The reef was looking good today
The reef was looking good today
Turn on the audio! It is kind of loud
Mario is still snapping away. I can’t find exactly where he’s snapping or what at.
hey, what would you recommend as a tank for someone just starting to get into saltwater? ive kept freshwater tanks for years now, but i fell in love with coral scapes and am not sure where to start
Hi!! You can see other posts where I’ve answered this in my “tank suggestions” tag!
I usually recommend around 30 gallons as a beginner salt tank! 40 breeders are popular as well. The same is true that parameter wise bigger is easier, but with salt tanks a middle sized tank can be more manageable with making RO and salt water.
You’ll need an RO system and marine salt – I use instant ocean. Some pet stores also sell RO or saltwater, but it can be expensive.
Since you’re looking at corals you’ll also need a good light! There are plenty out there, and if you start with soft corals it won’t matter too much which light, as long as it’s made specifically for reefs. Probably order one online instead of what chain pet stores carry.
That being said, it’s best to start off with soft corals! They’re much less demanding than stony corals, and you won’t need to worry about dosing calcium or trace elements. Mushroom corals are great, as well as zoanthids. Snake polyps are cool, but not as common. Xenia, Kenya tree, and green star polyps are frequently recommended as beginner corals, but personally I’d steer clear of them as they can grow very very fast and choke out a tank.
Reef2reef is an AMAZING saltwater forum!! I’m not on there much, but it’s full of great people and you can find an answer to pretty much any question you have!
Hope this helps, and feel free to send a message or ask if you have any more questions! 😀
Here are the new frags today, after spending the night in the big tank…
Polyps are extending!!!
Today I’m making frags of my Neon Green Toadstool Leather coral. This is the part of the hobby I enjoy the most, being able to take these to my LFS and give back to the hobby.
It makes me feel good to know I’m trying to do my small part to keep a coral in the ocean, knowing perhaps someone who buys one of my frags won’t be purchasing something wild-caught…
Pics of the tank 8/4/18!
Everything’s going good, all the tanks look nice this week.
New addition today! A lovely frag of Ice Fire Echinata, what a beautiful coral! One pic under relatively white lights, and one (for fun) with just the AI Prime’s UV and Violet channels + an orange filter. I love seeing how corals fluoresce!
Oh wow :0!!!!!! I’d love to hear some more about it! Is it photosynthetic? I’ve never heard of this coral before but I am in Love
An adventure around the tank during feeding time!
Pics of the tanks 7/26/18
Arp’s tank is going great, she’s been super excited and energetic lately! Moving her to the cubby has stopped her from glass surfing as much.
The ten gal is coming along, I need to grab some more dirt so I can fix the plants.
The twenty-nine is finally coming out of puberty. The algae is phasing out, and the shrimp gals are doing great!
The reef has been weird, I think the temperature spiked when our air conditioning went out and some of the residents are unhappy, particularly the zoas.
We went to the fav reef store yesterday~!! They have a barracuda