- 130 gallon glass euro-braced
18"Deep x 24" High.
- 40 gallon acrylic hex front with built in rear sump (old
48" Wide x 18"
Deep x 24" High
- 30 gallon acrylic
9.5 dkH Calcium:
27 C / 79-80 F Magnesium: 1250
Nitrate and Ammonia undetectable
Sump and Equipment:
- Ocean Runner 6500
Skimmer - Aqua Medic
Turbo Floater 5000 shorty
- 2x Ocean Runner 3500 with needle wheels (1 in sump & 1 external)
- Aqua Medic AT5000
Fixture - Aqua Medic "Sexy"
Ocean Light (all HQI)
- Aqualine 3 x 250 watt 10k & 2x 150 watt 20k
- 2x 1 watt LED (blue)
2x Seio 820,
3x maxi-jet (for additional flow in behind the rock work)
Turbelle Stream 1x 6000 & 1x 6100 with Tunze 7095 Multi
Controller (with single white LED moon phase light)
Lighting - 2x 96 watt Power Compact 2x 96 watt Actinic Power
200 micron pre-filter sock installed in sump beneath tank’s overflow
to improve water clarity
200 watt titanium heater with Aqua Medic Temperature Controller
RO/DI - Coralife 3 stage with pump
- 45 gallon plastic tub aerated 24/7 to maintain PH level
- Aqua Medic SP3000 Single Dosing Pump
watt moonlights on 10:30 AM
150 watt 20k m/h on 11:00 PM - 150 20k's off
250 watt 10k m/h on 8:30 PM
- 250 10k's off
1 watt moonlights on 12:00 AM
moon phase light runs automatically via sensor while main
lights are out
try to time the photo period in a way in which I can spend
more time on the reef while it's active. By starting the
lights a little later in the day they are on for a longer time
after I get home from work which gives me more time to tinker
and enjoy. However I have recently set my "fuge" lights to
come on 5 hours before the main display to capture a bit of
the reverse photo effect for the PH. Because the refugium is
an ornamental tank and I tinker with it too, I don't run the
photo periods completely in reverse the way it should be. Time
will tell if it boosts the ph level satisfactorily before the
MH lighting turns on. Somehow I'm sure that some is still
better than not at all.
- actinics off
6:00 AM - pc's on 8:00 PM -
Feeding is provided on a daily basis, generally once
a day, and food is alternated to give their diet a
variety of flakes, pellets, brine(super)shrimp,
mysis shrimp, cyclopeze and "nori" seaweed. I also
mix in some "Reef-roids" or similar product, every
few days to provide some extra food for the corals.
In January 2007 I started running the Polyp-Labs "Reef-Fresh" program which is said to give results
similar to zeovit. In the four months I have been
experimenting with this program I believe it has
helped with many of the coral's color and polyp
extension, but seems to have had the opposite affect
on a couple of others. So for the most part I'm
pleased with the results but the verdict is still
out. This program requires dosing twice a day which
has obviously increased my daily maintenance, so if
I do continue to stay on this program I plan to have
it automated. I will give it a full 6 months to see
if the few corals that lost color will come back
around and then make my decision.
use Warner Research 2 part dosing for Calcium & Alkalinity
on a daily basis and plan to install a calcium reactor ASAP.
I manually add trace elements to the mix as needed.
- empty & clean twice a week
Pre-Filter bags - change twice a week
change out monthly (media bag kept passively in sump)
Water Changes - 10-15% biweekly
&Inverts: (main display)
1-yellow coris wrasse
1-six line wrasse
1-coral beauty angel
1-yellow tail damsel
1-blue devil damsel
1-red serpent star
1-black brittle star
2-skunk cleaner shrimp
?-snails (hard to put a number)
1-Entacmaea quadricolor (Green bubble tip anemone)
4-hawaiian feather dusters
1-yellow clown goby
1-purple fire fish
1-blue striped pipefish
2-skunk cleaner shrimp
Approximately 400 Lbs containing a mixture from: Fiji, Jakarta,
Vanuatu, Caribbean & Belize, Hawaii, Mexico & Tonga.
that I don't know all the proper names of many of the corals in my
reef so I will only list those that I have identified through
research and/or a lot of help from others in the hobby who are more
knowledgeable than myself. I have tried to list them by the general
taxonomic family first and then by genus, followed by species. Oh
and I will apologize in advance as it's likely I made an error or
SCLERACTINIAN (stony) CORALS
A.Granulosa, A. Loripes, A. Rosaria, A. Nana, A.Verweyi, A.Hoksamai,
A.Grandis, A.Microphthalma, A.Humilus, A.Gemifera, A.Jacquelineae,
A.Selago, A.Loisetteae, A.Prostrata, A.Youngei, A.Austrea,
A.Tortousa, A.Valida, A.Seriata, A.Millepora, A.Aspera, A.
