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Dive into Bonaire

Even if you can't dive Bonaire's reefs, you can still assemble one of these Bonaire biotope aquariums in your home.

By Scott W. Michael |

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Aquarium Fish International

There are many wonderful dive locations in the Caribbean, but few can match Bonaire when it comes to the accessibility of beautiful coral reefs to both snorkelers and scuba divers. You don’t have to jump in a boat to go to a great dive location; you simply throw your gear into the back of your rental vehicle and drive to a fantastic spot to begin your underwater adventure. This 24-mile-long island, which is located 50 miles north of Venezuela in the Netherlands Antilles, is surrounded by healthy coral reefs that boast rich coral diversity and a high fish biomass.

In this article, I’ll look at some of the fish found on the fringing reefs of Bonaire and discuss how to best maintain some of these species in our home aquariums. I will also share five must-see dive spots (all are also great snorkeling spots) from this south Caribbean diving paradise and give you some examples of Bonaire biotope tanks. So let’s dive into the underwater world of Bonaire.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the April 2012 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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Daniel    Aurora, CO

3/14/2012 2:02:45 AM

I really liked all 3 of these articles and I want to check them out sometime. The only one I can afford to do right now would be Utah's Seabase. I was wondering if you are planning on reviewing any more that are a bit cheaper for those of us that cant afford to travel to other countries, or would have a hard time convincing our spouses on such a large trip?

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