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Mike & Terry's 300 gallon reef

By Leonard Ho - Posted Sep 17, 2012 08:00 AM
We've eagerly followed Mike & Terry's 300 gallon SPS reef aquarium (re)build for the past year. They have regularly posted video updates over the months, and their latest shows a tank that has matured into a captive ecosystem worthy of recognition.

Follow Mike & Terry's tank build at  Here is a quick run-down of their system:

Equipment List:
Custom 300g Marineland Deep Dimension Tank
Custom (approx) 70g shallow acrylic sump (dimensions: 48" x 24" x 14")
150g Rubbermaid stock vat
75g refugium/frag tank
Iwaki MD70RLT return pump
1/2 hp Tradewind chiller w/Panworld 50pxx pump
Super Reef Octopus 6000-SSS internal skimmer
Deltec AP851 Skimmer
Phosban 550 RX (for GFO)
Phosban 550 RX (for GAC)
Tunze 7095 Controller
(4) Tunze 6055 Turbelle NanoStream pumps
(1) Tunze 6105 Turbell Stream
Reeflo Dart (3600gph) and Ocean Motion 4 for closed loop
Custom slide out aluminum light rack from eztube
(3) Lumenmax Elite Reflectors
(3) Lumatek 400w dimmable electronic ballasts currently running 400w Radiums
(2) VHO Super Actinics
(3) 12.5" Ecoxotic Royal Blue Stunner Strips w/reflectors (for dawn/dusk)

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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