What is the hardest part of reefkeeping?

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What is the hardest part of reefkeeping?

  1. Cycling the tank.

    5.1%
  2. Dealing with algae.

    32.2%
  3. Doing maintenance on a regular basis.

    20.3%
  4. Not overstocking.

    15.3%
  5. The expense.

    35.6%
  6. Other.

    10.2%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Hi all...

    What is the hardest part of reefkeeping?

    For me on my last tank it was mostly having the time to do regular maintenance. And overstocking!

    What about you?


    (FYI - I am swamped at work at the moment. Hope to have more time to hang out next week.)
     
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  3. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Although it's not something I have to do very often, I find that dealing with algae is the biggest PITA. Takes no time for it to grow, can take months for it to go away. Stupid algae!!
     
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  4. Birchell

    Birchell Gigas Clam

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    WOW, um..... ALL THE ABOVE!! Probably in that order too. I hate cycling, it always take longer than you think. Glass algea is always a pain, you have to clean the glass every other day or so. I guess maintenance is not that big of a problem, most tanks stabilze and then it becomes easy. Not over stocking is the big one for me. I want everything!!! I guess that is why everyone has a million corals, lol, you can cram them in almost every corner of the tank!! The expence is a tuffy too. Once you get everything its not bad, but getting all the rock, sand, skimmer, sump, pumps, lights, ect... It adds up fast!!

    Good Poll Matt!!

    Michael
     
  5. telman2010

    telman2010 Bristle Worm

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    Gonna have to be the not overstocking for me. I often find myself dragged uncontrollably into the LFS as I happen to be driving by. Once in there it is very hard not to come away with some new something.;D
     
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  6. Birchell

    Birchell Gigas Clam

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    :lol: + that!!!!!!!!! If your gonna make the trip, you have to bring something new home!!!!!!!
     
  7. mattgeezer

    mattgeezer Montipora Capricornis

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    definatley algae...:mad: ive gotta hurry to make that fuge!!!!!!
     
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  9. Bruce

    Bruce Giant Squid

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    Heh, this is a good one. Well for me...its being away from my tank! Being at college...even if I am not that far from home its tough. I need to buy new bulbs for my tank and suction cups for my powerheads. Any news on the magnetic ones yet? $$$ still high? I think I am going to visit my tank tomarrow hah...no classes.
     
  10. Birchell

    Birchell Gigas Clam

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    I hear ya Bruce!! I was doing the samething with my tanks when I went to college!! It is a PITA!!
     
  11. mario8402

    mario8402 Fire Shrimp

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    you forgot one option. .. EVERYTHING!
     
  12. MDeth

    MDeth Feather Star

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    waiting for the tank to cycle :(

    I CANNNTNTTT wait :'(

    I'll be bringing my 14g with me to FL for college :p so I dont have to worry about that. Nice and 'portable'