R2R Reef of the Month: Fadi's 180-gallon SPS Reef - April 2018

My Name is Fadi Abu Tahoun. I am from Jordan and currently live in Riyadh - Saudi Arabia. My thanks to Reef2Reef for featuring my tank as Reef of...
  1. Introduction:

    My Name is Fadi Abu Tahoun. I am from Jordan and currently live in Riyadh - Saudi Arabia. My thanks to Reef2Reef for featuring my tank as Reef of the Month spotlight. Keeping a reef here in this part of world is not an easy task. All of my equipment is bought and shipped from the USA to Saudi Arabia, and for live stock I have had to travel and drive more than a thousand miles to nearby countries like Bahrain and Dubai to get some coral frags and fish (until recently since I started helping a local fish store to order live stock from Indonesia and the Philippians so I can get my wish list).

    I am in love in Acropora corals and Angelfish, and I always wanted to make a reef tank that has them all.

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    System Profile:
    • Display tank: 180 Gallons 72" X 24" X 24"
    • Glass or Acrylic: Tempered glass
    • Stand: Steel Stand
    • Sump: 40"L X 20"W X 18"H
    • Protein skimmer: Super Reef Octopus SRO 3000 In-Sump Protein Skimmer
    • Carbon/phosphate filtration: two TLF Phosban Reactor 150 (one for carbon, the other for GFO)
    • Return pump: Jebao DC - 12000 with manifold to feed media reactors
    • Water circulation: 2 Apex WAV
    • Lighting (display): 3 Radion XR30 Pro
    • Lighting (refugium): Kessil H380 Halo II LED Algae Grow Light
    • Calcium/alkalinity/magnesium dosing: Jebao Auto Dosing Pump DP-4
    • Auto top-off: Apex ATK
    • Heating/cooling: two ehim 300 heaters , and room AC
    • System control: Apex Classic Controller with WMX to control the radions, PMK for PAR monitoring , FMM for leak detection, and optical sensors
    • Other details: Dosing Acropower and Fauna Marin color elements.

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    Water Circulation and Flow Summary and Objectives:

    I am trying to achieve the maximum flow from my WAV pumps with random flow profiles changing throughout the day, starting at 10% at early morning to 80-100% at regular hours.

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    Water Parameters:
    • Temp: 77 -78 f
    • pH: 8.1 - 8.3
    • Specific gravity: 1.026
    • NO3: 0.2 - 2.5
    • Ca: 420 - 460
    • Alk: 9.0 - 9.5
    • Mg: 1300 - 1350
    • PO4: 0 - 0.02
    • Ammonia and nitrites: 0
    Lighting Summary and Objectives:

    I have used the Apex PMK to measure tank par values at the start of the tank I am targeting values from 200 PAR at the bottom of the Tank to 450 PAR at the max tip of my corals. My program have 4 main color settings, sunrise , white light to boost growth, Ecotech Coral Lab AB+ at the main viewing time, then deep blue to give the colors an extra boost.

    Photoperiod:
    • Display tank: 12 total hours, it starts with all blue sunrise for 1 hour, then 12K , 14K, followed by a mimic of Ecotech Coral Lab AB+ program, ended by few hours of sundown with deep blue only.
    • Refugium: On for 24 hours
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    Filtration and Water Quality Summary and Objectives:

    I have a Heavy Bioload and feed my Angels a lot to keep them away from my corals. My main nutrition export method is via a relatively large refugium with the strong Kessil LED and a strong skimmer. Also I perform weekly 10% water change and small addition of Brightwell Microbacter7 and Fritz Monster 460.

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    Calcium/Alkalinity/Magnesium Summary and Objectives:

    I dose Calcium and Alkalinity via an Auto doser. For Magnesium, I only test once a month and correct values accordingly. I use Bulk reef Supply Additives and baking Soda for Dosing.

