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The Best of Both Worlds

By Leonard Ho - Posted Apr 30, 2014 09:00 AM
James Gilmore lives the good life. Due to the realities of finance, space, knowledge, and/or the indulgence of our better half, most aquarists are forced to make the tough choice when it comes to what type of aquarium we want to keep. Freshwater of saltwater? Planted or reef? James clearly subscribes to the philosophy: Why not both?
The Best of Both Worlds

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Yin & Yang

A few of us have the good fortune of keeping multiple aquariums, but rarely do we see two of the more advanced subtypes set up side by side; The combination definitely makes for one dynamic presentation!  James' two 20L rimless aquariums highlight the diverse disciplines and aesthetics within our hobby.   The slower-growing reef has some catching up to do to match the beauty and maturity of its planted counterpart (which is the focal point of the video*), but we have no doubt it'll get there.

*For those interested in the rundown for the planted aquarium, James shared a summary in his video's description:

Lighting: 4x39w T5HO ( FNI 10k, Wavepoint Tropical Sun, FNI Pink, Giesemann Midday
CO2: 3bps, 5lb Tank, Milwaukee Reg
Substrate: EcoComplete, White sand
Hardscape: Seiryu Stone, Malaysian Driftwood

Plants (Rear, Left to right): Ludwigia Tornado, Pearlweed, Ludwigia Rubin, Limno Aromatica, Rononculus Inundatus, Rotala sp Green, Stargrass
Plants (Front): Dwarf baby tears, riccia

Fish & Shirmp: Boraras Urophthalmoides, Panda Corydoras, True SAE, Ottos, Fire Red Shrimp, Blueberry Shrimp, Farlowella Cat, 2 Neon Tetra (kept because they were spawning in old tank but discus and harlequins would eat all eggs)

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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