Red Sea’s Reef @ The Aquatic Experience 2015

12 Nov, 2015

While it’s fair to say that the majority of aquariums on display at the 2015 Aquatic Experience were freshwater, that should come as no surprise, given the vastly larger size of the freshwater aquarium hobby. Still, marine fish were very well represented. While I saw several nice displays, one particular display caught my attention: the Red Sea REEFER™ System aquarium display set up by Chicago-area reef specialty retailer Sea Schor.

Considering that display tanks like this are set up extremely quickly, the odds are good that Sea Schor was only there a day before show opening to set this up. The tank has to look great immediately, which means careful livestock selection and the use of large coral colonies are a must.

Nicely aquascaped showing a mix of "soft corals" and LPS, the aquarium reminds us that a beautiful reef aquarium can be more than colorful Acropora sticks.

Nicely aquascaped, showing a mix of “soft corals” and LPS, the aquarium reminds us that a beautiful reef aquarium can be more than colorful Acropora sticks.

A little bit of everything makes this tank quite the visual buffet.

A little bit of everything makes this tank quite the visual buffet.

This gorgonian, when open, was a strong and striking feature coral in the reef. We should keep more Gorgonians in our tanks!

This Gorgonian, when open, was a strong and striking feature coral in the reef. We should keep more Gorgonians in our tanks!

A beautiful large Trachyphyllia rests on the sand.

A beautiful large Trachyphyllia rests on the sand.

Banggai Cardinalfish play around a green Alveopora.

Banggai Cardinalfish play around a green Alveopora.

 

This small metallic orange Lobophyllia caught my attention.

This small metallic orange Lobophyllia caught my attention.

Just a little bit of everything!

Just a little bit of everything!

Just as quickly as it was set up, the tank was torn down within hours of the event’s ending. It takes a special skill to pull this all off; clearly Sea Schor did an impressive job. Temporary displays like this are one of the many reasons to attend an event like the Aquatic Experience. Put it on your calendar for 2016 (as son as they announce the dates)!

Bonus – watch the Carlson Surge Device fire on Sea Schor’s 500-gallon in-store reef display!

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Matt Pedersen
Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC, including AMAZONAS & CORAL Magazines. Matt has kept aquariums for 34 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized as the 2009 MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

2 Comments

  1. November 15, 2015

    Could I please have more info on the availability of Red Sea tank cars specs. I just love the color and its durability. I love the petit aspect to it.

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