Fathom 60g Reef

Virginia Beach, VA
Volume 60 Gallons
Dimensions 36'' x 24'' x 16''
Make Innovative Marine
Model Nuvo SR-60


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The standard AIO filtration system has been upgraded to be more efficient and help maintain nutrient conditions suitable for a mixed reef system. It is intended to be a low nutrient system with nitrates from 10 to 20 ppm and phosphates from 0.03 to 0.10 ppm. The current filtration system consists of the following:

- Innovative Marine 200 micron filter sock
- Innovative Marine AUQA custom caddy
- Tunze 9004 skimmer
- Boyd Enterprises Chemi-pure Blue
- Brightwell Aquatics Xport-PO4
- AquaMaxx custom algae reactor

The natural part of the filtration system is made up of 32 pounds of fossil live rock and 48 pounds of CaribSea Arag-Alive Reef Sand. The rock was harvested by a local LFS owner from an ancient reef that was buried during formation of the Chesapeake Bay. It has several intact Jefferson scallops that add to the character of this beautiful rock.


The growth and color of most corals is heavily dependent on the amount and color of light they receive. The control and flexibility of LED lighting technology make it an excellent choice for an SPS dominant mixed reef system. The current lighting system consists of the following:

- 2 EcoTech Marine Radion XR15w G4 Pro fixtures
- 2 EcoTech Marine Single Arm RMS kits

The use of the standard HEI lenses provides enough spread to cover the entire footprint of the aquarium. The lights are mounted 12 inches apart to provide complete coverage running a slightly modified SPS AB+ lighting schedule from the EcoTech Coral Lab.


The Vectra return pump provides a decent amount of flow and enough turnover for the filtration system to work efficiently. It was upgraded to provide more flow in the main display to promote coral growth and better removal of detritus. The current water movement system consists of the following:

- EcoTech Marine Vectra S1 return pump
- Innovative Marine AUQA spin stream nozzles
- Ecotech Marine VorTech MP10wQD pumps

The VorTech pumps are opposite each other running a custom program based on the WWC flow blueprint for two VorTech pumps that provides plenty of random water movement without blowing substrate.




7 Fish

Coral Beauty Angelfish Centropyge bispinosa
Doctorfish Tang Acanthurus chirurgus
2 ORA Tomato Clownfish Amphiprion frenatus
ORA Yellow Assessor Assessor flavissimus
Six Line Wrasse Pseudocheilinus hexataenia
Wide-Barred Shrimp Goby Amblyeleotris latifasciata

34 Corals

Aussie Heronensis Turbinaria heronensis
Bam Bam Zoas Zoanthus sp
Blondie Zoas Zoanthus sp
Candy Apple Green Palys Palythoa sp
FF Red Robin Acropora sp
Green Grandis Palys Palythoa grandis
Green Star Polyps Clavularia viridis
JF Captain Jerk Palys Palythoa sp
JF Raja Rampage Mycedium sp
Mandarin Zoas Zoanthus sp
ORA Cali Tort Acropora tortuosa
ORA Hawkins Echinata Acropora echinata
PZ Deadpool Palys Palythoa sp
RC Rain of War Coral Favites pentagona
Rainbow Blastos Blastomussa wellsi
Rasta Zoas Zoanthus sp
Sonic Flare Zoas Zoanthus sp
Tyree Mystic Grape Favia Favia sp
Tyree Orange Rainbow Palys Palythoa sp
Tyree Pinky the Bear Acropora latistella
Tyree The War Coral Favites pentagona
UC Blue Madness Acropora sp
UC Bright Eyes Chalice Mycedium sp
UC Kryptonite Acropora sp
UC Rainbow Cyphastrea Cyphastrea sp
UC Wild Orchid Acropora sp
WWC Josh's Granulosa Acropora granulosa
WWC Ultimate Efflo Acropora efflorescens

43 Invertebrate

6 Banded Trochus Snail Trochus sp
Blood Red Fire Shrimp Lysmata debelius
2 Blue Legged Hermit Crab Clibanarius tricolor
6 Dwarf Zebra Hermit Crab Calcinus laevimanus
Emerald Crab Mithraculus sculptus
Fighting Conch Strombus sp
12 Florida Cerith Snail Cerithium sp
Impatient Sea Cucumber Holothuria impatiens
Maxi Mini Carpet Anemone Stichodactlya tapetum
9 Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab Paguristes cadenati
Tiger Pistol Shrimp Alpheus bellulus
UC Red Rose Bubble Tip Entacmaea quadricolor

1 Plant

Chaetomorpha Chaetomorpha sp.


