I think the 1 thing that has actually bothered me is the price of some corals from fellow reefers.If you've had the opportunity to keep a marine aquarium you know that it can bring some of the greatest joy and happiness of your life, but it has its moments when it's frustrating, devastating, or just is alot more challenging than what you signed up for. Whether it be a tank crash, a loss of your favorite fish, or just something that's downright annoying and frustirating like an aptasia or a hair algae and cyanno outbreak. That being said, what is something that you absolutely despise about reefkeeping, I'll go first.
1: vermited worms or burrowing clams, the wild favia I just picked up is infested with them and they're very hard to kill
2: tank crashes. Self explanatory
3: cyanno. also Self explanatory
4: GFO. Great at removing phosphates but covers anything in a 3 foot radius with GFO powder, a pain to clean up
5: water changes with a smaller RODI filter, it takes 8 hours
What's your list?
For some, it seems like it’s becoming the new MLM…with all the accompanying downsides. People went from Amway, to Le-vel to doterra to cryptocurrency and now the same people all have frag tanks on Instagram?I think the 1 thing that has actually bothered me is the price of some corals from fellow reefers.
I get it, you grew em and it costs money.
But for instance just last week I was inquiring about some jf frags which turned out to cost more than buying from jf himself.
It's ridiculous sometimes.
Probably the most relatable post yet! Tangs are overrated, (though I wouldn't mind an achilles ) and this is very controversial but in my opinion angelfish are also overrated. And yes, stop saying that you cant/shouldn't get this fish, though if the fish has a high chance of killing its tankmates or IS almost impossible to keep (moorish idol)Tangs.
Without a doubt I hate most tangs, black and yellow tangs are tied for number one fish I hate. Close second is a Scopas Tang.
Yes some tangs I like but most of the ones I like are huge fish that can reach 2-3 feet if fed properly. And others that I like can be ich magnets. I know my dream tang will forever be an Achilles.
Another thing I hate is when people say you don’t want certain fish for certain reasons. Now this is very broad I’m aware. However, what I mean by this is;
If the person who wants a certain fish can care for it, has the right tank for it and knows risks with the fish. Don’t just say ‘no you can’t have it because….’ I see copperbands being the most susceptible to this scenario.
Yes, sure the fish is a pain to get feeding but if the person is aware of how to feed the fish and all it’s difficulties, and also knows what the fish needs long term don’t just say a solid ‘no’. Yes this may be the easiest answer but in reality, ‘no’ isn’t an answer that is accepted without a reason for it. So if you were to say ‘no’ give a reason for it (and not just ‘it’s an ich magnet’ or something like that). Something like say it’s a Copperband and you don’t think the person can care for it then allow the person to learn how to care for it.
And that’s it for my mini rants (that second one may make complete nonsense haha).
If the fish is 100% impossible to keep or has aggression issues then I agree but generally I see people disagreeing with Copperbands because they’re hard to get eating… Hard but not impossible, if you’re up for it go for it!Probably the most relatable post yet! Tangs are overrated, (though I wouldn't mind an achilles ) and this is very controversial but in my opinion angelfish are also overrated. And yes, stop saying that you cant/shouldn't get this fish, though if the fish has a high chance of killing its tankmates or IS almost impossible to keep (moorish idol)
Puffers and zoanthids pose very little threat if you follow proper precautions, like you’re about a thousand times more likely to die in a car crash driving home from the LFS than you are to get seriously ill from either of them.Two of my favorite reef related things are zoanthids and puffer fish. I refuse to keep either of them bc of the toxins associated with each.
And now that I’m finally in my 40s … water is heavy. I have to figure out a better way of handling weekly water changes. Lugging buckets upstairs and outside isn’t as much fun as it used to be.
Amen!If I'm being honest, the biggest issue in reef keeping is that most people learn the hard way. The information is out there yet the preferred method is to ask questions on a site to get answers from people with very little knowledge of the matrer that give bad advice and we're stuck in the perpetual cycle that never ends.
Agree, Pure Reef has always been a pleasant browsing/shopping experience for me.If you are ever in the Atlanta area, check out LFS Pure Reef. Many of their fish and all of their corals are about 5 feet high. I th ink you would find it perfect if you are using a wheelchair. I find it frustrating since I’m 6’2” and have to bend over to see things.