Originally Posted by bearwithfish
i know we have not interacted much over these last few months since i took my break from the salt. but i feel its important for me to say thank you for all of your advice and knowledge. you are part of the reason i decided to work on my build in progress and for that i am grateful. your tank is an inspiration to those of use just starting out and you will be missed.
thank you for all that you have done to help me on my way the first time and for the references i consistently go back too moving forward.
Thanks to all well wishers and thanks for the compliments bear. My most successful tank, the one in the video, was actually the simplest setup I've had. There are many different ways to skin the same cat. IMHO To be successful in reef keeping I'd suggest the 4 main tools are a good skimmer, good lighting, live rock and good water movement. Some say the more rock the better but aesthetics is important and I don't necessarily believe that theory. If you keep your bioload low then you will need less rock, if your skimmer is oversized you will also require less rock.
That tank had the above 4 tools plus other tools to keep maintenance to a minimum. Low bioload, only a few fish in 100 gallons. A ca reactor for upkeep of ca, alk, and mg, a auto top off for evaporation replacement, an auto feeder, and phosphate chamber. That's all I had in the tank. Then check your big three and adjust as necessary mg, ca, alk. Everything else should fall into place from there. Then from there do you monthly water change and success should be there. If you look closely you'll see that I had 2 small island of rock and not the usual wall of rocks along the back glass. That was all the rocks I had in the tank.
Cheers and thanks again