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Any Salties out there? Saltwater Aquascapes

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

  1. randy0319

    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    At on of the LFS that I frequent, I became rather chummy with one of the owners. She confided in me (since they sell both aquatic plants, fresh water fish and reef fish-corals etc.) that she loves fresh water aquascapes because the endless expression and design possibilities intrigued her. She brought up this very good point: " Salt water reef tanks are basically a symphony in one key, fresh water aquascapes are the entire collection of all music". The colors might be amazing and the fish might be spectacular but it is still a variation of a natural coral reef. How the corals were placed, what fish were used, and if it is convex or concave (or other) would be criteria to consider. The subtleties would be where the judging would take place. If one were to try to duplicate a certain type of reef verses another, that would add interest. But things in the ocean are a lot bigger. One could not have a representation of a Kelp forest. But we can produce a view of a forest in our Fresh water tanks. Certain corals simply could not be used due to their growth size. But a salt coral riparium style could be a start. I hope that there will be coral scapes and salt water expressions of imagination. That is a totally different world that I admire and those who have salt in their blood are a cut above.
     
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  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Randy

    I have seen and fished many coral reefs in Tropical Aust and no tank could every recreate a natural reef as nature created it over many years.

    Then there is the cold SW reefs no where near as colourful but still very interesting in their own right

    Keith:):)
     
  3. randy0319

    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I agree with you. It would be great to see a reef tank that could capture such beauty but only if you are going to the great aquarium in Georgia.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    WetElbow

    If I had the spare cash and access to a SW LFS I would have a small SW tank already.

    All I can do now is look and admire other members SW tanks.

    What fish do you have in that tank?

    Keith:):)
     
  6. nick.scott

    nick.scott Aspiring Aquascaper

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    What corals do you have in the tank? Specifically the one on the bottom right! o.o wow is it an anemone? I love the Xenia at the top like a tree and the large polyps falling down the rocks... Any plans for the top right corner rock? perhaps Green Star Polyps

    [​IMG]
     
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  7. WetElbow

    WetElbow Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Fish stocking,
    Pair of ocellaris clown fish
    Six line wrasse
    Green clown goby
    Yellow watchman goby with symbiotic pistol shrimp
    Purple firefish.

    Ohh corals. Various zoeanthids, mushrooms, pulsing Xenia, fungus, open brain coral, favia, purple gorgonian, trumpets and the large one on the bottom right is a toadstool.

    I have a bubble tip anemone bottom centre of the tank, pale green.

    Lol, I actual had thought about a metallic green star polyp for the top right.

    Thanks for the interest.:)
     
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    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    You guys are killing me:cry: I want....:confused:
     
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  9. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    No harm in wanting I am the same.

    Keith:):)
     
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  10. greenfinger 2

    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi, ME TOO:( But the boss said a big fat NO:cry::cry:(n)
     

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