Reef Obsession

Volume 137 Gallons
Dimensions 58'' x 22'' x 22''
Make Red Sea Reefer
Model 525 XL
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This is the 2nd saltwater aquarium that I have tried and at the moment still within the first month of operation. The first tank was back in the 90's and although we invested a pile of effort and $$, the results were not as we had hoped for. With SO much more knowledge readily available and an open mind, we are giving it another go!

What a journey ahead!


This tank (120 gallons) was purchased as a used saltwater tank, Tomato Clown included. We are using a good percentage of the original set up but have also been making changes and adding to the existing system.

We completely re-cycled the tank, changed media and added 108 lbs. of the highest quality live rock we could find. Even with the limited knowledge we had for the first saltwater tank, the live rock was one of our saving features. I absolutely won't cut corners there! As well, if you don't mind looking closely it is incredibly enjoyable to watch!

Although I sometimes want to re-do the aquascaping, I am slowly getting happy with it. I have been aiming for good water flow, limited dead spots, but not so much that it is hard on corals. And of course, the fine line changes the minute any changes are made.


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Fluval Cannister F5 Filter

This came with our (used) system when we purchased it. Would love to upgrade to a sump system in the future.

Filter media currently includes Fluval Fine Filter Media, Biomax rings, Activated Carbon, Rowaphos and the first addition of the ZeoVit filter media.
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  • Cinnamon Clownfish / Amphiprion melanopus



Running entirely LED fixtures now. A combination of the amazing Vertex Illumina as well as the 48" aquatic life LED strip. Still learning and changing settings almost daily as fine tuning doesn't happen overnight .. no pun intended ;)


We recently added a 48" aquatic life LED strip to the existing T5 HO lighting.

In the morning we run the lunar blue LED's to simulate sunrise, then the actinic blues. Then adding the full spectrum T5 and then the full spectrum LED's. In the evening a reverse order of shut down ending with the lunar blues.

We do have a timer for the lighting system, but have operating manually as we are running our lights a little less right now.
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  • Elegance Coral / Catalaphyllia jardinei




17 Fish

Blue Throat Triggerfish Xanthichthys auromarginatus
9 Blue/Green Reef Chromis Chromis viridis
Cinnamon Clownfish Amphiprion melanopus
Coral Beauty Angelfish Centropyge bispinosa
Fromia Star Fish sp sp
Fromia Starfish sp sp
Goby Fish Stigmatogobius Sadanundio
Magnificent Foxface Siganus magnificus

20 Corals

Acropora Coral Acropora sp
Blue Mushroom Actinodiscus sp.
Chalice Coral Echinophyllia aspera
Dendrophyllia Dendrophyllia
Elegance Coral Catalaphyllia jardinei
Frogspawn Coral - Branched Euphyllia paradivisa
Hammer Anchor Coral Euphyllia ancora
Hammer Anchor Coral Euphyllia parancora
Hammer Anchor Coral Euphyllia ancora
Jasmine Polyp Knopia sp.
Pulsating Xenia Xenia elongata
Purple Plume Gorgonian Pseudopterogorgia bipinnata
Zoanthid Zoanthus sp.
Zoanthid Zoanthus sp.
Zoanthid Zoanthus sp.

26 Invertebrate

10 Assorted Snails
Blood Red Fire Shrimp Lysmata debelius
5 Blue Legged Hermit Crab Clibanarius tricolor
Blue Tuxedo Urchin Mespilia globulus
5 Cerith Snail Cerithium sp.
Halloween Hermit Crab Ciliopagurus strigatus
Red Line Cleaner Shrimp Lysmata amboinensis
Squamosa Clam Tridacna squamosa


Red Sea Nitro Bac
108 Live Rock

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Coral Vitalizer · Coral Snow · Mysis · Coral Vitalizer 5 drops Coral Snow · Coral Snow 5 mL, Xtra 5 mL, K-Balance 5 mL, Amino Acid 5 drops, Coral Vitalizer · Xtra 5 mL, K-Balance 5 mL, Amino Acid 5 drops, Coral Vitalizer · Hikari Mysis Shrimp · Zeovit Zeofood7 · Coral Snow 5 mL, Xtra 5 mL, Amino Acid 5 drops, Coral Vitalizer

On average you perform a 5.8% water change every 168 days.

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Inspiration & Goals

As I'm sure with any aquarist, the biggest goal is always a happy, healthy reef that can provide years of enjoyments for anyone lucky enough to see it!

I would love to be able to try some of the more difficult 'species' out there, or even just to feel that I could. I respect the ocean too much to let my pocketbook call the shots for me. In other words, if I know it's something I'm not ready for, I won't even attempt to try it. I would much rather find the satisfaction of successfully maintaining the heartiest of corals and fish.

In the meantime, I (still) have a lot of learning to do and goals to create an incredibly stable, healthy environment.

If I ever accomplish 'it' .. the moorish idol will be there!
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  • Zoanthid / Zoanthus sp.

Words of Wisdom

As with all of life;

If it is important to you .. you will find the time for it.
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  • Plate Coral Green - Short Tentacle / Fungia repanda