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John Li's Aquarium
Owners Name: John Li
Location: Pasadena, CA, USA
Year the tank was set up: 2003
Size and Volume of the Tank: 72" x 24" x 30" (L x H x W), 225 gallons
Sump Size: 100 gallons
Pounds of Live Rock: about 200 pounds
Type of Biological Filtration: Berlin/Refugium
Sand Type/Depth: 2.5" - fine sand
Main system pumps: Dolphin Aqua Sea 3000
Additional pumps: Dolphin Aqua Sea 3000
Monitoring Equipment: Neptune Systems AquaController II
Protein Skimmers: AquaC 400
Wavemakers: 4 Sea Swirls
Dosers: Reef-filler with occasional Kalkwasser powder added.
Chiller: Aqua Logic Delta Star Titanium Inline Water Chiller
Heater: 2 x 250W Ebo-Jager heaters
Lamps: 3 x 10K 250W metal halide powered by PFO HQI ballasts; 4 x 96W 7100K Blue PowerCompact.
Photoperiod: 12 hours for actinics and 10 hours for MH.
Water Temperature: 80ºF +- 0.5
Specific Gravity: 1.025
PH: 7.9 - 8.2
Nitrate: not measurable
Water Changes: Every 4 - 5 weeks/40 - 50 gallons
RO/DI water: Yes, both
Brand of Salt Mix: Tropic Marin
# Tangs: One each-Power Blue; Purple; Yellow; Tomini; Chevron; & Desjardinii
# Wrasses: One each-Scotts and Golden & two fairy wrasses
# Anthias: 6 various
# Misc.: 1 Blueface Angel; 1 Flame Hawk; 2 Golden Stripe Maroon Anemonefish; 1 Green Mandarinfish
# Many snails and hermit crabs, 4 Crocea clams, many SPS and LPS
Usually feed twice a day with variety of frozen food including some home made foods.
Clean algae using a magnet once every 2 - 3 days. Change filter bag and sponge once every 2 weeks. Clean up edge and bottom rarely. Monitor temp, ORP and pH continuously. Check salinity occasionally and calcium, nitrates and others rarely. No problem areas so far.
All photos by Greg Rothschild (www.gregrothschild.com)