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WAMAS Tank of the Month

Chris Tran (ChrisTran)

Congratulations Chris, on being selected tank of the month.

  • Flaming Prawn Goby (pair)
  • Flame wrasse (pair)
  • True Percula clown (pair)
  • Watchman Goby and pistol shrimp (pair)
  • Purple fire fish (pair)
  • Majestic angel
  • Red Dragonet
  • Mystery wrasse
  • Pylie Wrasse
  • Yasha goby

Tank setup and equipment

The tank is a 1.5 years old 150g Deep Dimension Marineland. It is 1/3 built into wall that allows viewing from 3 sides. The tank is SPS dominated with many large colonies.

What is your maintenance schedule like?

Besides wiping off the glass every 2 days, I refill top off water weekly. I clean the skimmer and change water every other week.

How much time do you spend weekly?

I automate 90% of my system. Most of the time spent is to observe the tank.

  • Neon green deepwater tabling acro
  • Oregon Tort
  • Purple Monster
  • Setosa
  • Mystic Sunset
  • Purple Bosai
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Strawberry Lemonade
  • Raspberry Lemonade
  • Lokani 30k

Where do you keep your water parameters?

I haven't checked my water parameters lately. Everything in the tank seems happy and thrives so I assume everything is in check.

What brand salt do you use?

I use Reef Crystal since day one and I am happy with it.

What do you feed your fish and or corals?

I feed my fish with variety of frozen food. I have a rhizo, hidden coral and dendros that I have to target feed once a week.

How do you maintain calcium/alkalinity?

I run a Geo 612 calcium reactor along with dosing kalkwasser using Aquamedic doser.

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

I don't dose anything else.

What type of lighting do you have?

I run 2 6-bulb ATI fixtures, 2 DIY 9 LEDs, 2 CoralVue LEDs, and a LED moonlight.

What schedule do you have the lights on?

The LEDs serve as dust/dawn lighting and are on 2 hours before and after the T5s. T5s are on for 11 hours a day.

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

Water flow is supported by a SeaSwirl, a MP40, 2 Tunze 6055s and 1 Tunze 6045. I want my tank to have a clean look so I hide most of my power heads behind rocks.

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

Currently I have no plans to upgrade. I just have to keep trimming my corals now and then.

Favorite Inverts
  • Those Colorful Nudibranches

What makes your setup special or unique?

The tank is clean look with many large SPS colonies.

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

I would change my crushed coral substrate. The grain is big and it looks dirty

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

Most of equipment can be purchased used for much less, but don't be cheap on your skimmer.


What are your other hobbies?

I like photography but I am too lazy to take pictures of my tank

Why did you choose the screen name you did?

It is my name

What is the last book you read?

I don't read books anymore. Everything is online now.

Scotch or burbon?

I don't drink much lately but I prefer cognac

Things I wish I knew 6 years ago:

To sell my house when the housing market was at its peak