    Tank Inhabitants—Fish:

    1. Emperor Angelfish(Pomacanthus imperator) From Juvenile To Young Adult
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    2. Coral Beauty Angelfish(Centropyge bispinosa) From The Philippines
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    3. Another Coral Beauty Angelfish(Centropyge bispinosa) From The Indonesia
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    4. Rusty Angelfish(Centropyge ferrugata)
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    5. Lamarck's Angelfish(Genicanthus lamarck)
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    6. Watanabei Angelfish(Genicanthus watanabei)
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    7. Swallowtail Angelfish (Genicanthus melanospilos)
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    8. Masked Swallowtail Angelfish(Genicanthus semifasciatus)
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    9. 3 X Dispar Anthias (Pseudanthias dispar)

    10. Pair of Female Black Ice Ocellaris Clownfish, (Amphiprion ocellaris ) and Male Platinum Percula Clownfish, (Amphiprion percula)
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    11. Another lonely Female Black Ice Ocellaris Clownfish, (Amphiprion ocellaris )
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    12. Wheeler's Shrimp Goby (Amblyeleotris wheeleri)

    13. Diamond Watchman Goby (Valenciennea puellaris)

    14. Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus)
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    15. Purple Tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum)
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    16. Melanurus Wrasse (Halichoeres melanurus)
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    17. Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse(Paracheilinus carpenteri)

    18. Blue Flasher Wrasse(Paracheilinus cyaneus)

    19. Green Mandarin(Synchiropus splendidus)

    20. Ornate leopard wrasse (Macropharyngodon ornate)
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    21. Lubbock's Fairy Wrasse(Cirrhilabrus lubbocki)
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    22. Blotched Anthias(Odontanthias borbonius)
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    23. Black Cap Jawfish (Opistognathus randalli)
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    24. Purple Firefish (Nemateleotris decora)


    Other Invertebrates:
    1. Red Sea Maxima Clam Multicolored (Tridacna maxima)

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    2. Red Sea Marbled Linckia Star

    3. 2 X Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis)

    4 . 2 X Fire Shrimp (Lysmata debelius)

    5 . Banded Boxer Shrimp (Stenopus hispidus)

    6. Infinite Number of Snails that keep breeding :

    7. Astraea Turbo Snail (Astraea tecta)

    8. Banded Trochus Snail (Trochus sp.)

    9. Nassarius Snail (Nassarius distortus)

    10. Bumble Bee Snail (Engina sp.)

    11. Nerite Snail (Nerita sp.)

    12. Turban Snail (Tectus fenestratus)

    13. Bubble Tip Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor)
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    Tank Inhabitants— Corals:

    Acropora Lokani
    Acropora Efflo
    Acropora Florida
    Stawberry Shortcake
    Bali Green Slimer
    Bali Tri Color
    Blue Flowers Montipora
    Blue Matrix
    Boston Bean Digi
    Chilli Pepper Monti
    Chocolate Mint Chip Monti
    Forest Fire Digi
    German blue Digi
    Green Cactus Pavona
    Green Cap
    Green Pocillopora
    Grinch Reverse Sunset Montipora
    Appleberry Monti
    Rainbow Monti
    Red Hot Setosa
    Gomizi
    Yellow Tips Acro
    Meteor Shower Cyphastrea
    Miyagi tort
    Pacman Acro
    Confusa Montipora
    Green Bounce Mushroom
    ORA Green Bird's Nest
    ORA Red Planet
    Pink Lemonade
    Purple Red Sea Monster
    Rainbow Short Cake Acro
    Red Cap
    Golden Millepora
    Acropora Lorips
    Sanjay Milka Stylo
    Millepora acro
    Pink Shortcake Acro
    Superman Montipora
    Purple valida
    GREEN LIGHT MONTI HIRSUTA
    Tenuis
    Multiple goniopora (red, Green , Green Purple tips, Purple)
    Blastomussa
    Some Soft Coral
    Gorgonian

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    Fish and Coral Feeding:

    3-4 Times a day with pellets and my DIY Food mix and other dry food, for full details check this article

    https://www.reef2reef.com/ams/feeding-fish-and-corals.422/

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    Who was responsible for getting you into the hobby?

    Since I was a little kid, my father started a freshwater aquarium, then I kept starting new aquariums in our basement until I started my first marine tank in 2005.

    How long have you been doing this?

    13 Years

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    Who or what in the hobby most influences/inspires you?

    Nowadays, I love that all of my family are gathering around the tank and getting involved in reef-keeping. My kids just love it!!!

    What are your future plans for improvement/upgrade of the tank?

    I'm thinking about getting a Calcium reactor, and an extra Radion LED.

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