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Old 03-02-2003, 11:01 AM   #1
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Can some one tell me what constitutes a reef tank. I do not want to put corals in my tank but like the strange crabs and shrips, can i have them with out corals, does having inverts mean it is reef tank, I will also have fish. Can some one explain.
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I have been told by different folks that when you put LR in a tank they consider it a reef tank and others when you add corals it makes it a reef tank.
IMOP its when you add corals to a tank it becomes a reef also inverts again IMOP do not make it a reef tank. But this is a hobby with many different oppions Call it what ever type of tank you want, if it makes you happy and you enjoy it that is all that really matters.
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I agree with everything EMS said, It's your own, but I think when you put a coral in the tank, its a reef.
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Most reefs are known because of the many strains of coral and fish..I would say 2 lbs of LR per gal, and whether you like it or not, you're on your way to a reef.
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Yeah...when that coral bug bites, it bites hard. No turning back
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This is how I see saltwater tanks as being classified.

Fish Only (FO) - Very simple name and thats what it is. A saltwater tank with just fish and a substrate of sand or crushed coral. Usually decorated with bleached coral skelitons.

Fish Only With Live Rock (FOWLR) - The only change in this style of tank aside from a fish only tank is the addition of live rocks. Usually FOWLR tanks also have coraline algae growth were as a Fish Only tank might not.

Reef - I would classify a reef tank to exist after adding corals to a FOWLR tank. Other items that come along with the reef upgrade would be higher output lights and possibly an increase in flow rate above what a FOWLR tank might have been configured with.
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IMO if you put inverts in a tank it is a reef tank. Because some fish are considered non reef safe because they will eat shrimp, not just corals. For instance, the Harliquin Tusk fish, I would not consider him reef safe because he will eat shrimp.
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