Neptune ATK Automatic Top-off Kit
Neptune Optical Level Sensor
Bulk Reef Supply Universal Air Filter
EcoTech Marine Vectra S1
APC Back-UPS Pro 1000 Power Supply
EcoTech Propagation Kit
Titanium Ground Probe
The stability of water parameters is paramount to the health and success of any reef system. Water quality testing is done every week to ensure significant changes that could affect livestock do not occur. The current parameter ranges and test equipment consists of the following:


- Temperature: 77-78°F
- Salinity: 1.025-1.026 SG
- pH: 7.8-8.2
- Alkalinity: 8.0-9.0 dKH
- Calcium: 420-450 ppm
- Magnesium: 1320-1380 ppm
- Nitrate: 10-20 ppm
- Phosphate: 0.03-0.10 ppm

Test Equipment

- Neptune Systems lab grade temperature probe
- Neptune Systems lab grade conductivity probe
- Neptune Systems lab grade pH probe
- Hanna Alkalinity Checker
- Hanna Phosphate Checker
- NYOS Reefer Calcium test kit
- NYOS Reefer Magnesium test kit
- NYOS Reefer Nitrate test kit

The probes are all cleaned regularly and the conductivity and pH probes are calibrated at the same time. Each month, a water sample is tested then verified in a chemistry lab using advanced equipment and titration methods.

Feeding See more

Jimbo's Reef Gumbo · Piscine Energetics Pellets · Two Little Fishes Acropower · Polyp Lab Reef-Roids · Piscine Energetics Calanus · Ocean Nutrition Green Marine Algae · Piscine Energetics Mysis · Polyp Lab Polyp-Booster · Brightwell Aquatics PhytoChrom · PolypLab Reef Roids
The nutrition necessary varies from one organism to another. Countless hours of research and testing went into coming up with a balanced menu to satisfy the needs of every organism while using a minimal number of foods. The current feeding regimen consists of the following:


- Jimbo's Reef Gumbo
- Piscine Energetics Pellets
- Polyp Lab Reef-Roids
- Brightwell Aquatics PhytoChrom
- Ocean Nutrition Green Marine Algae


- Two Little Fishies AcroPower
- Brightwell Aquatics KoralColor

The primary problem with feeding on a daily basis is a build up of waste and excess nutrients in the system. For this reason, the necessary portions were determined through trial and error and carefully administered to reduce or eliminate potential problems.

On average you perform a 10.7% water change every 7 days.

0% total water change in September.

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I made the decision to switch from Salinity back to Instant Ocean salt. I buffered the new water to raise the calcium and magnesium to match the levels I'm trying to maintain. The alkalinity is higher
I made some changes to the lighting today. For some time now, I have been thinking about switching back to the standard TIR lenses and raising the light to get extra spread. Well, it's done. I used a
A quick update on the algae reactor after 6 days of use. I've had some problems getting the o-ring to seal. I tried silicone grease and while it's not dripping anymore, there is some salt creep that k
I finally ran a fresh air line to the skimmer today. I've been battling low pH for a while so after reading an excellent article by Randy Holmes-Farley I decided it was time. After a quick trip to Low
The algae reactor is up and running. The build was relatively easy and took about 30 minutes to complete and program the Apex to control the reactor and lights. The lights are set to turn on when the
Changed to an Eheim Jager heater and lowered the programmed temperature to 77.0-77.5°F. It took some time to calibrate the heater and set it at 78°F then programmed the Apex to maintain the desired te

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