Originally Posted by Leighton79
Sounds ill advised so say the least to me.
Circulation, no electric = not happening
How are you going to remove pollutants without filtration which uses electric?
Shrimp and other inverts will simply not tolerate high nitrate and you will have that by the bucketload.
Couldn't agree more. Part of the diatribe which I redacted included the following metaphor.
What you're proposing is a small scale version of trying to keep antelope and lions in your backyard. Given a large enough yard, you would be successful in the short term. eventually, however, you'd run out of either grass or antelopes, resulting in the death of the lions.
My suggestion, and you can take it or leave it, is that you get a normal tank up and running as has been discussed in MANY other threads now. Start slow, and use traditional methods. Don't try to rewrite the "how to reef" book, especially right out of the box and especially your first time out. Methods used in reef keeping are generally accepted for a reason: its not to be a pain in the butt, it's because they give you the best possible chance for success. Even doing everything in your power: utilizing every possible technology and every possible "best practice", there is still a TREMENDOUS amount of room for failure. What you are proposing in this thread, while fascinating, increases that chance of failure dramatically.
Again, don't rewrite the book. Get your tank. Fill it with live rock. Get filtration and skimming and lighting up and running. Slowly add fish. Battle off algae blooms and nasty hitchhikers, and then start adding corals. It's not rocket science, but it's a well established "order of operations" for a reason.