, William and his 28 gallon predator nano reef!! This vibrant mixed reef aquarium is home to a unique collection of coral and fish, including a Golden Dwarf Moray Eel, you don't want to miss this one!
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Dpoltsdsu - November 2018 Featured Reef
Inspired by his dives in the Pacific and Caribbean, community member dpoltsdsu's beautiful 42gal nano reef aquarium features select fish, soft coral, and invertebrates from both regions. Be sure to catch November's featured reef profile and learn all about it!
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Official Unofficial 2018 Secret Santa Nano-Reef Gift Exchange 🎅⛄🌲
It's your last chance to join the Official Unofficial 2018 Secret Santa Nano-Reef Gift Exchange, don't miss out! Share some holiday joy with all of your friends here @ Nano-Reef.com, sign up by Tuesday Nov 20 at noon!
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Sharbuckle - October 2018 Featured Reef
Don't miss October's featured reef profile, Sharbuckle's stunning 40 gallon peninsula reef aquarium featuring an incredible collection of gorgonians and leather corals, coupled with a unique display refugium!
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WV Reefer - September 2018 Featured Reef
We're featuring community member WV Reefer and her 12 gallon "Long and Dirty" nano reef for our September Reef Profile. This beautiful nano reef is built on a foundation of natural simplicity, foregoing all mechanical and chemical filtration to rely on water changes alone! See this aquarium's progression over the past two and a half years, and learn how to build a natural reef of your own!
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Are we over complicating tanks?
Are we over complicating tanks? We're having a great discussion about getting back to the basics of reef keeping, share your thoughts and experiences!
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Nano Sapiens - August 2018 Featured Reef
This month we're celebrating the 10th anniversary of community member Nano Sapiens' magnificent 12 gallon nano reef aquarium! Standing as a true testament to the long term success of all natural nano reef systems, this tank is sure to impress. Don't miss his words of wisdom for all you aspiring hobbyists out there!
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MACNA 2018 Nano-Reef Community Meet-up!
Meet your fellow Nano-Reef Community members at the MACNA 2018 Conference in Las Vegas!
 
Join members of our awesome community in the official MACNA conference rooms on Saturday September 8th starting at 11:45 AM! We'll be convening for a real-life meet and greet, take a break from the busy expo floor and get know your fellow hobbyists!
 
We'll have refreshments, Nano-Reef.com T-shirts, custom stickers and more! All are welcome to join us, even you lurkers out there 👋😉! Please RSVP on our community calendar and stay tuned to the event page for future updates!
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Eddy Putra - July 2018 Featured Reef
If you haven't seen July's featured reef profile yet, don't miss out! Eddy Putra's incredible 29 gallon SPS dominant nano reef from Bali is absolutely teeming with marine life! Learn all about this system and its first year and a half and progress.
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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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