Having a marine tank has always been a dream of mine. I’ve looked into it a few times now to get ideas of costs and other bits and bobs but I never got around to doing it due to various other life things getting in the way. I want to have another look at again now to see what’s changed, look at some options and get some ideas. I’ve only kept freshwater fish in the past. I’m predominantly a reptile keeper.
When I first looked into it I got overexcited with the variety of gorgeous marine fish out there, I found that once I started looking at things like tangs, the tank size started to get very very big. I also love puffers so my dream was to have one of them but after learning that they need a lot of space, they’re very messy, aren’t good with corals and can be quite territorial i had to push that one aside. I looked at GSPs recently too as a smaller puffer that start in brackish and eventually move to saltwater but they have similar drawbacks.
Thinking about it again now I think I’d just like to focus on a smaller tank with some nice corals, some clowns, a couple of shrimp and maybe a couple of other smaller fish. Maybe something around 200 litres. I really like the cube shaped ones like the Juwel Lido. I’ve seen some really nice setups with cool formations of live rock in the centre with lots of nice corals. If I remember rightly it was the Red Sea tanks that were considered the best before, is that still the case? I think the second most expensive thing was the lighting. I see Red Sea do their own now so I’m wondering if they’re any good.
I’ll focus on the finer details later but I want to start with tanks. Is 200 litres suitable for a few clowns and a couple other things? I’m not worrying about bigger things like tangs this time around. Just looking for inspiration around the 200 litre mark. Would be very interested to see other people’s setups around that size.