Tank of the Month

Mason Dixon Reef Club - Tank of the Month
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                               Congratulations Kenzie! Tank of the month Winner July 2016!


Lighting Type And Schedule
  • Current USA Solana 150watt Halide "Disco Balls"

Water Parameters and Dosing

  • Temp: 78-80


  • Display:  Red Sea Reefer 250 (53 gallons)
  • Sump :  Included Reefer Sump
  • Flow:  2 ecotech mp 10wes  on back wall of tank to avoid the headphone look!
  • Skimmer: Bubble Magus Curve 5
  • Return : Jebao dc 4000
  • Dosing: Bubble Magus dosing pump
  • Controler: APEX

Introduction and Background

First thank you so much for this honor! Whoever would have thought Staying Alive in all her disco ball glory could have come this far! I stand by my lighting choice as the best EVER for the naysayers out there-- JKeim. This tank started out as a 40 gallon breeder , self drilled and plumbed...(by self i mean HGReefs) It was upgraded to the current Red Sea Reefer set up about 6 months ago. For those of you who don't know i was a If you can't beat them , join them member of the hobby. I was living in a house with 200 gallons of saltwater and not allowed to have my pretty flowy corals because HGReefs is consumed by those stupied sticks(sps). Thus Staying Alive was born to allow for my own coral choices and for Puff Daddy my stick eating puffer fish.

Current State of the System


Tank - Red Sea Reefer 250 (53 Gallons)

Lighting - Current USA Solana 150W Disco Balls Metal Halide x2

Flow - 2 Ecotech MP 10wes on back wall of tank (to avoid the headphone look)

Sump - Included Reefer Sump

Skimmer - Bubble Magus Curve 5

Return Pump - Jebao DC 4000

Dosing - Bubble Magus Dosing Pump 

Tank is run using an APEX

Maintenance and Challenges

Water changes - weekly 8 gallon

Filter Socks - when they are gross and over flowing

Skimmer - when it starts to smell


  • Blue Spot Puffer Puff Daddy
  • Starry Blenny Barry Kripke
  • McKosker Flasher Wrasse  Badda Bing
  • Yellow Band Possum Wrasse Hannabal ( I attempted to add a Tanaka's Possum Wrasse an he tried to eat it.
  • Red Stripe Angel FIsh Bob Get it? Like Marley because he's Jamaican.
  • 2 Clown Fish Coral and Marlin. Coral is our first fish ever and around 5 years old, 2 years ago we added a black and white Marlin and the make babies like its going out of style. We have not attempted to rear any babies yet.
  • Pajama Cardinal Sealy ( because he's always in Pajamas)

  • (Don't worry I don't name corals) Variety of softies and Lps due to my hatred of all things  sticks SPS. Also due to a puffer that will on occasion even eat my zoas, (jerk).
  • Mushrooms
  • Leathers
  • Zoas (that have not been eaten)
  • Hammers (that the Angel Fish will leave alone)
  • A few species of Gorgonian