Most people think you need a 300-gallon aquarium and loads of expensive equipment in order to have a spectacular reef. Well, I’m here to tell you, scratch that, I’m here to show you that you don’t. Even the smallest of aquariums can be turned into great looking reef tanks. Case in point, this 3-gallon pico aquarium from “pj86” is not only tiny, but it is also full of life. You’ll notice Zoanthids, mushrooms, Gorgonians, feather dusters, Blastomussa, and even a sun coral that reproduces on a regular basis. Some of these are corals that are difficult to care for in large aquariums, let alone tiny ones.
To get such a healthy tank, PJ doses rather heavily considering the size. But keep in mind there are a lot of filter feeders and other organisms with very specific diets. A small refugium with Chaetomorpha is attached, and a robust cleanup crew keeps any undesired algae at bay. To read more about this aquarium and to see the tank build, read it all on the Nano-Reef forums.
Continue reading below for a couple of more pictures and even a video of this wonderful little reef.