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Spotlight A Photo Essay: 15 Before and After Full Tank Shots for Inspiration

Do you ever secretly want to see how reef tanks evolve, change, and mature over time with different owners and different husbandry practices?...
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    A Photo Essay: 15 Before and After Full Tank Shots for Inspiration

    When you're starting a reef tank, it can take a long time before your tank starts to look like something you can be proud of. It takes patience and perseverance. We always say, "nothing good happens fast in a reef tank."

    Recently I visited a big LFS in Vancouver, BC, that had a nice display reef tank set up at the front. My daughter--who knows nothing about aquariums--asked me, "can someone walk in and say they want a tank that looks just like that?" My answer was, "well, sort of. It's a living thing, not an inanimate object, so unless you're in a laboratory with precisely controlled conditions, you can try to achieve something similar, but it will never be an exact replica. And it won't happen overnight either."

    This is what she saw, below:


    Photo courtesy of @Seawitch, ©2019, All Rights Reserved. Photo taken at J&L Aquatics, March 2019.

    Nevertheless, I think it's always important to show beginners what is possible and offer inspiration.

    So, with that in mind, here below you will find 15 before and after full tank shots to inspire you. These photos were taken from a thread on the forum. I have not included here all the photos posted in the original thread. But by all means go back and read through the thread to see all of them.

    We can't necessarily know just from a photo what the aquarist's husbandry practices are, but if you are a member of the forum, you can contact another member and ask them, if you like what you see. Many of the forum members also have build threads, where you read about everything about their systems from soup to nuts. (Joining the Reef2Reef forum is easy and free, by the way.)

    Try to appreciate each tank on its own and not compare tanks which are maturing at different speeds. There may be totally different corals in one tank over another. One tank might have been an upgrade from a smaller tank, so the water was already cycled and that tank had a jump start compared to others. Also, sometimes an aquarist has a problem and takes down and restarts a tank. So, tanks will never show identical growth except maybe in a laboratory.

    But go ahead and feast your eyes on these tanks below. And dream.

    "Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 17:20


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    Photo 1 of 2.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @smh254, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.


    Photo 2 of 2. Time elapsed = 2 1/2 years.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @smh254, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.


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    Photo 1 of 2.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @WVNed, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

    Photo 2 of 2. Elapsed time = 13 months.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @WVNed, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

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    Photo 1 of 2.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @DangerDave, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.


    Photo 2 of 2. Time elapsed = 18 months

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @DangerDave, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

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    Photo 1 of 2.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @Pongo, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.


    Photo 2 of 2. Time elapsed = 2 1/2 years.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @Pongo, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.


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    Photo 1 of 2.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @SPR1968, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.


    Photo 2 of 2. Elapsed time = 29 months.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @SPR1968, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.


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    Photo 1 of 2.


    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @PasstheTorch, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

    Photo 2 of 2. Elapsed time = 7 months

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @PasstheTorch, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

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    Photo 1 of 2.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @Dolelo96, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

    Photo 2 of 2. Elapsed time = 22 months.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @Dolelo96, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

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    Photo 1 of 2.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @Dolelo96, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

    Photo 2 of 2. Elapsed time = 13 months.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @Dolelo96, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

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    Photo 1 of 2.


    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @SuncrestReef, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

    Photo 2 of 2. Elapsed time = 7 months.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @SuncrestReef, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

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    Photo 1 of 2.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @happyhourhero, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

    Photo 2 of 2. Elapsed time = 9 months

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @happyhourhero, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

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    Photos 1 and 2 combined.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @McFly, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

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    Photos 1 and 2 combined.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @ngoodermuth, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

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    Photo 1 of 2.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @Hemmdog, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

    Photo 2 of 2. Time elapsed = 7 months.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @Hemmdog, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

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    Here's something unusual. A reef in a bowl. Who knew?

    Photo 1 of 2.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @brandon429, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

    Photo 2 of 2. Elapsed time = 13 years.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @brandon429, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

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    Photo 1 of 2.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @Leadfooted, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

    Photo 2 of 2. Time elapsed = 15 years, although @Leadfooted credits the improvement to his 2 years on R2R.


    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @Leadfooted, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

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    I included this photo below as a cliffhanger. Here is the before. Who knows what the after will look like? We'll keep you posted.


    Photo 1 of 1.

    Photo is from the Reef2Reef archives courtesy of @This guy is Extra Salty, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.

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    Cynthia received her BA in English from NYU a long long time ago. She has been a freelance writer and editor for over 20 years. In 2018, she won the President's Award from the Professional Writers Association of Canada. Now she is a writer and editor on staff at R2R, where her forum nickname is @Seawitch. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, three special-needs dogs, and three saltwater aquariums being set up. There's no activity in her tanks this week because of emergency water restrictions in her area.
     
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    Nice Job, I like it. :)
     
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    Great article Cynthia!
     
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    Great article, it’s amazing to see the difference in some of the tanks and how they mature over time.
     
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    Great article!
     
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    Every tank is its' own creation !!!
     
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    Great article... gives us all hope!!! Somedays, I just look at my tank and want to cry... other days, I jump with joy over a new bit of growth.
    Love the hobby even though it often is frustrating.
     
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