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02-05-2016, 02:06 PM
2016 Winter Featured Tank - "riceboy" !


I have always been fascinated with fish, and have always kept a small 10-gallon community fish tank that was overloaded with different fish. It wasn't until I went to my local fish store, Golds Aquarium one day when they had started to carry saltwater fish and corals which spiked my interest. I remember going there all the time and talking to Albert (albert_dao on Canreef), and thats when I got into the hobby.

I've been reef keeping for almost 10 years now. I started while I was in first year university. My first salt water tank was a 30-gallon tall running PC bulbs and no skimmer - just powerheads and a Fluval 401. All I kept were LPS and other easy corals, and of course the clownfish, damsels, and a Yellow Tang. It did great for the first year, then school took over and I was forced to shut it down. I took a 3-year hiatus until I finished school and started work. Once I had some money I started up the hobby again. I then started with a Neo Nano tank which is a 24 x 24 x 12 shallow tank. Everything did great and that was the first tank I ever had with a sump and skimmer. I soon out grew that and started to upgrade to my current tank which is an 82-gallon custom tank from Concept Aquariums. I was on the fence about upgrading, but bumped into Dave (from Concept Aquariums) at a local fish store and he pretty much convinced me to upgrade.



36 x 24 x 22 (82 gallons)
Three sides Starphire
Coast to Coast overflow
One-piece Starphire eurobrace
Built-in waveboxes on each side
Three 1" drains, two 3/4" returns


Controller - Apex unit with all the bells and whistles
Lighting - 36 ATI T5 + LED hybrid 8-bulb (stock programming & ATI Blue Plus bulbs)
Flow Four EcoTech MP10wes
Return pump - Jebao 15000 (basement sump)
Protein skimmer- Canadian Skimmer Company CSC-250
Doser - Bubble Magus 3-pump with slave pump
Biopellets - Vertex reactor running biopellets
Carbon - Innovative Marine reactor, changed monthly
GFO - not used
Auto feeder Eheim
Auto Top Off - Jebao ATO


A 40-gallon frag tank that I turned into a refugium. It's in the basement along with my sump and water change center.
The refugium currently has about 40 lbs of live rock and Chaeto, sponges, and all that good stuff.


Calcium 450 ppm (Hanna)
Alkalinity - 7.4 - 7.7 dKH (Hanna)
Magnesium - 1200 ppm
Phosphate - 0.04 ppm (Hanna)
Nitrate - not tested


12 Green Chromis
8 Blue Stripe Damsel
3 Black Ice Clownfish (captive bred)
1 Yellow Tang
1 Blue Tang
1 Foxface
1 Melanurus Wrasse
1 Copperband Butterflyfish
1 Sailfin Tang
1 Dragonface Pipefish

2 Cleaner Shrimp
4 Peppermint Shrimp
1 Coral Banded Shrimp

1 gold Maxima Clam
2 Blastos
1 large Tyree Green Polyp Toadstool
Lots of SPS


ORA Oregon Blue Tortuosa
ORA Pearlberry
ORA Strawberry Shortcake
Pink Lemonade
RR Diablo
RR Orange Passion
RR Wolverine
RR Pink Floyd


Waterchange once every 3-4 months
Refill dosing containers once every 2 weeks
Clean skimmer cup once every week
Feed fish thawed Mysis once every 3-4 days or whenever I remember
Refill biopellet reactor once every 6 months or whenever I remember
Change carbon monthly


Ever since I have automated my system I have had great success with my tank. With my heavy bioload I need to carbon dose. I have tried many things over the years including Zeovit, Prodibio, vodka dosing, biopellets, etc. I have chosen to stick with biopellets since it is super easy to maintain. I run dosers to keep calcium, alkalinity, and magnesium in check. I also dose potassium, Zeovit Reef Booster, Zeovit Pohls Xtra, and Zeovit Amino Acid through the doser as well.

Im not like most conventional reefers (meaning Im lazy lol), so I do a water change once every 3-4 months. I have even rigged up an automatic water change system - everything is gravity fed and I do a 30 gallon water change in 5 mins by opening 2 valves (one to drain the refugium tank, and one to refill the tank). Other than that, I clean the skimmer cup once a week and thats it.

I think what hinders people from success is patience - always wanting quick results and easy fixes. In our hobby that is not the case. I try to keep my hands out of the tank as much as I can and tinker only when I have to (the corals usually tell me if I have to tinker) otherwise I just clean the glass, feed the fish, and enjoy!


