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Note to viewers: Have known Tom for several years and he has the best growth of coralline algae that I've ever seen in a hobbyist tank! In fact, he say's it's a nuisance at times! And his fish, especially his Potters Angel (a difficult species to maintain long term) is the healthiest I've ever seen in a fairly small closed system! His non-technical reef system is his personal joy and a wonderful example of what can be accomplished without going high tech!
Name: Tom Christou
Location: Gillette NJ, USA
Set up: January 2004
Tank size: 55 gallon
Sump: 10 gallon
Sand: Aragonite Mix/1" deep
Pump: Mag 9.5/in sump
Pump: Maxi Jet 1200/inside tank
Skimmer: Remora Pro
UV Sterilizer: none
Heater: 250 watt
True Percula's Pair
Cucumbers - Tiger tails 3 (was one, now divided itself into three)
4 Fluorescent lamps: 46 1/2" URI 110 watt/660 Ice cap
Photoperiod: 8:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Water temp: 78 - 82 depending on the time of year
Specific Gravity: 1.025
PH: 8.0 - 8.25
Nitrate: .08 - .12 PPM
Water change: 10 gallons a month
Salt: Instant Ocean
Twice a day/frozen blood worms , brine shrimp, Pygmy angel formula, Formula 1&2 , mysis and flake.
Clean glass once a week
Clean and inspect skimmer once a month
None - system stable thanks to Bob Goemans
Transferred sand, live rock and live stock from a 40 gallon reef (previously shown on this website) on January 2004 to the 55 gallon reef w/built in over flow. Mag 9.5 pump drives the Remora Pro and return water from sump. Utilize a Two-part additive to balance water chemistry.