QUESTION OF THE DAY How important is "family functionality" when it comes to your reef?

Which tank do you think is more functional for a family? (click to see photos)

  • A. Fireplace Tank

    Votes: 77 23.3%
  • B. Stair Tank

    Votes: 17 5.1%
  • C. Bed Tank

    Votes: 11 3.3%
  • D. Table Tank

    Votes: 33 10.0%
  • E. Cabinet Tank

    Votes: 193 58.3%

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revhtree

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All throughout the interwebs you can spy tons of crazy shaped, themed and placed aquariums. But when it comes to functionality most of them are not!

1. So how important is "family functionality" when it comes to your reef?

2. When setting up your reef tank what steps did you take to make sure that your reef was functional for you and your family?

3. What would you change to make your current set up more functional?




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A. Fireplace Tank
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B. Stair Tank
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C. Bed Tank
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D. Table Tank
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E. Cabinet Tank

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Fire place, bed head and overhead board and cabinet are all great! not sure about the stairway one. Seems in the way.

Overall, if the fireplace is never used, that one would be most viewed.
 
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Those all look beautiful and outrageously hard to run.. lol.

Where is the flat surface near the tank for testing or acclimating?
I'm not kneeling on my bed to re-glue down a frag or upright a snail!

Not one of them is in a room remotely near a sink... or even near typical household plumbing!!

1) Family Function is very important. If they're not into it, my leash to pursue "Daddy's Fish" becomes a lot shorter, budget a lot smaller. Frankly, I'd probably tire of it myself if no once cared about it at all but me.

2) Steps taken - It's out of the way (dining room) and visible. It's near the table, so I can use that to test and maintain (provided I clean it). We have a drain for water changes and a pump from the SW station so I don't wreck the house as much. We have a step-ladder so the kids can help feed the fish.

3) Improvements needed - Should have gone the whole way and done a basement sump to keep kids prying hands out of the sump where electric and water interface.
 

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I mean they’re all pretty stupid ideas IMO. Just radically impractical. But I’d go for fireplace as long as the fireplace is just there for looks and never actual used to make a fire. It’s certainly the most practical in terms of viewing - you sit on the couch, you enjoy the tank. With the bed, it’s in the headboard, and you’re not gonna spend a lot of time sitting on your bed facing the headboard. (Plus just imagine the epic disaster if it ever broke in the middle of the night...) And do you really want to have to sit on the stairs or on the floor to view the other three? I don’t think so. But if I had to pick a second, I’d go with the stairs because sitting on stairs isn’t great, but it’s way better than sitting on the floor.
 

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Fireplace looks nice. Would get too hot I’d imagine. Steps would be quite neat but probably be ignored soon. Cabinet, eh. It isn’t really something the family could enjoy unless you have an open floor plan. Table, clutter would cover the top. Plus I’ve seen these can trap heat and wouldn’t be good for a reef setting. Bed, maybe. Not to that extreme though.
 

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I don't think any of the options are particularly functional, but I don't think its purpose is to be functional. I consider it a form of art almost, it brings beauty into the home if done correctly. The amount of money tanks cost, I wouldn't want my tank to be be integrated to be a 'functional' piece of the home.
 

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I voted cabinet - But then I looked at all the choices - I cant imagine a 'family' with a staircase tank - first cleaning it would be difficult - second - one of my kids feet would be through it before it was ever filled with water:). Actually - I wish there was a choice - none of the above. My guess is that the owner of the fireplace tank has maintenance done:)
 
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