Thursday, January 22, 2015

Featured Tank: Bret's Mature 55 Gallon Mixed Reef



With all of the hard work that goes into keeping a reef tank, a certain level of appreciation is found in seeing an established aquarium filled with healthy corals and animals. All of us here at Marine Depot find great satisfaction in hearing and reading about the success of our customers so today we decided to spotlight one of our favorite tanks.

We recently visited one of our local customers, Bret, to film his mature 55 gallon reef tank that has been running for over 8 years.

One of the most impressive aspects of this aquarium were the large SPS coral colonies. The Green Millipora was one of our favorites. The color of the Strawberry Shortcake Acro was also stunning! All of the different mushroom corals in the tank are so prolific they get trimmed back almost monthly to keep them from pushing out other corals. Bret also has a pair of clownfish that were tending to a clutch of eggs which is a frequent occurrence in the aquarium.

With minimal fish and quality aquarium filtration, the system maintains a low waste level which really helps the corals to grow and thrive. Something we also noticed was how well the parameters are maintained using only supplements. The aquarium does not have a calcium reactor yet still achieves excellent growth among the stony corals.

This tank is only 55 gallons and successfully houses a variety of corals and animals which goes to show that bigger is not always better!

See for yourself exactly how Bret achieves such great success by visiting the Featured Tank section of our website for a complete breakdown of his equipment and livestock.



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