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Reefkeeping Gangnam Style

By Leonard Ho - Posted Nov 02, 2012 08:00 AM
South Korea is home to a vibrant reef aquaria scene. A popular trend with Korean aquascaping is raising the reef structure far above the aquarium floor to create a top half brimming with coral growth while the lower half is largely a shaded cryptic zone.
Reefkeeping Gangnam Style

Korean reef aquarium with "elevated" aquascaping

The video quality may not be the best we've shared, but it's more than sufficient to show both the elevated reef aquascape as well as the health and beauty of this 120 gallon walk-around reef tank.

The practical benefit of this type of aquascaping is that corals are placed closer to the lights.  But the shaded lower portion also creates a striking aesthetic counterbalance - an yin-yang duality if you will (yes, I am fully aware this is a Chinese Taoist concept!).  Also, much of the biological activity on natural coral reefs actually occurs below the rock and coral cover.  An aquarium with an elevated reef structure may better simulate a slice of natural reef in your home.  It's a concept worth considering for your next reef aquarium aquascape.

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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