Marine aquarists who have a successful system, no matter what the type, fish only or mixed reef, are mainly satisfied. A successful marine system can be stunning to see and this applies not only to aquarists who know ‘what goes on’ but to the uninitiated as well.
Big aquariums are not unusual nowadays. By big I mean really big. Most people have seen them, you know, the ones with the odd black tipped reef shark cruising about! They’re in public aquariums of course.
Home aquariums, though not on the scale as in the last paragraph, can also be big. Myself, I see ‘big’ as 6ft x 2ft x 2ft, but this size is not uncommon. Nowadays it goes considerably beyond that.
The link is to a video featuring an aquarium more than twice the length of the above. The measurements of the display aquarium are 13ft x 3ft x 2.5ft. Linked to the main aquarium are two others, a sump and a refugium. The sump measures 6ft x 5ft x 2ft, and the refugium 5ft x 1.5ft x 1.5ft. Some size system!
I’m too lazy to work out the seawater gallonage, but routine seawater change time must be quite something, somewhat more than a 5 gallon bucket!
There’s a lot of fish to be seen and some of them are quite big, however with an attached sump and refugium of those sizes the seawater quality should be high.
Many aquarists idly dream about a larger system, but the owner of this one didn’t mess about.