There are many reasons why reefers get out of the hobby. Some get burnt out; some can no longer afford the luxury. If you have time and money, you like me, are still maintaining a reef. But there must be some other centrifugal force that is driving our reefing addiction. My brother-in-law buys a new BMW every 2-3 years. I see the parallelism between his love for new cars and a reefers’ love to upgrade. I myself have been along this path beginning in 2006 and moving from a 55 gallon FOWLR Jebo tank (which leaked) to a five foot long 100 gallon FOWLR Jebo tank (which fortunately didn’t leak) plus a 20 gallon softie tank in my first year with saltwater. The 20 gallon became a 30 gallon softie tank and upgrades continued as I purchased power heads, a protein skimmer, ATO, t5s, etc to replace older models. My latest upgrade was a 100 gallon 4x2x2’ reef ready Oceanic system that replaced my previous 100 gallon and 30 gallon set ups. Besides upgrading equipment, reefers must also feed our addiction for bold colored corals. The entrepreneurial spirit of ORA, Tyree, ATL, and other coral farmers perpetuate a reefer’s diet for more LE or branded coral. My wallet will disagree, but I enjoy upgrading equipment, having color corals, and bartering for new corals. I think these are the commonalities we reefers share and the major reasons why we are still in the hobby. What other reasons do you have for continuing your reef? I’ll start. One of my favorite things about reefing, no matter how often I have seen it, is watching my two skunk cleaner shrimps release their larvae into the water column. It is happening tonight and I am fortunate to be awake and to watch it unfold….One shrimp is perched on the left corner near a ledge flapping its pleopods to release its young. The other shrimp sits under my central rock work seemingly synchronizing its movement with pauses to allow only a few larvae to release from its abdomen every 10-15 seconds. My fish are usually sleeping in their cave or nook, but tonight, they are flashing here and there having a midnight snack of fresh plankton. What is one of your favorite things about keeping a reef? I will list the vital statistics and pictures of my 100 gallon reef later.