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Any Salties out there? Saltwater Aquascapes

Discussion in 'Saltwater Aquascapes' started by John N., Sep 16, 2013.

  1. John N.

    John N. Administrator Staff Member

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    Saltwater Aquascapes, is there such a thing? :cautious:

    Let's see em!

    John
     
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    John

    I see the SW every time I go shopping as I live about 2klm from the beach as a matter of fact where I was a few hrs ago was only metres from the beach.

    If that counts.

    I think its more like looking at a live Reef or a Bommie usually a small reef by its self.
    In other words trying to duplicate nature.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Obviously great salt-water aquascapes can be achieved, but I'm not sure why it hasn't caught on more. Most reef tanks I see are just masses of liverock piled into the center.

    I'd really like to get into salt-water tanks one day, but I feel like I have to master the art with freshwater first.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Nick not actually many are sitting on special PVC frames or dead rocks.

    When I was driving one LFS about a 30min drive was a good Marine Shop.

    I think its the cost that is the big factor I got a massive shock when I fully costed setting up a 5ft SW tank.

    Keith:):)
     
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  5. John N.

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    Nick those are quite impressive saltwater aquariums.

    John
     
  6. John N.

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    The middle one is very spatially wonderful now that I take a closer look at it. I wish I knew more about saltwater tanks to do that.

    John
     
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    I think there are a couple reasons why we don't see the same focus on scaping within reefing community as we do aquatic plants. 1) A lot of hobbyists in the reefing community are about collecting various corals and trying to grow difficult species, so the tank becomes a collection for a multitude of species without much thought as to the overall theme or composition. 2) the time frame for a successful planted tank is as little as 3-6 months. A gorgeous well scaped reef tank can take 3-6 years depending on the corals and their rates of growth. That is a LONG time to hold to a singular vision. Think about how many times many of us freshwater folks rescape within that time period. The rescape and new look holds our interest, tough to stay so disciplined for so long.
     
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    OK I admit I do have this one.

    Keith:):)
     
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    You've been outed Keith! :eek:

    I have to admit it is a nice clean reef. Is that an eel I see in the cave?
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes its a Moray
    I though you worked it out its my Screen Saver I can select the fish, listen to the bubbles & music of my choice plus it pans across a wide area.

    Keith:):)
     
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    it's a screensaver?? haha I thought it was real too. I might download one myself...
     
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    :oops: I had no idea!:confused:

    No wonder it is so clean
     
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    Keith that's freaking hilarious.

    I've never consider the time aspect of growing a saltwater reef before. That's a interesting perspective.

    Are there no Saltwater Aquascaping Competitions out there?

    John
     
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    Hi Keith, That SW Screensaver:cool: Got me too :confused: Was thinking well Keith never said he had one of them tanks:confused: When i see your update post :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:(y)
     
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    It's funny that you ask that question now, because I just started a saltwater tank that has been really distracting me from my freshwater tank. image.jpg

    It might be hard to see, but I am having a really hard time placing my corals. I've got my water just right and picked out all the inhabitants, but those corals are proving to be tricky. Maybe I should just stick with freshwater tanks right now.

    Katie
     
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    Katie
    Try looking at it from the front.

    That looks like a night mare of a puzzle, are you going to frame it when its finished?

    Keith:):)
     
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    :ROFLMAO: You folks are a hoot!

    John
     
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    Keith,

    I have tried looking at it from the front. The coral is in such small pieces, I'm having a hard time seeing the big picture.

    Actually, what the real problem is, it's a painting. There are brush strokes, but no definition. Everything just blends together. I hadn't really thought about framing it. I might be so annoyed with it, that's don't want to see it ever again.

    Katie
     
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    Here is a little tip for "Forget about the whole picture and concentrate on one little area"

    Eg about middle RH side there is a big blue area.

    Sort out all the pieces that have a blue edge first.

    When finished or as far as you can go select another edge colour even if its only 2-3 pieces by slowly doing that you will get a little bit at a time done.

    Remember one piece added is better than not adding one piece.

    Keith:):)
     

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