Coral reef aquarium is a nice thing to keep in your house, and it’s also a hobby for a compassionate aquarist, who has enough knowledge, time and even finances to put into it. Basically, it’s a marine tank, where according inhabitants live (those are corals, marine invertebrates and different kinds of fishes). It requires proper equipment to provide a decent lighting that will suit the needs of the tank dwellers, water circulation mechanisms to maintain the water’s turbulent flow, which is really essential for the sake of the feeding the fish and reefs and to keep the latter ones clean from various sediment that may fall into them.
Before deciding to purchase a coral reef and fish aquarium, you have to do your research and learn everything about the species you’d like to grow in order to be able to take proper care of them and see if you’re able to afford to buy and looking after them. As corals and marine fishes get shipped right from the oceans and they’re separated from the reefs, they travel for quite a while before appearing in the tanks.
So, coral reefs for aquarium are quite expensive on their own. Besides, a tank of proper size, filled with the sea water and with all the coral reef aquarium supplies like lighting, water circulation and filtration systems, temperature regulation equipment, plants and stones installed. Some water regulation chemicals and attachment substances will be necessary too. And, despite the statements of some tank owners, you’ll have to feed something to them and gradually replace the sea water.
However, if you’re determined to set up such aquarium and you feel passionate (and capable) about taking care of it, you should definitely go for it. But before buying all those random supplies and especially tank inhabitants, you have to learn how to grow such aquarium, which species to get (as a lot of different species tend to compete with each other aggressively) and how to set up everything in your tank. There’re plenty of books and DVDs regarding this topic, so go to educate yourself and start exploring the marine life.