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.
Fish Kept:1 Naso Tang
3 Yellow Tangs
1 Kole Tang
1 Blue Tang
1 Fox Face
1 Copperband Butterfly
4 Lyetrail Anthais (1 male, 3 female)
1 Blue Devil Damsel
Lemon Lime millepora
Becker Blue Tort
Blue tip Stag
Sky Blue tipped aspera
Purple and blue rubosta
Teal Corallites nobilis
Purple tip deswali
Glowsticks and sapphire kimbesis
Barney purple encrusting
Blue polyp encrusting
Green and orange polyp encrusting
Pink pocillopora damicornis
Green Pink pocillopora damicornis
Green Star Polyps
Zooanthids (assorted colonies and colors)
Advice:If I were to give anyone words of advice I would tell them to be patient, good things take time to develop.
Too many people rush into things and fail to allow their aquariums to reach their full potential.
Read as much as can, books and forums are great tools. This hobby has many great people ready and able to answer almost all questions thrown their way. So if you're unsure about anything please ask. Hopefully as the years pass this hobby will become more accessible; with new technologies developing rapidly it's an exciting time to be in this hobby.
Description:Main Tank: 225gl Starphire (60Lx36Wx24H) Euro-Braced Reef Tank
Water Movement: TUNZE 6100 Stream, SEIO 1500, One Aquaclear 270 Powerhead
Main Pump: Sequence DART
Skimmer: Deltec AP851
Calcium Reactor: GEO Calcium Reactor
Main Lighting: Two 250 watt Metal Halide housed in Lumenarc III Reflectors
Bulbs: Two XM 10K 250 Watt SE - Three 140 watt VHO (Two Uri Actinic, One Actinic White)
Ballasts: Two Hellolights ARO PRO Series Ballasts M58
Sump: 45gl sump, 4 cups of carbon changed every month. Small Refugium in sump.
Top Off: Tank is topped off with Kalkwasser using a Deltec KM500 Kalk Stirrer
Calcium: ~ 400 PPM
Alkalinity: ~ 7.5dKH
Specific Gravity: ~1.026
pH: ~ 8.23
Temperature:~ 77.4 - 79.0
About Yourself:I started with a 120 gallon tank, progressed to 180, and now a 375. Going from 120 to 180 wasn't hard. The move to 375 was very challenging. Reef keeping becomes exceedingly difficult as the water volume increases.
Fish Kept:Green Chromis
Zebra Striped Gobies
Red Fire Fish Gobies
Scott's Fairy Wrasse
Advice:Take it slow! Get on a good reef froum and read, learn, ask, and read some more. There will be up's and down's in this hobby, but it is worth it. Make sure you price check on your equipment. Usually the net is so much cheaper.
Advice:Take your time before getting into this hobby. Read books and make sure you get the right equipment from the beginning. Knowledge will save you a lot of money and headache in this wonderful hobby.
The most rewarding part of this hobby for me is to be able to breed marine fish. I breed the Banggai Cardinal which is a great fish to start with and this species is sadly also threatened in nature because of our hobby.
About Yourself:Started this hobby 1.5 years ago and it turned into an obsession! I really enjoy to come home and tinker with the tank each day. Everything is doing incredible. I even frag and give them to the local fish store.
About Yourself:I got in to the hobby by "jasons aquatics" they are our local experts. their goods are fantastic quality second to none.
Fish Kept:3 yellow tangs,1 pair clown fish,pajama wrasse,1 royal garama,2 jaw fish,1 goby,2 fire shrimps.blue knuckle crab.
Corals/Plants:star poyps,xenia (blue,wild,common) 3 toadstool ,2 large torch corals,branching anchor,branching frogspawn, 3 red bush corals,2 acroporas, 3 montipora plates, trumpets 2 large, 1large galaxea, button polyps different types,3 sea rods, 1 large maxima clam, 2 devil finger, 3 large open brains. and count less more