What was your biggest mistake with your aquarium?

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What was your biggest mistake with your aquarium?

  1. Aquarium Size

    31 vote(s)
    18.6%
  2. Lighting

    33 vote(s)
    19.8%
  3. Filtration

    23 vote(s)
    13.8%
  4. Overstocking

    9 vote(s)
    5.4%
  5. Overfeeding

    14 vote(s)
    8.4%
  6. Other

    57 vote(s)
    34.1%
  1. Da_Gopherboy

    Da_Gopherboy Fire Shrimp

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    Location:
    Morgan Hill, CA
    If I could turn back the clock I would have passed on getting the skimmer and just got the R/O Unit instead first. Though Organics would have been in the system, it would have been much easier to remove nitrates and organics instead of adding phosphates and nitrates to my system.
     
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  3. blumoon reefers

    blumoon reefers Millepora

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    Location:
    Richmond, VA
    Sun Corals - beautiful, but very high maintainance.
     
  4. scenario1313

    scenario1313 Tassled File Fish

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    Location:
    Athens, GA
    Putting Xenia in my tank. It is a weed that takes over but I learned a little trick yesterday. I am now moving my euphyllia's closer to it. Ha Ha Ha now try and spread like wild fire.
     
  5. ibefishy

    ibefishy Montipora Capricornis

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    Location:
    Ca
    Anemone. I will never have another unless it is a anem specific tank.
     
  6. GoToSleep

    GoToSleep Torch Coral

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    1,170
    Location:
    Central Virginia
    My 2nd biggest mistake was putting a mandarin goby in my tank without any realistic idea of what was needed for him to survive. That was in the days before 3reef.
     
  7. bsweezy

    bsweezy Skunk Shrimp

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    Feb 1, 2009
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    Location:
    biloxi, mississippi
    mine was not setting up my first 3 tanks where they could get natural sunlight. now my 2 tanks get some direct sunlight in the summer and loads of sunlight in the winter months. the coral growth has increased by 30% or more. it makes a huge difference. also IMO natural light makes for the best viewing of the tank.
     
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  9. yumareef

    yumareef Astrea Snail

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2008
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    27
    Location:
    Yuma, AZ
    Buying a couple of golden pilotfish for my 150 without researching. Didn't know they get to be about 4 feet.
     
  10. PharmrJohn

    PharmrJohn The Dude

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    Location:
    Shelton, Washington
    I held onto my PC lighting waaaay to long. Now I need to get my fuge upto snuff.
     
  11. ZachB

    ZachB Giant Squid

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    Location:
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    My sump is much too small. My tank is too close to a wall. My tank is not large enough, either.
     
  12. Froc3

    Froc3 Fire Goby

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    Location:
    Saskatoon, Sk
    Adding a powerhead wayyyyy to late after starting the tank. Waterflow is important for keeping bad stuff from building up in low flow areas.