A sump is basically a secondary tank that your main display tank drains down into. Let’s go through some of the advantages.
Lighting is important because it directly affects how we visually enjoy the hobby and more importantly the vast majority of the corals in our tanks are photosynthetic. In this article we will first cover some of the basics of the light itself and then discuss the various lighting technologies people use to light their reefs.
There are only three things you need to be successful in this hobby, good water quality, good water flow, and good light. All of those things are pretty involved but lighting in particular gets a lot of discussion because of the three it is the most expensive and the thing that is going to most dramatically affect how the fish and corals in your tank will look.
Than Thein of Tidal Gardens shares the surprising experience with calcium carbonate substrates, vs. none in stock tank coral culture systems.
Stylophora are a branching small polyp stony coral from the Family Pocilloporidae. They make a great addition to either a mixed stony coral reef or an SPS dominated reef. We keep Stylophora mainly in both medium light and medium water flow. Having said that, their overall growth and color might benefit from both stronger light and flow than they are receiving here.