This is my first post in about 15 years. I attempted a 55 gal reef then and after about 9 months of success, I lost the tank for reasons I'm still not sure of. I'm now beginning a 20 gal mini reef hoping the new tech stuff and my previous experience will be of benefit.
I made my first mistake a few days ago - partly my fault, partly the fault of the retailer I normally buy from. I didn't do my research and bought a sun polyp. Bad, bad mistake.
I read after the fact that sun polyps are difficult even for experienced reefers. Sure death for the inexperienced hobbyist.
People in the business, including those who collect these creatures are doing a tremendouse disservice to the hobby. I noticed that my polyp had been cleanly sawed off the reef. It was doomed to death from that moment on. Sawing creatures from the reef, especially those that are destined to sure death in a home reef is unconscionable.
Sometimes I even wonder if it's right to keep a reef. We certainly must kill thousand (perhaps hundreds of thousands) of reef animals that could live a hundred years if left on the reef.