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    Amazing Reefs on Instagram: 2016 Edition

    I may not write as much these days, but I’m still involved in the hobby and generally keeping tabs on the industry. Recently Instagram has been my reef-voyeur medium of choice. Thankfully there are some incredible aquariums that get shared on the social media platform. Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular […]

    I may not write as much these days, but I’m still involved in the hobby and generally keeping tabs on the industry. Recently Instagram has been my reef-voyeur medium of choice. Thankfully there are some incredible aquariums that get shared on the social media platform. Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order. And yes,there are some from Japan.

    Anecdotally I find it interesting that I personally keep gravitating towards aquariums with no black or blue background–just clear glass. The clarity and openness really does change the feel. You’ll notice most of these here share that feature.

     

     

    Bandit, Venusta, Multifasciata and Joculator Angels show off in Maro’s simple low coral boulder ‘scape. How those Xenia are not eaten is beyond me. I appreciate the simplicity of the layout, the amount of open water space, and color choices.  Two Kessil spots show it all off giving great glitter lines. Maro is working on a new drop-off reef to keep tabs on in the future.


     

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    Tarafuku regularly shows progress pictures and videos of his beautiful SPS reef shelf aquarium. This Japanese rimless aquarium is fitted with the classic light rack we often see used with only spotlights. Tarafuku implements  NA/EU style LED fixtures–Ecotech Radions being his latest choice–with some Japanese LED spots mixed in for good measure.


     

    Not only is this tank beautiful–the coral growth is outstanding. Charlie has grown these all from small frags and regular hacks back those Staghorns. The density of this aquarium always floors me. Both fish and corals. Hats off to this reefer for his water quality. Achieving that density with great growth and SPS color is no easy feat.


     


    SPS reefs filled with Acropora sp. tend to get the most attention in this hobby and drive much of the discourse. However, I do love mixed reefs. User Reefscape has a mature Leather coral and LPS dominated tank. I’ve been hoping to see more soft coral dominated deep-water reefs become more popular. Hopefully this is a start.


     

    I’ve done my best to ensure these are actual owners sharing these images, and not picture collectors. It’s fun to see after all these years a few GBD pics make their way on there.

    Have suggestions for future instagram features–even your own? Leave it in the comments.

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