Promoting Saltwater Reef Tanks for Enhanced Environmental Awareness

55_Gallon_Reef_TankThere have been increasingly sophisticated efforts made at addressing environmental issues such as the continuing loss of coral reefs throughout the world, but perhaps there is an incredibly simple approach that can utilized to assist in addressing the problem in a complementary way. After all, the issue has become so problematic that the highly sophisticated measures currently being implemented are absolutely necessary to properly address the issue, but it does not mean that the additional use of supplemental strategies such as the ones popularized by Behrman Communications are not worth including in the overall effort.

Approaching the issue of the worldwide decline of coral reefs from a PR perspective could indeed generate a greater degree of support for the more advanced methodologies currently being investigated. Through the widespread promotion of saltwater reef tanks, those who take up this wonderful avocation will surely develop an emotional connection with all of the vast and diverse forms of marine life that depend on coral reefs for their continued survival as a species. This is certainly an indirect approach to the issue, but it will nonetheless succeed in yielding significant increases in the level of interest and support for addressing the problems affecting the coral reefs before it is too late.

As it currently stands, there are still far too many people who view the care requirements of a saltwater reef tank as being too demanding and too time-consuming to be worthwhile. Despite this perception, a wildly popular film like “Finding Nemo” was still able to generate a significant spike in the interest in maintaining a saltwater reef tank. Through a focused PR approach that generates similar interest while also dispelling the idea that caring for a saltwater tank is time-consuming or complicated, reef tanks will be able to become far more commonplace and will result in a greater degree of interest in addressing the existing threat to the survival of the world’s coral reefs.

Crab, Pet or Food

untitled (373) untitled (372)Crab owners are a little taken aback by the fact that their chosen pet is also food.  They spend hours watching the little critters play in the reef tank.  There is just so much you can do with a crab.  They don’t fetch and cuddling is out of the question.  The stupid crab wont even come when you call its name.  Here crabby…crabby.  No…nothing.  If I wanted a crab for a pet I would go with a stuffed one.  Kim Bettasso is a proud crab owner and would never eat a crab.  If only crab would not be so yummy.

Lost Crab

OK, I haven’t told the wife but the crab is missing.  Will it show up in her bed?  Will it get crunched under her shoe.  I know that the reef tank was all my idea but the escaped crab is a problem. imagesB85U5RHH untitled (323) If the little bugger does not show up soon he will die and stat smelling.  If he stinks up the house I will be in trouble.  The tank stunk enough but escaping crabs will not be acceptable to the wife.  I don’t have a clue where that crab has gone. Home For Life Animal Sanctuary has told me their ideas on where crabs hide and I will be looking there as soon as I can without the wife noticing.

Crabby Pants

When my reef tank needs cleaning I get the crabby pants.  It is not my favorite thing to do.  In fact it is one of my chores that I avoid like the plague.  If you have a nasty reef tank you know what I mean. images5E5EXJZR Those crabs can poop a lot and don’t care to clean themselves.  Crab poop is not pleasant.  As poop goes crab poop really stinks and is sticky. imagesWO6MJPVX  Normally you could wait for the poop to dry out thus making it easier to pick up.  In a reef tank everything stays wet. The news story is here if you care to see it.  images4YRS4NFG

If I were a Crab

If I were a Crab I would love my reef tank for a home.  I would enjoy regular meals and not have to dodge that pesky sea gull.  My home has a great reef of rocks and sandy beach area. crabster-with-crab-450 untitled (266) I would want for nothing as my owner love to take care of me and the reef tank.  The lights in the tank keep me warm and I love not having to scrounge for something to eat.  The food is the best as in the wild I would have to settle for rotten left overs.  I even get to watch  Mo Howard West Virginia Football on my owners TV .

