View Full Version : Anyone else into the marine reef keeping hobby?

04-14-2005, 04:01 PM
Hey everyone . Im a huge reef hobbiest and want to know if anyone else keeps herps and reefs !!! You can check out my website www.jaysreef.net if you like.

04-15-2005, 12:41 PM
hi jpg
i'm not personally into fish or reefs or water type creatures, but i peeked at your page and that tank really is beautiful.


Nathan Hall
04-15-2005, 01:01 PM
I've been a reef keeper for 15 years. I also owned a design and maintenance company, Aquasystems Unlimited. I don't have a tank right now because I'm just too busy with the geckos, but I will have another one soon. I really miss my reef tanks! Please post some pics on here.

04-15-2005, 08:07 PM
i dont keep reefs, but i keep plenty freshwater fish. Reef's are too expensive for me, with all the lighting, live rock and stuff.

04-16-2005, 12:29 AM
I used to keep a reef. I was in the hibby for nearing 2 decades but I am thankful I am out of it. Reef tanks are money pits. It is the only hobby I've ever had that used up thousands of dollars with nothing to show for it. I understand the addiction and the desire but I don't think I would ever recommend a reef tank to anyone ever again. Realistically, it is the only animal related hobby where WC animals are used extensively with little opposition within the community. It's pretty unsettling when you stop to think about it.

Nathan Hall
04-16-2005, 01:13 AM
I've had a few reef tanks that had propagated specimens (Xenia, button polyps, star polyps, etc.) from other tanks. I do share your sentiments, so I became active in coral propagation and fish reproduction. Sure, my options were limited, but I had such a sense of pride showing off the tanks.

I had great luck with many of my tanks. Granted, they were stocked with extremely hardy fish and soft coral, but they thrived for years.

04-16-2005, 08:01 AM
Aquaculture and captive propagation is the main stay of reef keeping now . Most people dont support WC animals for reasons like difficulty of keeping and reef depleation. Thats another reason there are so many reef clubs in the country . Plus with the technology and advances in the hobby it is not so expensive to keep a reef. There are endless DIY options and inexpencive routes to take.

Well here are some photos of my system and its inhabitants.:)










04-16-2005, 12:56 PM
Actually, the majority of coral bought throughout the world is WC. Over the last 10 years captive propagation has been working well for soft coral and SPS but LPS coral is still difficult. Members of clubs share their frags, hold auctions, etc. but the LFS still sells WC animals and most people are buying and losing these. Clubs represent a VERY small population of reefers. I learned this when I though all reefers knew about aquarium boards and I questioned some locals at some shops about what they thought of our online shops and local clubs. I got the looks of confusion. I thought, "Well maybe the employees know about these clubs" Nope. I still remember a few years back asking an employee about a Beckett style skimmer design and he started looking up "Beckett" in the inventory. I was embarrassed for him.

Aquacultured LR still has some wait before it meets the specs of WC brethren. And aside from a select few fish species (clowns, etc.) the majority of fishes are WC (tangs etc.). The reef community is still in the position where someone can show off their "captive only" tank as a novelty rather than the opposite (i.e.: an all WC tank). And something that still puzzles me is when people celebrate their anemones splitting. They don't seem to understand that stress causes anemones to split much more frequently than a healthy anemone "choosing" to split.

All I'm saying is that of the entire reef keeping community, only about 5% even know current trends in reef keeping and of these, probably only 5% of these follow them.

Ken Bartenfeld
11-06-2005, 07:25 PM
WOW, thats all I have to say bro...nice nice nice nice tank!

11-06-2005, 07:49 PM
i had a 10 gallon nano and a 55 gallon reef tank, mainly zoanthids

right when i started getting into encrusting montis is when i broke down my tank

11-11-2005, 06:15 PM
Check out my site: www.thereefshoppe.com


01-23-2006, 03:37 AM
I too am into reef tanks. I have several setup around the house. A 110 agressive tank, a 40 h. redi seahorse tank, and my baby a 200 gal. sps.

01-27-2006, 07:17 PM
Do you have pics of the 200 sps ?? I would love to see that .

Nathan Hall
01-28-2006, 03:12 AM
JPG, what happened to your pics?

01-29-2006, 08:32 PM
My photo host account got deleted .

check out the new set up Nathan .


01-29-2006, 09:08 PM
my digi camera broke. As soon as I get the motivation to get a new one I'll post up picts.
Does anyone else here have seahorses? Mine just had more babies tonight!

04-12-2006, 12:43 AM
Small on the side project, a JBJ 24 gallon DX Nano Cube with a LED mod refugium and a pump upgrade to a maxi-jet 1200.
Plans for this summer include a lid mod to fix the moon lights, add a 250W MH and add an auto top off system.
This is an experiment it's a 1/4 gallon closed loop pico bowl.

04-30-2006, 02:23 PM
Thats a cool experiment I was going to try that with a XXL brandy glass I picked up but never got around to doing it .

05-14-2006, 12:49 AM
i just found this thread, i have been a reef keeper for the past 8 years and i have kept fresh water community and african cichlids for about 16 years now. I have never lived a day in my life in the past 6 years where I didn't have some type of aquarium up and running :D

My newest tank is a 180 gallon SPS dominated reef tank plus a 100g refugium attached.

05-14-2006, 01:23 AM
what SPS do you keep?

07-22-2006, 06:59 PM
klondike sorry i didnt see your post. i have quite a few pieces, oregon tort, cali tort, ORA chips acro, some various blue tips, some montiporas, etc.

ill try to get some good pics up soon.

08-25-2006, 02:40 PM
Still waiting on pics...

08-25-2006, 04:09 PM
sorry about that, i posted them in nathans thread:


10-29-2007, 05:10 PM
I don't have anything currently but I'm going to get a 100 gallon reef

12-10-2007, 09:04 PM
Unfortunetly I had to sell my gorgeous 180 display and move . I now have a 30g reef up and running since august . A 46 custom acrylic cycling and a 46g bow front getting put together right now . My 30 hold a sm male blue throat trigger , foxface lo , maroon clown , and pygmy angel . It has 4 BTA's , a purple tort , blue and rose millie , teal stag , superman monti , and neon green deepwater acro along with some zoa's , palys , ricordea and various other mushrooms . The trigger and angel are going into my 46 bow SPS tank with the addition of a female trigger and regal angel . the other fish are going in the other 46 with the cleaner and fire shirimp , anemones and anemone crab and softies . I cant post any pics my camera crapped out but Ill try to get some asap .

02-11-2008, 12:46 AM
Just a tank update