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Age 1 year, 6 months
Started September 4, 2015
Official Volume 180 Gallons
Actual Volume 150 Gallons
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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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ytateno ‐ Amazing! I saw the energetic montipora coral for the first time like this.


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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.

Equipment See more

2 100 Watt LED Refugium Light
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
250 Watt Heater
300 Watt Heater
125 Gallon Tank
Custom Stand 36" Tall
1/4 in polyurethane tube
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 Soda Ash
Kent Strontium & Molybdenum
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
Kent Garlic Xtreme
Bulk Reef Supply DI Resin Color Changing
1/2 Reactor pvc Tubing 6 feet
1/4 RO/DI Tubing 30 feet
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
Bulk Reef Supply Reef Saver Dry Aquarium Live Rock
Check valve
Custom Canopy
D-Link DCS-932L Sump Camera
Frag Rack 40 Plug
Frag plugs
5 King Domes
Mag Rock
Mangrove Holder
Measuring Cup Set
Ocean Direct Caribbean Live Sand 20lbs
PVC Pipe 3/4
14 Pvc 90 degree elbows 3/4 in
Sea Side Aquatics Probe Holder
50 Wood Feeding Sticks


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

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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.

Feeding See more

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.

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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
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
Yellow Tang Zebrasoma flavescens
Yellow Tang Zebrasoma flavescens

83 Corals

Alien Eye Zoa
Arctic Ice Palythoa
Birdsnest Coral Pink Seriatopora hystrix
Birdsnest Coral green Seriatopora hystrix
Blastomussa Merletti Blastomussa Merletti
Blue striped mushroom
2 Brown Gorgonian
Cabage Coral
Candy Cane Coral Caulastrea furcata
Cats Paw Green sps
Chalice Coral Echinophyllia aspera
Chalice Coral Blue Echinophyllia aspera
Chalice Coral Red Echinophyllia aspera
Duncan coral Duncanopsammia axifuga
Elegance Coral Pink & Purple Catalaphyllia jardinei
Forest Fire Montipora Digitata
Frogspawn Coral - Branched Euphyllia paradivisa
Green Galaxia
Green Goniopora
Green Montipora digitata
Green Star Polyp Clavularia viridis
Green and Purple Torch
Grube's Gorgonian Pinnigorgia flava
Hairy Mushroom Green Rhodactis indosinensis
Hydnophora Coral Hydnophora spp.
Jason Fox Appleberry Acropora
Jason Fox Purple Haze Montipora
Kenya Tree Coral Capnella sp.
Leather Coral Lobophyton
Miscellaneous Coral
5 Miscellaneous Coral Frags
Miscellaneous LPS
Miscellaneous SPS
Montipora Setosa Montipora setosa
Mushroom Coral Green
Mushroom Coral Purple
Neon Green Acropora Acropora digitata
2 Orange Rainbow Ricordea
Plate Coral, Long Tentacle Heliofungia actiniformis
Pocillopora Pocillopora sp
Pulsating Xenia Xenia elongata
Purple Ricordea
Purple Sponge
Purple montipora digitata
Red Mushroom Actinodiscus sp.
Red Plating Montipora
Red montipora digitata
Starry Night Rhodactis Mushroom
Tequila Sunrise Zoos
Toadstool Leather Sarcophyton sp
Torch Coral Euphyllia glabrescens
bullseye paly

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 Line Cleaner Shrimp Lysmata amboinensis
Red Line Cleaner Shrimp Lysmata amboinensis
Res leg hermit crab
Rose Sea Urchin
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

17 Plants

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


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 December.

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With all the cutting of the reef I need to now adjust my alk/cal daily dosing. I had a small alk spike over the last couple days.

Time Cal/ml Alk/ml
0100, 10 10
Just did my first water change with the HW Marinemix salt. I tested a fresh batch at 1.025 and got 9 dkh, 410 cal and 1230 mag. So glad i made the switch already, im done getting 2k ppm of mag in reef
Left WP40 stopped working yesterday.. I cleaned them overnight and both are back to normal. I guess cleaning them every 5 months isnt enough.
Lost one of my three cleaner shrimp yesterday, tanked had a bacteria bloom. Changing filter socks twice a day and cleaning skimmer cup every day. Will do a 20% water change tomorrow morning. All coral
Mag was a little low dosed 1000ml and will dose the other 1000ml tomorrow.
Time Cal/ml Alk/ml
0100, 11 11
0200, 11 11
0300, 11 11
0400, 11 11
0500, 11 11
0600, 11 11
0700, 11

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.
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  • Hammer / Anchor Coral, Branching Green and Purple
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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)