Hex's Reef 2.0

Harrisburg PA
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When I moved to my new house I had an opportunity to rebuild my reef. I planed on building a new stronger and taller stand with a bigger enclosed canopy. I used a 55 gallon custom sump with a refugium section. Im currenty growing chaeto and caulerpa algae. The 125 gallon tank has a low profile overflow box and two returns along with two manifolds to assist with powering the reactors and dosing the tank. Everything is powered with a Jabeo DC6000 return pump. I'm using my existing skimmer, apex, lights, heater, reactors and dosing pump. I use a drilled mini fridge for dosing cold foods.


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I will be using 2/3 of a 55 gallon sump to hold chaeto, caulerpa. The MDT will have approx 150 pounds of rock. I'm using a curve 7 skimmer and biopellet reactor.


The MDT will have three AquaMars 165 watt Led lights along side 4 T5 HO 10k and Actinic bulbs. I will be powering the Refugium with two 100 watt Led spot light bulbs.


My flow will consist of one 1200 gph powerhead, wave maker and return pump.




I currently have one sailfin tang, yellow tang, lion fish, Maroon clown, two damsels, snowflake eel, cleaner shrimp and a scooter blenny.

I plan on adding a hippo tang and a powder brown tang at some point. Im really focusing on filling the reef with all types of coral.

18 Fish

Blue Damselfish Chrysiptera cyanea
Blue Hippo Tang
Blue Spined Unicorn Tang sp sp
Foxface Rabbitfish Siganus vulpinus
Hoeven's Wrasse Halichoeres melanurus
Maroon Clownfish Premnas biaculeatus
Powder Brown Tang Acanthurus japonicus
Powder Brown Tang Acanthurus japonicus
Sailfin Tang Zebrasoma veliferum
Sailfin Tang Desjardini Zebrasoma desjardini
Scooter Blenny Synchiropus ocellatus
Snowflake Eel Echidna nebulosa
Volitan Lionfish sp sp
Yellow Tail Black Chromis sp sp
Yellow Tang Zebrasoma flavescens
Yellow Tang Zebrasoma flavescens

83 Corals

Acan Green
Acan Red
Birdsnest Coral Pink Seriatopora hystrix
Birdsnest Coral green Seriatopora hystrix
Blastomussa Merletti Blastomussa Merletti
Blue eyed Long Hair Red Headed Girl Zoo sp sp
Blue striped mushroom sp sp
Brain Coral Favites Favites sp
Brain coral
2 Brown Gorgonian sp sp
Cabage Coral sp sp
Candy Cane Coral Caulastrea furcata
Cats Paw Green sps sp sp
Chalice Coral Echinophyllia aspera
Chalice Coral Blue Echinophyllia aspera
Chalice Coral Red Echinophyllia aspera
Duncan coral Duncanopsammia axifuga
Elegance Coral Pink and Purple Catalaphyllia jardinei
Frogspawn Coral - Branched Euphyllia paradivisa
Golden Eye Acan sp sp
Green Encrusting Montipora with Black Polyps sp sp
Green Galaxia sp sp
Green Goniopora sp sp
Green Plating Montipora sp sp
Green Star Polyp Clavularia viridis
Green and Purple Torch sp sp
Grube's Gorgonian Pinnigorgia flava
Hairy Mushroom Green Rhodactis indosinensis
Hydnophora Coral Hydnophora sp
Jason Fox Appleberry Acropora sp sp
Jason Fox Purple Haze Montipora sp sp
Kenya Tree Coral Capnella sp.
Leather Coral Lobophyton
Meteor Shower sp sp
Miscellaneous Coral sp sp
5 Miscellaneous Coral Frags sp sp
Miscellaneous LPS sp sp
Miscellaneous SPS sp sp
Montipora Setosa Montipora setosa
Neon Green Acropora Acropora digitata
2 Orange Rainbow Ricordea sp sp
Orange Ricordea sp sp
Plate Coral Long Tentacle Heliofungia actiniformis
Pocillopora Pocillopora sp
Pulsating Xenia Xenia elongata
Purple Encrusting Montipora sp sp
Purple Plating Montipora sp sp
Purple Ricordea sp sp
Purple Sponge sp sp
Red Mushroom Actinodiscus sp.
Red Plating Montipora sp sp
Starry Night Rhodactis Mushroom sp sp
Tequila Sunrise Zoos sp sp
Toadstool Leather Sarcophyton sp
Torch Coral Euphyllia glabrescens
Ultra Purple Acan sp sp
Unknown sp sp
Yellow polyp sp sp
bullseye paly sp sp

195 Invertebrate

Astrea Snail
Blue Legged Hermit Crab Clibanarius tricolor
Brittle Sea Star Ophiomastix annulosa
Brittle Sea Star Ophiomastix annulosa
120 Cerith Snail Cerithium sp.
3 Cerith Snail Large Cerithium sp
Emerald Crab Mithraculus sculptus
Feather Duster Sabellastarte sp.
Halloween Hermit Crab Ciliopagurus strigatus
Hermit Crab sp
22 Margarita Snail Margarites pupillus
20 Nassarius Snail Nassarius sp.
5 Nerite Snail Nerita sp.
Red Line Cleaner Shrimp Lysmata amboinensis
Red Line Cleaner Shrimp Lysmata amboinensis
Res leg hermit crab sp sp
Rose Sea Urchin sp sp
Sally Lightfoot Crab Percnon gibbesi
Serpent Sea Star Ophioderma sp.
Spider Decorator Crab Camposcia retusa
Starfish sp sp
4 Turbo Snail Large Turbo fluctuosa
White Leg Hermit Crab sp sp

