Acropora Nut
Manhattan Reefs
Newtown, PA
Well it has been 6 months since my last post and a lot has changed with my tank. I am starting a new build because this time I think I have everything set in place for success.

The specifications of my equipment and live stock are as follows.


120 Gallon Perfecto Glass Aquarium (48?x24?x24?) with internal corner overflow

30 Gallon Sump with Refugium (36?x12?x16?)


Nikon D5100 Digital Camera (16.2 megapixel) with Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

Nikon AF-S DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Lens

Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens

Water Movement Equipment

One Jebao DCT-6000 (1,056 - 1,585 GPH, 42 watts)

Loc-Line return hose (0.75?)

One Jebao RW-15 Pump (317-3,962 GPH, 12-35 watts)

Lighting Equipment

Two Lumenarc III mini Stealth Pendants (14.5?x14.5?x7?)

Two 250 watt 20K Hamilton DE Metal Halide Bulbs

Two 250 watt LuXcore Dimmable Electronic Ballast

One Aquatic Life retrofit T-5 48? lighting 2x54watt (2 bulbs total)

Two ATI True Actinic 03 54 watt T-5 Bulb

Water Quality Equipment

6 Stage Bulk Reef Supply Reverse Osmosis with Two DI Filters (75 GPD) with booster pump

ATI Powercone I-Series 250 Protein Skimmer with Jebao DCT-4000 pump (30 watts)

AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro Auto Top Off System

Jebao Stand Alone Dosing System (4 Pump)

Two Eheim Jager 150 watt Heater (13?)

One Eheim Jager 100 watt Heater (12?)

100 lbs. of Live Rock (Fiji, Tonga Fusion, Kaelini & Pukani)

60 lbs. Tropic Eden Reefflakes

Chaetomorpha algae


Instant Ocean Salt Mix

BRS Calcium Chloride Part 2

BRS Soda Ash (Alkalinity Buffer) Part 1

Mag Pellet (Magnesium Chloride) Part 3

CVS Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) Part 3

Seachem Strontium Chloride

Brightwell Lugol?s Iodine

Bulk Reef Supply ROX 0.8 Activated Carbon

Bulk Reef Supply GFO


Test Kits

Portable Refractometer

Aqua Craft Salinity Calibration Fluid

API Test Kit (Ammonia & Nitrite)

Hanna Instruments 96107 pH Tester

Hanna Instruments 713 Checker Phosphate Photometer

Salifert Test Kit (Alkalinity, Calcium, Magnesium, Strontium, Potassium & Nitrate)

17 Fish

4 Green Chromis (Chromis viridis)

1 Geometric Pygmy Hawk (Plectranthias inermis)

1 Pintail Fairy Wrasse (Male) (Cirrhilabrus lanceolatus)

1 McCosker?s Flasher Wrasse (Male) (Paracheilinus mccoskeri)

1 Melanurus Wrasse (Halichoeres melanurus)

1 Chevron Tang (Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis)

1 Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flaviscens)

1 Tail Spot Blenny (Ecsenius stigmatura)

1 Striped Blenny (Meiacanthus grammistes)

2 Talbot?s Damsel (Chrysiptera talboti)

2 Azure Damsel (Chrysiptera hemicyanea)

1 Royal Gramma (Gramma loreto)

Invert List

1 Scarlett Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinesis)

3 Pincushion Urchins

30 SPS

Tyree Red Dragon

Skittles Granulosa

BC Banana Caroliniana

Tyree Pink Lemonade

ATL Shades of Fall

Vivid?s Rainbow Delight

Oregon Tort

Purple Bonsai

ORA Cali Blue Tort

ORA Purple Plasma

ORA Hawkins Echinata

ORA Pearlberry

Ricky?s Poison Ivy

Pro Corals Superman

BC Rainbow in Spain

Tyree Purple Dragon Eyes

BC Pink Matrix

BC Beehive 2.0

ARC Fireworks

TCK Smurf Tenuis

TCK Field of Dreams

TCK Dragonfire

JF Fox Flame

RR Rainbow Loom

JF Blueberry Gum

WWC Yellow Tip

PC Rainbow

Tubb?s Pink Jade

Upscales Microcladus

Tyree Blue Matrix


Various acan's and blasto's that I do not know the names to

Neon Green Trumpet


Acropora Nut
Manhattan Reefs
Newtown, PA

Ricky's Poison Ivy


JF Fox Flame


RR Rainbow Loom


BC Banana Caroliniana


Acropora Nut
Manhattan Reefs
Newtown, PA
40 Gallon Update

Everything is going great in my 40 gallon breeder. I just added a Jebao dosing pump to keep up with the alkalinity and calcium demands of the corals. Still no protein skimmer, just a 30 gallon sump full of live rock and chaeto lit by two PAR 38 flood lights!






Acropora Nut
Manhattan Reefs
Newtown, PA
A few SPS from today.


TCK Dragonfire


Oregon Tort


Tyree Red Dragon


ORA Purple Plasma

Majority of the corals have paled out due to the nitrates reading at 0.2 mg/L (Salifert) and phosphates at 0.02 ppm (Hanna Checker). As a result, I started dosing KZ Amino Acid's and Sodium Nitrate to help dirty up the tank. I would normally clean the glass of green slime algae every other day and with vodka dosing I clean the glass once a week.


Acropora Nut
Manhattan Reefs
Newtown, PA
Not too much growth recently, I has dealing with poor nutrients but now that I am feeding more the colors are coming back.

Banana Caroliniana

Tyree Red Dragon

ORA Cali Tort

TCK Dragonfire

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