After stumbling across Thor’s (crazy4acros) stunning reef aquarium we felt more people needed to see this beauty. I will not hesitate to say this is the best American aquascaped reef aquarium I have seen for sometime. Here is Thor’s story… Ever since I was young I always wanted to mimic a natural environment for my […]
After stumbling across Thor’s (crazy4acros) stunning reef aquarium we felt more people needed to see this beauty. I will not hesitate to say this is the best American aquascaped reef aquarium I have seen for sometime. Here is Thor’s story…
Ever since I was young I always wanted to mimic a natural environment for my animals, even my gold fish bowl needed to have a live plant rather than a ceramic “No Fishing” sign. As I got older I ventured into Freshwater Gardening and Terrariums again trying to mimic a natural scene with driftwood and java moss the whole works. When I actually graduated into Reef keeping I started with a 100g and always wondered what was up with the pile o rocks deal? Back then we all wanted as much live rock as possible to help out with filtration and couldn’t help but to pile/stack them all up like that. Well one day I got sick of the “pile o rock” look and tried making pillars and caves using just zip ties. It turned out somewhat better looking than a pile of rocks.
Then I upgraded into a slightly larger tank 150g I decided to go extreme and give it a more natural look. It was a hell of a challenge due to the tank being 30″ tall but this is what i came out with.I started to read about Rimless Starphire tanks and completely fell in love with them. I just had to have one and decided to go with a cube.My current tank is a LeeMar Rimless Starphire glass cube with a center overflow and single return, well not exactly a cube it’s 36Lx36Wx24H. For lighting I’m using a single 400w SE MH powered by a PFO HQI Ballast in Luminaric III Pendant. To control the heat I’m using an Arctica 1/4hp chiller. Filtration consist of a Berlin style sump with a 100 micron filter sock, a Precision Marine Bullet 2 Skimmer powered by a SEQUENCE Barracuda 4300GPH. The pump is also used for my return and chiller loop all on a manifold.
Again I wasn’t going to settle for the pile of rock deal so I went even more extreme and thought of a Bonsai Tree for an inspiration. To keep the extreme overhangs sturdy I had to drill holes and use Acrylic rods and Epoxy to butt the rocks together then secure and tie it all up with Zip Ties. The biggest challenge was to create a pleasing view from all three sides and I did not want it to look too crowded in there. I decided to go with an open look; by doing that I had to remove about 30 pounds of live rock. I was never satisfied with my aquascape and I had changed it about 4x before settling with my current rockwork. This is what it looks like now.
Just thought I’d share the possibilities on what we can do with our aquascape you too don’t need to settle for a “pile o rock” look. Let’s display our beautiful corals on beautiful pedestals. Thanks for reading and good luck with your next aquascape.