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December '01

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December '01 - John Susbilla's 380 Liter Reef Aquarium. (USA)

Time to show a marine setup again, and what a setup it is! This exuberant display of healthy marine life is owned by American hobbyist John Susbilla. It's a perfect example of the rewarding results you can get if you're willing to invest the time, money and study required to enjoy reefkeeping as a true hobby. Home reef aquariums are often criticized by those who fear the destruction of natural reefs, but the truth is that the major causes of natural reef destruction have nothing to do with the aquarium hobby, and it is exactly the dedication of enthusiasts like John that may someday be responsible for the preservation and/or repopulation of damaged natural reefs. Note, however, that there are *three* items in the foundation of a successful home reef, and the lack any one of them (time, money or study) will severely mine the realization of a setup like this. In case you are indeed considering the idea of setting up a reef, I highly recommend that you visit John's Reef Flat, where a very detailed description of his setup and his experiences can be found, together with dozens of other wonderful photos. Here are some of the basics:

Dimensions: 122x61x51 cm Acrylic
Volume: 380 L
Lighting: 2x400 W Iwasaki 6500K Metal Halides, 2x110 W VHO, 1x40 W NO Actinic.
Filtration: 100 L sump with Sen 900 water pump, housing probes, heater, sensors, etc. Also doubling as a grow out tank using a 175W PFO Metal Halide and a 10K German bulb.
Circulation: Super Wavestrip with 2 Maxijet 1200's and a Silent Surge.
Skimmer: Aqua C Urchin Pro.
Temperature Control: Medusa Temperature Controller, 1/4 HP Cyclone Drop-in chiller.
Water Source: Spectrapure CSP-DI 80, Reef Crystals salt, Precision Marine CR422 Calcium Reactor.

If you'd like to submit an aquarium for Tank of the Month, just contact me.

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And many many Corals...a complete, healthy, balanced system!

Photos taken by John Susbilla, and displayed here with his with permission.

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