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July '08

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July '08 - Steve Weast's 3200 L Reef Aquarium. (USA)

After 8 years living in the USA and Japan, I've recently come back to Brazil, and when this section completed 10 years of existence last month I just happened to be right back where I started it, in the city of Campinas. So I went over to the fish shop where I took the photos of the Triangular Reef Tank that became the very first Tank of the Month here back in June 1998, hoping that with any luck I'd be able to continue the celebrations this month in great style by showing the exact same tank I had photographed 10 years ago...wouldn't that be cool? Alas, the shop is still there and even the actual tank is still there, but regretably it's currently inactive. Sniff.

So instead, I'll leave you with a really REALLY awesome reef tank by American hobbyist Steve Weast, one of the most impressive home reef setups I've ever seen. The incredible sense of (front to back) depth is not just a sense, the tank actually is deeper than it is wide! Be sure to visit Steve's equally awesome website for a fully illustrated and guided tour through the tank history and specs. Enjoy!

Owner:Steve Weast, from Oregon, USA.
Website:OregonReef.com
Setup:2004.
Dimensions:183x229x76 cm.
Volume: 3200 L (nominal).
Water:Density 1026, Temp 25.0-26.0įC, pH 8.05-8.3, KH 9-10, Ca 420 ppm, Mg 1300 ppm, PO4 0, NO3 0.
Fish: (4) bi-color antias (Pseudanthias bicolor), (2) bartlett anthias (Pseudanthias bartlettorum), (6) blue hippo tangs (Paracanthurus hepatus), (1) powder blue tang (Acanthurus leucosternon), (1) chocolate surgeonfish (Acanthurus pyroferus), (1) purple tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum), (4) percula clowns (Amphipirion percula), (10) green chromis (Chromis viridis), (2) black saddle clowns (Amphipirion polymnus), (10) margarite damsels (Dascyllus marginatus), (1) golden angel (Centropyge aurantia), (1) choati wrasse (Macropharyngodon choati), (1) peppermint hog (Bodianus sp.), (1) christmas wrasse (Halichoeres biocellatus), (1) leopard wrasse (Macropharyngodon bipartitus), (1) rabbitfish (Siganus virgatus), (1) Flame boxfish (Anoplocapros lenticularis), (5) Schooling bannerfish (Heniochus diphreutes).
Invertebrates: (6) fire shrimp (Lysmata debelius), (6) skunk cleaner shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis), (20) turbo snails (Turbo fluctuosus), (2) serpent starfish (Ophioderma squamosissimum).
Other Details:See website.
Comments:

The goal of this system is to establish a reef that provides a visually realistic representation of nature, optimal water quality, and easy access.

In pursuit of the first goal, a realistic representation of nature, I decided to go with a display tank that has an extreme depth component ( 229 cm from front to back) to facilitate more natural aquascaping possibilities. Many large systems, as they grow past the 2000 liter mark, usually just expand in width. I felt that the depth component is just as important. If a tank were only 60, 75, or even 90 cm from front to back, the aquascaping possibilities become limited...usually resulting in a "wall" or "fruit stand" look. This extreme depth comes at a price, though. The life in the back of the tank is not easily viewed. But, thatís fine with me...I still have the 183 cm of real estate in the front for livestock that I want to view closely along with the depth to provide the realism.

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

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Anoplocapros lenticularis

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Macropharyngodon bipartitus

Halichoeres biocellatusMacropharyngodon choati

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Acanthurus pyroferusHeniochus diphreutes

Photos taken by Steve Weast and displayed here with his permission.



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