As you may know, I'm a great fan of unusual aquarium concepts, and I'm always up to see a new tank or two (or 15).
I was doing some stuff for my SW venture, Unique Corals, and I became a bit...sidetracked. Someone showed me this interesting pic on Instagram of a bare bottom FW planted tank! Okay, at first, as a reefer, I'm like, "Okay, well, so what? Everyone seems to run their reefs bare bottom these days."
(Not a crazy concept for a reef aquarium ..Leonardo's beautiful bare bottom minimalist reef)
(Something different from GolfCoastDiscus!)
Then it hit me.
Bare bottom FW planted?!? This is a really uncommon thing in Freshwater...however, it's a sign of a "cross-back" of technique between the two "media", and I thought it was cool. Of course, further investigation involved running this pic by my good friend and (IMHO) one of the world's top aquascapers, Johnny Ciotti- and he thought it was "dope"- and told me it's starting to become quite popular in Japan.
I just found that so cool.
And it's funny- I've had a lot of conversations with customers/FW fans lately about other concepts that we consider mundane in reef keeping (like refugia in Discus, African cichlid, and predator tanks) becoming more and more popular in the FW world. It's really neat...we are in a true new wave of "cross pollination" in the aquarium world. Love it.
Don't dis reefers, because they have some tricks that WE can learn from, too!
A great time to be a freshwater hobbyist. A great time to be reefer. An awesome time to be an AQUARIST!
Enjoy your weekend...
And stay wet.