Marco Rocks Smart Start Live takes the pests outta live rock

Marco Rocks’ Key Largo reef rock is a great dry alternative to live rocks in a tank giving you nearly all the benefits of live rock, except the life. That is about to change with the introduction of the Marco…

Oliver Knott displays extreme aquascaping creativity in the Anubias booth and all over InterZoo

Any saltwater aquarists who’s been keeping fish or corals for some time knows that the freshwater aquarists have us trumped when it comes to making beautiful displays of aquarium nature. Most of this exposure to freshwater planted aquariums will be…

Thinking “Negative”- an overlooked aquascaping aspect

If you read my blog posts and articles on aquascaping, you hear me blabber on and on about the virtues of great rockwork, avoiding the uninspired rock wall configurations, the Golden Ratio, etc.  Yet for all my talk about rockwork,…

The Reefstock 2010 Aquascaping Design: Lessons learned and a Victory for the Road Less Travelled

Reeftock  2010 is now a pleasant memory. The aquascaping  “ Throwdown”  between myself and my new BFF, Freshwater “Iron Aquascaper” John Ciotti, was a smashing success, bringing aquascaping to the forefront of the marine hobby world, if only for a…

Aquascaped wonder Cube aquarium lit by LEDs

Reef Stock is just lesss than 48 hours away while I’m writing this. And if this is any indication of what it is in store for the Aquascaping competition then whoa! The 20-ish gallon 18″ cube aquarium uses a very…

Aquascaping techniques, tips and thoughts

As a reef geek who is more than just casually interested in creating great looking aquariums, I’ve made it my personal mission over the past few years to rid the reef aquarium world of dull and mediocre aquascaping. To this…

AGA aquascaping contest delivers stunning freshwater views

The 2009 Aquatic Gardener’s Association International Aquascaping Competition is up online and has some inspirational eye candy from our freshwater brethren. Aquscaping seems to be one of the things we are constantly striving to master and at times, is probably…

Aquascaping “Outside The Box” The Volcano-scape of Kyle Verry

If you’re a regular reader of my ramblings here on Reef Builders, at hobby conferences and in and hobby magazines, you know I’m a HUGE fan of “outside-the-box” thinking in aquascaping. No rock walls and boring layouts for me. Nope!…

A “Fresh” Approach

In  three decades (gulp) in the marine hobby, I’ve kept everything from Acropora to Xenia, and a lot of stuff in between. Seems as though I alway find something new to try; another challenge to accept, a different system to…

Reef Ramblings: Locomotion and Aquascaping

Introduction Fish Locomotion is a field of study that looks at how fish swim.  This may seem simple enough but there are many intricacies of muscle movement, fin shape, body design, habitat, prey selection, and inherent traits.  By investigating how…