Frank Rossi (2003)
My Plenum reef tank has been up and running for five years. Once in a while I drip a little Kalkwasser to boost the pH. As everybody can see the tank is loaded with fish. Most of the corals came out of my previous 75 gallon system that was running for five years with a Plenum. The soft corals and the large grape coral are about 10 years old.
Owner's Name: Frank Rossi
Location: Long Island, N.Y.
Year the tank was set up: Jan 8, 1999
Aquarium Size:120 gallons
Sump Size: 30 gallons
Pounds of Live Rock: 150 - 170 pounds
Sand Depth: 3 inches (7.5cm) in front, 4 -5 inches (12cm) in rear
Type of Biological Filtration: Plenum
Main System Pump: Mag 1800 GPH
Additional Pumps: Sea Swirl & 3 powerheads
Reactors: Marine Technical Concepts (MTC) Calcium Reactor, Coralife chemical reactor
Protein Skimmer: MTC 6500S 24 inches high/WISA air pump W/2 wooden airstones.
Monitoring Equipment: pH controller, Sand Point Redox controller
Wavemaker: Sand Point Wavemaker
Heater: Otto Temperature Controller
Denitrator: 2 Nitrex Boxes used in sump
Lamps: Three 175W MH Ushio 10K, Two VHO 110W actinic florescent, One 96W actinic power compact, One Moonlight
Photoperiod: Actinics 10AM - 10PM, MH 11AM - 9PM
Water Temperature: 77 - 79°F
Specific Gravity: 1.023
pH: 8.0 - 8.3
Alkalinity: 10.2 dKH
Phosphate: 0 (ROWAphos used inside chemical reactor)
Water Changes - 15 gallons per month
RO/DI Water: Yes, both
Brand of Salt Mix: Instant Ocean
Three times per day, Mysis, Flake, Pellets, Nori Brine shrimp, Not all on the same day!
Less than an hour per day on the average - Clean glass once a week, skimmer cleaned weekly, filter pads cleaned weekly
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