75 Gallon Reef

Abbotsford, BC



I currently only employ a very simple sump setup.

With the sump, I run a Bean Animal drain system into two 4" filter socks (replaced every 3 days). It then flows into a refugium lit by an Amazon COB light. It then flows into my return section, where it is pumped up the return line. I run a double Two Little Fishies Phosban 150 reactor setup with GFO in the first chamber, followed by Carbon in the second; this is powered from a manifold off the return line.


I run a completely DIY setup for lighting.

I purchased two 165W Viparspectra blackbox LED fixtures to light the 75g. I had read great reviews and figured it was a bit more economical than going with the larger name brands.

I didn't like the idea of suspending the lights from the ceiling, nor did I feel like building a wooden frame for the lights to hang from either. Instead, I opted to build a custom aluminum frame that sits on top of the tank.

The lights run at 75% blue 5% white from 8am to 8pm.
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13 Fish

Blue Damselfish Chrysiptera cyanea
Blue Ribbon Eel Rhinomuraena quaesita
Blue and Gold Damselfish Pomacentrus coelestis
Copperband Butterflyfish Chelmon rostratus
Decorated Goby Istigobius decoratus
Ghost Eel Pseudechidna brummeri
Midas Blenny Ecsenius midas
2 Ocellaris Clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris
Red Head Solon Fairy Wrasse Cirrhilabrus solorensis
Six Line Wrasse Pseudocheilinus hexataenia
Tomini Tang (Flame Fin Tang) Ctenochaetus tominiensis
Yellow Tang Zebrasoma flavescens

83 Corals

Acropora Turaki (Teal) Acropora turaki
Australian Scolymia (Bleeding Apple) Homophyllia australis
Australian Scolymia (UFO) Homophyllia australis
Australian Scolymia (War Paint) Homophyllia australis
Birdsnest Coral (Green) Seriatopora hystrix
Birdsnest Coral (Purple) Seriatopora hystrix
Blueberry Sea Fan Acalycigorgia sp
Bowerbanki Acan (Green) Acanthastrea bowerbanki
Bowerbanki Acan (Sparkle) Acanthastrea bowerbanki
Branching Hammer (Gold) Euphyllia parancora
Branching Hammer (Green) Euphyllia parancora
Branching Hammer (Purple) Euphyllia parancora
Candy Cane Coral (Green) Caulastrea furcata
Dragon Soul Favia Favites sp var
Duncan Polyp Duncanopsammia axifuga
Forest Fire Digitata Montipora digitata
Frogspawn (Purple Tip) Euphyllia paradivisa
Green Star Polyp Clavularia viridis
5 Hairy Mushroom Rhodactis indosinensis
JF Fox Flame Acropora turaki
Leaf Plate Montipora (Green) Montipora capricornis
Leaf Plate Montipora (Pink) Montipora capricornis
Lobophyllia Brain Coral Lobophyllia hemprichii
Lordhowensis Coral (Blueberry Sorbet) Acanthastrea lordhowensis
Lordhowensis Coral (Christmas Fiesta) Acanthastrea lordhowensis
Lordhowensis Coral (Fire & Ice) Acanthastrea lordhowensis
Lordhowensis Coral (Rainbow) Acanthastrea lordhowensis
Montipora Confusa (Green) Montipora confusa
Pink Lemonade Acropora sp var
Purple Brush Gorgonian Muriceopsis flavida
Strawberry Shortcake Acropora microclados
Torch Coral (Aussie Green) Euphyllia glabrescens
Torch Coral (Common) Euphyllia glabrescens
Torch Coral (Green Tip) Euphyllia glabrescens
Tort Coral (Miyagi) Acropora tortuosa
Zoanthid (Rasta) Zoanthus sp

51 Invertebrate

10 Banded Trochus Snail Trochus sp.
5 Blue Legged Hermit Crab Clibanarius tricolor
Blue Tuxedo Urchin Mespilia globulus
Bulb Anemone Rose Entacmaea quadricolor
5 Cerith Sand Snail Cerithium caeruleum
2 Crocea Clam (Blue) Tridacna crocea
Dwarf Zebra Hermit Crab Calcinus laevimanus
Flame Scallop Lima scabra
Heart Sea Urchin Meretia planulata
2 Money Cowrie Cypraea moneta
10 Nassarius Snail Nassarius sp.
2 Red Line Cleaner Shrimp Lysmata amboinensis
Sand Sifting Sea Star Astropecten polycanthus
2 Strawberry Conch Conomurex luhuanus
Tropical Abalone Haliotis sp
Tube Anemone (Black) Cerianthus filiformis
Tube Anemone (Pink) Cerianthus filiformis
2 Turbo Snail Turbo fluctuosa


Feeding See more

Mysis Shrimp · Spirulina Brine Shrimp · Krill · PhytoFeast · Polyp Lab Reef-Roids Coral Food · Whole Prawn · New Life Spectrum Marine Fish Formula Pellet Food · Northfin Marine Formula 1mm
The tank is fed daily with a medley of foods.

Evening standard intake would look like:
- 2 cubes of mysis shrimp
- 1 cube of krill
- 1 cube of spirulina brine shrimp

Morning optional meal:
- 1-2 pinches of New Life Spectrum pellets

Weekly interval standard meal:
- 4tbsp of phyto plankton
- 2tsp of Reef Roids
- 1 sheet of sushi Nori


Daily I feed the fish and clean the glass; while I am at it I take a peak under the display to make sure the filter socks aren't full, the reactors are flowing nicely, and the ATO container has water in it.

Weekly I perform a 10% water change and test all of my parameters.

Monthly I change my GFO and Carbon, harvest from the refugium, and clean up salt creep.

Filter socks are changed as needed or every 3 days.
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On average you perform a 10% water change every 12 days.

15% total water change in June.

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