It’s hard to deny that the ‘saltwater fish’ aquarium hobby has almost completely transformed into the ‘coral reef’ aquarium hobby, with the majority of discussions being framed in the context of a REEF tank. This is mostly good with some drawbacks, as there’s a tangible concern for only keeping animals that are ‘reef safe’ but it precludes many great fish from being enjoyed at their best.
We are just about as culpable as everyone, having almost ten full on coral reef aquarium displays but yet only one system dedicated to keeping fish. Well if you’ve been keeping up with the Reef Builders Studio series, you know that we’ve had some really fun and interesting species conditioning in the Fish Hotel for most of this year.
At great long last, we’ve finally gotten around to selecting an aquarium as our first bonafide aquarium strictly for keeping marine fish. The system selected for this very important new journey at the studio is a 128 gallon rimless tank from Pro Clear Aquatic Systems with a matching white, metal framed stand. The entire setup is six feet long, roughly 21 inches wide and tall, with a center, back mounted overflow.
Of course the tank has high clarity glass, can pass through close to 1500 gallons per hour, and we are in love with how the white trimmed bottom of the tank mates up perfectly with the stand like one unified piece. It’s been a real long time since we had a dedicated fish system, and explored some of the unique tricks and techniques that are most suitable for our beautiful and smart swimming pets.
The flow will be different, the lighting will be optimized for looks, might get some ozone going in there with a specially selected long contact time protein skimmer, and who knows what else we’ll discover together along the way of building an ideal modern aquarium for saltwater fish. Be sure to follow along on the official Reef Builders YouTube channel as there’s going to be lots of unique and informational aquarium stories to enjoy while this tank turns into a forever home for some of our favorite fishes.