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Old 06/08/2018, 07:24 PM   #1
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Active Duty reefers?

So, i used to love my reef tanks. Ive owned a 50, 80, 125, 225 and a 20gal micro before joining up. I had a 15 year old maroon clown since she was tiny, loved her more than my dogs lol. Power went, backup didnt kick on and was out of town. Lost everything including my clown...well joined the USAF and have been to the sandbox a couple times, pribably going once more.

Really want to start a nano, but since we move every couple years feel bad doing so just to break it down and hope i get the critters safley to wherever im going. Is anyone here active duty and building reefs? Ill probably be out next year, finishing up my MS is cybersecurity and will move again for a new job most likely, but then i will have some stability. Should i wait or build a small tank for a nem and a couple clowns to scratch my itch?

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Old 06/08/2018, 08:25 PM   #2
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For the amount of hours you find yourself planning/working on/fixing/looking at the tank, it's worth another setup. I refrained for over 12 yrs, missed it immensely.

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Old 06/09/2018, 08:42 AM   #3
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I have been moving for 20 years, I can't think of one pcs that I didn't build a tank. I have had special crates built for my 75G and my hand made stand and canopy, packed it up in my household goods....all live stock usually got PIF or sent to the LFS. Tell you though, Japan was probably by far the most costly reefing as everything from the states cost almost as much in shipping as the product did.

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Old 06/19/2018, 07:39 AM   #4
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Go for it-just keep it simple. A small tank with a HOB filter and get some baby tank raised clowns. Maybe a few hermits and enjoy.

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Old 06/19/2018, 12:48 PM   #5
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I recently retired from the AF and I held off my whole career from doing. My main reason was I didn't know enough about the hobby to justify spending that amount of money and possibly losing the fish and corals when I moved. Since you have experience and you know what you would be getting into, I say go for it.

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Old 01/18/2019, 01:42 PM   #6
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Go for it! I have been in the hobby for 5 years and completed one PCS in that time. Just plan accordingly with selling your live stock before you depart.

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