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Re: Tank Lifetimes
> I was just reading an article in Aquarium Frontiers where the author
> contends that in reef tanks there is a period of best health/growth of the
> corals. This is from 6 to 18 months. After this the tank begins a very
> slow decline in coral growth, polyp extension, etc.
IMHO, this should be interpreted as : My tanks take six months to get going.
After18 months, the growth slows for reasons I haven't figured out. Since I
am the author of this article and I want to sound authoritative, I will simply
say that this is the effective life of a coral reef tank, after which time you
will have to tear yours down, because that's what I have to do, and I'm
supposed to be the authority here.
As Always, YMMV
I have seen "dutch" plant tanks which were lush after fifteen years. With
today's wealth of knowledge, approaches, and products, you should be able to
find something that will keep a tank going strong for a very long time,
whether you are working with freshwater planted aquariums or coral tanks.