Aquarama is best known for its expansive display of a freshwater aquarium fish competition featuring the nicest discus, most beautiful betta fish, most jaw-dropping asian arowanas, and many more. But over the last few years Aquarama has also try to incorporate more and more saltwater aquarium subjects including a reef aquarium aquascaping competition that gets better with ever year.
For 2015 there were only four entries, but each of these 80 gallon or so displays looked absolutely incredible for being merely days old. The judging was performed by mostly freshwater fish experts who’s proficiency in saltwater tanks is on the mild side so you may not agree with the exact breakdown of the winners. but each of these displays is a winner in our book on mere execution under such a tight deadline, and for putting together truly presentable reef displays that any LFS would be proud to feature in their showrooms.
Every two years the Aquarama reef scaping competition is sponsored by various companies that donate the equipment used in these reef displays. This year, newcomer to the lighting world Sanrise got top billing as the LED lighting sponsor of each tank, and the rainbow of color spectrum was impressively demonstrated over each of these tanks, and the wealth of different colors and forms that the corals displayed thanks to the Sanrise LED lights.
The long term sustainability of the Aquarama reef displays sometimes leaves much to be desired, but this year’s selection of corals and fish animals for the reef tanks were totally believable, that is we believe all these animals could be kept happy long term where and how they were placed in the aquarium.
The Aquarama reefscaping competition is open to all, but realistically it is limited by logistics of shipping and preparation to those companies operating in Singapore. This aquascaping competition may not be anywhere near the level and scale of what we have come to see from the International Aquatic Plant Layout Competition but for now it’s all we’ve really got, and we’re glad to say it’s actually pretty good, and a pleasure to see what will come together each Aquarama.