Kimbeensis, A.Suharsonoi, A.Formosa, A.Tenuis, A.Willisae, etc.
Pocillopora Damicornis, Stylophora Pistillata, Stylophora Subseriata,
Seriatopora Hystrix, Seiatopora Caliendrum
M.Digitata, M.Capricornis, M.Danae, M.Verrucosa, M.Capitata, M.Confusa,
M.Samarensis, M.Flabellata, M.Tuberculosa, etc.
Hydnophora Pilosa, HydnophoraRigida, Pavona Cactus, Porites, Oulophylia
sp, Mycedium Elephantotus, Turbinaria Reniformis, Echinophyllia
Blastomosa Wellsi, Lobophyllia sp, Symphyllia sp, Caulastrea Furcata,
Echinopora sp, Favia Speciosa, Trachyphyllia Geoffroyl, Euphyllia
Ancora, Euphyllia Divisa, Turbinaria sp, Acanthastrea Lordhowensis,
Acanthastrea Echinata, etc.
Rhodactis, Actinoddiscus (=Discosoma)Striata, Mutabilis, Cardinalis,
Tubipora Musica, Xenia sp. , Alcyonium, Lobophytum Pauciflorum,
Sarcophyton Elegans, Sinularia Notanda, Sinularia Dura, Capnella
Briareum Asbestiumi, Rumphella, Acanthogorgia,
Pachyclavularia Violacea (green star polyps)
Comments I’ve heard:
In Mike Palletta's "Ultimate Marine
Aquariums" he asks his subjects about some of the remarks people
make when they see their reefs. I hope he won't mind me borrowing
his idea as I thought it's a good one and I often get a kick out of
people's reactions when they see my reef for the first time.
that stuff alive? Are those plants? They're all corals? Even those?
Are they real? How did you get them?
bring these back when you go scuba diving? Is that salt water? I
used to have goldfish but it wasn'’t like this.
reaction I find quite rewarding is when people simply stand there
and say wow. (repeatedly)
of Christian faith, I think my all time favorite comment was when
one individual out of the blue stated
believed in evolution but after seeing this I think there must be a
What would I do different next time?
this tank custom built to fit in a particular spot in the
house and then afterwards decided it shouldn't go there.
This is why I had the tank front to back so narrow at 18".
If I could do it again I would have that dimension at least
30" to give me more options with aquascaping. I would also
build a fish/equipment room and build the tank into the
wall. I do have the green light from my wife and I do have
room to do it so I just might have a new project for the
future. I've been toying with the idea for some time now but
only time will tell what's on the horizon. But with all that
said, you may have noticed I'm a bit of a coral junkie so
the chances of upgrading are pretty good.
aquarium's look and especially my tastes have continuously evolved I
still have my original s/w tank as the main display. This amazing
hobby has taken me up and down and back and forth, through euphoric
feelings of reward to great depths of frustration. There is a saying
"Experience is what you get when you were expecting something else."
All of the "school of hard knocks" experiences along
with my desire to learn and improve have brought me to where I am
today. I still have much to learn and am never satisfied for very
long with what I've achieved so more changes to my reef are
imminent. But for now anyway I have what I would call an "SPS
dominated Mixed Reef". With my reef continually growing and corals
so often crowding each other, I have found that regular pruning and fragging is necessary and also a lot of fun. Having frags available
creates an opportunity for me to meet lots of great people in the
hobby, make some cool trades and even get a few costs covered now
and then. This hobby has had a profound effect on my life and has
even changed the way I scuba dive. I used to mainly look for the big
things; dolphins, rays, turtles, sharks, etc which I will always
enjoy seeing, but since having my own reef I spend more of my dives
looking at coral details and the small things many people miss, for
example Christmas tree worms, nudibranchs, flatworms, tunicates,
would like to thank Canreef for selecting my reef to be the
FTOTM for May 2007, as mentioned it is an honor. I also want
to thank all the people who have helped to educate me and
given their support since I got started. I would also like
to thank the suppliers that have put up with my bending
their ear trying to learn from their knowledge, particularly
Wai's Aquarium and Gold Aquariums' in Calgary, Reefwerkz and
A/I in Edmonton and Ocean Aquatics and J&L in BC. There are
so many people I have learned from, too many to mention here
but I again want to thank you all for sharing your
knowledge, time and friendship. Last but certainly not least
I want to thank my wife for always being supportive of me
and the crazy expenses she always turns a blind eye to. I
couldn't have done it without her.
hope that this has provided a little of something for
everyone to enjoy. Thanks, happy reefing and I'll see you on