posted on Mar, 7 2017 @ 08:24 PM
RULE #2: Don't dive in head first; er dive in with your head well in advance to setting one up.
Then it can be the most rewarding thing ever. Like replace your TV with a reef in your living room worth it. But there's stuff you need to understand
RULE #3: Location, Location, Location.
If you have some plan on some cramped corner being a good spot for one, and if that's the only place you've got to put one... just STOP now. You want
easy access for it not be painstaking to work on it, AND enjoy it. Out of sight out of mind will become an inevitability if it's hard to get at the
thing and things start going wrong. It's really best for it to be front and center. If it isn't going to be then why bother? Nano's etc small tanks
are cool because you can plant them right on your desk and easy to work at as needed. The bigger the tank the more these issues become apparent. I
prefer the 3 viewing side layout, room placement with a bigger tank. There's so much stuff going on inside a reef its well worth having a whole nother
side to scope out. Remember, in a reef there are thousands
of lives teeny tiny and large at stake.
With those 3 rules well accounted for, reef's are as good as it gets. And the more you figure out in advance the less you'll find yourself spending on
equipment to get it going (i.e. its possible to run one for years with 'almost nothing' gear wise, little more than live rock [which are the #1
'filter' BTW], for the adept).
Sparing the endless tank tech debates that could be had, some other pointers are make a permanent mount siphon drain for the tank (CPVC with ball
valve I prefer), and order the live rock that's direct from Caribbean aquaculture farms. It's most mind blowing the critters attached and that
creepeth on these rocks. The Fiji rock, which they scrub with pressure washers and then dry in the sun for something like weeks, before reculturing
to get the purple everywhere, that stuff is garbage in comparison.
edit on 7-3-2017 by IgnoranceIsntBlisss because: (no reason