All Time Top 10 Reef Tanks
Rated #1: AZReef
Number of votes: 142
About Yourself: I have been a part of the reef culture for over 15 years. This is my second reef tank. I started with a 75 gallon tank in which I learned a lot before having the luck of getting this 200 plus tank. My original goal when I set up this micro reef was that every coral could be reproduced providing tank raised, hardy and colorful corals to the hobby. The tank has been successful to that goal.
Fish Kept: Yellow Tang, Flame Hawk, Chromis, Clown Fish, assorted damsel, Rabbit Fish Other invertebrates: Cleaner shrimp, chestnut cowrie, royal urchin, blue linka starfish, snails, black brittle star
Corals/Plants Kept: Platgyra (Brain), Yellow Sinularia, Colt Coral, Euphyllia (Frogspawn, Anchor varieties), Capenella, Sarcophyton, Caulastrea, Anthelia, green star polyps, Assorted mushrooms, lobbophytum, Turbiania, Yellow Polyps
Tank Size: 200
Advice: Research as much as you can and have a plan. Try not to do things on the fly and think through what you need to do to be successful with anything you will have in your micro reef. This tank has been up and running since 2003. Most of the corals are a number of generations from the originals. Most of the fish are 8 to 12 years old. Growth in the tank is very fast and corals must be harvested every 6 to 12 months to prevent over crowding.
Description: 200 Gallon Reef Tank
Rated #2: Surferdude
Number of votes: 223
Quote: Be patient and let it Grow
About Yourself: Fun, Hard Working, Perfectionist, if its worth doing its worth doing better than normal.
Fish Kept: Sailfin, Purple Tang X3, 5 Yellow Tangs, 1 Marroon Clown, 1 Christmas Wrasse, 1 Yellow Wrasse, Vlamingi Tang, Blue Jaw Trigger, 3 Soldier Bar's, Coral Beauty, Fox Face, Long Nose Butterfly, Virgate Rabbit Fish, Copperband Butterfly, Hawaiian Naso Tang, among many others...
Corals/Plants Kept: Too Many to mention...heck I don't even know all the names.
Tank Size: 180
Advice: Take the time to read in depth Before you begin this hobby and find very good Teachers (Thanks to Richard, Greg, Kim, and Kevin) Special Thanks to Seachem. Enjoy the hobby on a day to day basis and treat your Aquarium as if it were a Machine that needs constant maintenance. Hard work and persistence are a must in this hobby. There are also NO Short Cuts or Quick Fixes in this hobby!
Description: 180 Reef with various Hard and Soft Corals. T5 lighting Only.
Rated #3: reefbloke
Number of votes: 215
Quote: Its not what you got,its what you do with it
About Yourself: keeping marines fro about 16 years,likes photgraphy and hanging around fish shops with muppets.
Fish Kept: Pair sargassum triggers,achilles tang,yellow tang,purple firefish,mandarin,peacock wrasse,kole tang,2 anthias,2 chromis,flame angel,cleaner wrasse,
Corals/Plants Kept: various sps,LPS including 2 elegance and a scolly
Tank Size: 210
Description: my tank (Jan 08)
Rated #4: iwan
Number of votes: 350
Fish Kept: 2 Zebrasoma flavescens 1 Zebrasoma veliferum 20 Pseudanthias squamipinnis 11 Chromis virdis 3 Amphiprion ocellaris 2 Oxycirrhites typus 2 Synchiropus splendidus 2 Labroides dimidiatus 1 Salarias fasciatus 1 Gobiodon okinawae 2 Gobiodon histrio
Corals/Plants Kept: several stone corals
Tank Size: 210
Advice: In my opinion the most important ingredients for successfully keeping sensitive sea animals are: Take time, much time and watch the animals closely. Changes to the system must always be done slowly. Fast changes usually have negative impacts. Don't overlook the fact that most of the available animals and decorations (LR) are taken from the oceans. As a diver in tropical waters I enjoy swimming in untouched coral-reefs, full of great and small life. The ability to do this in an incomparable system is very important to me. As a diver there is an unwritten law: "Grasp nothing, do not carry anything forward... Except photos and memories." The thought to put animals from this singular habitat into an artificial biotope seems grotesque. The uniqueness of the habitat "coral reef" is dependent on every resident. Every organism is a small, important part in the success of this wonderful world. It is necessary to understand and be conscience of these. I try to offer my animals an adequate and natural habitat. If possible, I always give after-cultivations and coral fragments the advantage. My topmost aim is keeping corals and fishes and not has to replace them. Unfortunately, there are reef keepers who replace the fishes and corals once in a while. Simply, unsuitable conditions and a lack of experience/interests are the reasons for it. I personally disassociate myself with those that do not care. The preservation of the natural coral-reefs isn't only a thing for the governments; everybody can and should make their own contributions.
Description: full view
Rated #5: Perry
Number of votes: 211
About Yourself: 35 years old, live in Como, George Clooney's holiday place ;-)
Fish Kept: 1 Gramma loreto 2 Ocellaris 1 Pseudochromis Fridmani 1 Pseudochelinus Hexataenia 1 Centropyge Acanthops 2 Chromis Viridis 1 Synchiropus splendidus 2 Anthias Squamipinnis 1 Neocirrithes Armatus 2 Pterapogon kauderni 1 Ecsenius bicolor 1 Zebrasoma Veliferum 2 Chromis Vanderbilti 1 Valenciennae Strigata
Corals/Plants Kept: Too much to write here ;-) Some acropora, seriatopora, pocillopora,montipora,briareum, favia, sabella spallanzanii, echinopora,etc etc
Tank Size: 100
Advice: Read, read and read! Patience and passion.
Description: After 6 months..
Rated #6: McPhisto
Number of votes: 239
Quote: no one
About Yourself: Computer system manager, drum player
Fish Kept: 1 Pomacanthus Imperator 1 Acanthurus Sohal 1 Euxiphipops Navarcus 1 Pygoplites Diacanthus 1 Pseudochromis paccagnella 2 Synchiropus marmoratus 2 Synchiropus splendidus 2 Amphiprion clarkii 1 Dascyllus melanurus 5 Chrysiptera parasema 1 Pseudochelinus hexataenia 2 Amphiprion Percula 1 Gramma Loreto 1 Pseudochromis flavivertex 2 lysmata ambionensis 1 lysmata wundermanni 2 hymenocera elegans 3 Lysmata debelius 10 calcinus elegans
Corals/Plants Kept: 2 cataliphyllia jardinei 1 ricordea yuma 2 euphyllia cristata 1 euphyllia glabrescens 1 seriatopora stellata 1 seriatopora histryx 1 millepora red 3 pocillopora tricolor 2 sarcophiton 1 tridacna crocea 1 tridacna maxima 3 montipora foliosa 15 acropora sp. 1 phisogyra 1 turbinaria peltata 3 goniopora (green - purple) 1 galaxea 1 actiniodiscus blue 1 fungia
Tank Size: 100
Advice: Be patient, patient and patient again!!
Description: front view
Rated #7: arsensT
Number of votes: 231
About Yourself: my love to the ocean and natural reefs got me into this great hobby.Many thanks to all others for shareing their knoledge.
Fish Kept: /sorry not a fish guy.they'r all beautifull...
Corals/Plants Kept: mainly sps.w/some lps and quadr.anemone
Tank Size: 110
Advice: one of the best things I started is-reeftank[for life]I have many achievemants in my life and u have to be perfectioniest to rich the highest point.Do alot of your own reaserch in every aspect....