Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 07-11-2013, 03:49 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 4
Tank without...fish?

Hello everyone. I'm new here and to the hobby in general. I have an empty corner in my living room that is just begging for some aquarium beauty!

I've always admired salt water tanks because the fish/rocks/plants are just beautiful. That said, I've never, until now, had the time/money/space to join the hobby.Well, now I kinda do.

The thing is, I don't really want to mess with maintaining a tank everyday. I don't really have time and some days I don't even make it home. That said, I'm really interested in a salt water aquarium without fish (feeding 2-3 times a day).

I don't know much about the intricacies of this hobby, but it made sense last night when it hit me. If all I had were pretty corals and plants, would the tank not be able to thrive with relatively little maintenance? Changing water every few weeks or adding chemicals/"food" 2-3 times a week is no big deal. What I want to avoid is the routine feeding schedule generally associated with fish.

I'd like to reiterate that I have next to no idea what I'm talking abut when it comes to stuff like this so I could be way off. I tried to google my idea but I mostly got links to fake plants and decorations; no real information. So here I am, asking the experts, is it possible? If so, what do I need to be cautious of? Am I wrong about the maintenance requirements of fish?

I'd appreciate any input you're willing to contribute. Hopefully I can become a fellow hobbyist!
__________________

__________________
Rotten Peaches is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Mebbid's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Michigan USA
Posts: 12,569
There are tons of nano and pico reef owners on this forum with nothing but some inverts and corals in a 10g or less tank and they are every bit as nice looking as some of the larger tanks. As for fish requiring a lot of maintenance, as long as they get fed once every other day or so they are perfectly fine.

Regardless of whether there are fish in a tank or not a saltwater tank really should get approximately a 10% water change weekly. If you keep a 5g bucket of saltwater with a heater and something for circulation this could be done easily in 5-10 minutes on a small tank.
__________________

__________________
Mebbid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2013, 04:22 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Dubs1281's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 611
Salt water tanks require much attention either way. Live corals can be a pain to deal with sometimes. And require more attention then 2-3 times a week. Also I think your idea is neat, but what happens when someone else sees the tank, is interested, goes over there to look at it but you see no fish. The tank would be more complete and even beneficial with some fish. It would be good to have some easy careing fish. Such as damsels or chromis.(both spelled wrong I assume). Or if you want to and do something really cool, you could create a self sustainable ecosystem. But if I would suggest something, go freshwater. You can get really cool plants and fish cheaper and easier. But whatever you want is really up to you.
__________________
Dubs1281 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2013, 04:26 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mebbid View Post
There are tons of nano and pico reef owners on this forum with nothing but some inverts and corals in a 10g or less tank and they are every bit as nice looking as some of the larger tanks. As for fish requiring a lot of maintenance, as long as they get fed once every other day or so they are perfectly fine.

Regardless of whether there are fish in a tank or not a saltwater tank really should get approximately a 10% water change weekly. If you keep a 5g bucket of saltwater with a heater and something for circulation this could be done easily in 5-10 minutes on a small tank.
10g seems a bit small, even for the corner in my living room. I don't want a huge 200g tank but I figured something between 30 and 50 would look "right" in the corner. I will go check out the pico tanks though, they sound neat.

The weekly water change is doable, not as infrequent as I'd hoped, but doable. What kind of inverts are commonly kept in a tank like this?
__________________
Rotten Peaches is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2013, 04:30 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dubs1281 View Post
Salt water tanks require much attention either way. Live corals can be a pain to deal with sometimes. And require more attention then 2-3 times a week. Also I think your idea is neat, but what happens when someone else sees the tank, is interested, goes over there to look at it but you see no fish. The tank would be more complete and even beneficial with some fish. It would be good to have some easy careing fish. Such as damsels or chromis.(both spelled wrong I assume). Or if you want to and do something really cool, you could create a self sustainable ecosystem. But if I would suggest something, go freshwater. You can get really cool plants and fish cheaper and easier. But whatever you want is really up to you.
I thought about the ecosystem idea but decided I was FAR too inexperienced to even know where to begin.

As for coral maintenance, what makes them so intensive? The whole idea was sparked based on how pretty and colorful saltwater tanks are. I don't recall ever seeing a freshwater tank that was nearly as colorful.
__________________
Rotten Peaches is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2013, 04:51 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dmolavi's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Sewell, NJ
Posts: 2,123
I'm going to wait until my 56 gallon FW tank has run it's course (probably another 4-5 years based on the lifespan of most of the fish I have), before turning into a reef only tank. I might toss a couple fish in there, but I'd like it to be more of a coral showcase.
__________________

__________________
20 gallon nano-reef torn down to make way for the 40B Reef (original thread and current update).
dmolavi is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
tank

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:15 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.