When choosing the route that you want to follow when it comes to
aquariums a reef set up is probably one of the more complex set ups that you can choose. Reef aquariums can be
tricky to maintain and must be thoroughly researched before attempted.
The ultimate tank setup in this hobby has to be the reef tank.
It's like having a small piece of the coral reef in your living room. The emphasis is on the corals and
invertebrates with a limited amount of fish. These tanks are however, more expensive to setup and maintain.
Equipment such as metal halide lighting, protein skimmers, live rock, testing equipment, supplements, water
purification units (reverse osmosis and deionization) and sumps drive the cost of this setup.
Don't forget about the ongoing maintenance costs (electricity)
as well. The livestock costs for live corals, fish and invertebrates are also very expensive. This type of tank can
be very demanding when first set up because you'll need to monitor the water parameters periodically and take
corrective action when necessary. Even though this is the most expensive type of setup, it can also be the most
breath taking. You should to do your homework (research) and figure out exactly what you want to accomplish before
buying your first piece of reef equipment.
Reef aquariums are full of corals and anemones; they also
include some reef fish. Some fish can’t be included in a reef set up as they eat the anemones! Anemones are very
delicate types of plants. I must say that they eat their food very funny! When feeding an anemone just lay the fish
food over the anemone and the anemone then takes the food in its tentacles and starts to curl its self over and
then place the food down into its mouth (the small crease that opens when the anemone is feeding in the middle of
Reef aquariums are one of the most beautiful set ups that you
will see, with a special set of lights you can ensure that your corals and anemones are going to look stunning.
Also, some fish can be included in your reef aquarium. Although when setting up your reef aquarium make sure that
you avoid bottom feeders such as shrimps and crabs, another type of fish to avoid when it comes to anemones are the
different kinds of puffer fish as they like to eat them although they sting! Crabs and shrimps like to eat and pick
away at the reef life as well. So, these are not advised!
After choosing the things that you want to include in your tank,
you then have to make sure that you have the proper conditions for them. You have to ensure that the PH level, salt
level and temperature are all correct for the things that you are going to place in your aquarium. If you decide to
keep a reef tank you might want to use a natural filtration system like live rock or sand or a refugium. If the
conditions are not what the reef requires, then it will die! If taken care of, your reef will grow to a beautiful
picture and look absolutely stunning! What would you prefer?