Flip's Reboot Fish Room

Volume 120 Gallons
Dimensions 48'' x 24'' x 24''
Make Aqueon
Model 120g (reboot of last reef)
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Hello Aquaticlog-erz!

My name is Leo and I live in the Houston area. I have been very active in the hobby since 2008. My home forum is MARSH-reef.org, but I also frequent R2R and RC, almost daily.

I am originally from San Diego, CA so Houston is a big change for me. The people here are very friendly and actually don't mind spending time with you when you're interested in something. When I got interested in reef-keeping, the first guys I met were the major key players on the systems to come! I still remember those guys, and will likely never forget their methodologies.

My systems are never "over-thunk" or "over-done." I keep them simple, but remember... simple is relative.

I hardly ever test parameters. I just monitor pH, temp (controller) and test Alk once a month. I don't watch nitrates and phosphates after maturity sets up. That's just me... you're mileage may vary.

However, in the spirit of the "page's recommendations" that I can see below, I'll cover some things:

Maintenance Routine: None. I look at the corals and fish. 25g water change monthly

Filtration: Skimmer, some Eheim bio-media, ozone and little skimmer as a reactor, macro-algae

Equipment: 4 year old 120g Aqueon, homemade wooden stand, ATI 54w x 8 fixture, BM Curve 7 skimmer, Trigger Ruby 36 Sump, Jebao DCT-12000 Return, Sea swirl with a Tunze 6105 on a controller on one side and a Jebao RW-15 on the other, BRS Pukani Dry, bare-bottom with a cutting board, Neptune Apex, Teco chiller... that's really about it.

Flow: Heavy/random during daylight photoperiod, light/low during nighttime photoperiod.

Dosing: ESV B-Ionic two part and their Mg when needed (I change this a lot).

Salt: Red Sea Coral Pro now, but cycled the tank with Reef Crystals.

Coral supps: mainly the Prodibio system and Red Sea's stuff

Fish food: flakes and frozen. nori daily for my PBT and Sailfin

Favorite addition to the tank: My portable air conditioner. LOL! Keeps the room pleasant and the humidity down. 2-fer!

That being said, welcome to my page and let me know if you have any questions or comments.


This tank was initially purchased from a local back in 2014. He told me that he had it for a couple of years, so I'm assuming it's about 4 years old now. He gave me a pretty good deal on it, and threw in some equipment. I really hate that I forget who it was now, but it'd be easy to figure out if I just researched the local message board. LOL

You see... unfortunately I found myself "single" after many years of marriage and I needed an escape from "normal" reality! Also, I needed a place of my own that was comfortable for my two kids to come visit. That's just the tip of the iceberg... If I kept typing, you would get confused; but just understand that I needed this tank to aid in staying positive. I'd like to consider myself a very positive person.

Buying the tank helped me get my mind off the normal stuff that happens when lengthy partnerships end. I didn't really care about "aesthetics" as much as I cared about the technology, coral growth, and the chemistry behind what makes a reef tank tick.

Well, time passed and I found myself looking for another place to live a year later. The landlady wasn't pleasant. :) So, I stored the tank for awhile and am just now getting everything going again. Indeed, bittersweet... Sweet now, though. ;)

This tank is going to serve as my QT, hospital, and grow-out tank. The tank is in a "fishroom" that is solely designed for this purpose. Once I get "what I want" out of the way, I will work on a true display tank in the main space of my home.

Crazy right?





12 Fish

4 Blue/Green Reef Chromis Chromis viridis
Kaudern's Cardinal Pterapogon kauderni
Lawnmower Blenny Salarias fasciatus
Powder Brown Tang Acanthurus japonicus
Sailfin Tang Zebrasoma veliferum
2 Snowflake Clown Fish Amphiprion ocellaris
2 Wyoming White Ocellaris Clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris var.

43 Corals

Acropora Loripes Acropora Loripes
Aussie Strawberry Shortcake Acropora microclados
Candlelight Echinata Acropora echinata
Chips Acro Acropora sp
Forest Fire Digi Montipora digitata
Grape Acropora Tenuis Acropora Tenuis
Hawkins Echinata Acropora echinata
Ice Fire Echinata Acropora echinata
Ice Fire Echinata Acropora echinata
Lobophyllia Brain Coral Lobophyllia hemprichii
Lordhowensis Coral Acanthastrea lordhowensis
Montipora Setosa Montipora setosa
Northern Lights Nasuta Acropora nasuta
ORA Screaming Green Birdsnest Seriatopora guttatus
Rainbow Montipora Montipora tuberculosa
Rastas Zoas Zoanthus sp.
Red Dragon Acropora Acropora carduus
3 Strawberry Fields Montipora Montipora capricornis
Stylophora Coral Stylophora spp.
Sunny Delights Palythoa sp.
Sunset Montipora Montipora spongodes
Tort Coral Acropora tortuosa
Tort Coral Acropora tortuosa

19 Invertebrate

2 Blood Red Fire Shrimp Lysmata debelius
6 Emerald Crab Mithraculus sculptus
Lettuce Sea Slug Elysia crispata
10 Turbo Snail Turbo fluctuosa


On average you perform a 15.4% water change every 85 days.

0% total water change in August.

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Yesterday, I completed plumbing both systems together.
Also, added a calcium reactor. Trying to get my levels up a little more, but it's working well.

Last thing I did was get my water
Tank's been up for almost a year now. Corals are about 10 months old. Have only lost one, but added others. Really happy with how its going! Reef's just growing in now.

I am planning to add
Just did another water change on the 120g. Still trying the Tropic Marin Bio-Actif salt mix. Something I've already noticed, when you mix it, it's best to only let it mix for about an hour or two. The
I need to replace the GFO And carbon sometime this week. Tank looks good with notable growth. The chalice my buddy gave me (to save) didn't make it. Bummer, but I don't even know what kind it was.
I tested some parameters last night because my corals weren't looking the greatest. Some of the darker corals are losing a little of their color, to be specific.

The only thing "off" were m
Got the chiller online last night. I hooked it up right before I did a water change. I'm glad I did because my newly mixed saltwater was around 86 degrees and the chiller cooled it down within 5 min

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