Saltwater Coral Reef Aquariums - 5 Tips for Success
Do you dream of watching the natural beauty of the undersea
reef life while sitting in your living room?
Whether your goal is a nano reef tank or a 150 gallon aquarium
with an ecosystem of coral and saltwater fish, the following five
tips will lead you on your way to success.
1) Commit! Decide you are going to spend the $$ it takes to
make a proper go of it. At a minimum, most tanks, (from 10 gal to
55 gal) take between $250 and $500 to get going. Can you do it
cheaper? Yes, but usually not your first one. You have to know
what you are doing and understand how things can and will go
wrong before you can choose less expensive husbandry options
and/or equipment. Save up if you have to, but count on that first
tank being expensive.
Realize that this is not a short term commitment. And as much
fun as it is to collect the coolest coral fragments out there and
show them off to your friends, there WILL come a time when you
are hauling all of those same 'frags' out of the tank and into
temporary storage when your six year old cracks the side of the
display tank with a pool ball or some other calamity occurs.
2) Study! Spend time on the internet, in books and watching
nature shows on reefs BEFORE you get your animals. Understand the
animals that you are going to keep and how they interact with
each other. If you count on the LFS (Local Fish Store) or your
buddy down the road to keep you out of trouble and don't do your
homework.. You will fail. That is the one guarantee in this
hobby. DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
The only way around this is to be able to afford to pay
someone else to set-up and maintain your tank.
3) Mingle! (see 2 above) There are plenty of reef-keeping
societies out there with lots of experience to help you along
your way and teach you what you need to know. As long as you are
doing your own homework, they are usually happy to help!
4) Keep an open mind! There is not just one way to keep a reef
tank - no matter how loudly people on the various bulletin boards
and forums out there might shout that there is.
5) Share! It is amazing how much help people are willing to
give when they realize that you are offering a particularly nice
specimen that they have always wanted. Equipment that they didn't
even remember they had may magically appear or they might be
willing to share a very nice piece of their own reef frag with
Trading frags not only is a great way to increase your
variety, but it helps maintain genetic strains of corals (frags
are also known as 'clones') that might otherwise die out in a
single tank struck by the calamity mentioned in 1 above.
Chris Knowlton is an avid fan of reef keeping and propagation.
He maintains a nano tank and two large saltwater reef aquariums.
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