Mark’s set-up

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Main aquarium

• 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.

Wa­ter pa­ram­e­ters

• 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.

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