Using The Golden Ratio in Aquarium Design

Using The Golden Ratio in Aquarium Design

Good design isn’t all art and creativity. Good design is mathematical. One such element is the Golden Ratio which is numerically described as 1:618. This ratio has shown up in art and architecture for thousands of years and is in nature. We can see the Golden Ratio in ancient construction like the Parthenon and the Great Pyramid at Giza and modern day construction like the United Nations Headquarters. In nature the Golden Ratio can be seen...

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How to Design and Aquascape Your Aquarium

How to Design and Aquascape Your Aquarium

Aquascaping, a work of Art; Aquascaping is a term we generally use for describing the setting up and decorating of an aquarium in such a way that it satisfies our own perceptions of what is aesthetically pleasing. Yet in truth, Aquascaping is so much more. Aquascapes, like all art forms, have a great number of rules of guidance and application. These rules exist to guide us towards success, and succeed in doing so. But remember: rules exist only...

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Deepwater Acropora Care

Deepwater Acropora Care

The corals known as deepwater Acropora, are the species you find below the 15 to 18 meter mark. Most Acropora require strong lighting and don’t thrive below these depths, but deepwater Acropora is adapted to these unique conditions. The common deepwater Acropora have very elongated branchlets, spaced out corallites, and a smooth coenosteum. In the wild, these species are mostly brown to tan in color. But lately we have seen more and more...

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Guide to AEFW

Guide to AEFW

Acropora Eating Flatworms or AEFW are flatworms who live as parasites on Acropora corals. In my experiences at least two different types of flatworm seem to affect our Acroporids although others probably exist. I’m not sure if the two types I have dealt with are two different species, or the same species exhibiting two different types of behavior. Of these two types, one seems to be a rather benign species that seems to do harm only when...

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Guide to Iwagumi Aquaria

Guide to Iwagumi Aquaria

Introduction to Iwagumi The Japanese term “Iwagumi” literally means “rock formation.” In a Japanese rock garden, the rocks are the “bones” of the layout and usually consist of three or five rocks; one main or large rock flanked by two smaller rocks, but not of equal size. When the rock formation is placed properly, the rest of the layout will simply fall into place. Each rock used in Iwagumi has its own name. There are special...

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Guide to the Balling Method

Guide to the Balling Method

The Balling Method is a method to sustain optimal parameters of Calcium, Alkalinity and trace elements in an aquarium with calcium building corals and other invertebrates. When using this method, a calcium reactor is not necessary anymore, because the addition of the balling solution provide all the depletion of elements. Not using a Calcium reactor creates some benefits. The pH of the whole tank can be maintained at a higher level, because no...

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