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Myka
06-08-2013, 10:29 PM
Many of you have probably seen this tank before since it became "famous" a few years ago. It is one of the most memorable tanks I've ever seen and I am trying to mimic the organized, and structured look in my new tank. Wish me luck, I am no Japanese aquascaper. :lol:

Since I've been studying it and drooling over it lots lately, I figured I would share.

http://glassbox-design.com/2009/the-alluring-reef-of-anagonbe/

http://glassbox-design.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/anagonbe-fts-1.jpg

mrhasan
06-08-2013, 10:33 PM
Japanese folks know how to scape...be it with sand, trees or in water. And I guess the spotlight halides are their "not-so-secret" reason behind success.

Myka
06-08-2013, 10:34 PM
Here's another one that often inspires me...

http://reefbuilders.com/2012/03/27/kangs-korean-reef-aquarium/

http://reefbuilders.com/files/2012/03/mr-kang-reef-aquarium.jpg

mrhasan
06-08-2013, 10:35 PM
This one's my favorite :D

http://nantena.info/wp-content/uploads/87500cc0-s.jpg

Myka
06-08-2013, 10:37 PM
This one's my favorite :D

That is number 3 on my fav list. :D The only reason it doesn't make the cut is because I don't have space for a tank that is wide enough to pull that off.

gregzz4
06-08-2013, 11:26 PM
I really like that second pic Mindy, but if it were me, I'd probably remove all the 'clutter' on the sandbed
I really like the shaded area and how the sand looks, but I think we all know I'd not be able to pull off that clean sand right now :rolleyes:

I've saved that pic for future reference :smile:

mrhasan
06-08-2013, 11:30 PM
I really like that second pic Mindy, but if it were me, I'd probably remove all the 'clutter' on the sandbed
I really like the shaded area and how the sand looks, but I think we all know I'd not be able to pull off that clean sand right now :rolleyes:

I've saved that pic for future reference :smile:

Agreed. The corals on the sands are a bit distracting. A (might be) better way would have been to grow GSP all over the bottom to give an iwagumi look :D

Myka
06-09-2013, 02:24 AM
Yeah, I agree about the corals on the sand too. My new tank has a starboard bottom so it should be a nice clean look.

gregzz4
06-09-2013, 02:48 AM
Yeah, I agree about the corals on the sand too. My new tank has a starboard bottom so it should be a nice clean look.
'Starboard bottom'
qu'est que ce ?

Myka
06-09-2013, 03:10 AM
Starboard is a brand of HDPE or high density polyethylene. It is the plastic used for cutting boards; particularly those used in commercial applications like restaurant kitchens and butcher shops. It has a texture to the surface so it is not slippery and commonly comes in 1/16" to 1" thickness. Starboard is used to create a sandbed look in barebottom tanks, and although its use in aquaria en masse is relatively new, it has gained some popularity. Not only does it provide a more appealing look than a glass bottom it also can significantly distribute the rock weight depending on thickness. HDPE does float though, and silicone doesn't stick to it (pretty much nothing sticks to it lol) to you have to use the rocks to hold it down.

I have 3/4" in my tank. I got it from a plastics shop (they do custom acrylic signs and such) and it cost $60 I think. I think I'm going to drill it through part of its thickness and insert acrylic rod to help support my rock structure. The HDPE is cut 1/2" smaller than the inside tank dimensions to have a 1/4" gap all around. I put a bead of silicone around it to fill that gap so detritus and other gunk can't get down between the HDPE and the glass.

Myka
06-09-2013, 03:16 AM
This tank has very thin HDPE installed which I understand is prone to warping...
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j478/gypsyboy38/rightside.jpg

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c355/ratfamily/Aquarium/DSC03985.jpg

Myka
06-09-2013, 03:19 AM
You can also let coralline grow on it...
http://saltyzoo.com/other/jerel-tank/041122_1154_49x-512.jpg

gregzz4
06-09-2013, 04:05 AM
Kool, thanks for the info
As a cutting board, it would have come to mind right away, but in a tank it never crossed my mind :smile:

Myka
06-09-2013, 03:12 PM
Haha, funny how that happens sometimes, eh?

Dez
06-09-2013, 03:45 PM
Mindy, Do you have many tabling sps to mimic that first pic? I've found that tabling acros are hard to come by. Half the time you won't know what shape the coral will take in your tank over time.

The only tabling acro I have came from Bignose. We traded 1" frags and he gave it to me as a purple mili. I mounted it on a golf tee and now it looks like a colourful fuzzy pancake.

Also my super grape mili from Snappy took on a tabling form. However, I don't think that Snappy's was ever tabling. It is about 1 1/2" tall and tabling out to about a 6" diameter.

Myka
06-09-2013, 04:44 PM
No I don't have a tonne of tabling Acros, I will have to develop a new obsession. :D My A caroliniana tables pretty well, an A deswalli, and my Supergrape Milli tables too. Lots of Millis will table, and I have a few that are looking promising. That's a good start. :)

Myka
06-09-2013, 05:02 PM
I think also that sometimes A hyacinthus and A Prostrata are misidentified as A Millepora which is why sometimes "Milles" will table.

EDIT: Above I have a typo, I meant A desalwii.

Sebae again
06-09-2013, 06:15 PM
I have had some success with getting acros to table by mounting the frags horizontally instead of vertically especially over an overhang where there is more flow.