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WAMAS Tank of the Month

Chris Mahoney (Phisigs79)

Congratulations Chris, on being selected tank of the month.

About the Tank

Experience in hobby

  • Yellow Tang
  • Watchman Goby
  • Midas Blenny
  • Green Chromis
  • Black Bar Chromis
  • Percula pair
  • Lemon Peel Angel
  • Coral Beauty
  • Bicolor Dottyback
  • Ocellaris

How long have you been doing this?

Almost 6 years.

Who got you into the hobby?

No one really. Always had freshwater fish and wanted a challenge.

Who in the hobby most influences you?

All the old school Wamas reefers from when I first joined.

Tank setup and equipment

Custom Glass Cages 75g tank that's 36x24x18and built in wall viewable from three sides.

What is your maintenance schedule like?

Once a month 10-15g water change. Change carbon and empty skimmer when its full.

How much time do you spend weekly?

Not as much as I use to. I feed the fish every other day and keep a eye on the tank.

  • Green Slimer
  • Rik's Red Table
  • Gadget Purple Polyp Acro
  • Purple Bonsai
  • Tyree Tricolor
  • Pink Lemonade
  • ATL Ultimate Chalice
  • Rainbow Acan
  • Chips Acro
  • Steve Elias Stag

Where do you keep your water parameters?

I don't really test unless I see a issue. Just check temp and PH mainly.

What brand salt do you use?

Instant Ocean

What do you feed your fish and or corals?

Bianchi pellets (tiny).

How do you maintain calcium/alkalinity?

DIY CHIP-O kalk reactor.

Do you dose anything? If so, how much, how often?

No, I don't dose anything other than kalkwasser.

What type of lighting do you have?

Dual 250w Icecap ballast with luminarc mini's Radium 20k

What schedule do you have the lights on?

Lights on 8 hrs actinic on for 10 hrs.

What kind of water flow do you have? How do you accomplish it?

Panworld 1200gph return, tunze 6090 and tunze 6025.

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

Not sure I might be moving soon and upgrade or downgrade.

Favorite Inverts
  • Bumble Bee Snails
  • White & Black Striped Starfish

What makes your setup special or unique?

Its in wall and viewable from three sides.

If you had to start from scratch, would you do anything different?

I would make it more accessable since I have to crawl under my stairs to get to the sump.

Do you have any advice for those folks whom are new to the hobby.

Take it slow and listen to others. Don't buy cheap equipment or you will spend more over time.


What are your other hobbies?

Doing handyman type of work.

Who would you most like to meet past present or future?

I would like to met my grandmother that passed when I was 2. I was always told she was a wonderful person.

Why did you choose the screen name you did?

I was in a college fraternity PHI SIGMA KAPPA and our nickname was Phisigs and my intiation number was 79.

What is the last book you read?

I don't read books. I rather watch a movie.

Scotch or burbon?

Southern Comfort or Tequila.

Things I wish I knew 6 years ago:

That the housing market would bust. I would also of liked to know that the stock market would recover after it bottomed out so I could be a rich man.