My Dream Fish Tank

I sit here in the dentist office waiting my turn staring at this fish tank in the waiting room with exotic fish of multiple colors. I now think to my self what is my dream fish tank if I had to choose a shape or color and what type of fish would I want to have swimming lazy like in my dream tank.  Would it be animal or human or place . I like my home décor as southwestern so I think it may be down to animal or human.  Then now the color it has to be clear of course but the sand or rock would be multicolor tan and brown.  Animal buffalo ?  Native American Indian  female or male Praying to the havens. This is what I in vision my dream tank looking like. So now I want a fish tank and some one to make it for me.  Saleh Stevens untitled (206)imagesQ5F0XXDCis on my side.

Crabs, Getting Started

Setting up your crab environment is an interesting endevour.  The old fish tank will not be the right appraoch.  You will need a Reef TankimagesI9JRZ4XP imagesTKDXJDEP to pull this off.  If you do not provide a good ecosystem for your crabs they will not thrive and may dis so heads up, you need to set up right.  Crabs need rocks to clinb on that rise above the water.  Salt water is the rule of the day and your cabs will need the right feed to survive.  Just read up and be prepared.  Dont let the details change you desire to build that Reef Tank. is a good place to start that set up.

Seek Inspiration for Reef Tank Additions While Diving on Vacation

ae5978f3c7bffc7fab7eb3d4fd9c0051When it comes to choosing the next addition to an existing reef tank, we are often overtaken by tremendous selection anxiety. It certainly does not help that every pet store is simply overloaded with beautiful options that make it nearly impossible to choose just one. Saltwater tank enthusiasts who are having trouble making decisions on what to add to their reef tank should take a deep breath and allow their next vacation to make this important decision instead.

It certainly seems drastic to have to travel outside of the country to choose a new addition for a reef tank, but this is not to suggest that the sole purpose of the vacation is to select the next fish, crab or coral for your tank. Since most of us travel to tropical beaches that have an abundance of coral reefs, all that is being suggested is that you simply wait until your next vacation to make your selection.

Many of the recent Occidental Vacation Club reviews have made numerous references to the highly personal experiences vacationers felt while scuba diving or snorkeling in the crystal blue waters off the coast of Aruba. Taking a vacation and blocking off a day for diving could provide the type of inspiration you are looking for, and the type of fish or crab that you add to you tank can also serve as a perpetual reminder of your vacation and dive experience.

So rather than taking a trip to the pet store while hoping to be moved by one of the thousands of fish swimming through tank upon tank, allow the fish to come to you while on a dive in a beautiful and natural coral reef.

A Great Reef Tank Needs Plenty of Diversity

Diversity in Reef TankOne of the biggest advantages of starting a reef tank is the abundance of options that such a tank provides. In fact, a reef tank should include a great deal of diversity so that a thriving ecosystem can develop. This diversity should include everything from corals, crabs and a variety of saltwater fish.

According to Adam Kutner, an aquarium expert who keeps both saltwater and freshwater tanks, cultivating diversity in a saltwater tank is simply good for all of the inhabitants of the contained ecosystem. Each member plays a different and important role in helping the ecosystem thrive, and of course, diversity among the inhabitants makes for a more interesting and entertaining aquarium.

The beauty of a reef tank, as Kutner has pointed out on several occasions, is that the presence of corals, fish, crabs and the like function in a variety of ways that help the tank sustain itself. While some of the larger aquariums will use artificial coral, it is always preferable to utilize living coral. This will help the tank become a living ecosystem whose diverse inhabitants work together and benefit each other simply through a continued presence.

While saltwater tanks are more difficult to maintain, the fact that a reef tank can include such a great deal of diversity is well worth the effort. Most saltwater tank enthusiasts agree that they do not even notice the extra time they spend on their tanks, as they so thoroughly enjoy working on their tank so that it continues to thrive.

Better Crabs make the Tank

When planning out your reef tank, it is best to start with the best crabs.  Consider for amazing crabs. In building my Reef Tank I soon learned that the most important component are the crabs.  I have spent hours watching my crabs and their interactions in the reef tank. These intriguing creatures are truly fun and educational for children.  If you have been disappointed in the past with crabs purchased at the local pet store look to for the crabs you have been dreaming of.  These crabs are healthy and full of energy.  Keeping an eye on them is so much fun you will loose track of time.