Reef Globes, worlds smallest balanced reef aquarium

These are aged systems that keep myriad coral reef organisms alive using a delicate balance of natural materials and very reduced manmade gear. They are like ecospheres, but to the 20th power. Compared to an advanced reef aquarium they are just as stable due to design features, and they bring marine science study into the home in a practical manner. There are no others in the world like these designs and they are easy to build but expensive to build as well. I hope you enjoy my invention now posted as an instructible

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brandon429 (author) 7 years ago
Updates, the bowl is running well and is producing new and varied sponge growth on the live rocks
brandon429 (author)  brandon4296 years ago
another year's update, the corals grow over and compete and change the natural landscape of the reef its all natural to watch and occasionally affect with gardening techniques updated video for 2011
brandon429 (author) 7 years ago
Steve A

Would really enjoy knowing if you set one did it go!

an update taken with the lid removed:

brandon429 (author) 7 years ago
Thank you for posting ! they are handy for an office because its the least imposing in terms of the common approach of wiring and water tubing and devices associated with the coral keeping standard. I know some offices where 5 gallon+ nano reefs are allowed to be kept so in that case the larger water volume will allow for mistakes where a standard tank can be used.

Rather than having to learn complex marine science chemistry and application for months and sometimes years before actually trying a marine tank, the reefbowl differs in that anyone can set you one up now and learn about the reef -as- it runs, not before.

Thats the new standard in 2010, its not an exclusive club for technophiles any longer but this brings into call an important fact; we must stay within the bounds of captive grown coral trades and sales, do not purchase wild harvested corals or 1st generation fragged corals, ask about their origin when you buy! If you can use very hardy, and generations-removed frag lines (mushrooms, xenia, montipora, acropora, caulastrea, acanthastrea, euphyllia, dendronepthia & tubastrea etc) there's no ethical concern in approaching your coral vase.

I invite ethics discussions as well at any point, its a valid concern. This is simply an approach to further the public study of the reef in a repeatable and amazing manner.

I only advocate using simple, aquacultured/captive grown frags which are easy to get nowadays and nearly always work if you follow a set of operations in water changing and feeding. Many ornamental shrimp and crabs are also captive grown and can be had if sought, and manmade ceramic live rock is also available making a totally sustainable hobby for diverse learning applications.

here's a detailed build thread for Mark K's vase design where he drilled the sides of the vase and set it up with the correct lid:
blkhawk7 years ago
Beautiful work! It gives the opportunity to enjoy our marine diversity in a calm setting like the home or office setting.
brandon429 (author) 7 years ago
Just an update after the summer. Im going on the fifth year on this current vase and have just met several online friends who are keeping them as well and the repeatability is excellent. Check out any of Warlion's videos on youtube for examples of an aged system and he's improved the design considerably.

Steve I was wondering if yours came to bear, let me know man!
Hi Brandon,
I've got nearly all the bits, except the vase. I HAVE got a tall cylindrical glass thing, about 10" inside diameter, and I figure I can make a glass top for that.

Time permitting of course.

brandon429 (author) 7 years ago
this video explains some of the biology and care practices for keeping advanced invertebrates in the pico reef long term: and this one shows a few of the aquariums I have built and sold over the years, and how to remove troublesome coralline algae growth from the reefbowl: see closely the benthic communities that naturally develop on the rock surfaces in the vase, by the technique of only feeding the tank heavily just before a full water change. this assures no animals across the biota starve for protein and nutrient, yet the export prevents it from overloading the system. small aquariums make you procrastinate water changes much less often.
brandon429 (author) 7 years ago
Steve, when you tell them what you are doing with these corals and how you are going to keep them get ready for a revolt lol

just tell them to google "the history of pico reef biology" before they try and shut you down lol. Its suprising to me I posted these first in 2001 and then have spent all this time trying to prove they aren't fake! Maybe it will catch on by 2020 lol
Are there any books you can recommend on making one ? 

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