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Impressive large reef from Dublin, Ireland

By Leonard Ho - Posted May 03, 2013 09:00 AM
We started off this week sharing an incredible minimalistic nano reef. We'll end the week at the other end of the spectrum. This is Stevor's giant 1500 litre (400 gallon) biopellet reef packed with stony corals. He's definitely doing something right; his corals show unbelievable growth rates.

Aquarium Specifications

  • 1500 litre (400 US gallon)
  • 84"x30"x28" with Opti-white front glass
  • 300 litre sump
  • Deltec SC2560 skimmer
  • 3 part doser
  • 3 litre biopellets
  • 1 litre carbon fluidized
  • Eheim 5000l return
  • 2x Tunze 12000 lph
  • 2x Tunze mod 6080
  • 2 x Arcadia 400W BLV14000k metal halides
  • Aquatronica controller


When we say his corals exhibit "unbelievable growth rates," we're not kidding.  But don't take our word for it.  Take a look for yourself.  This is a video of his aquarium just a little over a year before the video above:

To be honest, we're surprised he can achieve such remarkable growth rates with just two halides over this large aquarium.  However, his success is undeniable.  Great job, Stevor!  For anyone interested in corresponding with him, he is an active member of the Irish Fish Forum (here is his reef tank thread).

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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