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Aquascaping: Two sides of the proverbial coin

By Leonard Ho - Posted Feb 10, 2014 08:00 AM
We start off this week with two reefs on opposite ends of the spectrum showing just how aesthetically diverse reefkeeping is. Whether you like an aquarium chock-full of life, one with minimal structure, or something in between, there's an aquascape to suit all preferences. What's yours?

Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors


Reef #1: Our first video is Thomas Baker's packed and extremely colorful 320 gallon (1200 liter) SPS reef.  Stony corals fill virtually every inch of the massive aquarium with all the colors of the rainbow.

Reef #2: Remember the days when the reef aquascaping rule of thumb was 1-2 pounds of live rock per gallon of water?  We very much doubt this 60 gallon (225 liter) reef aquarium even has 30 pounds.  Yes; this tank is only 60 gallons.  Thanks to minimalist aquascaping, the tank appears much bigger than it really is.

Note the impressively huge Stichodactyla gigantea carpet anemone!

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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