Reef tank – ‘hard’ corals

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Marine Guide -

Hard or stony corals rep­re­sent the high­est tier of ma­rine keep­ing and as a new starter you would do well to avoid this type of tank as your first at­tempt.

While stun­ning be­yond com­pare, the most vis­ually ar­rest­ing of th­ese tanks have of­ten been chem­i­cally ma­nip­u­lated in ways far be­yond the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of ma­rine be­gin­ners, run­ning ‘ul­tra low nu­tri­ent’ con­tent so that corals are left on the verge of star­va­tion to make their colours pop. The price of run­ning such a tank, in­clud­ing the mul­ti­tude of sup­ple­ments needed, can run to thou­sands upon thou­sands of pounds an­nu­ally.

This type of reef set-up looks spec­tac­u­lar, but it’s highly aspi­ra­tional and should re­main so un­til you’ve re­ally honed the fish­keep­ing craft.

SET-UP COST: HIGH RUN­NING COST: VERY HIGH

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