Are Coral Reef Aquariums Difficult to Manage?
Coral reefs abound with vibrant colors of marine life and make up some of the most beautiful and fragile aquatic environments on Earth. As a part of a natural reef or a reef aquarium, corals are an important contributor to the overall reef structure. To design a marine aquarium or reef tank requires an understanding of the live corals and other marine invertebrates that along with fish play a major role in maintaining a tropical reef environment. Fortunately, there are appropriate reef tank projects for beginners and advanced hobbyists.
Components of a Reef Aquarium
In addition to the marine livestock, reef aquariums require:
- Primary Display Aquarium
- Accessory Sump Tank
- Intense Lighting
- Turbulent Water Movement
- Refugium or Cultivation Tank
- Stable Water Chemistry
- Compatible Reef Animals
Because of the small water volume, smaller reef aquariums require extra attention to water quality compared to larger marine aquariums. So, bigger is not only better but it is easier for a beginner to keep.
Live Coral Love Pampering
Long polyp stony (LPS) corals tend to be quite hardy and are considered a good starting point for any hobbyist but certainly for a beginner. LPS corals tend to be faster growing and are typically easier to keep than small polyp stony (SPS) corals. Generally speaking, these marine animals spawn by budding small corals that will either separate from the parent or the parent will divide into multiple corals. SPS corals tend to require a more intense lighting and vibrant water movement and are not recommended for the beginner.
To learn more about establishing a reef tank or live marine aquarium, stop by Coral Logic Aquariums. Our experienced staff is passionate about helping anyone who is interested in capturing a piece of the ocean for their home or office.