An Epic Reef Part 9 – Hobby of Patience

An Epic Reef Part 9 – Hobby of Patience

This post is part 9 of the epic reef series.

I read on multiple sites that saltwaters aquariums are a hobby of patience. That is not something you should start if you are not able to wait. There needs to be time for cycles to complete, for an equilibrium to be reached. Fishes should be added one or two at the time. You need to let things settle down, to let the bacteria adapt as you add life, to let everything grow smoothly. As we often hear:

Nothing good ever happens quickly in the saltwater aquarium hobby.

Saltwater aquarium hobbyist

It is important to point out though that watching everything develop, slowly but surely, is really rewarding. I just fell in love with that hobby and as you can see with my posts, I can’t stop writing about it. Even though things are growing slowly, there is still a lot to do in the meantime.

Reorganizing the rocks

As we added more corals to the tank, we realized that our aquascaping could be improved. We needed more rocks to have space for more corals. I know, we always want more corals! When I started, I was wondering why all the reef aquariums were so crowded. Although I still tried to keep a design with enough negative space, I am finding that I need more rock space. Below is our aquascape before I added rocks.

Before Reorganizing
Before Reorganizing

As we piled the rocks higher to form in a kind of cliff in the middle right side, we tried making an arch. It looked really good, but it is not sturdy enough and it keeps falling so we removed it.

New Arch
New Arch
Lastest Scape
Lastest Scape

I thing it is a good thing we started with 90 gallons. Anything smaller and I would be really sad now. I would have to make very hard choices. Also, it is the recommended size for a yellow tang, which we just added!

Dorette / Banana / Davy Jaune

We could not agree on a name for our new yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens), so we use all of the above names alternatively, depending on who you talk to! My favorite is still Davy Jaune, because, you know, it sounds like the pirate Davy Jones, and “jaune” means yellow in French… I took the picture below while the yellow tang was getting cleaned up by the lysmata shrimp.

Tang Cleaning
Tang Cleaning

Wait and See

We should now enjoy the view and wait.

Well, sort of, I mean we tried to. We still found space for adding a new coral… almost every week. But at least we buy them small and wait for the corals to grow larger. I keep telling myself that each one is the last thing we buy for a while. And then, someone sells another amazingly colored zoa on our local Facebook group… and a hard coral with a really nice shape… and another with yellow dots on it…

In the next post, I’ll bring you on a tour of the strange and fascinating creatures that populate our saltwater aquarium.

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