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Let Your Reef Shine

Here are eight creative ways to light your reef tank and your prized specimens.

By Adam Blundell, M.S. |

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Aquariums are miniature living ecosystems. Properly designed systems have filtration, space, water flow and several other factors included in the setup. Aquariums have a function, a purpose, and a set of methodical constructs used to accomplish the goal of providing a healthy and thriving environment for their inhabitants. But let’s be honest: the best part of aquariums is looking at them. Hobbyists want their aquariums to shine, sparkle and showcase their beloved aquatic pets.

Reef aquarium inhabitants are incomprehensibly diverse. The sheer number of different organisms available that are well-suited for home aquaria are too vast to comprehend. The hobby tends to focus on a few select groupings of organisms for aquariums, most notably fish, corals and some crustaceans. While these groupings dominate the hobby, a multitude of other organisms play an important role in reef systems and home aquaria. Some examples of other important organisms are mollusks (including snails and clams), echinoderms (including sea stars and urchins) and macroalgae. All of these items can be showcased and highlighted in a reef aquarium. Often the key to really seeing something is to provide the right amount of light for it.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the December 2011 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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Bill    Longview, TX

11/15/2011 1:53:46 PM

When will AFI go digital to read on an IPAD

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