Crafts & Hobbies Information

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 you.

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. To read 5 More Tips for Success with Saltwater Coral Reef Aquariums Visit http://www.KnowltonsReef.com.

Please, include an active link to the authors site when republishing this article.


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


MyCentralJersey.com

Another Aran hat for charity
MyCentralJersey.com
I haven't given up on charting the Aran hat with the diamonds of Irish Moss and the Honeycomb panels, but I decided to try something else first. So I cast on for another Aran hat, and I ran out of my tail for the long-tail cast-on at 96 stitches ...



MyCentralJersey.com

Giving away yarn can be fun
MyCentralJersey.com
It appears now that I don't have any of that smokey yarn from Sarah left, people from knitting groups are finally reading my posts about it and contacting me for free yarn for their groups. Yesterday, someone from a prayer shawl group in Highland Park ...



MyCentralJersey.com

Book review: 'Knits for girls and young juniors' by Lee Gant
MyCentralJersey.com
On Lee Gant's Facebook timeline is a photo of a motto that says, “If you want the best from the world, offer your best.” That motto pretty much sums up all the steps and missteps that have led to this review. I've written a few times about Lee Gant ...



Typewriters on the Terrace
Madison.com
Come join Holding History for Typewriters on the Terrace! This free, drop-in, event will give you a chance to play with typewriters and handmade paper while creating anything from unique Mad Libs to entertain your friends with to one-of-a-kind letters ...



"Driftless Area Archaeology: A Forty-Year Retrospective"
Madison.com
Join archaeologist and author Robert Boszhardt of Driftless Pathways as he takes us on a journey through the archaeology of the Driftless Area, from the hidden rock art of Tainter Cave, to the ancient stone quarries at Silver Mound, to state-of-the-art ...



MyCentralJersey.com

I had a good time at the VNA Rummage Sale yesterday
MyCentralJersey.com
I arrived at the VNA Rummage sale a little before 1 p.m. yesterday (Saturday, Oct. 6) and headed straight for the Dry Goods tent, where the knitting supplies are. I was grateful in a way to see that a lot of the yarn was already sold. My friend ...



MyCentralJersey.com

Will I ever get this pattern written?
MyCentralJersey.com
For years, I've been making an Aran hat for our winter charity knitting. The one I'm making now is a little different but the same idea as two I'm showing below that I made two years ago. It's based on my “Alex's favorite beanie” pattern, and it's easy ...



MyCentralJersey.com

I gave away all that smokey yarn
MyCentralJersey.com
In my In Stitches column last week, I described how someone had given me enough bags of yarn from her friend's stash to fill my car's whole backseat and quite a bit of the trunk. The stash included a LOT of unfinished projects, mostly crocheted circles ...



Southern Lakes Auto Modelers GRAND SLAM NNL No. 3
Madison.com
Toy and Model Swap Meet to be held at the Johnstown Community Center in Johnstown, WI, just west of Delavan, and east of Janesville on Cty Hwy A. We will have lots of vendors in conjunction with our model car show. General Admission is $5.00.



MyCentralJersey.com

Rhinebeck or bust!
MyCentralJersey.com
I've mentioned a couple of times that I wouldn't be going to Rhinebeck (AKA NY Sheep & Wool) this year. I missed last year because my car broke down and I had to buy a new car. And this year, I had a problem with my eye (all healed now, thank you ...


Google News

home | site map | Shell Art
© 2006