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Old 05-12-2003, 01:40 PM   #1
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Real difference Reef Tank vs FOwLR??

I probably have been trying to skim too much information into my head so I got confused 8O

What is really the difference between a reef tank and FOwLR tank?? Don't they both need a sump, skimmer, and enough water circulation?

And aren't they both better if LS, LR, and DSB are used?

Is the difference only in the type of food?

Please help!! Thank you.

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Old 05-12-2003, 01:46 PM   #2
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The main difference is that reef tanks include invertibrates(mainly corals) which require more pristine water requirements, more intense lighting and different(more) trace elements in the water column.

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hey um quick dumb question from a newbie. if lr is live rock and ls is live sand then what is dsb?
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it's deep sand bed; this article helped me to understand :

http://www.rshimek.com/reef/sediment.htm

OK so if I would like to start with a FOwLR then add some corals, I wouldn't change the main set up, right? just more intense light, and better quality water requirement..

i also read something about kalkwasser, strontium, and iodine...would these be needed in a FOwLR tank?

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thanks!!!!
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Kalkawasser replentishes the calcium levels(used by hard corals) while also stabilizing the pH. Stronium and iodine are minerals some reefers add for coral growth. In a FOWLR I would suggest maintaining a calcium level of 350 for your coraline algae. You could use kalk for this or you could use one of the many other calcium supplements.
Yes, equipment wise the main change would be a lighting upgrade. Many people start out with a FOWLR and then move on to corals after getting comfortable with SW. The only other advice I would give is to choose your fish carefully(research) if you plan on turning your FOWLR into a reef. Many fish available are not reef safe and you would then either have to trade in the fish or forget the reef tank.
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cant you have fish and coral together?
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Sure, thats a reef tank.
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i think that i have been confused as to the difference between the two and found that my questions have not been concise enough. fowlr is that not "fish only with live rock"? if so then technically wouldn't that be a reef tank
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A reef tank includes corals, a fish only is what it's called, Fish Only.
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