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 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

Birdsnest Coral Pink Seriatopora hystrix
Birdsnest Coral green Seriatopora hystrix
Blastomussa Merletti Blastomussa Merletti
Blue Tip Staghorn Acropora sp sp
Blue eyed Long Hair Red Headed Girl Zoo sp sp
Blue striped mushroom sp sp
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
Forest Fire Montipora Digitata sp sp
Frogspawn Coral - Branched Euphyllia paradivisa
Golden Eye Acan sp sp
Green Encrusting Montipora with Black Polyps sp sp
Green Galaxia sp sp
Green Star Polyp Clavularia viridis
Green and Purple Frogspawn sp sp
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
Miscellaneous Coral sp sp
5 Miscellaneous Coral Frags sp sp
Miscellaneous LPS sp sp
Miscellaneous SPS sp sp
Montipora Digitata Green sp sp
Montipora Setosa Montipora setosa
Mushroom Coral Green sp sp
Mushroom Coral Purple sp sp
Neon Green Acropora Acropora digitata
ORA Script Staghorn Acropora sp sp
2 Orange Rainbow 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
Purple montipora digitata sp sp
Red Mushroom Actinodiscus sp.
Red montipora digitata 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
bullseye paly sp sp

195 Invertebrate

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
22 Margarita Snail Margarites pupillus
20 Nassarius Snail Nassarius sp.
5 Nerite Snail Nerita sp.
Red Emerald Crab sp 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
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
Ulva Lettuce Algae sp sp


1/4 in polyurethane tube
250 Watt Heater
300 Watt Heater
Custom Stand 36" Tall
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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Eels Silversides · Brine Shrmp · Eel Silversides · Brine Shrimp · Dried Nori · San Francisco Bay Frozen Mysis Shrimp · San Francisco Frozen Brine Shrimp · San Francisco Frozen Mysis Shrimp · San Francisco Freeze Dried Plankton · Seachem Garlic Guard · Seachem Zoo Plankton · San Francisco Bay Frozen Krill · Two Little Fishies MarineSnow · Tang Heaven From Sump · Kent Marine MicroVert · San Francisco Bay Frozen Marine Cuisine · BRS Reef Chili · LRS Herbivore Frenzy · Nori Seaweed · LRS Reef Herbivore Frenzy · Live Phytoplankton · ZEOfood7 · zeovit Coral Vitalizer · Snowflake Eel · ZEOvit ZEOfood 7 · Seachem Microvert · Pohl's Coral Vitalizer
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 January.

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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)