Poll: Dedicated Reef?

Discussion in 'Reef Aquarium Discussion' started by dbl, Nov 16, 2017.

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  1. Yes - SPS

    62 vote(s)
    10.0%
  2. Yes - LPS

    24 vote(s)
    3.9%
  3. Yes - Zoas/Palys/Softies

    36 vote(s)
    5.8%
  4. Yes - NPS - Non Photosynthetic

    5 vote(s)
    0.8%
  5. No - Mixed Reef

    512 vote(s)
    82.8%
  6. Fish Only

    25 vote(s)
    4.0%
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  1. dbl

    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Not a question if you're dedicated to your tank, which we all are. But do you have a dedicated tank to a particular coral family. SPS, LPS, Zoas/Palys and other softies, NPS, or like me, a mixed reef. Feel free to share your reasons if you do have a dedicated reef.
     
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  2. d2mini

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    I restrict myself to a single tank to take care of, so I must have a mixed reef. Too many cool things out there for me to have a dedicated SPS or LPS or whatever. :)
     
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    I have a dedicated Seahorse tank. Not one of the choices, so I voted fish only.
     
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  4. AdamNC

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    Sps dominated with 1 lps and 4 zoa colonies.
     
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    I like the best of both sps, lps and softies altogether in the same system provided that they're placed strategically apart and so not to create chemical warfare. I know it's easier said than done but past experience has taught me the pros and cons ... at least on my part. lol
     
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    Currently, I have a mixed reef. Not long ago I did have a mixed reef but mostly LPS with a softies tank and an anemone tank all in the same room.
     
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    CanadianReefer Well-Known Member

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    Mixed reef. I love fish too much to run a low nutrient SPS tank, though that would be my preferred coral. My nitrates are always around 2, so it's simply not an option...
     
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    I tried mixed, and I personally found it impossible to maintain lps and sps in the same system.
    Just couldn’t get both to thrive in the system...
    So now I have 2 tanks.
    Sps system.
    And a Lps/Zoa tank....
     
  9. d2mini

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    2ppm sounds perfect for sps to me. :)
    Actually that's on the low side for LPS and Softies.
     
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    I have a 10g xenia only tank! :)
     
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  11. RyanCSGO

    RyanCSGO Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad SCMAS Member Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Mixed, actually wish I would have gone SPS only, but the wife prefers LPS. no chance at not having at least a few.

    Thats so cool! wanted to do a tank like that a little while ago.
     
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    Yes, I would agree.

    Unfortunately I have to dose 30mg nopox everyday (Yes, I have a really large tank) to keep it there... And unless I have a hair algae breakout in the tank (which sucks up my phosphates), my phosphate level is 0.1. I can't get it to the .03 level they recommend. Nopox states no GFO or phosphate removal media should be used in conjunction with the product, and despite my large refugium, that's where it hovers :(

    Don't get me wrong - I have some nice SPS colonies growing in my tank, but I've also had die off. It depends on the type of acro I'm trying to grow out ... My acros are coloured up, but not that nice pale version you see in ultra low nutrient systems.

    I know, I know.... feed less etc., but I love my fish, am bordering on overstocked, and like to keep them plump and full of vitamins so their immune systems help ward off issues.

    My newest tank has only been up and running since June-ish, so as it matures, I'll aim to add more colonies and see what happens :)
     
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    I run gfo with nopox, many do. Just make sure that your phosphate levels don't bottom out.
     
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    My reef is just softies and lps with 1 sps. I like most prefer the diversity of a mixed reef.
     
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    All lps & softies., Except 1 Monti cap
     
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    28 gallon all softy tank. the tank is also REALLY heavily overstocked, so it works out. havent ran the skimmer in a few months and all the corals are doing better than ever.
     
  17. DSC reef

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    Mixed reef with SPS, LPS and zoas/palys. Love fish too! I can't just pick one species of coral, lol.
     
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    I'm pretty much mixed....acros, montis (branching and encrusting), acans, duncans, plate corals, frogspawn, zoas, NPS (dendros), nemes(I know, invert). I do not have any leathers, xenia or GSP.
     
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    I felt dirty clicking on "Mixed reef", but, I do have some non-corals in my tank such as a few acans, and 4-5 Zoas. The rest is all real corals, SPS.
     
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    Non corals lol. The only coral is SPS....?
     
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