I just had a pretty cool idea and I was wondering if anyone had done this before...
In the course of getting my M.S., I have worked extensively in the shrimp mariculture field and I have seen some bizarre ecosystems in shrimp farm ponds. I have also done a good bit of work in the estuarine ecology realm. The idea is to make up a SW
tank with an estuarine theme. I could keep the salinity down around 10-15ppt and stock the tank with animals like blue crabs (Callinectes sp.), maybe a few white or brown shrimp (L. setiferus or F. aztecus), and some local coral/anemone species from the Port Aransas jetties. Putting fish like red drum (S. ocellatus) or spotted seatrout (C. nebulosus) in a tank is possible, but not a good idea because they are VERY predatory and VERY aggressive toward other species. I could possibly put a few small croaker (M. undulatus) in the tank too. My kids keep screaming for the "Finding Nemo" tank, but I keep telling them that making that tank happen is gonna take a good while. The estuarine tank would be IMO
easier to manage and more educational for the kids. I could go collect local species from the jetties and even from my pier on Copano Bay, TX.
Anyone got any good ideas or tips for starting this sort of tank? Would it be best to just try to mimic the natural ecosystem as best I can in a tank?