Reef tank – ‘hard’ corals
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