Ever since I saw the Floating Reef (https://reefbuilders.com/2012/03/27/kangs-korean-reef-aquarium/) and Reef in the Sky (http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1767159) tanks from Hong Kong online, it inspired me to do the bonsai look and to strive to get the colors they get. A minimal look and plenty of swimming room for the fish. If I could redo my tank I wish I could go bigger and do a 60 x 36 x 20 tank but sadly my girlfriend would disown me. Haha!


I would like to thank Canreef and the whole saltwater community for your support and vast amount of knowledge I have picked up over the years. Thanks and happy reefing!


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02-05-2016, 11:49 PM
Congrats Victor! Sweet tank! :D

02-06-2016, 12:11 AM
Congrats!!! Your tank is really beautiful, keep up the good work!

02-06-2016, 12:41 AM
Even when you say you do not do a lot of work, It looks like you do lol

02-06-2016, 12:44 AM
Congrats! really nice job!

02-06-2016, 01:51 AM
Kudos Victor
Beauty setup

02-06-2016, 03:02 AM
Thanks guys. It's an honor to be TOTQ. Never really thought my tank was good enough seeing other tanks on here. Seeing all your tanks, and gaining knowledge from reefers on canreef and the calgary reefing community my tank has come a long way from when I first started. Thanks canreef and the reefing community.

02-06-2016, 03:51 AM

The Guy
02-06-2016, 04:09 AM
Congrats, tank looks great. :first:

02-06-2016, 04:49 AM
Congrats Victor!

02-06-2016, 05:04 AM
Sweet, I got a shout out!


02-06-2016, 06:16 AM
congrats Victor !

02-06-2016, 12:17 PM
Nice Work Vic !🐠

02-08-2016, 06:06 PM
That's a sweet system & beautiful display!

I love the toadstool!
I've grown out tons of different toadstools, but my "Tyree" is nothing like yours.
How long have you had that piece? Mine seems to only get about fist sized max, then it will drop babies.

02-08-2016, 07:06 PM
Grats Victor!!!

Another one for the Calgary boys :razz:.

02-08-2016, 07:59 PM
thanks for the kind words guys.

02-08-2016, 08:00 PM
thanks, Ive actually had that guy for about 7-8 years now one of my oldest corals thats for sure
That's a sweet system & beautiful display!

I love the toadstool!
I've grown out tons of different toadstools, but my "Tyree" is nothing like yours.
How long have you had that piece? Mine seems to only get about fist sized max, then it will drop babies.

02-08-2016, 08:02 PM
lol, you got me into this expensive hobby, you and your aussie dendros back in the day
Sweet, I got a shout out!


02-08-2016, 08:30 PM
Beautiful tank. I'm also on the 3-4 months water change schedule, but that's due to my work and the fact mine is not automated like your's. MAD JELLY about having such a pain-free water change system my friend. I wish I had the space to set one up but my wife would kill me if I took over the closet to do so.:wink:

A fellow reefer friend was just asking about my toadstools in my mixed reef and whether there would be chemical warfare between the toadstools & the sps. Apparently, looking at your healthy reef tank, it is not as big an issue as some have claimed.:biggrin:


02-08-2016, 10:38 PM
congrats victor! your colours were always amazing the few times i was able to see your tank in person.

02-09-2016, 12:36 AM
congrats victor! your colours were always amazing the few times i was able to see your tank in person.

thanks buddy. are you getting the itch back?

02-09-2016, 02:22 AM
Congrats man!

02-09-2016, 04:21 PM
Congrats! Riceboy's tank is my inspiration for getting SPS.
I've seen the setup, I think he's embellishing on the minimal maintenance bit... Lol

02-11-2016, 01:54 AM
Awesome job! What's riceboy mean?

02-11-2016, 02:29 AM
Awesome job! What's riceboy mean?


02-14-2016, 09:58 PM
Lol riceboy is just a user name I've had for years.

02-14-2016, 09:59 PM
Congrats! Riceboy's tank is my inspiration for getting SPS.
I've seen the setup, I think he's embellishing on the minimal maintenance bit... Lol

Thanks for the kind words man.

02-04-2017, 08:07 AM
Fantastic tank. Beneath all of the impressive sps colonies I see a well-thought out rockscape and consideration given to placement of each coral. After quite a bit of research and inquiring I decided to add a single blue-green chromis and its probably one of my favorite fish so I'd love a school. Can you tell me how you find the behavior of your dozen to be? Do you have to restock their numbers, is there any serious aggression and if not what factors do you think aid in keeping multiples?

02-04-2017, 11:37 AM
Nice work which has really paid off by the beautiful DT.