Continuing on a similar thread from my recent Mantis shrimp post, here is a video of a Mantis shrimp, which is cool enough, but also living in a super-small 1 cubic foot tank micro reef.
Chad Rausch has built what probably the smallest micro reef ever. It’s only one cubic foot of salt-water and contains live corals and one of the aquarium-cracking 😉 Mantis shrimp I mentioned in a previous post. He even filmed a video showing it in action.
Salt-water aquariums are known to be somewhat difficult to keep due to chemistry issues, and the larger the tank the less hassle and danger. That’s why this tiny tank is so impressive. Obviously, there is several hundred dollars worth of equipment at play under the desk, some of which the owner hacked together or modified himself.
That would be a really, really cool toy to have, but a friend, who has several salt-water tanks himself, pointed-out that there’s probably $200 in coral alone in that tank (at Colorado prices). That could be an expensive mistake if something goes wrong!
Chad does not have a site I can link to directly, unfortunately, so if you’re interested in reading more, perhaps this forum thread will be interesting.