Sometime in the next few months I will have to take down my reef tank. In a wierd way I’m looking forward to it because it will give me an opportunity to start over with a smaller tank. My current tank was my first reef tank: 175 gallons. Most people start with a small tank and get bigger, but I’m going backwards.
Why am I looking forward to it?
- I can use the lighting I have for my 175 on a 50 or 75 gallon tank. This should provide a lot more light per gallon and allow me to grow SPS corals. Something I’ve had a hard time doing in my tank.
- If I transplant some of my current livestock to a smaller tank, it will look a lot better.
- Not having a tank as the centerpiece of your living room will give me more freedom to monkey with sumps and pumps.
- Maintainance will be a helluva lot easer if I can reach down into the tank and touch the bottom without the use of a chair.
In conjunction with my senior project, I’m going to see if I can get a sample of stromatolite and see if I can grow it.