Tank of the Season: Randy Donowitz

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By Randy Donowitz

fts-a2Full tank shot as of August, 2008.

Some Specifics


8/06 though all the rock and many of the animals are far older


240g .(8′ x 2′ x 2′) Glass Cages tank with low iron glass, 75g. sump


4x 250W Ushio 14K DE lamps in Luminarc mini (2 center lamps) and Icecap (two ends) pendants driven by Icecap electronic ballasts.


skimmerless with large Chaetomorpha chamber, carbon run 24/7


2-3″ ESV coarse and fine mixture


Sequence Dart return pump and 3 Vortechs


ESV B-Ionic, occasional additions of Iodine, Strontium, Iron, Manganese and Magnesium


Over 40 Acropora species, Over 10 Montipora species, and a variety of other stony coral species including Acanthastrea, Blastomussa, Cyphastrea, Echinophyllia,Echinopora, Euphyllia, Favia, Fungia, Goniopora, Leptoseris, Lobophyllia,Pachyseris, Pavona, Psammacora, Seriatopora , Stylococcinella, Stylophora, and Turbinaria.


There are approximately 25 fish including Amphiprion ocellaris (False Percula Clownfish) (3), Genicanthus watanabei ( Watanabei Angelfish) ( pair), Zebrasoma flavescens (Yellow Tang), Zebrasoma desjardinii ( Indian Ocean Sailfin Tang),Paracanthurus hepatus ( Hippo Tang) (2), Neocirrhites armatus (Flame Hawk),Calloplesiops altivelis ( Marine Betta), Anampses meleagrides (Yellowtail Tamarin Wrasse), Halichoeres biocelatus ( Biocellatus Wrasse), Pseudanthias Bartlettorum(Bartlett’s Anthias), Pseudanthias squamipinnis ( Lyretail Anthias), Pseudojuloides cerasinus, (Small-tail Pencil wrasse), Macropharyngodon ornatus (Ornate leopard Wrasse), Pomacentrus rolandi (Roland’s damsel) (3), and Labroides dimidiatus(Blue-Streaked Cleaner Wrasse)


Tridacna maxima (3)


Assorted Shrimp, snails, crabs, cucumbers and sea-stars are employed for sandbed maintenance.

randyold-smallFull tank shot as of March 17, 2007.

  • Randy Donowitz

    Randy Donowitz has been keeping aquariums most of his life. During the mid 1980s and 90s he was consumed with the breeding of African Cichlids. In 1994 he purchased his first marine system- a simple 55 gallon reef setup and he has been an incurable coralholic ever since. Randy's articles have appeared in numerous hobbyist publications including Aquarium Frontiers, Advanced Aquarist, Marine Fish and Reef USA Annual and Aquarium Fish magazine. Currently, he curates and maintains the 3 system, 700 gallon coral reef display at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where he enjoys the privilege of sharing his knowledge and love of the hobby with students, staff, and community members from around the Tri-State area.


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