08-26-2010, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by reefsahoy
Thanks dorabaker. I've learned alot from READING and READING a littler bit more. There's alot of different opinions out there to a successful tank but i try to keep mine simple as possible. If you look at my equipment list it's pretty much a HUGE skimmer for the size tank, liverocks and good lighting. The sand bed is strickly for looks ( i used to have a bare bottom tank with this setup). The ca reactor, diy ATO, and diy kalk reactor is simply for automation because I'm lazy. I test the water about once a month at most. I can almost tell when parameters are off by simply looking at certain corals in the tank. I've noticed certain corals react to different water parameters differently so when i look at the tank i can determine if i need to test the water and I do 10% water change every month to month and a half.
But yes it can be expensive especially to start. however if successful, you can grow/frag corals to supplement this hobby. I started doing that several years ago with fast growing xenias, mshrooms, GSP, and other corals and the tank became self sufficient as far as cost and buying new corals. afte using some aquiried credit from LFS, I've since moved into sps and am fragging those corals too. I trade with the local guys who are in the hobby, sell to LFS in the area and sometimes help out at my LFS, giving advise in lighting their tanks, and help set up some display tanks at those LFS for credit (they now happen to have become really good friends of mine). Now my tank has become self sufficient again. I really only need food, and minor supplements which last forever! I now mostly donate to the lfs because i dont really consume much anymore and the tank is almost full with livestock.
wowowowow...u can do that with SW tanks as well? my 6 gallon tank used to be like that, totally self sufficient - i cleaned the filter, did a water change and tested ph like every few months! it was amazing. oh and it was bare bottom, too.