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Reefkeeping: Old School vs. New School

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jun 02, 2014 09:00 AM
These two recently uploaded videos show us the clear contrast between "old school" reefkeeping versus "leading edge" reefkeeping. It also shows us that (as with nature) there is more than one definition of beauty. Different strokes for different folks. Which aquarium is more to your liking?

Here is an "old school" soft coral aquascape featuring earth-tone brown color palette and full spectrum lights.  This type of aquarium ruled the scene in the late 80s to early 90s.

And here is a "new school" stoney-dominated aquascape featuring brilliantly pastel "ultra-low-nutrient-system" coloration and blue lights.  This type of exhibit dominates our hobby today.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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