Reef aquariums and the growing of live corals has become such a global phenomemon that no country or region has a monopoly on exceptional reef tanks. Yesterday’s we shared five of our favorite tanks from the high elevation of Denver Colorado, and today’s reef tank spread couldn’t come from further away, in the region of Adelaide South Australia.
Being on the South Coast of this continental country, Adelaide reefers are about as far as Aussies can get from a tropical coral reef. But just like Denver, it doesn’t matter where you live because where there’s a will for coral reefing, coral gardeners will find a way to grow some killer reef tanks.
Seeing a spread of reef tanks like these from one region of the world is actually quite eye-opening. You can see a certain of reef culture cross-pollination between these reef aquarium displays; there’s certain strains of soft corals and Montipora that seem to have made the rounds between these reefs.
Furthermore, although we can’t see the filtration on these tanks, they do share a lot of similarities. Minimal sand bed, a modest use of live rock and very well aquascaped rocks typify these Adelaidean reef tanks. Also, this group of reefers seem to be mostly sticking with T5 lighting for primary illumination of their corals, and their growth and coloration are every bit as good as with LEDs.