I bought a 29 gallon BioCube for Aaron last Christmas and we finally got around to setting it up (7 months later)! We’re obsessed with it, to say the least, and spend the majority of our time now staring at our fish like they’re newborn babies. It’s been curbing my baby hunger!
Setting it up and oogling over all of the beautiful coral and fish at the fish store has been super fun! And we feel like trained biologists with all that we’ve learned!
If you’re interested in starting a salt water tank but have no idea what you’re doing, here are my suggestions:
“Competition for space, or, more accurately, the lack of space, is one of the most important factors limiting populations on the hard substrate of a saltwater aquarium. This is why sessile colonial saltwater organisms such as anemones, sponges and soft and hard corals have developed various mechanisms for defending their space and for moving into new ones. There are three primary mechanisms that such organisms can use: rapid growth to “shade-out” competitors, the development of aggressive structures such as mesenterial (gut) filaments, sweeper tentacles and acrorhagi, and the release of toxic compounds into the water. There is no evidence of any species utilizing just one of these mechanisms — generally they use a variety of tactics.”
We love our tank and our new tiny family members!