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Special Exhibit Features Examples of Planted Aquaria

Photo by WolfmanSF. CC by 4.0.

Photo by WolfmanSF. CC by 4.0.

 Aquarium keeping is clearly as much an art as it is a science. Yet, outside of public aquariums, we do not often see aquaria formally displayed in public galleries. That alone makes one current exhibition at Golden Gate Park’s Conservatory of Flowers unique and exciting. The oldest public wood-and-glass plant conservatory in the North America, the Conservatory of Flowers has been a celebrated San Francisco landmark for over a century. Over two million plant enthusiasts from all over the world have visited the Victorian-era facility since its renovation and reopening in 2003. Running until 4:00 P.M. Sunday, April 4, 2015, this ambitious exhibition, “Aquascapes: The Art of Underwater Gardening,” showcases a wide variety of… More:

How to take picture of our aquarium: photography course part II – The Pictures

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:

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:

Live Rock: An Inconvenient Reality

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: is the world's leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. We offer a free open forum and reef related news and data to better educate aquarists and further our goals of sustainable reef management.