If people were mermen and mermaids, able to dwell in the underwater world,
keeping sea creatures as pets would surely be easier.
Imagine being able to easily maintain electric blue Acropora with marvelous calcium carbonate branches, neon green Ricordia and playful damselfish, simply by opening a window to allow current to flow through your living room. Of course, reef keeping is a bit harder for us land-dwellers. Terrestrial aquarists have to buy expensive equipment and spend hours of maintenance to artificially maintain just a tiny piece of the ocean.
The Bulletproof reef system, developed by Sally Jo and Leroy Headlee of the Geothermal Aquaculture Research Foundation (GARF) is the best way-aside from becoming a mermaid-to keep a coral reef in your living room. Over a period of twelve years GARF has maintained and developed over a hundred separate reef aquarium systems using the Bulletproof Reef method. This article will discuss the basics of that Bulletproof Reef system.
Instead of forcing the aquarist to rely upon complicated technical manuals or costly gadgets, the Bullet-Proof Reef System uses the natural processes of the coral reef and native marine organisms to maintain aquarium life.