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WAMAS Tank of the Month


Tank Of The Month

September 2006

Chris Thomas (143gadgets)

Now you have some questions to answer!

Who was responsible for getting you into the hobby?

Mainly my cousin Dwayne and Hugh. They had made a comment about having a tank as a headboard. I thought that sounded like a good idea. I started out with a cichlid, but at the urging of my lfs, I moved up to a 40 gallon breeder with a clownfish and a powderbrown tang. From there, I bought a 55g at Wally's and made it into a full on headboard and filled it with live rock, a couple of tangs, damsels, stuff like that. Then the guys at Totally Fish continued my education by teaching me about lights. Then I bought live rock from this guy who said You should check out WAMAS". The rest is History!

Tank Specifications
75 Gallon AGA w/Custom Canopy and Stand
20 Gallon Sea Clear Systems Sump
2 x Icecap 250W MH Ballast w/ XM 20K 250w SE Bulbs
Icecap 660 Ballast w/ 2 x 110w Super Actinic Bulbs
Mag 7 Return
2 x Tunze Stream 6100
Deltec AP701 Protein Skimmer
MRC CR1 Calcium Reactor
Neptune Systems Aqua Controller Jr.
JBJ ATO w/ 20gallon Resevior
2 x Icecap 4" Variable Speed Fans

What is the least favorite thing about the hobby?

When stuff goes wrong. Especially with sps, they are so damn sensitive!

Who in the hobby most influences your decisions?

Rick Leishman, He always steers me in the right direction and has helped me along the way. Some other people who have really helped are David O. and EVE. Thanks, Guys.

What are your other hobbies?

Mainly photography (all of the photos in this article are his), and soccer.

What kind of music are you into right now?

Rap, R&B, and Jazz. I have been listening to a lot of Lil Wayne and BB King lately.

1. False Percs (2)
2. Yellow Tang
3. Blue-Eyed Anthias Female (3)
4. Lyretail Anthias Male
5. Solar Wrasse
6. Hawaiian Flame Wrasse Male
7. Hawaiian Flame Wrasse Female
8. Algae Blenny
9. Completely SPS
10. ~115lbs Marshall Island LR

If you could go one place on earth, where would it be?

Great Barrier Reef.

Well I don't have to ask you why, so how about who you would most like to meet, past, present or future?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Besides the fact he is one of the most influential men in the last 100 years, is there any particular reason why you chose him?

I would love the chance to listen to him talk about some of his experiences. Then I could gain some knowledge and insight into his life.

What, in your opinion is the biggest revelation in the hobby in the last 10 years?

Protein Skimmers.

Which one do you use?

I am currently using a Deltec AP701.

Football or Basketball?


Why 143gadgets for your screen name?

I have been known as Mr. Gadgets since high school. I have always had the best toys. I meant to do 14 gadgets, but I messed up. I don't know what 143 gadgets means.

Scotch or Bourbon?

Grand Marnier.

What camera are you currently using for these amazing shots?

I use both a Nikon d100 and a Fuji s3.

What is the last book you read?

Immunology, my brain still hurts from that one.

Thank you for letting us drill you Chris. Your tank is georgous! Congratulations on being Tank of The Month for September 2006. Good luck with everything!