Reef tanks are basically a type of aquarium that primarily house live corals, live rock, and other marine life that are instrumental in the maintenance of a healthy reef environment. The main attraction of a reef tank is usually the many beautiful colors that are characteristic of a lively coral reef. The lush "landscapes" of a reef aquarium can help to brighten up any room, entertain the senses, and stimulate thought or perhaps even stir emotion on any given day.
Normally, maintaining a reef tank takes a lot more care, attention, and know-how in comparison to maintaining a "fish only" tank. This is because owners have to carefully consider everything from proper filtration and water movement to reef animal compatibility and water chemistry to ensure a healthy environment and healthy marine life. Reef tanks are a great addition to any living, working, or recreational space, just make sure that you do your research well if you plan on getting into reef aquariums.
The typical components of a reef tank include many things. First, there is the display tank, the display stand and the lighting fixtures and features. Next there is the water movement and filtration systems which help keep the water clean while maintaining the required amount of water movement to promote growth.
Finally there is the sump and the refugium. The sump is a case or tank that holds mechanical equipment and the refugium is a small tank for cultivating microorganisms beneficial to the reef environment. These two components are sometimes housed in a single unit.
Sometimes it can take a lot of thought when choosing how to build your reef tank. When planning your reef tank, there are many things you need to consider when doing so. When the time comes when you are ready to do it, remember these great tips to help you through the process.
Remember that bigger aquariums may be a better choice for reef tanks, because a large tank allows for easier management of water chemistry and they allow ample space for your reef life. Do some research on what types of reef life live well together. It would be even better if you can choose marine life that is both compatible and beneficial to one another to promote healthy living. Get to know everything you can about the reef life you choose to ensure that you can provide the proper environment, including day and night lighting conditions, water filtration and movement, and water chemistry.
Also, If possible, try to plan your "aquascaping" well so that you get the desired look, effect, and overall feel in your reef tank. If you don't feel like you have the experience and knowledge to plan your reef tank, then talk with a professional who can help you come up with the perfect blueprints for your aquarium.