17 Plants

Chaetomorpha Chaetomorpha sp.
Hawaiian Red Gracilaria Tang Heaven sp sp
13 Red Mangrove Rhizophora mangle


Bulk Reef Supply Calcium Chloride
Bulk Reef Supply Magnesium Chloride
Bulk Reef Supply Soda Ash
Kent MicroVert
Kent Strontium and Molybdenum
Kent Tech I
Kent super chelated iron and manganese
Korallen-Zucht Coral System 1
Korallen-Zucht Coral System 2
Korallen-Zucht Coral System 3
Korallen-Zucht Coral System 4
Red Sea Color Program A Halogens
Red Sea Color Program B Potassium & Boron
Red Sea Color Program C Fe & 7 Complementary Metals
Red Sea Color Program D 18 Bioactive Trace Elements
125 Gallon Tank
5 gallon auto top off bucket
2 Coralife 39 watt 10k T5 bulb
2 Coralife 39 watt Actinic T5 bulb
2 Apex Salinity Calibration Fluid 53000
Jebao to Apex VSP Adapter
Lunar Simulator 3-String LED
Neptune Apex I/O Breakout Box
Neptune Apex Power Bar 8
Neptune Apex Salinity Probe
1/4 in polyurethane tube
Brine Shrimp
Bulk Reef Supply Reef Chili
Larry's Reef Services Herbivore Frenzy
Seachem Garlic Guard
Silversides fish
Two little Fishies Marine Snow
2 100 Watt LED Refugium Light
3 Aqua Mars LED
Dual Light Bulb holder for Refugium
Red Blue Veg Flower Plant Grow Light Bulb 6 LED 3W
3 SB Reef Light PCB Board
2 T5 Light figure 2 bulbs HO
Bulk Reef Supply Bulk Premium ROX 0.8 Aquarium Carbon
Bulk Reef Supply Granular Ferric Oxide
NPX Bioplastics Bio Pellet Plastic Media Beads Two Little Fishies
One Cartridge Refill (1.25 lbs.) DI Resin - Color Changing
Kent Garlic Xtreme
1/2 Reactor pvc Tubing 6 feet
1/4 RO/DI Tubing 30 feet
2nd WP40
2 Jebao PP-8
2 Jebao RW-8///PP8
Jebao WP40
Jebao DC-6000
Jebao/Jecod DCS-12000 Return
2 Maxi-Jet 1200 (Reactors)
Custom BipPellet
Two Little Fishies Reactor 550 (BioPellet Mod)
35 Gallon ATO Refill Container
400 mL Flow Membrane Flush Valve
6 Stage RO/DI System
2 Airline Tubing Suction Cups
Glycerin Filled Pressure Gauge 1-100 PSI
RO Buddie DI refillable cartridge
Second DI Filter
Bulk Reef Supply DI Resin Color Changing
Bubble Magus Curve 7 Protein Skimmer
Custom Stand 36" Tall
1200 GPH Low Profile Overflow Box
1200GPH Overflow Box
24 slot frag rack/clear
5 Cup Measuring Cup
2 8 inch Fan
Baby Bottle Cleaner
3 Ball Valve 3/4 inch
2 Bulk Head 1/2 inch
5 Bulk Heads 3/4 inch
Check valve
Custom Breakout Box
Custom Canopy
D-Link DCS-932L Sump Camera
Frag Rack 40 Plug
Frag plugs
Instant Ocean Holdfast Epoxy
5 King Domes
Mag Rock
Mangrove Holder
Measuring Cup Set
Neptune Apex Custom Breakout Box
2 Neptune Apex VDM Module
Ocean Direct Caribbean Live Sand 20lbs
PVC Pipe 3/4
14 Pvc 90 degree elbows 3/4 in
Sea Side Aquatics Probe Holder
Two Little Fishies Julians Thing
50 Wood Feeding Sticks
My goals as always is to keep the tank balanced and water parameters constant. I will be keeping Calcium between 420-450, Alk between 7-10dkh, Magnesium between 1320-1380, Salinity between 1.025-1.026 and Temperature between 78.8-79.5


I believe that consistent dosing is the key to keeping stable levels. I use an auto dosing pump for calcium, alkalinity, magnesium and strontium. I dose reef vitamin, zoo and phytoplankton by hand. I plan on adding another pump in the future.

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I feed zooplankton, phytoplankton, marine snow, nori, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, krill and silversides. I like to mix up what i feed during the week.


My maintenance will be conducted on a daily, weekly and monthly basis depending on the needs of the tank. Daily glass and skimmer cup cleaning. Weekly or by weekly water changes depending on bio load and monthly equipment cleaning. I will be conducting water test weekly as i did before.

On average you perform a 14.3% water change every 8 days.

0% total water change in June.

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Inspiration & Goals

My overall goal for this tank is to build a sps dominant tank with only a handful of fish. I want to provide high quality and stable water conditions to promote rapid coral growth.

Words of Wisdom

The more you know the more you grow. Put the time and research into what it really takes to be successful and get facts from multiple sources. You can't possibly know everything but it doesn't hurt to try.

Disasters & Regrets

Not doing saltwater 10 years ago because I thought it was to hard.


I would like to thank my wife Alexis for putting up with my obsession. she deals with me talking about the tank every single day. I'm thankful she is who she is and i hope she never makes me chose between her or the tank (fingers crossed)