Originally Posted by WebbedFishToes
You are absolutely right! Watching some of these videos I see that there are tons of places for the fish to hide and a lot of them appear that the fish know exactly where to dart back to when the camera gets to close. I initially was not planning to do coral for awhile because I thought I should keep it simple since saltwater was a big step for me. Just how hard is it to keep coral? It seems like it would be difficult to create a fake reef that's as full as the videos I am seeing. I'm pretty sure at the moment I dont even have the correct lighting for a coral reef, which is a fluval aquasky.
That's just it, all those corals in that tank are decorations not alive. The fish don't care. I've actually been a collector of display corals for over 35 years. (Some go into tanks while I also have a whole display of corals that will never go into water again because they are so intricate.) I still have the corals from that tank ( just in case I get the bug again
) which are now close to 40 years old just in my possession. Today, if you don't want to use natural coral skeletons, there are many lifelike artificial coral decorations that won't require the lights and water quality of living corals. (And they are a lot less expensive.
) So if $$$ is a problem, go artificial. If you are new to the marine hobby, I strongly suggest you go artificial until you get the hang of keeping a marine tank stable and healthy.