While testing solutions for my heat
concern took immediate priority, hair
algae sprouted all over my nano, literally
overnight! When the tank only contained
live rock and sand, it was very easy to do
a 60-percent water change, clean the rock,
and throw in some phosphate remover. By
completely eliminating the photoperiod
for several days, I kissed that hair algae
goodbye. This would not have been easy
had my tank already housed corals.
arrival of so many unconventional
hobbyists speaks for the popularity and
success of the nano-reef-keeping hobby.
The flame scallop Lima scabra is a rather shy
and reclusive species that can be difficult to
care for. It has been recommended that this
animal be target fed often.
Perhaps the manufacturers can effect
easier installation of chillers, as I
consider them an absolute necessity in
a reef tank this small. Chiller models
that work off of electricity alone (no
refrigerant) may also work, but the ones
I looked at require that a hole be drilled
into the wall of the tank (or an external
filter). A preinstalled
might do wonders for
the blood pressure
of many nano
Historically, as was the case in the
marine hobby with mini reefs, technology
adapted to the practicality of sustaining
reef organisms for long periods of time,
and this is already becoming a reality
with nano reefs. The all-in-one system
is prime evidence for this notion, and
I plan on keeping my nano reef for as
long as I can plausibly sustain it. With a
little research, and some knowledgeable
experience, the art of keeping a nano
reef will become much more widespread.
While nanos are definitely not the best
idea for beginning marine enthusiasts,
they have the potential to become a
more acceptable alternative to full-size
mini reef tanks. The future of the marine
hobby has been fast approaching, and the
I would like to extend my thanks to
Jeff Kurtz, James Fatherree, David
Boruchowitz, Stan at Tropiquarium, and
the members of the forum at reefcentral.
com for their helpful advice and opinions,
as well as their restraint from complete
negativity with this project. It would not
have been a success without all your help.
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