• Size: Aquarium Connections low iron glass with Euro bracing. 164 x 95 x 75cm/65 x 38 x 26in (1167 l). • Lights: 2 x ATI T5 (dimmable) 12 x 80W bulbs — six actinic blue, four white, two pink. • Circulation and filtration: 3 x Hydro Wizard ECM 42 pumps; 2 x Tunze 6095 pumps; Aquarium Connections flow base; live sand and crushed coral. • Heating: Aqua Medic temperature
controller, 2 x 600W heaters. • Auto top-up: Via TMC Duo. • Dosing: GHL 2 doser using 4 x 2500ml containers delivering 77ml of four Triton additives over 24 hours.
• Size: 130 x 60 x 38cm/52 x 24 x 15in
(210 l.) • Algae bed: 60 x 60 x 38cm/24 x 24 x 15in. Algae lights: 2 x Odyssea 55W lamps (mixed algae species). • Skimming: Ultra reef UKS 200 protein skimmer with Deltec SSC 1660 as back-up. • Chemical reactors: 2 x Ultra Reef reactors running Rowaphos and Triton carbon. • Circulation: Vectra L1 return pump to
tank via 2 x Ultra Reef returns. Total system volume: 1377 l. excluding live rock.
• Temperature: 26°C. • KH: 7.2 (using Salifert/hanna test
kits). • Phosphate: 0.021 at last ICP test. • SG: 1.026 (using a Milwaukee Digital
stunning three-year-old Stylophora that started life as a small three-headed frag.
The coral selection is dominated with over 80% SPS. Fish-wise Mark’s gone for a large proportion of tangs and wrasses, with an incredible Freckle face tang being the star of the show.
A great way to chill out!
I asked if there had been any issues with the tank. Mark explained how he’s learned lessons from his previous set-ups and how the Triton method made it easy to manage such a display. Although the system is relatively low maintenance, Mark’s wife was quick to let me know that he spends a good hour or so on the tank every evening — not necessarily because the system needs attention, but as part of Mark’s daily ritual to help him relax after a hard day at work.
At only six months since set-up, all I can say is that whatever Mark’s doing, it’s working incredibly well. I can only imagine how fantastic this aquarium will look in another six months.
The sense of depth, when you view the aquarium end on, is incredible — you are effectively seeing an aquascape that’s over five feet deep!
The end-on view of Mark’s tank.
Mark uses the tank to help him unwind after a hard day’s work.
Around 80% of Mark’s corals are SPS.