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Reefspy's charming 180 gallon mixed reef

By Leonard Ho - Posted Dec 08, 2017 09:00 AM
There hasn't been a whole lot of aquarium-relevant scientific papers published this month (or this year for that matter). Fortunately there are still a lot of really wonderful aquariums. This is Reefspy's 180g mixed reef. "True" mixed reef tanks are a rare breed these days, so we love it when we see healthy examples.
Reefspy's charming 180 gallon mixed reef

ReefSpy's 180 gallon mixed reef

It wasn't very long ago when reefkeepers only kept soft and LPS corals.  With advancements in technology, science, and good ol' experience, reefkeepers gradually learned to keep SPS corals in captivity.  Throughout the 1990s, mixed reefs combining soft, LPS, and SPS corals were the prevailing reef tanks of the decade.  Around the turn of the millenium until today, stony tanks began to dominate the reefkeeping scene, with many reef tanks exclusively SPS.

It's really great to aquarists such as ReefSpy who embrace true mixed reefs.  While stony and SPS-exclusive aquariums are undoubtly colorful, there's something to be said about the combination of color and movement that only a mix of soft and hard corals can impart.

One of the allures of reef tanks is to replicate a harmonious captive ecosystem in our homes.  ReefSpy's 180 gallon reminds us of all the wonderful inter-species interactions - like a hawkfish nesting atop a large Sarcophyton leather coral- that make coral reefs so fascinating.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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