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    Aqua Rei Photo Contest Shows Off Japanese Reef Hall of Fame

    Thinking of re-aquascaping your tank? A heavy dose of Japanese Reef inspiration awaits you below. From the Archives. This was originally posted in June 8th, 2009.  Aqua Rei, a LFS in Japan put on a Photo Contest for its customers to see who had the best aquarium of all. Fortunately for us it has been […]

    Thinking of re-aquascaping your tank? A heavy dose of Japanese Reef inspiration awaits you below. From the Archives. This was originally posted in June 8th, 2009. 

    Aqua Rei, a LFS in Japan put on a Photo Contest for its customers to see who had the best aquarium of all. Fortunately for us it has been shared online and highlights some of the most beautiful and well known reefs from Japan.  It’s a mishmash of recent talents like Anagonbe’s Reef and nostalgic representations of Japanese style aquariums such as Hiroyuki’s Rainbow Reef from 2005. Check it out for some intense Japanese Reef eye candy.

    anagonbe-fts-lights

    For those of who may have missed it, you can find more on Anagonbe’s reef, shown above, in our Top Selection write up here. If you thought Anagonbe’s or Yasuhiro’s lighting was elaborate… take a peak at Hiroyuki’s set up.

    hiroyuki-fts-anglehiroyuki-lighting

    Seven 250w DE Metal Halides, 11 Superkaru 150w Metal Halide Spotlights and a handful of NB CFL spots and LEDs. Keep in mind, the bulbs come on at different times, but I would cringe to see his electric bill each month. The big question is if the Rainbow Lagoon is still up? Like the Blue Lagoon, we don’t know. The photos above are some of the most recent from 2006. We’ll have more on Hiroyuki’s reef in the future–it is another well known aquarium that ranks up there with Yasuhiro’s for it’s planning and style.

    Thanks to StonyReef for for bringing the Aqua REI page to our attention.

    16 Comments

    1. stunreefer
      June 8, 2009 at 2:47 PM | Permalink

      Amazing, thanks for sharing guys!

      I love the fact that EVERY single tank has at least one gorgeous Pomicanthidae specimen in it 😀

    2. D Morel
      June 8, 2009 at 6:13 PM | Permalink

      Can’t get enough of these, an now even more new lights I want!

      That IS some serious eye candy by the way, thanks for the links.

    3. June 8, 2009 at 8:54 PM | Permalink

      amazing use of space
      and coral placement.
      thanks for sharing once again.
      f.

    4. Ian
      June 8, 2009 at 9:07 PM | Permalink

      Those dudes are NUTTY with their lighting…

      I wonder if there’s a Japanese tank coffee table book out there…….

    5. June 8, 2009 at 9:12 PM | Permalink

      @Ian, something on that note has been discussed… not sure if it will become a reality.

    6. Doug Benson
      June 8, 2009 at 9:43 PM | Permalink

      The amount they spend on lighting over there is ridiculous. I finally found a source for those ‘Supercool’ spotlights and bulbs, and the prices are nuts even before having them imported to the States.

    7. mcliffy2
      June 9, 2009 at 8:52 AM | Permalink

      @ Ian – While its not the “Angelfish of the World” book features quite a few Japanese tank in the last chapter on angelfish in the aquarium. Its a great book, highly recommended.

    8. mcliffy2
      June 9, 2009 at 8:53 AM | Permalink

      @ Ian – edit, I mean not the focus. The book definitely is called Angelfish of the World 🙂

    9. Nicholas Sadaka
      June 9, 2009 at 12:15 PM | Permalink

      Does anyone know if their cost of electricity is significantly cheaper than here in America or is it just that these probably come from pretty affluent hobbyists? For some reason I’d think it’d be MORE expensive over there, but absolutely no basis for that belief.

    10. Ian
      June 9, 2009 at 1:41 PM | Permalink

      @Mcliffy2, I’ve read it at least 50 times 😉 thanks though…

    11. June 9, 2009 at 2:24 PM | Permalink

      The spot lights arent that bad if you can find them . I recently sold mine for very cheap since I am going with T5 . As for the blue lagoon I had a thread a long time ago but small schooling fish ( parvulus / redspot cardinal ) during this time you couldnt get them .

      I forget who posted but there were pictures and info about what happened. I suppose the tank unfortunately crashed. I have the pictures but its on a beefed hard drive ill need to send to get the data off the platters

    12. June 9, 2009 at 5:19 PM | Permalink

      Electric cost in Japan is much higher than US. However, in general their electric equipment is not required Amp.
      Electric bill for some of Japanese reefer would be around $300 or more, but the normal electric bill without these equipment is around $100.

    13. D Morel
      June 9, 2009 at 9:30 PM | Permalink

      I’m running 9 150W fixtures currently (number to increase soon) plus a dedicated AC unit for the fish room.
      I don’t like talking about electricity costs….

    14. Nicholas Sadaka
      June 10, 2009 at 3:08 PM | Permalink

      Thanks TAKA…I had always wondered about this, so I guess my other answer would be that guys with these setups are well-to-do ladies and gentlemen. Just wondering if I needed to take my tank and go set up over there instead of here for some financial benefits!!! Guess not:)

    15. June 11, 2009 at 11:52 AM | Permalink

      Eric,
      anagonbe just told me that he would like to say thank you to you because of your aqua rei post.

    16. January 25, 2013 at 5:12 AM | Permalink

      Man that’s quite an assortment of lights over that tank. I bet the whole thing bursts into flames if you turn em all on at once!

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