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    Vasconcelo Gives LPS Aquascaping Clinic

    Our European blogging friends over at H20 + Something recently featured the impressive reef tank of Artur Vasconcelo. The near 1,000g system is filled with plenty of gadgets, a tank room that would make you jealous, and a shoal of surgeons that would put the Tang Police in shock. Even with all that, for me, the most […]

    Our European blogging friends over at H20 + Something recently featured the impressive reef tank of Artur Vasconcelo. The near 1,000g system is filled with plenty of gadgets, a tank room that would make you jealous, and a shoal of surgeons that would put the Tang Police in shock.

    Even with all that, for me, the most stand out feature was this lone structure, dominated by LPS with a few sprouting Montiporas on top. The corals themselves are not limited editions, or exceedingly rare. I’d go as far as saying their pretty common. However, their placement and shapes make for a sharp looking coral structure.

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    While the lower portion is exposed, and perhaps too repetitive with the Scolymia–the rest of the structure is just the opposite. The large Branching Hammer colony compliments and balances the two color strains of Caulastrea.

    A similar color palette is then carried over to the Montiporas which are made up of Purple, Green and Orange M. digitata morphs. The softer smoother shapes of the Montipora contrast well with the fleshy LPS and make for a pleasing and natural transition from LPS to SPS. If the branching Montiporas grow in and the lower portions of this structure mature as we expect, this will make for one hell of a coral island.

     

    7 Comments

    1. October 4, 2010 at 10:38 PM | Permalink

      glad to see a tank from my country 😀 it looks amazing!

    2. October 4, 2010 at 10:38 PM | Permalink

      glad to see a tank from my country 😀 it looks amazing!

    3. Nicksadaka
      October 5, 2010 at 3:10 PM | Permalink

      It’s beautiful and I always love when someone can make an impressive reef tank without using all the high end, rare and designer coral. Very inspiring!

    4. animalmaster6
      October 5, 2010 at 11:31 PM | Permalink

      What a fantastic tank!!

    5. pickle
      October 6, 2010 at 10:07 PM | Permalink

      very nice looking tank but surprised that someone doing an aquascaping clinic would have an aggressive hammer coral colony within easy reach of $3000 worth of Scolys and Trachys. One night of sweeper tentacles could leave nothing but bare skeletons on those.

    6. mitch rusch
      August 24, 2011 at 3:41 AM | Permalink

      Superb reef tank, very visually stunning planted aquarium, hope there are more aquatic plants. Good job!!

    7. mitch rusch
      August 24, 2011 at 3:41 AM | Permalink

      Superb reef tank, very visually stunning planted aquarium, hope there are more aquatic plants. Good job!!

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