I started my love for this hobby in 2002. My first tank was a 90g fish only system. During my trips to the local aquariums I started noticing corals and began to admire the beauty and how your tanks can evolve and change. My first reef tank was a 14g Nano, of course like most people in the hobby that wasn't enough. 12g became 24,34,75,125, and then 220g.
To involve myself even more in the hobby I worked at a local pet store for 8 years. I learned the ins and outs of taking care of these beautiful, but sensitive creatures.
In 2016 I decided to open Wojtek's Reef to share my love and passion for this beautiful hobby. I believe there is no better way to ease a hard days work then to sit down, stare, and enjoy your little piece of living reef.
Currently our Reef covers across 15 aquariums. Each having carefully placed hundreds of frag and coral colonies where they can thrive before going to their forever homes. We have aquariums ranging from 15g to 220g with over 1000g of water.
Keeping a bit of coral reef in the home aquarium is an exciting and rewarding adventure. Reef tanks were once considered very difficult to keep. Keeping live coral is still somewhat demanding, but today the knowledge and equipment are readily available to the average hobbyist. Anyone with the desire to learn specific husbandry techniques and the willingness to purchase the proper equipment can keep a gorgeous reef aquarium. Of course the aquarist must invest his or her time in the care of these unique animals as well.
Beautiful home reefs can be either a simple reef with hardier, less demanding animals, or a more complex reef with higher maintenance specimens. Stony corals are more demanding and take a more dedicated effort. So keeping stony corals is itself a step beyond a simple or beginner reef.
Having reef-keeping experience is invaluable to successfully keeping hard corals. With some of the less demanding inhabitants you can hone your skills. You will develop an understanding of the unique habitat these animals thrive in. Some of the best inhabitants for a beginning reef are soft and leather corals, coral anemones, and anemones. Once you've gained success in keeping these, you will be ready to keep the more delicate and demanding stony corals.
While generalizations are difficult about large-polyp stony (LPS) corals, they generally require less intense lighting and less current velocity than small-polyp stony (SPS) corals. While many LPS corals are generally considered easier corals to keep in an aquarium, they do require excellent water quality, and appropriate placement based on their often long sweeper tentacles.
Brain Corals, especially from the family trachyphylliidae, are one of the favorites of the reef aquarium. Highly adaptable to current velocity, lighting and water quality, even the beginning marine hobbyist can have success with these beautiful and variable stony corals. Although it is important to research each specific species, brain corals are generally less aggressive and should be placed accordingly
Leather corals make up a large percentage of the soft corals readily available to the marine aquarist. Because these corals occur in diverse habitats in the wild, their captive requirements vary greatly in terms of light and current velocity. Some of the soft corals make excellent beginner species, while others should only be attempted by the advanced aquarist
Many of the zoanthids are remarkably hardy and, as such, are fully appropriate for the beginning reef-keeper. Their polyps require sufficient light for the growth of necessary symbiotic algae, but other than that, zoanthids are generally fairy adaptable and can make extraordinary displays referred to by some as “sea mats” or” colonial anemones.”
Mushrooms & Ricordea corals are, on the whole, relatively easy to keep. Most are quite appropriate for the beginning aquarist. They generally reproduce rapidly in captivity and spead over rockwork moving toward the light. Individual species require somewhat different lighting and current velocity, but all are photosynthetic. Some have long sweeper tentacles and need to be placed accordingly.
Small-polyp stony (SPS) corals are generally considered a more advanced coral to keep in captivity when compared to large-polyp stony (LPS) corals and soft corals. As such SPS corals are not considered beginner corals, but for the more advanced aquarist, they provide a remarkably diverse and striking array of specimens from which to choose.