I love aquariums so much, it doesn’t matter what kind of tank it is, as long as someone’s put some Love into it, it shows. As hard as we work and fiddle with and try to perfect our reef aquariums, we are absolutely losing the aquascaping front to just about any of the well arranged, meticulously groomed planted freshwater tanks.
In order to be a better editor to you, I read a lot of blogs, blogs of all kinds, including technology and popular culture. So imagine my surprise yesterday when Technology blog Gizmodo had a featured post on the awesome world of aquascaping, and it’s all about the freshie tanks.
As impressive as reef tanks are, and can be, for every picture of a jaw dropping reef tank that I can find to impress an uninitiated non-aquarist, I can dig up a hundred scaped freshwater tanks that will blow it away. When it comes to the aquascaping world, to say we lost would be somehow implying that we are even in the game.
Come on you guys! We KNOW how to grow corals, we know how to grow corals fast, and we have a MUCH bigger palette of colors, textures, shapes and critters with which to make bomb-diggedy, aquascaped reef scenes. This year I challenge the collective reef aquarium community, all over the world, to step up and create some reef tanks that really meet the criteria of aquascaping.
I seriously love planted and freshwater aquariums, but saltwater and reefs are my passion. I am tired of losing mindshare in popular culture to some kid with a 15 gallon tank, a normal output striplight and a little bit of hairgrass. Surely out there somewhere is a kid with a nano reef, a decent LED and some green star polyps who can get the ball rolling with a legitimately aquascaped marine or reef aquarium. Show us what you got! [Sploid]