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Simple Tips for Effective Marine Aquarium Aquascaping

Peaks, valleys, channels, and multiple outcroppings are aspects of a great aquascapeSince we launched Saltwater Smarts, we’ve been sprinkling the term “aquascaping” into our posts with reckless abandon. While many of you seasoned salties out there might be well acquainted with this term, others may find themselves scratching their heads each time they come across it. Aquascaping simply refers to the manner in which the rockwork, substrate, and any décor items are arranged in the tank—like landscaping, only under water. While there’s certainly an aesthetic component to aquascaping, its true significance goes well beyond visual impact. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind as you plan and implement your own marine aquarium aquascape: Design with livestock in mind The first thing to consider as you develop your aquascape is the type of livestock you plan to keep. Fish, for instance, can have very different aquascaping needs depending on the species. Some, including many tangs, need ample open swimming space, whereas others, such as the various clownfishes, are more site-attached and therefore demand more structure than swimming space.
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How to take picture of our aquarium: photography course part II – The Pictures

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The photo is of the beautiful tank of Paolo Marzocchi After the great success of the previous section that talked about the general theory of photography and the basics to get great photos, and I recommend you to read if you had not yet done to better understand what I write in this article. I’m going to talk strictly about how to get good photos in aquarium, with many practical examples.… More:

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How to take a picture of your aquarium: photography course part I

img3724w How to take a picture of your aquarium: photography course part I During my visit to the eighth edition of Salento Aquarium, a show in Italy, I did a lesson on a subject that I really like “Aquarium, how to take pictures“, and are therefore here, as promised, to propose a mini-course as a guideline how to photograph in the aquarium, getting the best with our equipment, obviously the course is open to all, since most of what is written applies to any photographic genre, even though the examples will focus on the photographs in the aquarium. I hope that the course will be useful and that you enjoy reading it, and if you have any requests please leave your comments. This is the first part that covers the basics of photography, the choice of lenses and the setting of the camera, the second part will address specifically the photographs in the aquarium, going into the details of how to photograph aquariums, fish and corals , and the last part will cover instead the development of the digital negative, the RAW file.… More:

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Live Rock: An Inconvenient Reality

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A minimalist approach to rock in a Japanese reef.

 We all know that live rock helps create a more natural environment in our captive reefs.  It inoculates the tank with numerous strains of bacteria that help metabolize waste and keep your nutrients in check.  It smuggles in all manner of fauna that will eventually populate the aquarium and make up a large portion of your clean up crew.  It offers the capacity to help buffer the water keeping your PH stable.  With some establishments charging $10 or more per pound and advising 1-1.5 pounds per gallon of tank volume, you might want to really think about what you’re investing in before filling the tank up with rock.… More:
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