David Anderson 210 Reef

by | Jun 21, 2011 | Corals, Fish, Tanks | 3 comments

David Anderson standing along side his 210-gallon reef

Anderson's 210 FTS

Anderson's Sohal Tang (Acanthurus sohal) photo by Tony Vargas

Gorgeous Acropora granulosa photo by Tony Vargas


Yellow Coris Wrasse (Halichoeres chrysus) photo by Tony Vargas

Another incredible aquarist from Salt Lake City thanks to the Wasatch Marine Aquarium Society and Will Spencer for arranging this meeting with David Anderson.  Bradley Syphus wrasse/reef tank is an incredible aquarium but it turns out that Salt Lake City has room for two incredible reef tanks.

David Anderson is a well-respected reef aquarist in Salt Lake City, who owns a gorgeous 210-gallon reef aquarium with some of the nicest small polyp stony corals (sps).  Looking at this system, you can see that he is a very tenuous aquarist, concerned about the smallest of details.

Using Tongan branch live rock David aquascaped two small islands for his display tank, leaving more than enough room for fish to swim in and corals to grow.  Typically, not my chose of live rock, but his aquascaping skills made this work nicely.  These two islands are loaded with many different species of colorful sps corals.

His tank is six feet long and sits on a stand built and designed by Dave.  The canopy is also built and design by the owner—looking at the workmanship of these two components you would think a professional carpenter put them together.  The canopy is home to three CoralVue reflectors operating with three 400-watt Radium’s 20K lamps.  Additional light supplementation includes two VHO actinic 03 and four Stunner Strip moonlights.  A 95-gallon acrylic sump is conveniently placed under the tank in the stand, which was also built by the owner.  In this sump resides an awesome Reef Octopus XP3000 cone protein skimmer.  To polish the systems water the sump is also home to a pair of filter socks.  Two MP40 vortech pumps provide circulation and the system receives additional flow from a Sequence Dart used as a return pump.

We were all very excited when David Anderson invited use to view his 210-gallon reef system but were equally impressed when we saw his quarantine/holding systems in his basement.

David, thank you for the invite you have an incredible aquarium.  I had such a good time in Salt Lake City, once again thanks.


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  2. dca22anderson

    Thanks for stopping by Tony! I love this stuff! Thanks for checking out the system and spending some time in SLC! Can’t wait for your book to launch! It will be a must have in the fish library!

  3. radar

    I have seen this tank personally. The pictures really dont do it justice.


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