Have you ever gone snorkeling or scuba diving and witnessed a beautiful coral reef with exotically colored marine fishes and corals? More and more hobbyists are choosing to have a little slice of the ocean in their office or living room by establishing a reef aquarium.
If you have been thinking of starting your own coral reef, there are a few things to consider before you start. Elmer's can help guide you through the best choices of size, lighting, filtration and reef fishes and corals.
Tank Set-Up: Generally, to be the most successful, choose the largest volume of gallons based on your physical space and budget. Get a reef ready aquarium with built in overflows, a sump filter, high water flow, and a protein skimmer.
Water: Use de-ionized, reverse osmosis water with Reef Crystals® sea salt. (Elmer's can supply you with ready to go seawater). It's all about the water!!
Plan Ahead: make a list of the corals and fishes you like, and Elmer's staff can help you to decide the order to add them and the time schedule. Patience is a virtue with a coral reef. Start your tank with cured live rock. We have a wide selection to get you started.
Lighting: Choose a good lighting system. For most corals, we like Aquatic Life T5 High Output Lighting® systems. The Fluval Sea LED lighting can be combined with T5 high output lighting for a beautiful reef.
Food: Learn about the feeding needs of your fishes and corals. Elmer's favorites for feeding our reef inhabitants are PE Mysis Shrimp®, Phyto Plankton, Coral Frenzy®, and FUEL® food supplement. Learn the individual needs of your fish and corals. Feed them well- they are used to a 24-hour smorgasbord in nature.
When your reef is complete, sit back and enjoy. Many reef keepers report turning off their TV's; they find their reef more entertaining and relaxing!
Top Row Photos: Flowerpot Goniopora, Fluorescent Green Leather, Zoanthid
Bottom Row Photos: Hammer, Torch, Montiopora
This article appeared in our April 2014 newsletter. Not on our mailing list? Subscribe here!