Betcha' can't keep just one....

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  1. Unique Corals

    Unique Corals 3reef Sponsor

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    Hey, kids- look! I’m not bashing something today! Instead, I’ll try to convince you to try something a little different for your next aquarium! And there will be a "next aquarium", because we've already established that reefers can't sit still in their hobby efforts. I mean, the minute we get water flowing in our new reef, we're already scheming about the next one...

    If you’ve read my ramblings before, or have seen one of my talks, you know that I’m always trying to push you to create aquariums that are a bit out of the ordinary. So, here's a seemingly novel concept: A "Monospecific" aquarium.


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    Leonardo's "Formosa Forest"- as close to monospecific as any reef we've seen before.

    A system based on the needs of just one animal? What?

    What would you keep if you could just keep one species of coral, invertebrate, or fish? Would you even be able to do it? Us “Postmodern” reefers have pretty short attention spans, huh? We like variety, we like diversity, and we like action! It seems that, short of hobbyists who breed certain fishes, you rarely see anyone keeping a tank devoted to just one species.

    Imagine how cool it would be if you create a tank with just a large group of say, Royal Gramma, Blue Chromis, Yellow Assesors, or some other species of fish that does well in groups. Not only would you really get to know your animals, you might be more likely to unlock some secrets about their husbandry and behavior that you can share with others. Sure, you might be known to some as “The kook with 200 Citron Gobies”, but you’ll probably know more about that species than just about anyone else out there!

    Craziness.


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    Sure you could keep ONE. But could you keep 30...of just these...In one tank?

    And of course, you'll be demonstrating inspirational restraint to fellow reefers when you're keeping only Acropora yongei, for example...And definitely get your tank some attention...Who could do this? Anyone?

    There are a number of benefits to keeping a dedicated species aquarium. The corals will not have to deal with the competitive stresses caused by the presence of others (i.e.; allopathic competition). Fishes will be more likely to develop a natural social structure, feeding habits, and reproductive behaviors than they will in a typical captive “community” situation. It will become much easier to develop a “baseline” behavioral model for them. Deviations from what you will come to recognize as “normal” for the species will be readily apparent and obvious over time.

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    Acroproa microclados ("Strawberry Shortcake") is a species you could specialize in!

    These days, breeding marine fishes is not only a fascinating specialty, it may be the key to survival for many fishes in the hobby, as wild collection becomes less and less sustainable for many. You hear it everywhere from hobbyists more familiar with this dynamic than I, but captive propagation is truly the future of the hobby. By devoting a tank to one species, and possibly creating conditions conducive to their reproduction, you’re potentially taking the first steps towards reducing the pressures off of wild populations, so that we’ll be able to enjoy them for generations to come.

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    Captive breeding unlocked the door for many species to become more popular in the hobby.

    Ok, so I’ve babbled about some reasons why you might want to try a monospecific aquarium, but what about some reasons that you might not want to? Well, could you handle looking at a tank of 14 Calloplesiops altivelis every day, while your buddies are rocking their community tanks with the latest trendy Fairy Wrasse or deepwater Basslet that they outbid some wealthy Japanese collector to land? Could you tolerate that you’re the only reefer in your local club who gets excited by the feeding behaviors of your Lobophyllia?

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    It's actually kind of interesting when it feeds...but you knew that already, right?

    Let’s face it, there is a certain isolation those of us whom embrace the arcane feel. You’ll just have to gain satisfaction from the knowledge that comes from being the only one doing something.

    What species would you work with? How would you do it? Discuss...

    In the end, it’s just another way to run a reef tank, of course- one of many possible concepts you can try for interest, aesthetics- and just maybe- a chance to bring about the next hobby breakthrough! So here’s to YOU and your bravery as you take the “road less travelled!”

    See you en route.

    Until next time…

    Stay Wet

    Scott Fellman
     
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  3. DSC reef

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    I couldn't keep just one species, no way. Lol
     
  4. Va Reef

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    Tell you what, if you provide me with a whole bunch of specimens of a. enchinata or a. exquisita, and I'll let you know how I like keeping only one species of coral ;)

    interesting concept though, if I were to keep one species of coral only, it'd have to be an SPS with random growth patterns, not tabling or "bushy" sps.

    Imagine a 300 gallon tank with only blue chromis and some species of gorgonian.
     
  5. Matt Rogers

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    I love the concept as well and believe it could be quite stunning.
    I do wonder if this gives you a slight disadvantage with disease - similar to some of our forests that are managed by the US forest service if you know what I mean. :p
     
  6. Astrick117

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    Well...I actually considered this for my 40g breeder Fowlr, but decided I would get a bit bored with it. For me, I love all different kinds of colors/ behavior- it what makes reefing so interesting IMO. I also like the fact that when other people see my tank they all have a different favorite fish and with only one species, I feel you lose out on that.

    Another issue is that many fish don't get along with conspecifics...corals would be much easier, as long as you could deal with looking at a tank of the same thing all day.
     
  7. Servillius

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    For my next tank, I want a single coral. Not sure which SPS yet; perhaps a blue mille (maybe a shortcake). I want one coral on a small rock outcrop with a giant cluster of blue chromis swimming in and out.

    I wanted to try it with my current tank, but I wimped out.
     
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    Now that would be nice. I could watch that all day.